The 2021 KC Royals are still adding to their squad while players report for spring training. KC signed another relief pitcher in Brad Brach. Brach signed a minor-league contract with the club Monday morning. Brach, a veteran pitcher, has spent time with multiple clubs over his ten-year career.
2021 KC Royals: Brach Career Retrospective
Brad Brach was drafted in the 42nd round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. He spent around three years in the minors before making his MLB debut with San Diego in 2011. After three years with the Padres, Brach then spent the next five seasons in Baltimore, where he was an All-Star in 2016.
Brach most recently was with the New York Mets in 2020. Despite early success in his career, Brach struggled in Queens. He appeared in just 14 games and ended the season with a 5.84 ERA.
What This Means for Kansas City
As players begin to report for the 2021 KC Royals, Brad Brach is not the first veteran arm that they have signed this offseason. Earlier this winter, KC signed Wade Davis and Ervin Santana to minor-league deals as well. All three of these pitchers had success during their MLB careers, but are looking to make it back onto a Major League roster for Opening Day. Brad Brach was used as a closer for the early part of his career, but he has primarily been a setup man.
The KC bullpen is still young and having Brad Brach and other veterans down in Surprise, Arizona for spring training should help the ballclub. This is another low-risk signing that should give depth to the bullpen. Where Brach goes next will depend on how he performs this spring.
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