One player who has a laundry list of accomplishments plus great success in his first season of professional ball could not only get experience in Kansas City but also shut down big league hitters.
The junior year at the University of Florida for Brady Singer was extremely successful for Brady Singer. A 12-3 record, 0.938 WHIP and striking out one batter for every one of his 113 innings pitched were part of the impressive stats.
Singer could already be a few years into his minor league development or on a big-league roster. He was the #56 overall pick in the 2015 Major League Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. Instead of chasing the pro ball dream first, he decided to play for the Gators.
The Kansas City Royals then selected Singer with the 18th pick in the 2018 draft. Due to the workload he put in pitching late into the season as Florida made it to the College World Series, the team did not have him join a minor league affiliate. This allowed Singer to rest his arm for the rest of the summer.
Assigned to the Wilmington Blue Rocks to kick off 2019, Singer quickly mowed through the Advanced-A league in 10 starts posting a 1.87 ERA and a 5-2 record. A promotion to Northwest Arkansas was next and what followed was a 7-3 record and 3.47 ERA. At both levels, he was very close to punching out a batter per inning.
The Kansas City Royals will have to debate whether to start him off back at Double-A or send him to the Omaha Storm Chasers. The Pacific League is notorious for being a hitter-friendly league but Singer has the character to shake that off. He is also a well-rounded young man as the story of him paying off his parent’s debt they built up for his baseball career showed.
While the hope is the Royals will not need to rush him next year, the lack of pitching, the likely elimination from the playoff race early, and Singer’s poise may make it an easier decision to give him valuable big league experience.