Lynch didn't factor into the decision in Monday's 8-6 loss to Cleveland, giving up three runs on four hits and four walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out three. Making his major-league debut, the 24-year-old lefty wasn't exactly sharp, but he battled over his 74 pitches (46 strikes) and exited the game with the Royals ahead 3-1, only to watch Scott Barlow allow two inherited runners to score. With Jakob Junis looking awful and taking the loss out of the 'pen, Lynch's spot in the rotation is likely secure for now, but he'll need to find better control if he wants to stick in the long run.
Lynch's contract was selected by the Royals on Monday. Lynch will make his major-league debut as the starter in Monday's game against Cleveland, so his addition to the active roster was expected. The left-hander posted a 3.10 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 78.1 innings across 15 starts with High-A Wilmington in 2019. Right-hander Jake Newberry was optioned to Triple-A Omaha while Daniel Tillo (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list to make room for Lynch.
Lynch will be called up to start Monday's game against Cleveland, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports. The Royals announced earlier in the week that Lynch would begin the season at Triple-A Omaha, but the southpaw will instead make his major-league debut Monday. Lynch hasn't pitched above High-A but posted a 3.10 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 77:23 K:BB in 78.1 innings across 15 starts with High-A Wilmington in 2019.
Lynch will begin the season at Triple-A Omaha, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports. Lynch hasn't previously pitched above the High-A level, though he likely would have been on track to open this year in Triple-A if not for last year's canceled minor-league season. The Royals were evidently impressed enough with his work at the alternate site that they'll promote him there anyway without any Double-A action. In 15 starts for High-A Wilmington in 2019, he recorded a 3.10 ERA and 1.26 WHIP.
The Royals reassigned Lynch to their minor-league camp Monday. Kansas City sent several of its top prospects back to minor-league camp Monday, as Lynch was reassigned along with infielder Bobby Witt, outfielder Kyle Isbel and pitcher Jackson Kowar. Lynch will likely open the 2021 campaign at Triple-A Omaha or Double-A Northwest Arkansas after posting a 2.99 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 96 strikeouts over 96.1 innings across three lower-level affiliates in 2019.
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