In 2015, before senior year at Eustis High School in Leesburg, Florida, Brad committed to the Univ. of Florida.
In 2015, he passed up the Blue Jays' offer as the second round pick.
June 26, 2017: Singer set a College World Series finals record with 12 Ks in a 4-3 win over LSU. It was Florida's first ever first place finish at the CWS. “That’s something I’m going to remember until the end of time, being a part of the first national championship,” the rising junior righthander said. “It means so much to me and to the guys.”
In 2018, Brady won the Dick Howser Award. And, for his exemplary season and his premium talent, Singer is Baseball America’s 2018 College Player of the Year.
June 2018: The Royals chose Singer in the first round, out of the Univ. of Florida, via scout Jim Buckley. He was 12-1 with a 2.30 ERA, holding opponents to a .187 average as the Gators entered the College World Series. And Brady signed for an over-slot $4.25 million, with slot being $3.35 million.
- Brady is a solid competitor. And that mentality helps him on the mound. He always seems to rise and excel in the big situations.
Singer said his competitive spirit comes from his parents, especially his mother. “Even when we play board games, we can’t lose,” he said. “She’s a huge competitor and I get it from her.”
2018 Q&A with Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com:
Who was your favorite player growing up?
Singer: My favorite player growing up was Chipper Jones. But being a pitcher, my favorite pitcher . . . kind of old school here but it would be Nolan Ryan. My dad would tell me stories about how hard Nolan Ryan competed. I have a picture on my wall of Nolan Ryan all bloody after getting hit in the face with a comebacker. It's pretty cool.
Favorite baseball movie?
Singer: "For Love of the Game." Absolutely. I always think of that part when he's on the mound and the fans are getting on him and it's loud, and he just says, 'Clear the mechanism.' And then it's all quiet. I kind of still say that to myself when I'm out of the mound. Just clear all the noise from the stands and everywhere else and totally focus.
Favorite movie, any genre?
Singer: Well, to keep it PG, I'd still say "For Love of the Game."
Any must-see TV for you?
Singer: Not a big TV watcher. I'm more of an outdoors type—hunting and fishing.
Singer: Definitely country. Eric Church.
Favorite pig-out food?
Singer: Oh. That's barbecue. Mac and cheese. Big brisket. Stuff like that. Should fit in with Kansas City pretty well, right?
Dec. 2018: Singer’s family is probably going to remember this Christmas for the rest of their lives. The Royals pitching prospect celebrated Christmas with his parents and handed them a letter containing his gift: a clearance of all the debt they accrued while supporting Singer’s career in the expensive world of elite youth baseball.
In 2019, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Singer as the #1 prospect in the Royals' organization. In 2020, he was at #4.
July 2019: Singer represented the Royals at the Futures All-Star Game.
- MLB debut (July 25, 2020): Singer, 23, pitched at Cleveland and tossed five superb innings, giving up just three hits and two runs while striking out seven in the Royals’ 3-2, 10-inning victory over the Indians at Progressive Field.
With a little luck, Singer, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Royals’ No. 2 prospect, could have thrown five shutout innings.
Singer showed the same type of command and stuff he displayed in Spring Training and Summer Camp—well-placed sinkers on the corners and a biting slider that made some hitters chase.
“There were obviously a few butterflies,” Singer said. “But I just let the first pitch go as hard as I could. I just went to the scouting report and went from there.”
Singer’s parents came to Cleveland from Florida but had to watch the game from the hotel, due to Covid-19. (J Flanagan - MLB.com - July 25, 2020)
- Dec. 2022: Singer committed to play for Team USA in the 2023 WBC. Singer was hosting a golf outing the day before his wedding this offseason when he noticed his agent take a call, then drive over to Singer in his golf cart. Team USA had just extended an invitation for the Royals right-hander to play in the World Baseball Classic.“ The answer was an immediate, ‘Yes, absolutely,’" Singer said Thursday at the Royals’ Spring Training complex in Surprise. “It’s a different kind of pressure to rep your country. To wear it across your chest will be a different feeling. I’m incredibly excited.” (Anne Rogers)
Singer did not get to play in the event.
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Singer is a very tall, thin righthander with an 92-96 mph 2-seam SINKER with lots of late arm side movement and sink down in the zone. It is a 55-60 grade. He works his heater down in the zone, getting an a lot of grounders with it.
He has a 60 grade 83-85 mph sharp SLIDER—an out-pitch to lefthanded hitters that is his best secondary pitch. He also has an improving 45 grade CHANGEUP. However, Brady rarely uses his 85-87 mph changeup, which—along with his low arm slot—has hampered his effectiveness at times against lefthanded hitters. Evaluators saw no issues in 2019 and give him the benefit of the doubt. Singer’s changeup is still a bit too firm, but he is gaining confidence in it and could make it an average pitch in time.
