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.
Hernandez heated back up at this point hitting .306 in his next 36 ABs. His OBP was 33.3% but he only took 1 walk compared to 9 Ks here.
But, staying in Arkansas isn’t going to solve that, and Hernandez has certainly hit well enough for a promotion. In 233 plate appearances, he’s hitting .318/.353/.438 with three home runs and 15 doubles.
In 2013, as an 18-year old, Hernandez hit .301 in his second full season with Idaho Falls, and out performed 2017 Royals MiLB Hitter of the Year Frank Schwindel.
“He’s a power arm that keeps getting better. He’s been up to 97 recently and competes really well. We feel like we have a young starter with a big ceiling. Seems to keep getting better and heading in the right direction.”
Bottom line, the Royals needed starting pitching, bad, and they went out and got it in bulk. Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar are both guys that could very well sit atop a major league rotation in 2-3 years. Daniel Lynch and Kris Bubic are both guys that I like a little bit and could see filling out the middle of a rotation. Combine that with soon-to-be savvy veterans like Jake Junis and Brad Keller and, wa-la, you have yourself a rotation in 2022. Maybe.
You may be wondering why the Royals took a college senior with an 8.47 ERA in the first ten rounds, or a player ranked 230th by Baseball America with the 58th pick. It all has to do with the draft bonus pool system.