KANSAS CITY -- A Major League debut is always a special day, regardless of the circumstances. But for lefty Ryan Verdugo, he was able to do it in front of some familiar faces Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
His family was in the stands, but, in addition, two of his college teammates were in the house -- and in uniform -- to witness his first big league game.
Verdugo pitched at LSU in 2008 with Royals reliever Louis Coleman, as well as Mariners reliever Charlie Furbush. Before Verdugo's start, Coleman gave his own scouting report on his former and current teammate.
"He pounds the zone. He has a really good changeup. But he goes right after you, just attack mode all the time. He's a three pitches or less kind of guy," Coleman said.
The two were not only teammates on that LSU team, but they were roommates in Spring Training this season and pitched together at times at Triple-A Omaha.
"When I was watching him in Omaha, just attacking the zone, seemed to have quick innings, 12 pitches or less kind of innings. Games went by fast. Even his bad outings -- for him they were bad outings, but for everybody else they would've been good outings," Coleman said.
Coleman, who is a year older than Verdugo, spoke of the lefty with the pride of a big brother.
"He was only at LSU for a year. When he was there, we got to be pretty good friends. But now that he's here, it's a special day for him. I'm just proud of him that he's going to be starting and everything," Coleman said.