Ex-Royals pitcher details how deciphering opponent signs helped him in college

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Right-hander Brian Bannister pitched four seasons for the Royals (2007-10), finishing third in Rookie of the Year voting his first year in Kansas City.

Bannister’s career numbers with the Royals aren’t noteworthy, as he had a 35-49 record with a 5.13 ERA. But if you remember those Royals teams, he was one of the better starters on the staff.

That Bannister even made it to the big leagues is a feat unto itself. Bannister recounted his tryout with Southern California in 2010, and how he thought his dream of playing college baseball might end before it started.

It’s part of a lengthy Twitter thread in which he shared making the Trojans’ travel squad not because of his physical talent, but his ability to decipher sign sequences given to opposing pitchers.

That’s a useful thing for a team to have, right?

That allowed him to land a last spot on the 25-man travel squad, get to the College World Series and eventually make enough on an impact on the field to get drafted.

This is an entertaining story from Bannister.

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