The Kansas City Royals finished the week with a .500 record, going 3-3 on the road. That includes Monday’s 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox in a make-up game, splitting a two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks and then losing two of three to the San Diego Padres.
Who had a good week? Who still needs a job? What do the children look like? Let’s take a look.
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Drew Waters makes his MLB debut Monday against the White Sox
Just before the 2022 MLB Draft, the Royals traded a Round A pick for the Atlanta Braves’ competitive balance. In return, they received infielder C.J. Alexander, pitcher Andrew Hoffman and outfielder Drew Waters.
Waters has been the Braves’ top prospect recently, but he’s also been in a bit of trouble with Atlanta’s Triple-A affiliate. However, after the Royals acquired him, he started lighting it up for the Omaha Storm Chasers. In fact, he was doing so well that the Royals felt the need to call him up for the extended stretch of the 2022 campaign.
Defying all odds, Waters came to the plate with the game tied and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning. He drew an RBI walk, giving the Royals the go-ahead and the team never looked back.
MLB debuts are always something to remember, but even more so when there are heroics involved – even if it was anticlimactic in some ways. It was certainly a day Waters will never forget.
Brady Singer continues his hot streak
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Brady Singer is riding a freaking hot streak. Don’t get in his way as he’ll probably just mow you down with his devastating slider or burn you with his fastball. Right now, everything is working for Singer.
Singer went seven innings against the Diamondbacks, allowing four hits and one run while striking out six and allowing no walks in a 5-3 Royals victory. It’s been another impressive start for Singer, and his ERA is now down to 3.15 for the season.
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Bobby Witt Jr. hits two bombs against the Diamondbacks
Bobby Witt Jr. showed his power against the Diamondbacks, hitting a home run in each of the games against the National League team. He reached base in every game this past week and his third base defense continues to look impressive.
He is on pace to join the 20/20 club (20 home runs and 20 stolen bases) for the season. He is up to 18 home runs and has 26 stolen bases as he continues to work in his rookie campaign.
Nick Prato is having an excellent streak against the Padres
Nick Prato ignited the Padres over the weekend. The fireworks started Friday night when he went 2-4 with a home run. It was a losing effort for the team, but Pratto helped the Royals to within striking distance before the bullpen was blown again.
On Saturday, he hit an RBI double in the first inning to set the tone for his team. Again it came as a result of a loss, but Prato made his mark on the game early.
On Sunday, he added three more RBIs, including an RBI double that extended the Royals’ lead in the eighth inning in a game the team would eventually win. Prato has had a bit of a slow start to his MLB career, but this weekend showed that he will not be deterred and has the attitude to deal with it and come out a better player in the end.
The Royals offense exploded in the finale against the Padres
The Royals scored 15 runs in a huge win over the Padres to snap a three-game winning streak. The boys in blue scored five runs in the first inning, including a home run by Michael A. Taylor, Brent Rucker’s first RBI and Drew Waters’ RBI double among the runs.
Salvador Perez also homered in the game and it was his 18th of the season. That home run tied him with rookie Bobby Witt Jr. for the team lead. Hunter Dozier added four hits during the offensive explosion, and everyone who entered the game either scored a run or had a hit.
The Royals will be back on the road to close out the month of August and as they begin the final month of the season. They begin a road trip Tuesday with a three-game set in Chicago against the White Sox before the team closes the week in Detroit with a three-game set against the Tigers.
Brady Singer and Lucas Giolito are the projected starters for the Royals and White Sox on Tuesday, and the game is set for a 7:10 CT first pitch.