Hochevar Spends Eventful Day at The K
Well, it’s official! Luke Hochevar is a member of the Kansas City Royals. Luke signed his first Major League contract today at around 4 p.m. with his family in attendance. He had quite the entourage today with his parents (Brian and Carmen), siblings (sister Brittany, brother Dylan) and girlfriend (Ashley). His pitching coach from the University of Tennessee Fred Corral and his family were in attendance as well as his agent Scott Boras with fellow associates.
After Luke got done signing his contract and posing for some pictures (see below), he held a press conference along with General Manager Dayton Moore, Senior-Director Scouting Deric Ladnier and Boras. The press conference was carried live on Metro Sports and royals.com. Luke then had his first official mug shot taken in a Royals uniform wearning No. 19. His reason for No. 19? He said he wore it at the University of Tennessee, but more importantly because it signifies one good inning, nine times. By the way, coach Billy Doran is currently wearing No. 19.
Luke then stopped by manager Buddy Bell’s office for a quick visit before heading to the dugout suite on the first base side to spend the rest of the game with his family.
Luke is truly a tremendous individual and it will be exciting to watch him progress in the minor leagues. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session for the staff tomorrow morning at Kauffman Stadium and will then leave for Surprise, Arizona for several days of conditioning. Following his short stay in Surprise, he will join Burlington, the Royals Class A affiliate. A pretty exciting day. I’ve included some pictures highlighting Luke’s day. Click on the pictures for a larger view.