The Royals first pick in the 2018 MLB Draft was on the mound for game one of his team’s Super Regional matchup on Saturday over on ESPN. Brady Singer and the Florida Gators took on #1 overall pick Casey Mize and the Auburn Tigers in a matchup of college baseball titans in Gainesville with a trip to the College World Series in Omaha on the line.
Brady Singer struggled with his command and battled a minor hamstring issue early on Saturday, while his counterpart, Casey Mize, was completely dominant for the first two innings of the game. A couple of walks, a couple of bloop hits, and the Auburn Tigers had an early 2-0 over the Gators.
After struggling in the top of the 3rd inning, Singer came in to the Gators dugout visibly upset. His offense responded with a 4-run bottom of the 3rd and Brady Singer never looked back. His fastball sat consistently between 91-92 mph with some incredible late life. There weren’t many hard hit balls of Singer all day, but there may not have been any on his fastball. Singer’s combination of late-life and decent command kept Auburn hitters off balance all day.
That’s a fastball from Singer…
The fastball wasn’t the only thing working for Singer on Saturday. He struggled to command his slider early on in his outing, but once he figured it out, it was good night for the Auburn Tigers.
Singer’s fastball/slider combo is absolutely lethal. I have no idea how the Royals were able to swoop him up at 18 in the draft. Everyone knows about Singer’s main two pitches, but look at these little wrinkles he added in during his outing.
My goodness, folks. The Royals got a good one in Brady Singer. He’s probably going to become the Royals top pitching prospect the day that he signs (though I really like Jackson Kowar long-term as well), and he’s going to be on a fast track to Kansas City.