Kansas City Royals: Brady Singer will make MLB debut on Saturday

Brady Singer #51 of the Kansas City Royals (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Brady Singer #51 of the Kansas City Royals (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

It’s official – Brady Singer will make his Major League debut on Saturday for the Kansas City Royals. This was likely made possible due to the amount of positive COVID-19 tests in the rotation.

Kansas City Royals manager Mike Matheny announced on Wednesday that 2018 first round pick Brady Singer would be making his MLB debut this Saturday against the Cleveland Indians. It’ll be the Royals’ second game of the season.

In a normal season, Brad Keller likely gets the nod to start on Opening Day, but a positive coronavirus test prevented that from happening. Danny Duffy will start instead.

Jakob Junis also tested positive and will not be on the Opening Day roster as a result. Both Junis and Keller testing positive put the Royals in a bind when it came to their rotation because it left them with Duffy and Mike Montgomery while needing to fill three spots.

Kansas City Royals fans will get their first true glimpse of Brady Singer.

Fans got to watch Singer shortly after he was drafted when he and his Florida Gators took part in the College World Series that year. They also were able to watch him in the AL Future’s Game last summer (Kris Bubic was there as well).

Singer didn’t pitch in the minors at all in 2018, but did well in his first season last year. He rose through the Royals’ minor league system last year, finishing the season with Northwest Arkansas where he finished with an ERA of 3.47 in 90.2 innings.

There had been some buzz that Singer might be able to work his way into the fifth spot of the rotation before Spring Training shut down, but now he’ll be the team’s starter in only their second game.

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Jorge Lopez and Glenn Sparkman failed to show much in Summer Camp and that paved the way for Singer to get this start. He’s earned it too.

Now with Singer set to start, fans are naturally going to look forward to the eventual debuts of Jackson Kowar and Daniel Lynch, both of whom were in the same draft class as Singer and taken back-to-back at picks 33 and 34.

I’m really excited to watch Singer and see what he can do on the mound for the Kansas City Royals. This season is going to be a bizarre one to say the least, but this gives fans something to look forward to.

Hopefully Brady Singer does well in his MLB debut, but even if he doesn’t, keep in mind it’s his first ever MLB start and the jitters are going to be present.