Back in the early days of Spring Training this year, when Royals officials and staffers discussed the Minor League players who were about to arrive for camp, the organization’s most recent Draft picks were discussed more than the rest. The 2021 season would allow what the 2020 canceled Minor League season did not: the first real look at these players competing in a Royals uniform.
One of the more intriguing players in that group was right-hander Will Klein, a fireball reliever with a devastating changeup — and a potential to start. And what he showed in that first look made the Royals all the more excited about what’s to come.
After a successful 2021 campaign, Klein was named the Royals’ Pitching Prospect of the Year by MLB Pipeline.