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    December 4, 2022 7:11 AM EST

    As the Kansas City Royals get back into the swing of pre-regular season activities such as spring training, a ramp-up for the year is required. During this year's period, the stakes may be higher than ever for just about every young member of the team's rotation.For the sake of argument, 26-year-old Brad Keller and his 5.39 ERA from last season will be left out of this conversation. Aside from him, the Royals had a quartet of Kris Bubic, Brady Singer, Carlos Hernandez and Daniel Lynch log Jonathan Villar Jersey significant innings in 2021. They compiled 130.0, 128.1, 85.2 and 68.0, respectively. Jackson Kowar, the 33rd overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, to sed 30.1 innings of big-league ball. The results for the group were mixed.At the bottom of the aforementioned group is Kowar, who posted an astronomical 11.27 ERA in just nine appearances on the year. The jump from Triple-A to the MLB proved to be a bit too much for him earlier in the season and by the end of it, his final results were still poor. Singer, who flashed plenty of promise in 2020, took a step back last season as the league began to adjust to his lack of a trustworthy third pitch. He simply didn't Brad Ziegler Jersey have enough deception in what was left of his arsenal to have sustained succe s during the season.Lynch, despite his 5.69 ERA, had some of the highest highs of any "young" Royals pitcher. At times, he struggled with his control and walked way too many batters, which limited him from being a consistent overall contributor. During his best stretch of the year, though, he showed serious promise as a future No. 2 or No. 3 starter. Bubic was relatively steady throughout the year and although his ceiling is lower than that of others, his floor is also higher. That carries good value on a still-developing roster.Scroll to ContinueCarlos Hernandez, the player with quite po sibly the lowest expectations surrounding him heading into the year, had a veryimpre sive 24-game sample size. In addition to posting a tidy 3.68 ERA, the Venezuelan flame-thrower struck out 74 hitters. In 2022, the Royals will need more performances like that. President of baseball operations Dayton Moore recently spoke to the media about the club's youth on the pitching staff, and he emphasized that the time is now for these players to emerge as core pieces.Well, I think its really important because its time for a lot of our guys to start taking some steps forward," Cameron Maybin Jersey Moore told the media on Saturday. "Its been a very unnatural time. Some of them werent able to get finished off at the Triple-A level because of COVID, and we made a decision that we were going to put them on the major league club Jazz Chisholm Jersey and give them an opportunity to develop. I think, in some ways, theyre playing a little catch-up at times. I think theyre at a point now, certainly mentally, that they know exactly what to expect and it takes a couple of offseasons to figure that out.Not many (if any) are expecting Kansas City to contend for a World Series title this season, but plenty are expecting to watch a competitive ball team. Moore's expectations are always high for the Royals, and he's doubling down on that with the added importance of and belief in the youngest arms on the MLB club. The lockout between the owners and players certainly presented a unique set of circumstances for everyone involved, but it didn't prohibit players from preparing on their own. While the offseason was unique, the Royals need their talent to rise to the challenge in order to help accomplish their goals. For Moore, that includes playoff baseball.Of course, we want to be playing in October," Moore said. "Thats the mindset of Mike (Matheny), the coaching staff and this group of players. To do that, for that to take place, for that to occur were going to need a lot of our players to step up and become more consistent and do some of the little things that you have to do to win Major League Baseball games.It remains to be seen whether any of the pitchers mentioned here will prove to be long-term answers for the Royals. There's a lot left to be determined for one of the youngest groups in all of baseball. There are Deven Marrero Jersey also reinforcements on the way, eventually giving Matheny even more options as the manager of the team. Regardle s of how Kansas City divvies up its innings to starters this year, one thing is for certain: whoever does end up playing in 2022 is going to be held to the highest standard yet.