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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 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

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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

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

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