Kansas City Royals Prospect Debuts in 2020: Kris Bubic
Kris Bubic was one of the many college pitchers who the Royals took with their first five picks in the 2018 MLB Draft and he was the second out of that bunch to make his MLB debut this year.
Bubic got the start a week and a half ago against the White Sox, which was the Royals’ home opener. He had some obvious jitters early on, but at 22 years of age, that’s to be expected from the Stanford product.
Bubic did well though and got himself out of trouble in the first inning. He ended up pitching four innings and allowed three runs through his first ever Major League start. He struck out three batters.
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In his second MLB start, Bubic cruised against the Cubs meaty lineup, especially in the first three innings. He mowed through nine batters in those three innings and it wasn’t until the fourth inning when he ran into any trouble, which saw him give up two runs.
Bubic returned for the fifth and sixth innings and didn’t allow any runs, finishing his second start with just two runs through six innings while striking out six. He sits with an ERA of 3.60 after two starts, striking out nine and walking three batters.
It was a little surprising to see Bubic get called up when he did, but Mike Matheny obviously thought he was ready and the former 40th overall pick showed that he was indeed ready to pitch in the big leagues.
These five players have made their MLB debuts with four of them being pitchers and just one being a position player. We’ve seen all but Foster Griffin multiple times, but all five have made good impressions early on in the shortened season.
Singer and Bubic give the Royals what looks to be two solid arms in their starting rotation while Zuber should provide a reliable reliever in the bullpen. Griffin could be used in either role, but we only saw him as a reliever in his one appearance. Heath is the lone position player on this list and he’s impressed more than we thought he would.
Who else could make their MLB debuts this year for the Kansas City Royals?