October 16, 1990: Kyle Lloyd
Kyle Lloyd is a very rare case here on the "cup of coffee club", because he's currently part of the dubious club, but he's the first player we've profiled that has a chance to get off the list. As of right now, the right-handed pitcher, who turns 29 today, has only appeared in one big-league game.
However, he's still kicking around in the minor leagues with a chance to still climb into The Show.
After going 7-4 with a 2.59 ERA for Evansville, Lloyd was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 29th round of the 2013 Amateur Draft. Through 2016, he hadn't yet pitched in Triple-A, but he took a big leap in 2017 after having proposed to his then-girlfriend, now-wife Caitlin Wickes, on New Year's Eve. Not only did he eventually move up to Triple-A in 2017, he was recalled by the Padres. It's easy to see why he ascended through the organization so quickly that year.
On May 13, he threw a no hitter for the San Antonio Missions, coming one baserunner short of tossing a perfect game. Within a couple weeks, he was in Triple-A El Paso and just a month after that, he was in San Diego. On July 25, 2017, he made what to this point, was his only career major-league appearance. Lloyd got the ball against the New York Mets on a day that saw 28,000 fans pack into Petco Park. It was 72 degrees with a light breeze in San Diego; you couldn't ask for much better weather to debut.
His career started off well as Curtis Granderson and Asdrubal Cabrera both grounded out. Letting his guard down a bit, he allowed Yoenis Cespedes to take him deep and all of a sudden, the Padres trailed 1-0. He worked through the second inning without an issue, yielding just a walk before getting out of the frame. In the third inning, again a walk was his only blemish as he started to get into a groove on the bump, having allowed just Cespedes' solo shot in three innings of work.
After allowing another run in the fourth, the fifth inning is when he got into trouble. Once again facing the top of the Mets order, Granderson and Cabrera clubbed back-to-back doubles. Kirby Yates came on in relief and allowed Cespedes to line a third straight double, scoring another run Lloyd was on the hook for. The righty allowed four earned runs in 4+ innings, which was disappointing given how well he had started.
In a matter of minutes, his stock in the Padres organization seemed to take a dip. First impressions are everything and Lloyd's seemed like it would be promising, but fell apart as he went through the Mets order a third time. Still not yet 30, Lloyd has time to prove himself again, but it's running out. In 2019, he spent most of his time in Double-A moving in the wrong direction in the Padres farm system.
His career may be a little more exciting for you to follow now as he has a chance to break out of the "cup of coffee club" while we all watch, the first player that can be said for in our profiles so far. If you want to see more active "cup of coffee" players who still have a chance to break through, click on over to the "active players" tab to read more about current "cup of coffee" players who have a chance to appear in the major leagues once again.