The Royals finalized their season-opening rotation yesterday, with manager Mike Matheny telling reporters (including Alec Lewis of the Athletic) that southpaw Daniel Lynch will claim the final spot behind Zack Greinke, Brad Keller, Kris Bubic and Carlos Hernández. Notably, that means right-hander Brady Singer — who has started all 39 of his MLB appearances — is set to work out of the bullpen initially. Matheny indicated the Royals still view Singer and righty Jackson Kowar as starting pitchers long-term, but it’ll be Lynch who gets the nod for now.
It’s a bit of a surprising move, as Singer is coming off the better season. Neither hurler had a good ERA in 2021, but Singer had a better strikeout and ground-ball rate than Lynch while issuing slightly fewer walks. Lynch generated a slightly higher whiff rate, but Singer was among the league’s best pitchers at picking up called strikes. Some evaluators raised concerns during Singer’s prospect days about whether his below-average changeup and lower arm slot could diminish his ability to turn a lineup over multiple times, but he’s not shown marked second or third times through the order splits in his career thus far. Injuries and/or underperformance to the front five figure to give Singer another rotation look in the near future.
More pitching updates from around the division:
- The Tigers are planning to use Wily Peralta in relief this season, writes Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free-Press. The righty started 18 of 19 appearances with Detroit last year, posting a solid 3.07 ERA but an underwhelming 14.4% strikeout rate. The Tigers brought Peralta back on a minor league contract this spring. He seems likely to get another big league call fairly soon, but he was delayed in reporting to Spring Training because of visa issues and is set for further ramp-up work in the minors. The Tigers added Michael Pineda on a one-year big league deal to assume the final rotation spot behind Eduardo Rodríguez, Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal and Matt Manning. Pineda — held up by visa concerns of his own — consented to be optioned to Triple-A Toledo to open the year for more build-up time, giving Tyler Alexander the #5 spot for the season’s first couple weeks. Pineda tossed three innings for the Mud Hens yesterday, and Petzold notes he’s likely to make two more appearances there before being recalled to the majors.
- The Twins made a last-minute addition to their rotation before Opening Day, acquiring Chris Paddack from the Padres in a deal that involved four MLB players changing hands. Minnesota already had a starting five of Sonny Gray, Joe Ryan, Dylan Bundy, Bailey Ober and Chris Archer lined up, and manager Rocco Baldelli told reporters (including Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com) the Twins will roll with a six-man starting staff to open the season. Active rosters are expanded from 26 to 28 through April, giving teams flexibility to carry plenty of arms. Minnesota is also carrying top prospects Josh Winder and Jhoan Duran on the Opening Day roster, with both working in relief. Duran is expected to remain in that role (where he shined in two innings during his MLB debut this afternoon); Winder could be a rotation option down the line, and Baldelli said Winder could shoulder as much as five innings during an appearance out of the ’pen in the early going (Park link).
HFS, watching baseball on Apple TV is one of the worst entertainment experiences I’ve ever endured.
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One of the biggest tech giants on earth, one that boasts about its proficiency and performance, had a technical delay on their first broadcast.
The delay was a lighting issue at the nats stadium as far as I know.
But the feed has been cutting out about every 20 minutes and the commentators are worthless. Switching to radio.
Agreed. Glad tmobile gives me mlb.tv for free because apple is brutal.
The Apple TV games are exclusives and are not available on mlbtv (or anywhere else, for that matter)
Get that $$$ though, MLB
Even though it’s blacking out local games on the main streaming service that makes young people skip watching… not the pace of play. Geniuses.
@raisinsss I didn’t know that, good looking out. That’s doodoo. Like those lame Thursday night nfl games on Amazon.
Apple can suck a butt.
The score graphic is one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen. Absolutely no personality and uniqueness
I refused to give Apple my credit card info to watch this “free” game…
Just a greedy trick to get some of us to forget cancelling.
Javy still making White Sox fans crazy. Hahaha
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Lynch was really bad in his first go-round and much better the second time. Singer looked atrocious in his Spring starts with terrible command.
Singer’s competitive fire gets the better of him quite a bit. He seems to have no ability to handle adversity on the mound. He’ll miss a spot or make a throwing error or something and then throw a little tantrum at him himself on the mound and completely unravel. Reminds me a lot of the dark side of a young Zack Greinke. Hopefully the actual Zack Greinke can help him learn to keep a tighter reign on his emotional horses.
Yeah, I’ve noticed Brady kicking himself multiple times as well. He’s definitely got the competitive fire. Fwiw, I think Kris Bubic is going to have a pretty solid season. He doesn’t stand out but I think he’s going to be the workhorse of the staff.
You should see the comments on the Nats’ chat. Kudos to the owners for starting off the season with the worst baseball broadcast in history. Someone called it a second rate AM radio morning show.
Pineda killed his first start in AAA. Allowed one hit over three innings. I’m not yet of the belief that the Tigers can be considered a serious competitor, but if Pineda can stay healthy and do what he usually does (figure 3.70-4.10 ERA), at his monetary price tag, he can probably net Detroit a decent prospect or two at the deadline.
If he’s pitching well at the deadline, the Tigers will be keeping him for a playoff push. The rebuild is over. Didn’t you get the memo?
respectfully, they had 77 wins last season. that may be an improvement from 2019, but they’re not at the point where they have proven they are competitors yet. if they are below .500 the deadline they can always sell off and regroup for 2023.
Why is any team still hoping Chris Archer is worth a rotation spot?
It’s the Twins. They have zero pitching talent at any level.