The good news is just coming hot and heavy these days.
Stout, who played for the Waynesboro Generals in 2012, was picked in the 13th round of the 2014 draft by the Kansas City Royals out of Butler. He was assigned to Idaho Falls in the Pioneer League, where he went 5-2, 3.58, with a 1.255 WHIP, 2.8 BB/9, and 7.4 K/9 in 32 2/3 innings pitched.
He was in an odd position in 2015; he ended up playing at four different levels- Idaho Falls again, and in Rookie level Arizona, Low-A South Atlantic, and Double-A Texas Leagues. Overall, in only 20 games and 40 innings, he went 0-1, 3.15, with a 1.100 WHIP, 1.6 BB/9, and 5.6 K/9.
In 2016, he got to spend the entire season in one place- Double-A Northwest Arkansas in the Texas League. He went 6-4, 3.86, with a 1.286 WHIP, 3.1 BB/9, and 8.6 K/9 in 72 1/3 innings.
In 2017, he took a jump forward, throwing very well in Spring Training, and putting himself on the prospect map. He didn’t make the majors, but was assigned to Triple-A Omaha, where he went 5-2, 2.99, with a 1.255 WHIP, 3.8 BB/9, and 7.3 K/9 in 69 1/3 innings.
After Spring Training this year, he was sent back to Omaha, where he appeared in 5 games before getting the call to join the Royals in Kansas City.
In his debut, things did not go terrifically well. He recorded two outs- one by strikeout- while allowing two hits, two runs (one earned), and one walk. Hopefully things will go much better in his next outing.
By the way, for the Generals in 2012 (regular season and playoffs together), Eric went 6-1, 3.86, with a 1.338 WHIP, 4.8 BB/9, and 6.5 K/9 in 58 1/3 innings pitched. Waynesboro went 31-13 in the regular season that summer, finishing first in the South, but lost in the semifinals to Harrisonburg.
As mentioned above, Eric is the third Valley League alum to make his major league debut this season already, following Ryan Yarbrough (Luray 2012) and Justin Anderson (Front Royal 2013), and the 209th overall. The three debuts, all by April 25, are the earliest in the season three players have debuted since ATVL started keeping track, and are only one behind the total for all of 2017.