Former UE pitcher Kyle Lloyd confirmed via text message he’s signed with the San Diego Padres organization after it selected him in the 29th round of last weekend’s MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Lloyd, who arrived at the Padres’ spring training facility in Arizona on Monday, is already off today to report to the club’s short-season A-ball club in Eugene. Ore.
The Eugene Emeralds then start their season Friday night.
Lloyd, a right-handed California native, went 7-4 with a 2.59 earned run average last season as a senior at UE. He started every Saturday as the Aces’ No. 2 pitcher before coach Wes Carroll sent him to the mound in game one of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.
Lloyd didn’t disappoint in perhaps his most gutsy performance of the season, allowing two runs — one earned — on four hits through 8 2/3 innings of a walk-off loss to Missouri State.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound hurler touches 92 miles per hour with his fastball and relies on a split-changeup to strike batters out. He fanned 99 in all last year, the fourth-most in a single season by a UE pitcher and second in the MVC behind ninth-round pick Nick Petree out of Missouri State.
Lloyd is the only former Aces player in the minors other than Eric Stamets, a shortstop selected in the sixth round last year by the Los Angeles Angels currently at the High-A level.