FORT WAYNE – Kyle Lloyd was a starting pitcher at Carmel High School in Indianapolis and in college at Evansville.
That has helped him make a quick transition from the bullpen in his second professional season since being selected in the 29th round of the 2013 amateur draft.
“The big thing is moving him into the starting role he hasn’t taken long to get deep into ball games,” TinCaps manager Michael Collins said. “We saw him go four innings a couple times. Probably could have gone longer. We had the rain delay here. Gave us a great chance through five at Lake County.”
In Lloyd’s fourth start on Sunday, he went six innings and threw 90 pitches in an 8-4 win over Dayton.
“Stretched out,” Collins said. “Should the issue arise, he could maybe even go seven innings next time if he’s efficient.”
In 2013, Lloyd pitched in 21 games – 19 for short-season Eugene and two for Single-A Lake Elsinore. All were in relief.
Lloyd said his arm is starting to adjust to the different regimen.
“It’s starting to feel better,” he said. “I’m used to it.”
INJURY UPDATE: Right-hander Walker Lockett, on the disabled list since April 12, has returned to extended spring training in Arizona to continue a throwing program. Lockett threw a bullpen session in Fort Wayne.
“He left here feeling great,” Collins said. “He built his arm strength back up. The bullpen went well. In Arizona he can pitch in games and build his feel back up to where he can start again. That’ll take time.”