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Kris Bubic To Make MLB Debut vs White Sox

Kris Bubic pitching during the futures game.

Thursday morning, Royals manager Mike Matheny announced that the team would be calling up SP Kris Bubic. Bubic will now be making his MLB debut on Friday against the Chicago White Sox.

This comes after SP Brady Singer broke into the starting rotation and made his MLB debut last weekend. However, Bubic being called up is surprising compared to Brady Singer. The 22-year-old lefty has yet to pitch in AA or AAA ball.

What We Know

Kris Bubic pitching in the minor leagues.

Kris Bubic was drafted by the Kansas City Royals with the 40th pick in the 2018 MLB Draft out of Stanford University. In college, he went 15-10, with a 2.82 ERA in 51 appearances with 26 of those being starts. While pitching roughly 223 innings at Stanford, he had 235 strikeouts and just 89 walks.

In 2019, Bubic pitched for both Single-A level teams in the Royals organization. While in High-A Wilmington, he went 7-4 with a 2.30 ERA in 17 starts. Also, with Single-A Lexington, he went 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 9 starts.

Kris Bubic was one of the best pitchers in all of the Minor Leagues last year. He recorded a total of 185 strikeouts (the most in MiLB) in 151.1 innings pitched. Bubic may continue to induce swings and misses in the majors, but expect some rough patches in light of his lack of high-level experience.

Also, Bubic is the Royals 6th best prospect according to MLB.com and is the 4th best pitching prospect in the Royals organization.

Pitching Arsenal

Bubic relies heavily on his fastball throughout his outings. However, he also has a very solid changeup that is his second best pitch. Bubic also has a funky delivery that makes it tough for hitters to pick up any of his pitches. Bubic has the arsenal and control to make it as a starter, though some wonder about his mechanics because he has a long arm action in the back of his delivery and a pause at the top. Despite this, it doesn’t prevent him from throwing strikes and gives him some added deception against any hitter.

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