Singer's calling card is his sinker-slider combo, and he knows how to use both pitches in harmony to generate a plethora of weak, mostly ground-ball contact. He eats up righthanded hitters with his sinker and can reach back for a few extra ticks with his four-seamer, controlling both fastballs well. His slider is a plus pitch when he stays on top of it, and he keeps hitters off-balance by effectively manipulating its speed and depth. While those two pitches can give righties fits, Singer will need to develop a better changeup in order to dispatch lefthanded hitters at higher levels.
Singer works from a slightly lower arm slot but is consistently around the plate with all three pitches, standing out more for his control than command. He shows enough feel for a changeup to project it as at least average, while improvements to both his control and command are to be expected as he gains more experience. Singer's stuff, feel and off-the-charts competitiveness give him a realistic future as a mid-rotation starter, and he'll look to keep moving quickly in 2020 after finishing his first season on a high note by posting a 1.96 ERA, 9.5 K/9 and .188 BAA over his final nine starts in Double-A. (Spring 2020)
2020 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball less than 1% of the time; his Sinker 57.4%; Change 4.7%; and Slider 37.4% of the time. Average velocity: 4-seam 92.9 mph, Sinker 93.6, Change 88.1, and Slider 83.4 mph.
2022 Pitch Usage/Avg. Velo: Sinker 54.3% - 93.8 mph; Slider 38% - 85.5 mph; Change 7.7% - 87 mph.
He gets swings and misses with his slider, and he breaks bats with that fastball that is so difficult for a hitter to square up.
The 6-foot-5 righthander is tough on same-side batters (.235 opponent average) and is working to improve his changeup in order to neutralize lefthanders (.260).
Lauded for his makeup and competitiveness coming out of college, Singer throws from a low three-quarter arm slot and shows above-average control. Brady a competitor with pinpoint control. He pitches with intensity. (Bill Mitchell - BA Prospect Handbook - Spring 2020)
Brady has a long, loose arm and a balanced high hand delivery from a low-to-mid-three-quarters arm slot with a high elbow. He throws from a tough, low arm slot. That tends to add deception and movement.
One problem: He tends to land on a stiff front side.
"I think just the movement of my fastball is one of the main things I try to bring,” Singer said in 2019. “The sinking fastball is one of my strong points.
“My best secondary pitch is my slider. My changeup I used a lot more in college. I know I need to use it a lot more in pro ball. So that’s something I’m really focusing on lately. In instructs I worked on the four-seam fastball. I added that this year.”
Singer’s teammates say that his fiery persona on the mound is different than what they see off the field. It is also part of the reason they enjoy playing behind him. They feed off the energy he brings to the mound.
Brady likes to watch Jake Peavy and Max Scherzer, both of whom also throw from a lower arm slot.
Beyond their arm actions, Singer likes the persona Peavy and Scherzer bring to the mound.
“(Peavy) pitches mean, almost mad,” Singer said. “He likes to show his emotion a lot. The thing you can really tell when you’re watching Jake is how he wants to dominate and win every single time. And I’ve been watching that with Scherzer, too. Just wanting to win every single pitch and beat anybody that steps into the box. I think pitching with that attitude, you’re going to go a long way.” (Teddy Cahill - Baseball America - 8/04/2017)
2019 Season: In his first minor league season, he posted a 2.85 ERA in 148 innings across Single-A and AA. He quickly settled down in Northwest Arkansas and put together a terrific nine-game stretch to close out the year, spinning a 1.96 ERA in the process.
Aug 9, 2020: The big league education of Royals rookie Brady Singer continues.
Recent lesson: Don’t try to field 100-mph grounders with your bare hand. Singer, the Royals’ No. 3 prospect per MLB Pipeline, did exactly that on a grounder from Minnesota’s Byron Buxton. Fortunately, Singer wasn’t hurt, but the event seemed to rattle him and he allowed two runs that inning. The Royals went on to beat the Twins, 4-2, for their fourth straight victory and a series sweep.
After Buxton’s ball caromed off Singer for an infield hit, Singer promptly uncorked a wild pickoff throw to first, allowing Buxton to reach third base. Singer then walked the No. 9 hitter, Alex Avila. And Singer then left a 1-2 fastball middle-in to Max Kepler, who ripped an RBI double. An RBI groundout followed, and the Twins tied the score at 2. Royals manager Mike Matheny had a chat with Singer about the bare-hand attempt.
“He made a play I’m confident he’s not going to try to do again,” Matheny said. “It’s natural instincts, but that’s something we have to undo for all of our guys. That could have gone really bad, not just with the injury but with numbness.”
Singer vows he will not try it again.
