The 2020 season has not been entirely successful for the Kansas City Royals. However, throughout the past week, the Royals rookies have been showing that they do belong on the big league club. The club called up and acquired several of their rookies to get work in throughout the 60-game season. Here are a few that have stood out throughout the season.
RHP Brady Singer
Brady Singer was the biggest name the Royals brought up from the minors this year and he has shown glimpses as being the future ace of the team. He is 2-4 with a 4.66 ERA. However, in his last outing against the Cleveland Indians, he went 8 innings with 8 strikeouts and did not allow a hit until the 7th inning. That hit ended up being the only hit he allowed.
LHP Kris Bubic
Kris Bubic struggled when they called him up after only throwing in A-ball. Despite this, Bubic has fought through adversity and collected his first MLB win against the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday. He is 1-5 on the season and has a 4.50 ERA. He has some room to grow, but Bubic is a safe bet to be apart of the starting rotation next season.
RHP Carlos Hernandez
Carlos Hernandez recently joined the Major League club at the beginning of September. He has made 2 appearances out of the bullpen. During those 2 games, he has thrown 6.1 innings while giving up 1 earned run. With a 1.42 ERA and adding 4 strikeouts along the way, Hernandez is now getting a chance at becoming a starter.
RHP Tyler Zuber
Tyler Zuber made the Opening Day roster and impressed right off the bat after dominating in his MLB debut back at the end of July. Since then, Zuber did struggle a little but has stood his ground. In his last three games, he has thrown 2.2 innings while not allowing a run and striking out four batters. On the 2020 campaign, Zuber has a 4.76 ERA with a 1-2 record. In his 17 innings of work, the Arkansas State alum has 19 strikeouts.
OF Edward Olivares
Edward Olivares was acquired from the San Diego Padres before the trade deadline. Olivares did not have many at-bats this year but he has found playing time with the Royals. In his eight games with the Royals, the rookie outfielder is batting .343 with two home runs and 6 RBI’s. With San Diego, he was only able to have 34 at-bats in 13 games. However, with the Royals, Olivares has had 35 at-bats in those eight games. Expect him to be a name battling for a starting outfield spot in 2021.
These are a few of the Royals rookies who have been showing out in the 2020 season. The Royals may not make the playoffs this year. Despite this, they have been showing progression in their young arms and an outfield bat that has gained playing time. These are steps the club wants to take to speed up the process of the rebuild with more rookies in the Royals waiting for their names to be called.
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