Lynch will be a part of the Royals' 60-man player pool this season, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports. Prior to the Royals drafting Asa Lacy, Lynch was the best pitching prospect in a system loaded with quality young starting pitchers. He is a big lefty with a plus fastball and a plus slider who is coming off an impressive run in the Arizona Fall League. That said, Lynch was likely going to spend most of the season in the upper levels of the minors under normal circumstances, so it's unclear if the Royals will find work for him in the majors this season.
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. 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.
Lynch will join the Royals for big-league camp this spring, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Lynch will get to work with the Royals' big-league pitching coaches, though he's probably not yet ready to debut this year, as he's yet to reach the Double-A level. In 15 starts for High-A Wilmington last year, he posted a 3.10 ERA, striking out 23.6 percent of opposing batters while walking 7.0 percent.
Lynch (arm) returned from his rehab assignment Saturday but will head to Low-Burlington for now, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Lynch spent most of the season with High-A Wilmington, posting a 3.09 ERA in 11 starts before landing on the injured list with a sore arm in early June. He'll presumably be back at that level soon but will drop down to Low-A for now.
Lynch (arm) will began a rehab assignment in the Arizona League soon, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Lynch has been out with arm soreness since early June. He's recently finished going through a throwing progression and should be pitching in games shortly.
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