Steve Kent gets his 2nd chance – this time with the Royals
Canberra’s Steve Kent has been signed to a minor league contract by the Kansas City Royals.
He was released by the Atlanta Braves last June following an ordinary year in Low-A Ball Rome Braves where in 12 appearances he was 1-4 with an unimpressive 7.77 ERA.
He commenced his career with the Braves in 2006 as a 17yr old. He did not play in 2009 due to injuries [Tommy John surgery] and reached A level in 2010 where he staged a remarkable comeback with a blemish-free 2-0 record and 0.69 ERA.
In 5 seasons with the Braves he was W, 8-10 with a ERA of 4.17.
He returned to Canberra with the intention of getting himself another opportunity and immediately began producing eye catching performances. He is W5-1 with an ERA of 2.76 and, more importantly, is 2nd to Sydney’s Dae-Sun Koo in Saves with 6. Obviously the Royals have been impressed with his Cavalry appearances and he will report to their Spring Training in March.
“I’m really excited about this opportunity,” Kent said. “When I got released I dedicated myself to working hard, pitching hard, and hoping for another shot. I am grateful to the Kansas City Royals organisation for giving me this opportunity and grateful that the Cavalry organisation is here in Canberra so I could be seen and given this shot.”