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Weekend Rumblings - News for October 13, 2018

Brady Singer is looking good in Instructionals.

The 2018 Kansas City Royals first-round pick pitcher Brady Singer smiles during a press conference before the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images

Weekend Rumblings - News for October 13, 2018

Jim Callis at covers Brady Singer and other Royals at the Instructional League

“He’s been outstanding,” Kansas City vice president and assistant GM for player personnel J.J. Picollo said. “He’s been really good with his fastball, with his command maybe off a tick, and his slider has been very good. He’s trying to bring his changeup along, and last Monday he threw three changeups in one sequence that all were above average.

”All three of his pitches are good and there’s a lot of deception in what he does. Once he locates his pitches, he’s going to be very, very good.”

Eric Longenhagen at Fangraphs is optimistic about the Royals can produce a homegrown core that can contend.

If all this pitching hits it’s actually not all that long. Maybe you start seeing a stream of big leaguers graduating in 2-3 years. If three of Mondesi, Lee, Pratto, Melendez and Seuly work out, that plus some of these college arms is a nice core.

Kiley McDaniel at Fangraphs likes 2018 draft pick Daniel Lynch.

Drake: How would you rate the early returns and upside of the Royals 2018 draftees: Kowar, Lunch, Bubic and Isbel? Would you have any of them as fringe top 100 guys?

Kiley McDaniel: We like Lynch the most, but he isn’t quite top 100 yet. I could see Singer getting there this winter–we had him in that 135-170 tier pre draft and he’s starting to throw the changeup more now while some guys have graduated since then.

MLB Pipeline names Seuly Matias and Richard Lovelady as top prospects in the Royals’ system.

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