July 25: The Royals have officially announced the roster move, optioning catcher Meibrys Viloria and adding Singer to the active roster. The former first-round pick is slated to make his first Major League start tonight in Cleveland.
July 22: The Royals will promote righty Brady Singer to open the 2020 season, manager Mike Matheny tells reporters including Alec Lewis of The Athletic (via Twitter). Singer is expected to start the team’s second game.
It seems the Kansas City club won’t stand on service-time considerations to put its best foot forward this year. They’d only need to keep Singer down for about a week to gain another year of club control over him, but they’ll instead come right out of the gate with who they feel is their best arms. It’s possible, of course, that Singer could be optioned later or eventually agree to a long-term deal that renders the common service time games moot anyhow.
Singer, who’ll soon turn 24, has yet to appear in the Majors. The No. 18 overall pick from the 2018 Draft opened the season as a consensus top-100 leaguewide prospect, as did promising young Royals arms Jackson Kowar and Daniel Lynch. It seems that Singer will get the first look of the bunch, but that pair and highly touted lefty Kris Bubic might not be far behind.
Singer has just one full professional campaign under his belt, but it was a good one. He blitzed through the High-A level and took 16 starts at Double-A, pitching to a 3.47 ERA with 8.4 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 over 90 2/3 innings.
3.47 era in aa . We’ll see how long that lasts
Singer is a high end pitching prospect. He should end up a MOTR arm
Wasn’t he the guy that paid off his parents mortgage?
It’s pronounced Mo-Tar
Just awesome comment.
Most of that was from 9 earned runs in his first 2 starts there. He was great after that.
5 ip 2 R/ER 3 H 2 BB 2 WP 7 K 3.60 ERA. Looks like a pretty good MLB debut to me. Especially since he got squeezed on a pitch that should’ve (would’ve) been the 3rd out to end the 3rd inning. Instead he ended up throwing a wp that allowed the tying run to score.
Nice to see a team not do service time shenanigans and actually promote a deserving player at the start of the season.
And a very small market team at that
It’ll be really nice for their fans to not get to see him pitch for their team in 2026
I’m confident Dayton will do everything he can to lock him up. The royals actually have a very good record of keeping home grown talent.
They could have gotten the extra year and still “done everything they can to lock him up.” See Buster Posey and Ronald Acuña.
Good luck, kid! Loved the video where he pays off his parent’s mortgage.
I was wondering if this was the guy. I remember that. Wasnt it a xmas present for them after he got his bonus?
AA is better than AAA if you think about it
Dumb decision IMO unless there is some nuanced rule to service time I am not aware of.
They can always send him down later this year or the next two years. This doesn’t mean he’s up for good, although I hope he is.
@ClintM only if he sucks (which, the only reason they would need the extra year is if he doesn’t)
Dayton Moore has never played the service time game.
No reason other than service time not to call him up. Our pitching is still pretty bad so it’s not like there’s anyone you can argue is going to be much better than he will even if he isn’t ready and it’s not like sending him down to get innings is an option this year. The alternative is sending him to play intrasquad games at the KC T-Bones Stadium (bankrupt independent league team at a shopping mall in Kansas City Kansas)
Best case scenario he’s successful and we can use a 60-game spring + expanded playoffs to contend. Worst case scenario we’re still bad and it’s at least competitive innings against mlb talent which will be better for his long term development than whatever activity they have at the alternate site.
Maybe they are showcasing him for a trade.
Why would a pitching deprived team trade their most mlb ready pitching prospect?
And why trade him? Can’t get much younger mlb help
Since he is a SINGER, Brady will be in charge of performing the National Anthem !!
No he will see the numbers and names on uniforms
this guy is going to be a stud
I wish I had a dollar for every prospect that sentence was uttered about that DIDN’T become a stud.
I’d settle for a dollar on every time it did work. But I’m a broke boy so…
The Angels dropped the ball hard passing on Singer for Jordyn Adams.
i gotta admit, i was sold on the evaluations that said Singer shouldn’t be picked #1, but that he fell to 18 is amazing. lots of GMs should be kicking themselves for that pick
It was a pretty solid draft and I would actually take many of the prospects picked ahead of him still but there are a few blatant mistakes that stand out bad. Jordyn Adams, Cole Winn, Connor Scott, Kyler Murray and Ryan Wheathers had no business going before SInger.
At the time he was thought to be a bullpen guy Bc of the slot angle, and in the first round if I believed that I’m not taking a guy like that either you want an everyday guy or a starting pitcher
And the Padres passing on him for Ryan Weathers
Seeing a top prospect should put some fans in seats. Oh wait…
I’m betting that his fan club will be called “The Brady Bunch”. Lol. I’m eager to watch him pitch.
might wanna bet on this guy for RoY. might get good odds