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Here are some anagrams for the Royals’ top prospects

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Right-handed pitcher Brady Singer, the Kansas City Royals’ top pick of the 2018 draft, after a news conference announcing his signing before a game on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
Right-handed pitcher Brady Singer, the Kansas City Royals’ top pick of the 2018 draft, after a news conference announcing his signing before a game on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
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At Royals Review, there have been many longstanding jokes and references. One of them has been a fascination with anagrams. For those of you who don’t know, an anagram is a rearrangement of the letters in a word that form a different word. For instance, an anagram of the word “tarp” is “part.” Longer words have more and greater anagrams. And names? Well, names are often the greatest anagram sources of them all.

I do believe that the first fascination with anagrams came about during Yuniesky Betancourt’s stint with the Royals. The flatly terrible Betancourt had an anagram of “Batter Nine You Sucky,” which could not have been a more perfect. I have been faithful in keeping the practice alive, and have wrote about Royals anagrams on more than one occasion.

This year, as the eyes of Royals fans scour the box scores of the organization’s minor league teams, we’ll take a look at anagrams for the top Royals prospects, using the excellent anagram generator on Wordsmith.org. With any luck, we’ll see more than one in the big leagues this year, too. Let’s get started.

Brady Singer

  • Syringe Bard
  • Drying Sabre
  • Bears Drying
  • Braying Reds
  • Binary Dregs

The best anagrams are two-word anagrams. Singer has a lot of them. I’m not sure there’s a knockout here, but there are five solid candidates here. Personal Winner: Syringe Bard

Jackson Kowar

  • Okra Swan Jock
  • Rank As Jock; Ow
  • Ajar Sock Know

There is almost literally nothing here. The two Ks and the W make it impossible to create anything good with this length. Personal Winner: none

Daniel Lynch

  • Channel Idly
  • Held Clay Inn
  • Can End Hilly
  • In Candy Hell
  • Cannily Held

“Who is pitching today, daddy?” askes the child. The father smiles. “You’ll see. Those Yankees are In Candy Hell now.” Personal Winner: In Candy Hell

Bobby Witt, Jr.

That’s it: nothing. Not one anagram. Three Bs, two Ts, and a W. Yeah, no.

Khalil Lee

  • Alike Hell
  • I, Hell Kale
  • All El Hike

There’s an awful lot of “hell” in Lee’s anagrams. Frankly, I’m astounded that there were much of any at all. If Lee is good, I’ll be happy to see his anagram nickname follow in the same punctuated path as Lo, Danger Ox and My Role: Darkness. Personal Winner: I, Hell Kale

Kyle Isbel

  • Bike Yells
  • Libel Keys
  • Be Like Sly
  • Yikes! Bell

Aw, man. If only Sly James was still mayor. Libel Keys is a surprisingly badass nickname, but it’s not an old-timey political slogan, so it loses out. Personal Winner: Be Like Sly

Brewer Hicklen

  • Breech Wrinkle
  • Blinker Chewer
  • Hebrew Crinkle
  • Rich Rebel Knew
  • Rich Kernel Web

Two words: Hebrew Crinkle. Personal Winner: Hebrew Crinkle

Jonathan Bowlan

  • Loth Wanna Banjo
  • John, Anal Bat. Now!

Again, not a lot. But both listed ones tickled me in slightly different ways, so it’s more than Witt or Kowar. Personal Winner: Loth Wanna Banjo

Michael Gigliotti

  • Mitigate Chili Log
  • Agile Gothic Limit
  • Militia Ego Glitch
  • Italic Egg Him Toil

Gigliotti wins the award for Most Metal Nickname. Can’t go wrong with goths or cyberpunk. Personal Winner: Agile Gothic Limit

Nick Pratto

  • Intact Pork
  • Track Point
  • Tropic Tank
  • Patron Tick
  • Crank It Top

I would not have imagined that Pratto would have such a pleasantly enjoyable slate of anagram nicknames with his short name and double-T situation, but here it is. Tropic Tank is a stunningly legit nickname, but it’s not the winner here. Personal Winner: Intact Pork

Brady McConnell

  • Mr. Bland Cyclone
  • Bold Men Cry Clan
  • Calmly Bend Corn

I’ve heard nicknames like the “cyclone” and “hurricane” before, but never the Bland Cyclone. McConnell wins the most underwhelming almost legit nickname. Personal Winner: Mr. Bland Cyclone