Saturday Morning, The Kansas City Royals officially added SP Brady Singer to their 30-man roster. Singer, is the top pitching prospect in the Royals organization and was the 18th pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. After 26 minor league starts, he made his Major-League debut against the Cleveland Indians. Singer did not end up with the decision on Saturday. However, he helped the Royals win their first game of the 2020 MLB season in a 3-2 extra inning ball game. Despite only pitching 5 innings, we can still examine a lot of things we saw out of the Florida-native.
First Game Jitters?
The biggest question coming into Singer’s MLB debut would be if the lights and stage were too big for him. However, after getting a 2-run lead heading to the bottom of the first, that gave Singer loads of confidence. Singer’s first inning started out with a fly out. He then gave up a walk and went out of the stretch for the first time. Out of the stertch, he got the next two hitters to fly-out. In the 2nd inning, Singer got his first 1-2-3 inning and recorded his first MLB strikeout along the way.
Getting Out Of Trouble
The 3rd inning for Singer started with a strikeout but then he gave up three straight singles that led to Cleveland getting their first run of the ball game. After striking out Francisco Lindor, he threw a wild pitch that allowed the Indians to capitalize, leading to Cesar Hernandez scoring to make it 2-2.
Brady Singer finished strong in the 4th and 5th. He struck out 4 more batters during his last two innings of work. Despite only throwing 80 pitches, Manager Mike Matheny thought that was enough for the 23-year-old. Singer finished the day with 5 innings pitched, allowing 2 earned runs, 3 hits, and 7 strikeouts.
Throughout the outing, Singer utilized his slider. He threw the slider a total of 38 times and used this pitch to get ahead of hitters. He had a few nasty strikeouts and had some batters guessing what he was throwing. His fastball was strong as well, his velocity was sitting around 95 MPH throughout the game.
Singer is for sure now a lock to be apart of the Kansas City starting rotation after impressing during his MLB debut. They have not announced the next time he will start but expect it to be during the next series against the Detroit Tigers. If not then, he will pitch during the first home-stand against the Chicago White Sox.
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