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Kyle Zimmer | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: San Francisco
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (5) / KC
Contract: view contract details

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Royals re-signed RHP Kyle Zimmer to a minor league contract.
Zimmer became a free agent on Thursday after clearing waivers, but he'll remain with the organization that made him the fifth overall selection in the 2012 draft. He's still plenty talented if he can ever find a way to remain healthy and on the field. Apr 6 - 6:32 PM

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RHP Kyle Zimmer has cleared waivers.

That makes Zimmer a free agent. The Royals designated Zimmer for assignment last week but are interested in re-signing him, according to beat writer Jeffrey Flanagan of Drafted fifth overall in 2012, the injury-prone right-hander has yet to reach the big leagues.
Apr 5 - 4:20 PM

The Royals have requested unconditional release waivers on right-hander Kyle Zimmer.

The Royals will find out on Thursday if Zimmer clears waivers. If he does, the club plans on bringing him back. The 2012 No. 5 overall pick has had all sorts of problems staying healthy, but it wouldn't be a surprise if another team takes a flier.
Apr 3 - 12:21 PM

Royals designated RHP Kyle Zimmer for assignment.

Zimmer was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, but he hasn't been healthy in years. Some other team will probably take a chance on him as a waiver pickup.
Mar 29 - 11:53 AM

Royals optioned RHPs Kyle Zimmer, Scott Barlow, Heath Fillmyer, and Andres Machado, LHP Eric Stout, and INF Hunter Dozier to Triple-A Omaha; optioned INF Samir Duenez to Double-A Northwest Arkansas; optioned C Meibrys Viloria to High-A Wilmington.

The moves were announced late Monday night. The Royals also sent outfielders Donnie Dewees and Terrance Gore, pitchers Scott Blewett and Foster Griffin, catcher Chase Vallot, infielders Nicky Lopez and Jack Lopez to minor league camp. Zimmer was selected No. 5 overall in the 2012 draft, but he's dealt with all sorts of injury issues and was moved to the bullpen last year.
Mar 13 - 3:05 PM

Kyle Zimmer (shoulder) is due to make his Cactus League debut sometime next week.

Zimmer has logged just 42 1/3 minor league innings over the last two seasons because of shoulder troubles and is easing into action this spring in Royals camp. If he's healthy, he'll likely open the 2018 season in the bullpen at Triple-A Omaha. It seems the idea of him becoming a major league starter has been abandoned. The 26-year-old right-hander was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft.
Mar 1 - 11:42 AM

Kyle Zimmer has been activated from the disabled list at Triple-A Omaha.

Zimmer missed close to two months due to ongoing shoulder troubles. The former first-round pick has logged just 15 1/3 professional innings over the last two years.
Tue, Jun 13, 2017 04:47:00 PM

Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer has been placed on Triple-A Omaha's disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

The Royals had called Zimmer's removal from a start last Thursday precautionary, but they're not going to take any chances especially with the righty's history of shoulder issues. Zimmer had thoracic outlet surgery last summer and just can't seem to stay healthy. It's a bummer for a guy who was once one of the best pitching prospects in the game.
Mon, Apr 24, 2017 04:24:00 PM

Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer was lifted from an appearance at Triple-A Omaha on Thursday due to right shoulder soreness.

Zimmer has dealt with shoulder issues for a few years and had thoracic outlet surgery last summer. The Royals are calling his removal from the game precautionary, but it's certainly not an encouraging development.
Fri, Apr 21, 2017 11:37:00 AM

Royals optioned RHP Kyle Zimmer to Double-A Northwest Arkansas; reassigned RHPs Josh Staumont, and Luke Farrell, LHPs Jonathan Dziedzic and Eric Skoglund, Cs Chase Vallot and Xavier Fernandez, OF Alfredo Escalera, and INF Corey Toups to minor league camp.

No big surprises in this group. Zimmer and Staumont could be options for the bullpen at some point. Of course, the most important thing is that Zimmer stays healthy and gets some innings. The 2012 first-rounder has thrown just 84 innings dating back to the start of 2014.
Wed, Mar 8, 2017 11:39:00 AM

Kyle Zimmer was touched up for three runs -- two earned -- over two innings Sunday in his Cactus League debut against the Rangers.

Texas was on Zimmer from the jump, tallying two runs in the top of the first inning on a home run by Ryan Rua and one more in the second on a Delino DeShields bunt single. The young right-hander has totaled just 84 minor league innings since the start of the 2014 season due to arm injuries. He was drafted fifth overall by Kansas City in 2012.
Sun, Feb 26, 2017 04:56:00 PM

Royals prospect right-hander Kyle Zimmer (thoracic outlet syndrome) expects to be "good to go" for spring training.

Zimmer was limited to just 5 2/3 innings in the minors last season before undergoing surgery in August for thoracic outlet syndrome. The 25-year-old has set a goal of making the Opening Day roster, but the Royals will surely be careful with his workload. The 2012 No. 5 overall pick has thrown just 84 innings total dating back to the start of the 2014 season. There's talent here, but just getting him back out on the mound on a consistent basis again would be a huge step in the right direction.
Tue, Jan 31, 2017 03:19:00 PM

Royals prospect right-hander Kyle Zimmer (thoracic outlet syndrome) recently completed a four-week throwing program.

Zimmer, the Royals' fifth overall pick from 2012, underwent surgery back in July for thoracic outlet syndrome. The 25-year-old is expected to be ready to go for spring training, but his durability continues to be a big question mark. He has thrown a grand total of 84 innings dating back to 2014.
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 11:23:00 AM

Royals prospect right-hander Kyle Zimmer will undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.

Yet another setback for Zimmer, who has had all sorts of injury problems in recent years. The 24-year-old has been limited to just 5 2/3 innings in the minors this season due to a shoulder issue. Now we at least know the cause, but surgery will end his season.
Tue, Jul 19, 2016 11:43:00 AM

Kyle Zimmer (shoulder) is day-to-day in the Royals' minor league system.

Zimmer has made three starts between High-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas, but he is having trouble recovering from outings and the Royals don't want to push him. It's not clear where or when he will pitch next. Zimmer, the fifth overall pick in 2012, has been plagued by arm problems over the last two years.
Wed, May 18, 2016 02:07:00 PM

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