Fortunately for the Royals, the day may be approaching when a huge group of prospects arrives at Kauffman Stadium.
Brady Singer had a strong debut on Saturday, and Royals fans got to watch another young pitcher, this one new to the team, on Sunday.
Many spectators may have been confused when they saw Ronald Bolanos listed as the starting pitcher for Sunday’s game.
Bolanos is a new face in Kansas City, having been acquired in the Tim Hill trade from the Padres. Bolanos is a young player with no major league starting experience prior to 2019. (19.2 innings).
Mike Matheny may have chosen him for the opener job in Sunday’s game despite his lack of experience in the majors.
Bolanos only threw 32 pitches in 2.0 innings, but he impressed Matheny. He only gave up three hits, walked one batter, and struck out one batter while allowing no earned runs.
Bolanos returned to the bullpen after coming off the mound instead of resting.
Much of the Royals’ rotation is in flux, and Matheny is likely to be willing to replace those who aren’t doing well.
It’s unclear if Bolanos will see more time in the rotation or as a long reliever, but he appears to be on the verge of a bigger role.
How Much Does Ronald Bolaños Make?
Ronald Bolaños makes an annual average salary of $700,000.