With the 18th overall pick in the draft, the Kansas City Royals have selected right-handed pitcher Brady Singer from the University of Florida. In mock drafts, Singer was projected to go 4th by ESPN and 4th by Baseball America.
Singer can become a quality starter in the big leagues after having a successful career with the Gators. The 21-year-old led Florida to its first national championship in school history last year after recording a College World Series single-game record 12 strikeouts in Game 1 of their eventual sweep of rival LSU. He also led the SEC in innings pitched with 126 and strikeouts looking with 51. This season, he got off to a slow start, but has still managed to post a 10-1 record with a 2.25 ERA while striking out 92 batters and walking only 18 in 88 innings of work.
Singer has two above average pitches in his fastball and his slider plus has an improving changeup. He also has proven to stay healthy throughout his career, has a pitcher’s body (6-foot-5, 180 pounds) and is a top competitor, all of which gives the Royals every reason to be excited to have him in their farm system.
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