Per Alec Lewis of The Athletic, Brady Singer, the Royals first pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, is headed to AA Northwest Arkansas to join up with the Naturals. Stay on the look out for more on this development from Minda when her “This Week in the Minors” comes out later today.
Per a source: #Royals pitching prospect Brady Singer is on the move to Double-A Northwest Arkansas. The former Florida Gator was 5-2 at High-A Wilmington with a 1.87 ERA.— Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) May 27, 2019
This promotion is coming off of one of Singer’s best starts of the season.
7 scoreless innings from Brady Singer, who is probably done on the day.— Royals Farm Report (@RoyalsFarm) May 27, 2019
93 pitches, 63 strikes, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K.
His ERA is down to 1.87 and he’s looking like a complete steal as a #18 pick. https://t.co/bnIyZ4mGjp
Brady Singer since April 28:— Royals Farm Report (@RoyalsFarm) May 27, 2019
The Royals started a baseball game yesterday. They’ll resume today at 4:40, right before their regularly scheduled game against the White Sox.
Today's game has been suspended. It will be resumed at 4:40 p.m. tomorrow before regularly scheduled game.— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) May 27, 2019
14(tie). Kyle Zimmer, RHP, 2012 (No. 5); Bubba Starling, CF, 2011 (No. 5)
Granted, this ranking could be considered incomplete. It’s still possible that Zimmer and Starling could shoot up this list, even landing in the top 10. But it’s also possible they could find themselves closer to Stodolka and Lubanski territory. Both are at Omaha. Zimmer has finally made his debut, and Starling’s debut could be coming soon — perhaps sometime in the second half — if he continues to produce at the plate.
If you want to hear some of my thoughts on Bubba Starling, tune into ESPN KC radio at 94.5 FM tonight at 6 pm, as I talked about the Royals with Les Norman for nearly an hour on his show “Breakin’ The Norm.”
As arbitrary as the cutoff might be, the Royals have four players that are playing at an All-Star caliber level and they have lost nearly twice as many games as they have won. And that doesn’t include guys like Jorge Soler, who leads the Royals in home runs, or Nicky Lopez, who has only played eight games.
The Royals have a pretty strong history of losing in spectacular fashion, and they are doing it again in 2019. However, this should give us a bit of hope for the rest of the season. Top-40 players aside, they have been outscored by just 37 runs this season. That’s a better run differential than the 25-22 Pirates. A regression to the mean should be expected. In other words, this team shouldn’t lose 106 games.
The ‘who should be promoted next’ talk seems to focus entirely on Lynch and Singer now. Lynch likely gets an edge because he’s a lefty, or just because has nastier stuff. However, Lynch has a few blemishes this season; including a 4 inning, 10 hit, 5 earned run start on 5/8. Singer, on the other hand, hasn’t allowed more than 3 earned runs in a game all season, and his numbers have been consistently moving in the right direction for over a month now. Singer doesn’t have the flashiness of Lynch, he likely doesn’t have the same overall ability, but he’s showing that he knows how to pitch, in the esoteric sense.
8. Hunter Dozier, 3B, Royals: To Royals manager Ned Yost, this breakthrough season isn’t all that complicated. In Dozier, Yost sees a player who finally trusts his ability, who doesn’t overthink things and who is growing day by day into the cornerstone-type player the Royals envisioned when they made him the eighth pick of the 2013 Draft. He’s on track for a 30-double, 30-homer, 80-walk season.
I want to take this time to plug a special project I’ve been a part of for a while. The guys over at Royals Farm Report released a 2019 Draft Guide that includes 80 draft profiles, a top 75 ranking of Royals prospects (with a new #1) and a recap of the 2018 draft class. You can get it all for just $3.
The Naturals are unapologetically having Nick Heath steal as many bases as possible.
The idea that a player can attempt to steal almost 60% of the times he reaches base is obscene, and shockingly enough, has been shown to be wildly successful. It allows for a relatively low-OBP player like Heath to gain new value, as essentially a professional base stealer. In comps to other elite base stealers across levels and across history, it appears as if Nick Heath is stealing at a totally unprecedented rate. Over the last two seasons (of which he lead the MLB in steals both seasons), Whit Merrifield has attempted to steal on just 23.6% of base stealing opportunities.
Daniel Lynch and Brady Singer have combined for 40 straight innings without allowing an earned run in Wilmington— Cody Tapp (@codybtapp) May 27, 2019
Nicky Lopez, who is from nearby Naperville, gets to chat with all those who came to see him, even in this weather. Pretty cool. pic.twitter.com/tASsMlaCWJ— Alec Lewis (@alec_lewis) May 27, 2019
Your song of the day is “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor.