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Kyle Zimmer | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 228
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: San Francisco
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (5) / KC
Contract: view contract details
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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. May 18 - 2:07 PM

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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.
May 13 - 10:25 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.
Apr 22 - 12:20 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.
Apr 6 - 1:08 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.
Mar 14 - 11:37 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.
Mar 7 - 8:02 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.
Mar 2 - 6:03 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

Royals prospect RHP Kyle Zimmer had another successful outing Thursday, allowing one earned run on four hits in three innings for Low-A Lexington.

He struck out three batters in the outing without issuing a walk. Zimmer has been excellent since coming off the disabled list (shoulder soreness) in late May, pitching to a 1.17 ERA with nine strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings (four appearances). A series of injuries limited the 23-year-old right-hander to just 4 2/3 innings last season, which is why the Royals are having him to build up arm strength in the low minors before sending him on a more challenging assignment. Zimmer remains one of the better pitching prospects in baseball despite his concerning medical history, and he potentially could give the Royals a boost later this season, either as a starter or reliever, provided he can stay healthy.
Fri, Jun 12, 2015 02:32:00 PM

Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer (shoulder) will make his season debut at Low-A Lexington on Friday.

Zimmer had been shut down for a few weeks after having soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder, but he's back on track now. He'll work in relief for now as the Royals build him up. The 23-year-old was one of the best pitching prospects in the game before the shoulder issues cropped up in 2014, but he's playing catch-up now after throwing just 4 2/3 frames since the beginning of last season.
Fri, May 29, 2015 11:03:00 AM

Royals prospect RHP Kyle Zimmer has had his throwing program suspended after experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder.

He had been pitching at the Royals’ complex in Arizona and was expected to join Double-A Northwest Arkansas on May 10. That clearly won’t be happening, but follow-up examinations revealed no structural damage, and the hope is that Zimmer will resume throwing bullpen sessions sometime next week. The 23-year-old right-hander has been plagued by injuries since the Royals made him the No. 5 pick in the 2012 draft, logging just 152 2/3 innings over three seasons. Zimmer has proved to be dominant when healthy, though, with a 3.66 ERA, .236 opponents’ batting average and 11.0 K/9 in that span.
Thu, May 7, 2015 03:32:00 PM

Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer (shoulder) is expected to begin throwing in minor league games by May 10.

Zimmer barely pitched in 2014 and underwent a debridement procedure last October 28 to repair his right labrum and rotator cuff. He was ranked the No. 23 prospect in the sport by Baseball America prior to the 2014 season, but lingering arm issues have sunk his stock. He needs a productive 2015.
Mon, Apr 6, 2015 01:47:00 PM

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