Spring Training starts tomorrow, and it’s downright freezing in Kansas City with rolling blackouts the order of business yesterday, and hopefully not today. And with Spring Training starting, it’s time to ask questions about the Royals’ upcoming season. Today’s question…
How will the rotation start the season? How might it change?
Dayton Moore and Mike Matheny have several options to choose from to start the season. Brad Keller, Brady Singer, Danny Duffy, Mike Minor, and Kris Bubic are the front-runners. Minor is back with the Royals. The others were in it last year.
Keller is the leader of the staff. It would be difficult to see the Royals have a successful season without a good year from Keller.
Will Singer and Bubic be able to last a full season? Last year was just 60 games. Are they ready to start 30-35 games?
Mike Minor is on a one-year contract. The Royals’ goal should be to get a few months of quality starts from him and then trade him for prospects.
And what do we expect to get out of Danny Duffy? Frankly, I don’t expect much. Anything the Royals can get from him would be a positive. I would also view Duffy as a potential trade piece.
There is some talk that the Royals might go with a six-man rotation. I guess I wouldn’t be shocked if that happened, but it would be disappointing. When teams went from a four-man rotation to a five-man rotation, pitching got worse, not better. Let’s not make it even worse.
Ervin Santana was signed to a minor-league deal in the offseason. He would be an experienced, inexpensive option, but can we really see him making the roster? Santana has pitched in just eight games over the past three years, with none in 2020. So, it’s an option. It’s a possibility. But I do not see it.
Daniel Lynch, Jackson Kowar, and Asa Lacy are the three top starting pitching prospects that could make their debuts later in the season. Lynch will likely get the first shot when a rotation spot opens up. He’s the pitcher most ready for the majors and could quickly be the best pitcher on the staff. If the Royals are in the hunt, and if any of these three are having success, they could very well get some starts in the majors.
There is a lot more to discuss with the rotation. I will go much deeper into the rotation in a few weeks with my positional analysis series. Until then, I hope this warmed you up just a little.
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