Kansas City Royals fans are starting to see the future rotation piece itself together and it’s exciting!
Heading into the 2020 season, no one really expected the Kansas City Royals to contend for a postseason spot, especially with it being a shortened season. While the Royals have held true to that, there have been some positives from the Royals’ 2020 campaign. Most noticeably, the starting rotation, which has really wowed over the past week.
Let’s start with Thursday night where 2018 first round pick Brady Singer went 7.2 innings before giving up a hit against the Indians. Singer had been taking his lumps up to that game, but he took it to Cleveland’s lineup and went 8 scoreless innings, giving Kansas City something else to smile about on a night where the Chiefs took center stage.
The next night, Kris Bubic went just 5 innings, but allowed 1 run and recorded his first Major League win. Bubic, like Singer, has had his fair share of ups and downs this year, but he’s going to be a big part of this Royals team in the future and he showed why on Friday night against the Pirates.
Last, but not least, we come to the ace of the staff, Brad Keller, who threw a complete game shutdown on Sunday against the Pirates. No, the Pirates aren’t any good, but does that really matter here? It’s hard to throw a complete game no matter what and Keller got the job done without allowing a run and giving up just 5 hits on the day.
These 3 pitchers are all 25 years old or younger (Keller and Bubic are 25 and Singer is 24), giving the Royals 3 young, reliable pitchers to really lean on these next few years. Throw in that they have the likes of Daniel Lynch, Jackson Kowar, and 2020 first rounder Asa Lacy in their farm system and the Royals could soon have the best rotation in the league.
It’s been awhile since the Kansas City Royals have boosted one of the best rotations in the league, but it could be happening soon.
What’s going to be interesting with the Royals is that they clearly have the pitching talent in the minors and are lacking bats. Could that lead to them potentially trading one of their promising pitchers in exchange for a bat that could help put them over the top in the coming years?
While we don’t know the answer to that yet, it’s been fun watching this rotation start to take shape. Keller, Singer, and Bubic are showing that the Kansas City Royals will be in good hands as far as starting pitching goes.