Left-hander Daniel Lynch, one of the top prospects in the Royals organization, will make his major league debut Monday when he starts on the mound against the Cleveland Indians.
Lynch has been working at the alternate training site in Springdale, Arkansas, after working at the alternate site last summer while fellow 2018 top picks Brady Singer and Kris Bubic joined the Kansas City rotation during the pandemic-shortened season.
Singer has been starting since the season began and Bubic has made one appearance (as a reliever) in 2021. And now Lynch, the 34th overall pick in 2018 and the organization's No. 2 prospect and baseball's No. 24 overall according to MLB Pipeline, gets his chance.
Along with Jackson Kowar, who was taken one pick before Lynch, the Singer-Lynch-Kowar-Bubic quartet is expected to be the core of the Royals' very near future. Or its present.
Lynch will replace Jakob Junis in the rotation. Junis, who is 1-1 with a 3.47 ERA in six appearances (four starts) this season, moves to the bullpen.
In addition to selecting Lynch from the alternate training site, the Royals optioned right-handed reliever Jake Newberry to Triple-A Omaha and moved left-hander Daniel Tillo to the 60-day injured list.
Coverage of the game Monday begins at 6:30 p.m. on Bally Sports Kansas City.