The KC Royals saw some decent time out of multiple young players in Sunday’s spring training game, giving hope for the future of the club.
The KC Royals played the second of their Cactus League spring training games on Sunday against the Cleveland Indians after Saturday’s game was unfortunately rained out. Even more unfortunately, the Royals lost their second straight spring training game 9-5.
Of course, this is only spring training and the outcome of the games and the team’s overall record in essence effects nothing for the regular season, but it is still nice to see your team in the win column at the end of a game, spring training or not.
The team as a whole may have lost Sunday’s game, but there were a few players who put up some positive light, and most importantly, many of these players are young prospects within the organization.
Brady Singer may be the most notable of some of these young players to have a good game. Singer only saw one inning, which is common for spring training games this early, but over that inning, he impressed. He allowed no hits or runs and struck out 2 batters, making things look easy.
While it is still very early, Singer looks to feel comfortable on the mound. If he can continue this success through spring training, it would be hard for the Royals to look the other way when the 5th rotation spot is still open.
Another young Royals minor leaguer that impressed was Scott Blewett. Blewett came with some concerns as he struggled greatly after making the jump to AAA Omaha during the 2019 season. In Sunday’s game, though, Blewett did exactly what he needed to do, starting the game with 2 innings, striking out 1, and allowing no hits or runs.
While Blewett still has a long way to go to prove he is ready for the majors, if the Royals employ an opener for the 5th rotation spot as has been speculated, Blewett could be a candidate for this position.
Not to be outdone by the pitchers, some KC Royals prospects found success at the plate in Sunday’s loss. Nick Heath, Khalil Lee, and Kelvin Gutierrez all managed to contribute to the 5 points scored by the Royals.
Heath reached base on an error and drew the walk in his two at bats, but added a stolen base and a run to his stat line for the day. Lee, in a similar fashion, went 1 for 2 and also added a stolen base and run. Both of these players were showcasing their coveted speed, an important part of how the Royals build teams.
Gutierrez had a great session at the plate going 2 for 2, recording 2 RBIs and scoring a run himself. Gutierrez saw limited time in Kansas City during the 2019 season and is a prime candidate to return if needed during the 2020 season.
It’s never fun when your team loses, but seeing young, up and coming players start to prove themselves makes it a little bit better. The Royals have a lot of talented prospects at spring training this year, so keep an eye out for the players of future seasons.