Kansas City Royals who could make debuts – Number 8: Kyle Isbel
Fans have been hearing more and more about Kyle Isbel over the last year or so and there’s a decent chance he gets to the big leagues at some point in 2020. As Matthew LaMar of Royals Review mentioned, the fact that Isbel was still a part of the Royals’ spring training roster when the season shut down is proof that the organization has high hopes for him.
Isbel spent most of his 2019 campaign with the Blue Rocks in center field, which is likely going to be Whit Merrifield‘s position this year. He also hadn’t made it past Wilmington in the minors and that shows he probably needs more fine tuning before getting that coveted call-up.
The Royals appear to be high on Isbel though, which gives him a shot of seeing some major league action this year.
Kansas City Royals who could make debuts – Number 7: Daniel Lynch
The third pitcher taken in what could be the franchise-changing 2018 draft was Daniel Lynch, who spent his collegiate career at Virginia. What’s going to prevent guys like Lynch and some of the other names from that draft is that the Royals’ rotation is basically set.
Brad Keller, Danny Duffy, Mike Montgomery, and Jakob Junis will make up four of the five rotational spots and that leaves one more spot open for the taking. Two of the other options will appear later on this list and those two players are why if Lynch does get called up this year, it’d likely be as a bullpen arm.
That being said, Lynch has been great, throwing 78.1 innings last season for Wilmington with a 3.10 ERA by season’s end. He’ll be a solid option for the rotation in the future, but if he makes it to the majors in 2020, it’ll be to contribute as a reliever.