“I’ve [done that] my whole entire career,” Singer said. “And I need to pay attention to the shift more. I think there’s no one behind me and then you see two guys waiting there with open arms.”
But credit Singer with this: He worked through dangerous jams over the next two innings and made it through five innings. The 24-year-old got Buxton on a harmless fly to center with two on and two out in the fourth. Singer then made his best pitch of the day with two on and two out in the fifth, handcuffing Eddie Rosario with a 1-2 fastball that Rosario could only pop into left-center, ending the threat.
“He did a nice job of regaining his composure and getting out of that jam,” Matheny said, “and then getting some big outs in the middle of their order.”
Singer allowed five hits and two runs, walked two and struck out four. He labored at times, needing 95 pitches—his most in his four starts. But Singer also recorded his first big league victory, a special moment.
“It was unbelievable,” Singer said. “Hopefully there will be many more to come. I’m going to enjoy this and soak it in. You only get your first win once. This is a blast. Everyone says winning is more fun—it’s a lot more fun at this level.” (J Flanagan - MLB.com - Aug 9, 2020)
First six starts: 1-3, 5.16, 8.2 K/9, 3.6 BB/9
Last six starts: 3-2, 3.12, 8.8 K/9, 2.9 BB/9
Singer jumped straight from Double-A to the Majors and understandably took some lumps early. His control and command improved greatly as the season went on, setting the stage for more strikeouts, fewer walks and home runs allowed and longer outings as the year progressed. After allowing seven home runs in his first six starts, Singer allowed only one home run in his final six outings. (Kyle Glaser - BA - April 2021)
March 29, 2021: Singer couldn’t have asked for a better end to his Spring Training with a dominant start against the Indians in the Royals’ 5-4 walk-off win at Surprise Stadium. The Royals' right-hander allowed just two hits in five innings, striking out five against just one walk. It was as good of a sendoff as any as the Royals pack up Monday night to head to Kansas City for Opening Day .“I feel really good,” Singer said. “I feel strong. The build-up was great throughout the starts, so I feel great. I felt like it was exactly what I needed.”
As the Royals' No. 3 starter, Singer will get his first regular-season start against the Rangers. He had all his pitches working for him, including the changeup that he’s worked on all spring. He said he could still use some depth to his slider, but he was able to get swings and misses off the pitch anyway. “He was fantastic,” manager Mike Matheny said. “That’s just the kind of tune-up we were hoping for with him. He did everything we were hoping he would do, commanded the fastball, slider looked good, just one really good last one for him.” The next time Singer takes the mound, he’ll do so in front of fans for the first time in his Major League career. The 24-year-old pitched in front of empty stadiums in his rookie year in 2020. But his family will be at Kauffman Stadium for his first start of his sophomore season, Singer said, which makes it all worth it. “Whole family’s coming, girlfriend’s coming, everybody’s coming,” Singer said. “They’re excited. We couldn’t be more ready.”
Singer said this season will feel more “real” with a full 162-game slate and fans in the stands. He also felt more comfortable this spring, posting a 2.65 ERA across 17 innings and four starts.
“I felt more comfortable coming in here, especially from what I learned last year,” Singer said. “Knew what I had to work on and felt like I did a lot of things that I needed to work on. It felt completely different, and it felt a lot better, knowing that we’re starting in April and we’re playing 162.” (A Rogers - MLB.com - March 30, 2021)
April 24, 2021: “I think my fastball’s got some good life to it right now,” Singer said. “I didn’t feel like the command was that great in the first two innings. I felt like I gained some more command toward the end of the game. But even when I did miss, I had so much life to it, I felt like it was jumping out of my hand.”
That Singer was able to navigate through the Tigers’ batting order three times on two pitches speaks to the quality of his stuff. Add in the changeup and anyone can see why the Royals took Singer in the first round of the 2018 Draft. And why they see him as a cornerstone of their rotation for years to come.
“His usage is simple, but that doesn't make his stuff simple,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “I think it's pretty electric, and the ball's moving a little bit. It's 94-95, he's got a hard slider, he's got command, even some of the pitches that he's just missing. I mean, it was an execution day for him, too. And he's got plenty of stuff, no matter how many pitches he has, to be successful. And we saw it." (A Rogers - MLB.com - April 24, 2021)
May 16, 2021: Brady's seven-strikeout outing against the White Sox gave the right-hander 101 through 20 games to begin his career. He's the fastest pitcher in Royals history (by games) to record 100 strikeouts. Singer, 24, now has more strikeouts than Yordano Ventura (96 through 20 games to begin his career), Danny Duffy (87) and Steve Busby (87).
2021 Season: As has been the case for Singer, he isn’t particularly great at anything, thanks in large part to him missing that third pitch. His ceiling as a starter is limited in that sense. However, he has consistently been average-to-good at three things: Limiting home runs, striking hitters out, and getting ground balls.
