Daniel Lynch
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
Kansas City Royals AA
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Lynch, the 34th-overall pick in 2018, missed almost two months in the middle of the year with arm soreness, but he was very effective when healthy and finished the year strong in the Arizona Fall League. He is pretty advanced in that he throws four usable pitches (fastball and slider are plus, fringe-average changeup is his fourth-best offering) and has good command/control (7.0 BB% at High-A). However, at 6-foot-6, 190 pounds he is also very projectable with a chance to add velocity (fastball already sits 94-95 mph) and develop even better command. The wiry southpaw was one of the best pitchers in the AFL, logging a 19:4 K:BB in 14 innings while setting the stage for an assignment to Double-A for his age-23 season. As things stand, he projects to be a solid No. 3 starter, but if his curveball and changeup improve, he could be better than that. His future home park and division add to the appeal. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Royals in June of 2018.
Likely ticketed for Double-A
PKansas City Royals  AA
March 25, 2020
Lynch, who was sent to minor-league camp before the hiatus, will likely open the year at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
He dominated in the Arizona Fall League and was in line for a promotion to Double-A last season before he missed a couple months with arm soreness. Considered to be the Royals pitching prospect with the highest ceiling, Lynch is a 6-foot-6 lefty with a big fastball and plus slider. He gave up one earned run on three hits and three walks while striking out three in 2.2 innings this spring before getting reassigned.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Royals GM Dayton Moore embraced his Atlanta Braves roots in the first draft of his full-on rebuild, selecting five pitchers in the first 58 picks. Lynch, who received an under-slot $1.6975 million bonus after getting popped with the 34th overall pick, had the best debut of those five hurlers. He was absolutely dominant over 51.1 innings in the Appy League and Sally League, with more strikeouts (61) than baserunners (53) and a 26.8 K-BB% that would have led all Low-A and High-A pitchers had he thrown enough innings to qualify. He also posted a groundball rate over 50% across both stops. A 6-foot-6, 190-pound southpaw out of Virginia, Lynch commands a plus 93-95 mph fastball, which allows him to get into favorable counts. From there, he is able to sit hitters down with a plethora of quality offspeed pitches -- his plus mid-80s slider is his best secondary offering. He should move quickly in his age-22 season, likely finishing the year at Double-A or Triple-A.
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Gets camp invite
PKansas City Royals  AA
January 13, 2020
Lynch will join the Royals for big-league camp this spring, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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Returns from rehab assignment
PKansas City Royals  AA
August 3, 2019
Lynch (arm) returned from his rehab assignment Saturday but will head to Low-Burlington for now, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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Closing in on return to High-A
PKansas City Royals  AA
Arm
July 31, 2019
Lynch (arm) is expected to make his next rehab appearance at Low-A Burlington before getting reinstated from High-A Wilmington's 7-day injured list, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
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Nearing rehab assignment
PKansas City Royals  AA
Arm
July 20, 2019
Lynch (arm) will began a rehab assignment in the Arizona League soon, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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Resumes throwing
PKansas City Royals  AA
Arm
July 4, 2019
Lynch (arm) recently started a throwing program, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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