Former UF ace Singer promoted to Double-A

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Right-handed pitcher Brady Singer, the Kansas City Royals' top pick of the 2018 draft, smiles after a news conference announcing his signing before the team's game against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star via AP)

By Frank Jolley, GateHouse Florida

Brady Singer is moving on up.

The former Eustis High School and University of Florida pitching standout has been promoted to the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals, Kansas City’s affiliate in the Texas League, according to Alec Lewis of The Athletic.

Singer had been pitching for the Wilmington Blue Rocks in the High-A Carolina League at the time of his promotion. His final outing with the Blue Rocks was dominant effort on Monday against Myrtle Beach — seven innings, no runs, four hits, and 63 strikes on 93 pitches.

It was Singer’s third straight scoreless start. He has not allowed an earned run since May 9 against the Salem Red Sox.

Singer leaves Wilmington with a 5-2 record and 1.87 ERA. In five starts in May, he has a 3-0 record with a 0.90 ERA, along with 29 strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP.

The 18th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, Singer helped the University of Florida to its only College World Series title in 2017. He was originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round of the 2015 draft, but did not sign.

As a junior at Florida, Singer compiled a 12-3 record with a 2.55 ERA and limited opposing hitters to a .204 batting average.

Northwest Arkansas is located in Springdale, Arkansas, near Fayetteville, home to the University of Arkansas. The Naturals are in the Texas League’s North Division.

Through Monday, Northwest Arkansas is in third place with a 20-29 record, 12 1/2 games behind division leading Arkansas.