Royals Make Trade Following Four-Game Winning Streak

The Royals acquired RHP Colin Selby from the Pirates in a trade over the weekend
The Royals acquired RHP Colin Selby from the Pirates in a trade over the weekend / William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports

The Royals just completed a four-game sweep of the White Sox and now have a well-earned day off, though Kansas City stayed busy by acquiring RHP Colin Selby from the Pirates in exchange for minor league LHP Connor Oliver.

Selby is on the 40-man roster though was assigned to Omaha (AAA) and projects as a potential reliever long-term. LHP Josh Taylor has been moved to the 60-day injured list to make room for Selby, who could join the majors this summer after pitching in 21 games with the Pirates last year.

It's not a major move by any means, but Selby has promise and the Royals have done a fantastic job of finding low-risk, high-upside players in trades over the last calendar year.

Royals News: KC Acquires RHP Colin Selby from Pittsburgh Pirates

Selby throws four pitches and can touch 97 MPH with his four-seam fastball, ranking in the 87th percentile in fastball velocity in 2023. His slider was his most effective pitch last year, as he allowed just a .192 batting average with it.

He's got a sinker and curveball as well, though struggled to prevent hard contact in his lone season in the majors. Selby ended the year with a 9.00 ERA but struck out 30 batters in 21 innings, showcasing some of the potential that could make him a valuable reliever.

I don't expect Selby to make any major impact in 2024, though I like the move to bring in a promising reliever while only surrendering a low-tier prospect.

J.J. Picollo has done a fine job rebuilding this roster into a potential contender and trades like this one are becoming a staple of his regime. We'll see if Selby makes the big league club at any point, though I'm excited to see what he can bring to the bullpen.

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