David Lesky at Inside the Crown breaks down Brady Singer’s start on Sunday.
It’s been a bit since I’ve done this, but since his return to the big leagues, here are Singer’s numbers:
125 K (24.1%)
30 BB (5.8%)
In those 21 starts, he has pitched six or more innings 14 times and seven or more eight times. It was the fifth time he hasn’t allowed a run, the eighth time he’s allowed zero or one and the 13th time he allowed fewer than three runs. By any metric, Singer has shown himself to be a capable big league starter and then some, so at least the Royals have that heading into next season.
MLB.com lists one player from each team with the most to prove down the stretch.
Royals: Hunter Dozier
The Royals signed Dozier to a four-year, $25 million extension before the 2021 season, and the results have been suboptimal. The 31-year-old has been below league-average, posting an 86 OPS+ across 2021 and ‘22 while slashing .225/..289/.389. During that time, he’s seen his playing time diminish, and while he’s a versatile fielder, the metrics don’t favor him. According to FanGraphs, Dozier has negative defensive runs saved at first base (-2), third base (-4) and outfield (-5). With two guaranteed years remaining on Dozier’s contract, he’s part of the future as the rookies the Royals are playing now, too. But Dozier must prove that he still can be a part of what Kansas City is building, and a strong finish with the remaining opportunities to 2022 is one way to do that.
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