With the 18th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Amateur Draft, the Kansas City Royals select Brady Singer, right-handed pitcher out of the University of Florida. Singer was ranked the fourth-best draft prospect by Baseball America.
Singer’s fastball sits in the low to mid-90s with impressive natural movement and he also has a sharp slider that has been a weapon for him in the past. Singer’s slider can be inconsistent at times, however, because of his low arm slot, which is a point of concern for some evaluators. While Singer doesn’t throw many changeups currently, scouts think he has the ability to develop at least an average changeup in pro ball, when he would be able to throw it more frequently.
Per our own Shaun Newkirk’s aggregation of major prospect site rankings, the Royals nabbed Singer later in the draft than expected. The average ranking had Singer at 14, with Singer’s highest ranking at #4 by BA and the lowest ranking at #25 by Scout.