Bubic allowed five runs on seven hits and one walk over five innings during Tuesday's extra-inning loss to the Reds. He struck out six and did not factor in the decision. The 23-year-old gave up seven hits and five runs (four earned) combined over his first two starts, but the Reds matched those totals during Tuesday's contest, though he was taken off the hook for the loss. Bubic has a 5.40 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 15:4 K:BB through 15 innings and lines up to pitch Monday at Minnesota.
Bubic (0-2) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings in a loss to the Cubs on Wednesday. Bubic more than held his own in his second career start, and in fact finished with more swinging strikes (13) than his counterpart, Yu Darvish (11). However, the 22-year-old lefty did not get any support from his offense and is now 0-2 despite a 3.60 ERA and 1.00 WHIP through 10 innings (all at home). Bubic will be put to the test in his next two starts: at Cincinnati and then at Minnesota.
Bubic (0-1) took the loss Friday as the Royals fell 3-2 to the White Sox, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out three. Making his big-league debut, Bubic threw 45 of 76 pitches for strikes and mostly looked like he belonged in the Show, but he caught too much of the plate with a second-inning changeup that Adam Engel deposited over the left-field wall for a three-run shot. The young southpaw will stick in the rotation for now, with his next outing scheduled for Wednesday at home against the Cubs.
Bubic's contract was selected by the Royals on Friday. Manager Mike Matheny said Thursday that the team would promote the 22-year-old to their major-league roster, and the Royals made the move official Friday. Bubic led the minors with 185 strikeouts over 149.1 innings last season and will now await a potential major-league debut. While the southpaw has had success at the lower levels of the minors, he may not generate the same results right away while continuing to develop in the majors.
Royals manager Mike Matheny said that Bubic will be promoted from the team's alternate training site to start Friday's home opener against the White Sox, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports. After one of the Royals' top pitching prospects in Brady Singer previously broke summer camp as a member of the big-league rotation, Kansas City won't wait long to bring another one of its more well-regarded young arms up for his MLB debut. Bubic's callup is more unexpected, as the 22-year-old lefty has yet to even pitch at the Double-A level. He was highly impressive while splitting time between Low-A Lexington and High-A Wilmington in 2019, leading the entire minor leagues in strikeouts (185) in just 149.1 innings. Bubic may continue to induce swings and misses at a decent clip in the majors, but expect some rough patches in light of his lack of high-level experience.