Kansas City Royals: Brady Singer needs to have strong showing in camp

Brady Singer #29 of the American League Futures Team (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
Brady Singer #29 of the American League Futures Team (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /

Brady Singer is included on the Kansas City Royals’ 60-player club pool for Summer Camp. He needs to be red hot to make the roster.

The hope coming into the 2020 season was that Brady Singer could find his way onto the Kansas City Royals‘ roster on Opening Day. Maybe he wouldn’t be anything more than a fifth starter (in fact, that’s more than likely where he’d be at), but Singer making his debut early on in the 2020 season would have been great.

Instead, 2020 has been terrible for everyone and the sports world was put on hold as a result. That prevented the MLB season from starting on time, but summer camp will start up later this week and the Royals included Singer on their 60-player club pool, giving him a chance to compete to make the roster.

As of now, Singer is ranked as the organization’s second best prospect in their farm system and there are high hopes for the former Florida Gator. If all goes according to plan, Singer joins the Royals rotation and becomes one of their best pitchers when their next wave of prospects come up and help them contend for a World Series.

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While it’d be great to see Singer make the roster, he won’t have much room for error in Summer Camp. He was doing well in Spring Training (which was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic), but a few iffy starts near the end ballooned his ERA to 4.76 (which still isn’t awful, but he was cruising before that).

The Royals’ rotation will likely consist of Brad Keller, Danny Duffy, Mike Montgomery, and Jakob Junis with the fifth spot being up for grabs. Singer should be the favorite to win the job considering he’s one of the biggest names in camp, but if he struggles in camp, it could be easier for the Royals to go with someone like Heath Fillmyer or Glenn Sparkman as the fifth starter.

With the 2020 season consisting of only 60 games, this is a good opportunity for the Kansas City Royals to give their future stars a shot in the big leagues. Singer wouldn’t have to make as many starts in 2020 as he would in most other seasons, so this would be a good test run for him.

Hopefully Singer can put up good numbers in Summer Camp and securely find his way onto the 26-man roster for the shortened Kansas City Royals’ season.