With the 40th selection of the 2018 MLB Draft, the Kansas City Royals select LHP Kris Bubic. This is an obvious trend with the Royals as they continue to bring in college arms.
Bubic’s best pitch may be his plus changeup that has a lot of deception. The arm speed is the same as his fastball and opposing hitters have a really hard time picking it up. Bubic was the Cape Cod Pitcher of the Year for 2017. The fastball works low-90s topping out around 94 to 95. The curve was the pitch farthest behind and has been labeled average. It seems to break early and that gives hitters a chance to read it even though it has a pretty decent break to it. As that improves, the Royals could have a back- to mid-rotation guy as Bubic is a projectable and pitchable lefty.
Bubic has a big arm reach as he is delivering his pitches which is very deceptive to hitters but also considered a little funky. This should help him be successful against LHHs. Bubic also drives the ball downhill very well.
Bubic has walked about 1 batter every 3 innings pitched. The control isn’t bad but it isn’t terrible. Bubic does work at more than 1 strikeout per inning pitched as well. Opponents are hitting .199 this year against him and he does a good job limiting opposing teams baserunners.
Look for the Royals to protect his innings and keep him in shorter stints this year before starting him in full season ball next year.