The Royals selected the athletic righty with the 18th overall pick in last year’s draft, inking him to a $4.25M bonus after a stellar amateur career at the University of Florida. After a long college season, Singer didn’t pitch in an official game this summer. I saw him toe the rubber this October during instructs.
Singer stands tall over the mound and uses an abbreviated wind-up and uptempo delivery to create deception on his 91-to-93 mph fastball. He drops down to a low three-quarters slot, and the pitch is especially tough for righties to pick up. His low release point creates excellent natural tailing action, showing movement to all parts of the zone. Singer’s athletic delivery projects to at least average command within the zone, allowing the fastball to grade as a future above-average pitch. The go-to secondary is a sharp slider at 81-to-83 mph, showing sharp bite and hard two-plane break out of the zone. It was inconsistent in this look, but it projects to another 55-grade pitch, working well as a backfoot option to lefties or chase pitch away to same-side bats. Singer’s third pitch is a mid-80s change up that works well off his sinking fastball, showing similar action at release with separation and fade. The change is his least refined pitch, but he has feel to locate it off the edge of the plate. Considering his pitchability and athleticism, I’m projecting it aggressively as another potentially above-average pitch down the road.
Instructional league is Singer’s first action as a pro, and in this look he showed the makings of a mid-rotation starter with feel for three pitches and the ability to fill the zone. With solid present stuff and feel, Singer could be fast-tracked to the bigs with his change-up the primary developmental hurdle remaining.