In the role, he conceded four runs in 5.2 innings of work, with six strikeouts, a 6.35 ERA, and a 1.41 WHIP.
The Royals, however, decided that he is too valuable to be moved to the bullpen permanently, so they changed their plans for him.
“RHP Brady Singer will start in Triple-A Omaha and get stretched out there. Moore: ‘To keep him in the bullpen simply doesn’t make sense. He’s too talented, too much a part of our future’,” Anne Rogers, the Royals’ beat writer for MLB.com, tweeted after it was revealed Singer will go to the minor leagues.
RHP Brady Singer will start in Triple-A Omaha and get stretched out there. Moore: “To keep him in the bullpen simply doesn’t make sense. He’s too talented, too much a part of our future.” #Royals
— Anne Rogers (@anne__rogers) April 28, 2022
In fact, it makes more sense to have him starting every five days, even if it is in Triple-A, than wasting his talented arm in relief.
He Will Get His Chance Eventually
Singer, the Royals’ first-round draft pick in 2018, had a 4.91 ERA last season, with a 4.04 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) in 128.1 innings and 27 starts.
He didn’t have a particularly good spring, but he needs to be one of the Royals’ five starters in MLB.
Singer certainly belongs in that group, but right now, he is not nearly stretched out to complete four or five innings as a starter.
He will go to the minors to have what it looks like a couple of appearances in theory.
He should eventually take one of the five spots, and he has the potential to be the organization’s best starter by the end of the year.