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Kyle Zimmer | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: San Francisco
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (5) / KC
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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. Feb 26 - 4:56 PM

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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.
Jan 31 - 3:19 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

Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer (shoulder) has made two appearances for High-A Wilmington.

Zimmer remained in extended spring training for a while after feeling fatigue in his troublesome right shoulder. He'll move up to higher levels eventually and should have a shot to make his major league debut this season if he can stay healthy, but Zimmer has had trouble doing that in recent years.
Fri, May 13, 2016 10:25:00 AM

Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer (arm) will throw one inning in an extended spring training game on Friday.

Zimmer was shut down for a while with fatigue in his pitching arm, but he's been throwing bullpen sessions of late with no issues. The young right-hander has been plagued by arm problems the last couple years.
Fri, Apr 22, 2016 12:20:00 PM

Kyle Zimmer is hanging back at extended spring training after developing some arm fatigue.

Zimmer was officially optioned to Triple-A Omaha on March 14, but it sounds like he won't join up with that club for another couple weeks. We'd expect the Royals to play it extra safe with the former first-round pick, who has a loaded history of major arm injuries. He is still aiming to make his MLB debut in 2016.
Wed, Apr 6, 2016 01:08:00 PM

Royals optioned RHPs Kyle Zimmer and Miguel Almonte and OFs Brett Eibner and Jose Martinez to Triple-A Omaha.

No major surprises here. Zimmer finally has a clean bill of health and will be aiming to make his major league debut at some point in 2016. There was some thought that Eibner could get a long look in right field with Jarrod Dyson recovering from an oblique strain, but Paulo Orlando will almost certainly be the guy.
Mon, Mar 14, 2016 11:37:00 AM

Kyle Zimmer allowed one run across three innings in Monday's loss to the Athletics.

He yielded four hits, didn't walk anyone and struck out a pair. It was the second straight solid showing this spring for Zimmer, which has to be encouraging after the top prospect saw his last two seasons derailed by injury. Zimmer is likely to begin 2016 in the Triple-A Omaha rotation.
Mon, Mar 7, 2016 08:02:00 PM

Kyle Zimmer delivered two scoreless innings Wednesday in the Royals' Cactus League exhibition against the Rangers.

He surrendered two hits but also tallied two strikeouts. Zimmer is finally healthy after battling shoulder problems for a year-plus and he could pop up in the Royals' starting rotation during the early part of the 2016 season if everything continues to go smoothly. The young right-hander will make his second Cactus League appearance early next week.
Wed, Mar 2, 2016 06:03:00 PM

Royals assistant general manager JJ Picollo said on MLB Network Radio on Wednesday that the club believes prospect right-hander Kyle Zimmer will play a role in their rotation in 2016.

Picollo even indicated that the opportunity could come in the early part of the season. Zimmer barely pitched in 2014 and eventually required a small debridement of his rotator cuff and labrum, but he bounced back this past season with a 2.39 ERA and 72/20 K/BB ratio in 64 innings over seven starts and 17 relief appearances between Class A Lexington and Double-A Arkansas. The 24-year-old has never thrown more than 108 1/3 innings in a season as a professional, so questions about his health and workload remain, but he's worth watching in fantasy leagues.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 02:26:00 PM

Royals purchased the contract of RHP Kyle Zimmer from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

By adding the top prospect to the 40-man roster, he is now protected from next month's Rule 5 draft. The 24-year-old posted a terrific 2.39 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 72/20 K/BB ratio over 64 innings between Class-A Lexington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2015. It's not out of the question to think that Zimmer could debut with the Royals during the 2016 season.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 09:45:00 PM

Royals prospect RHP Kyle Zimmer has been promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Zimmer’s season didn’t begin until late May as a result of setbacks in his recovery from a shoulder injury. However, the 22-year-old right-hander has been sharp over the last month while working out of the bullpen for Low-A Lexington, posting a 1.13 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 21/6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 16 innings (nine appearances). He’ll now return to the Texas League, where he made four outstanding starts (18 2/3 IP, 1.93 ERA, 27/5 K/BB) at the end of the 2013 season. Zimmer has struggled to stay healthy during his career, but the 2012 first-rounder's upside is still huge.
Thu, Jul 2, 2015 12:57:00 PM

Royals prospect RHP Kyle Zimmer struck out three batters over two scoreless innings on Monday for Low-A Lexington.

Zimmer has been working out of the bullpen at Lexington since coming off the disabled list in late May, and he’s now logged multiple innings in three of five appearances. The 23-year-old has yielded just one earned run (0.93 ERA) on seven hits in 9 2/3 innings in that span to go along with a 12/2 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Zimmer is still viewed as one of top pitching prospects in the minors despite logging just 4 2/3 innings last season and dealing with a litany of injuries. His best season came back in 2013 when he posted a 4.32 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, .224 opponents’ batting average and 140/36 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 108 1/3 innings (22 starts) between High-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Don’t be surprised if the Royals find a way to use him in the big leagues later this season.
Tue, Jun 16, 2015 03:23:00 PM

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3Brayan Peña
4Cameron Gallagher
1B1Eric Hosmer
2Samir Duenez
2B1Raul Mondesi
2Whit Merrifield
3Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
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LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
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3Terrance Gore
RF1Jorge Soler
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Brandon Moss
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3Peter O'Brien
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4Jason Hammel
5Nate Karns
6Travis Wood
7Mike Minor
8Jake Junis
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PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
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3Matt Strahm
4Brian Flynn
5Chris Young
6Scott Alexander
7Kevin McCarthy
8Andrew Edwards
9Bobby Parnell
10Chris Withrow
11Al Alburquerque
12Brandon League
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