Selman finished spring training with a 1.93 ERA in five appearances while holding opponents to a 1.07 WHIP and .067 batting average. Having never made an appearance in an MLB game, Selman attended the Royals' spring training as a non-roster invitee. Selman made the most of the opportunity, only giving up one hit in 4.2 innings pitched, albeit a home run. However, if he wants a chance in the majors, he will need to perform better this coming season in the minors after going 3-5 with a 5.27 ERA in Double-A NW Arkansas last season.
Royals starting pitcher prospect Sam Selman had a successful debut for Class A Wilmington Tuesday. The left-hander earned the win by throwing five scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks. Selman struck out four and posted a 0.60 WHIP. He is 6-4 with a 1.93 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in his first 14 career appearances (13 starts). He is also striking out 12.8 batters per nine innings. Selman, a 2012 second-round pick, is considered the Royals' 12th-best prospect by MLB.com.
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