The Kansas City Royals set themselves up well for the future in the 2018 MLB Amateur Draft. A majority of their most touted prospects are currently with the Lexington Legends. From a pitching standpoint, Daniel Lynch is one of the more exciting players, and he has been performing well.
Daniel Lynch was drafted by the Kansas City Royals with the 34th pick in the compensatory round of the 2018 June MLB Amateur Draft. After beginning his career with the Burlington Royals, he quickly ascended out of the rookie leagues, becoming a member of the Lexington Legends.
By the Numbers – Burlington
In Burlington, Lynch made just three starts. In his 11.1 innings of work, he yielded an ERA of 1.59. During those three games, his K/9 rate sat at 11.12, and his BB/9 was 1.59. It’s no wonder he was moved up less than a month after he was assigned to the rookie leagues.
By the Numbers – Lexington
So far, the Kansas City Royals’ eighth ranked prospect has appeared in nine games for the Lexington Legends. In his last eight, he has allowed one earned run or less. Plus, in his first outing with the Legends, he only allowed two earned runs. Needless to say, the 21 year old has started off his career well.
In his most recent outing, he pitched three innings, allowed one run on one hit, and he struck out six. Through his 40 total innings of work with Lexington, his record sits at 5-1, and his ERA is a solid 1.58. His K/9 rate for Single A is 10.58, and his BB/9 rate is currently sitting at 1.35.
When will he make his MLB debut?
It seems early to be talking about when a player who was just drafted will be in the big leagues. But, with how he is performing, it seems that he is a player to be extremely excited about going into the future.
The former Virginia lefty hurler has taken to his role in the minor leagues well so far, and he has already shown velocity improvements. MLB Pipeline predicts he will be in the Major Leagues by 2021, potentially as a number three starter.