For much of the season, he was actually great at limiting home runs. Through September 10, only five pitchers in baseball with as many innings pitched as Singer had given up fewer home runs per nine innings than Singer and his nine home runs given up were tied for the fewest in the American League. Then his September 9 outing against Minnesota happened.
Even with that start, he finished top-10 in the AL in HR/9 and his 4.91 ERA is a gigantic outlier among the other pitchers that surround him.
That was due largely to his ability to get ground balls, with only four AL pitchers forcing ground balls at a higher rate. He was great at forcing ground balls and not allowing the fly balls to leave the yard. Pair that with his at least league average ability to strike hitters out, thanks to a weird ability to convince hitters not to swing at pitches in the zone, and an above-average ability to limit hard contact, you can see Singer did a lot of good things. (Ryan Heffernon Dec 3, 2021)
Brady Singer Explains Improvements to Sinker in 2022
While the Kansas City Royals fell short of expectations as a team in 2022, starting pitcher Brady Singer was one of the few players whose star shined brighter than just about anyone else's.
Across 27 games (24 starts), the 26-year-old pitched to the tune of a 3.23 ERA with 150 strikeouts in 153.1 innings of work. Singer was worth 2.9 fWAR on the year, and his ability to limit walks and remain effective elsewhere saw him post career lows in FIP (3.58) and xERA (3.97) as well. With a 10-5 record on the year, it's safe to say that Singer was Kansas City's best pitcher for the majority of the season.
Things weren't always going to be that way, though. To begin the year, Singer came out of the bullpen and allowed four runs in three appearances. After that, the Royals sent him down to Triple-A Omaha to allow him to work on some things as a member of the Storm Chasers and be stretched back out as a starting pitcher. In a recent article by David Laurila of FanGraphs, Singer detailed tweaking some things with his sinker prior to being sent down as a development that allowed him to regain his form and ultimately break out over the course of the season:
“I kind of went back to what I was throwing in college,” said Singer, whom the Royals drafted 18th overall in 2018 out of the University of Florida. “We changed the tilt on where my hand position was, and from there, it just kind of came naturally. We got right around that 1:15-1:30, and I’m getting a lot more movement than I had the last two years.” (JORDAN FOOTE - OCT 24, 2022)
2022 Season: Singer showed some flashes late in 2021, but the former first-round pick failed to make the starting rotation out of Spring Training and was even demoted to the minors. He turned out to be worthy of the wait, going 10-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 153.1 innings as KC's clear ace. The Royals have a lot of questions heading into next season, but Singer looks like the ace many envisioned when he was drafted in the first round of the 2018 draft. (Seth Trachtman - Nov. 10, 2022)
- 2023 Nastiest pitch on the Royals - Brady Singer's sinker:Singer's sinker averages 94 mph with 15 inches of arm-side run, and he's great at sneaking a front-door sinker by you. The 26-year-old's 338 called strikes and 46 called strikeouts on sinkers were both second-most of any pitcher. (D Adler - MLB.com - Feb 8, 2023)
June 2018: Singer did not pitch after the Gators were eliminated from the College World Series. He pulled his hamstring during the season, and the Royals exercised caution after signing him for $4.2 million.
“I’m totally recovered,” Singer said. “I just took some time off. I threw a lot in college, so taking a break from the throwing really wasn’t a bad thing.
“It was tough not pitching, but I threw a lot in three years at the University of Florida. It was good to take a little bit of a break, meet some of these guys, and get used to pro ball.”
April 30, 2021: Singer exited a game with a left heel contusion after a line drive struck him to start an unusual double play. Fortunately for the Royals, they were met with good news after their 9-1 loss at Target Field.
The X-rays came back negative on Singer, whose heel was struck by a 105.5 mph line drive. The ball hit Singer before popping up and into first baseman Carlos Santana’s glove. Singer immediately went down on the mound and looked to be in significant pain.
July 20-Aug 11, 2021: The Royals placed Singer on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder fatigue.
Aug 7, 2021: Singer rejoined the Royals in St. Louis and threw a bullpen on Aug. 7 at Busch Stadium. The Royals will make the next move once they see how he’s recovered, and a six-man rotation is in consideration if everyone is healthy when Singer returns.
Sept 17-20, 2021: Brady was on the IL with no specified injury. Under league protocols since the start of last season, this allows Jon Heasley to be added to the Royals’ full 40-man roster without having to take anyone off yet. When Singer returns, Kansas City will have to make a 40-man move. The Royals have had several players go on the unspecified injured list this season and then return within a day or two.
- Sept 28-Oct 5, 2021: Singer was on the IL.