3 KC Royals that will benefit from a shortened season
By Shawn Bauman
Not running up his pitch count this summer will give this future ace a chance to let loose once play resumes.
Many anticipate Major League Baseball will schedule multiple doubleheaders and that will put the onus on teams to have arms ready to compete in these contests. The KC Royals are already going to struggle to put a decent rotation together and there is no reason not to give Brady Singer experience against big league hitters in 2020.
Singer looked impressive this spring. The three runs he allowed all came in one game against the Oakland A’s in two-thirds of an inning pitched. Throw out that appearance and he hurled five frames, gave up four hits, one walk and struck out five with a 0.00 ERA.
Even when you include the Oakland game, he held hitters to a .304 slugging percentage. Singer also located 68.6% of his pitches for strikes which should temper any concerns about control issues.
For his first year in professional ball in 2019, Singer jumped straight to Advanced-A ball and dominated so much he went to Double-A for the second part of the year and pitched well. Would there be an adjustment period at the highest level or pro ball? Absolutely. Is he mature enough and does he have the mindset to battle through the challenges? No doubt.
The greatest growth you will experience in all walks of life is how you deal with adversity. The KC Royals need to allow young players like Singer the opportunity to grind it out. No better time than in a year when expectations are extremely low.