The KC Royals have been looking to get their footing after their world series win. Now it looks like the farm system may be ready to help with that.
The KC Royals and their fans are looking towards the 2020 season as it gets closer and closer. Pitchers and catchers will report in just a couple of weeks and before you know it, spring training will get started.
There is a good chance Royals fans will see a lot of debuts this year. There are many young players on the roster who are just itching for some major league time, and some non-roster players in the minors who the team will not want to leave down much longer.
This is a good thing for the Royals. The team has been considered to be in a rebuild for a few years now, though some players will deny that. Either way, The team seems to be looking more and more towards what they have already on the roster and what they have in the farm system.
Luckily for the Royals, they have a lot of up and coming young players and according to the MLB Pipeline Top 100, they have 3 players who made the list.
Coming in at number 61 on the list is left-handed pitcher Daniel Lynch. Lynch was drafted by the Royals in 2018 from the University of Virginia. Since then, he has been climbing through the ranks within the Royals organization.
Lynch has found success in both years he has been with the Royals organization and has made it up to A (plus) ball in the minors. In 2019, he spent most of his time in Wilmington, starting 15 games. On the season as a whole, he started 20 games with 96.1 innings pitched, held an ERA of 2.99, walks per 9 of 2.7 and strikeouts per 9 of 9.0.
It’s easy to see why Lynch was included and he will be a bright spot in the future for the Royals.
Coming in not far from Lynch at 59 is right-handed pitcher Brady Singer. Fans have likely heard his name as he has been regarded as high Royals pitching prospect since he was drafted in 2018 from the University of Florida.
Singer has made quick work of the minor leagues during the short time he has been there. In 2019, he found his way up to AA Northwest Arkansas. On the season, Singer started 26 games and recorded 148.1 innings. He held an ERA of 2.85, walked 2.4 per 9, and stuck out 8.4 per 9.
Singer looks to be consistent on the mount and adapted well when moving up to a higher level of baseball. Hopefully, he will continue this trend and fans will see him at Kauffman soon.
The third prospect to make the list, coming in at number 10, is Bobby Witt Jr. Witt was drafted by the Royals in the 2019 draft from Colleyville Heritage High Schol in Colleyville, Texas. While his time has been short in the Royals organization, he has obviously impressed.
His scouting report states that he has improved his swing, and has the potential to go 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. He uses his speed to his advantage and plays shortstop well, utilizing his strong arm for throws.
Witt is perfect for the Royals. A speedy defender who can hit with some power and steal a few bases sounds like the perfect combination for just about any team.
While these players are young, they are just a few examples of what the Royals have to offer in their farm system. The future looks bright, especially by the way of pitching, with both a left and right-handed pitching prospect on this list.
Only time will tell how these players pan out in the future, but fans should continue to pay attention. Keep an eye out for some of these minor league players throughout the year as their time for the majors may come sooner rather than later.