Kris Bubic
22-Year-Old PitcherRP
Kansas City Royals AA
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Leading MiLB in strikeouts is hardly a feat that portends greatness, but there are some big hits (Brandon Woodruff in 2016, Jose Berrios in 2015) mixed in with the duds (Dean Kremer in 2018, Alec Hansen in 2017, Taylor Cole in 2014). Bubic joined this club by fanning 185 in 149.1 innings across stops at Low-A and High-A in his age-21 season. A 6-foot-3, 220-pound lefty with a low-90s fastball, plus changeup and average curveball, Bubic projects as more of a No. 4 or No. 5 starter long term. That said, any big southpaw with good command and a plus changeup has a chance to beat projections, and we won't learn a lot about his future prospects until we see how he handles Double-A and Triple-A. Bubic is part of a hoard of quality Royals pitching prospects with ETAs of 2021. His home park makes him more appealing than he would otherwise be, and if his breaking ball improves, he could develop into a No. 3 starter. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Royals in June of 2018.
Likely to open at Double-A
PKansas City Royals  AA
March 25, 2020
Bubic will likely open the year at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
He gave up four earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two over 3.1 innings this spring. According to Brendan Gawlowski of FanGraphs, Bubic was sitting in the upper 80s with his fastball at times while touching 93 mph in a March 8 outing against the White Sox. This is important to factor in when looking at Bubic's eye-popping stats from 2019. He is a lefty with a plus changeup and average curveball, and that is often more than enough to flummox low-level hitters. While his statistics make him seem like a pitcher with a high ceiling, his stuff is more in line with a back-end starter.
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To join big-league camp
PKansas City Royals  AA
January 13, 2020
Bubic was invited to the Royals' big-league camp Monday, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.
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Moves up to High-A
PKansas City Royals  AA
May 21, 2019
The Royals promoted Bubic from Low-A Lexington to High-A Wilmington on Tuesday.
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Drafted by Royals with 40th pick
PKansas City Royals  AA
June 4, 2018
The Royals have selected Bubic with the 40th overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft.
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