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Kyle Zimmer | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 9/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Royals prospect RHP Kyle Zimmer allowed one hit and one walk and worked 1/3 of an inning on Sunday in his season debut with Rookie-level Idaho Falls.
The outing was the first time Zimmer has pitched in a game this season, as he only began throwing last month after experiencing a setback in May with his recovery from a lat strain. Prior to the injury, the 22-year-old right-hander had been sidelined for the first six weeks of the season with shoulder inflammation. In 2013, Zimmer registered a disappointing 4.32 ERA in 108 1/3 innings between High-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas, but he still managed to hold opposing batters to a .224 average while striking out 140 batters during that span. He was flat-out dominant over his final eight starts, with a 1.85 ERA, .163 BAA and 63-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 43 2/3 innings. If all goes as planned with his rehab work, Zimmer should be ready to make up for the lost time in the Arizona Fall League. Aug 18 - 5:57 PM

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Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer (lat) will make his season debut on Sunday at Short-Season Idaho Falls.

Zimmer has missed all season with a strained lat but resumed throwing last month after having a setback in May. The top prospect figures to make a handful of appearances before likely pitching in the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost time.
Aug 14 - 10:50 PM

Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer (lat) will resume throwing on Monday.

Zimmer has missed all season with a strained lat and hasn't thrown since having a setback in May. The hope is that the top prospect will be ready for one-inning outings late in the minor league season. He'll also no doubt pitch in the Arizona Fall League and/or winter ball.
Jul 13 - 10:52 AM

An MRI for Royals right-handed pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer did not show any inflammation, and team doctors cleared him to resume throwing.

Zimmer missed the first six weeks of the 2014 season with shoulder discomfort and then had to be shut down again after suffering a strain to his right latissimus dorsi muscle. It seems like eons ago since he appeared in a game, but he could be back in the Double-A rotation by early August. Zimmer is unlikely to reach the major leagues this year. He could spend time in the Arizona Fall League to pick up additional innings.
Jul 10 - 10:18 AM

Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer (lat) is on track to begin a throwing program on July 15.

Zimmer has been shut down since May 27 because of a lat strain. He also dealt with biceps tendinitis all spring and has not thrown a pitch in a game this season. The 22-year-old right-hander was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft and posted promising numbers in 2013 at Double-A.
Jun 25 - 5:47 PM

Royals prospect right-hander Kyle Zimmer has been shut down for 6-8 weeks due to a lat strain.

It's been a frustrating 24 hours for the Royals, who saw Yordano Ventura exit Monday's game with elbow discomfort. Zimmer has been limited to work in extended spring training so far this season and will now likely be sidelined until late July. He's just 22 years old, but it's a tough blow to his development.
May 27 - 11:20 AM

Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer (shoulder) is pitching in games at extended spring training.

The 22-year-old right-hander had to be shut down with a shoulder issue last August, so the Royals are easing him back into action this season. Zimmer was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft.
Apr 28 - 11:19 AM

Kyle Zimmer (shoulder) is scheduled to begin throwing next week.

The 22-year-old top prospect is being brought along slowly this season after being shut down last August due to shoulder stiffness. He's expected to see an increase to 130-150 innings starting at Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He's unlikely to make an impact in fantasy leagues this season.
Mar 29 - 9:48 AM

Royals prospect right-hander Kyle Zimmer began his throwing program Wednesday by playing catch from a distance of 45 feet.

The Royals are bringing Zimmer along slowly this spring after he was shut down last August due to shoulder stiffness. While he says his arm feels "great," he's still a long way from getting on a mound. The 22-year-old posted a 4.32 ERA and 140/36 K/BB ratio over 108 1/3 innings last season between High- and Double-A.
Feb 26 - 1:57 PM

Royals assistant general manager JJ Picollo said this week that the team plans keep Kyle Zimmer in the minor leagues for the first few months of the season.

The team wants to play it cautiously with their prized 22-year-old right-hander who was shut down in August of 2013 due to shoulder stiffness. Picollo said the plan is for Zimmer to throw around 150 innings in 2014, beginning in the minor leagues, and perhaps joining the Royals for a playoff run in September and October.
Feb 8 - 11:03 AM

Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer is likely to be shut down for the rest of the season due to right shoulder stiffness.

Zimmer had to leave his outing at Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday due to the stiffness. The Royals aren't overly concerned, but with so little time left in the minor league season, they don't want to push the top prospect back. Zimmer's campaign will conclude with a 4.32 ERA and 140/36 K/BB ratio over 108 1/3 innings between High- and Double-A.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 01:13:00 PM

Kyle Zimmer was electric in his second start for Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Thursday, allowing three hits and two walks with 12 strikeouts over six scoreless innings.

There hasn't been a hotter pitcher over the last month than Zimmer, as he's now completely overcome the early-season struggles that led to a dismal first half at High-A Wilmington. Since his promotion to Double-A, the 21-year-old right-hander is yet to allow an earned run through two starts, allowing six total hits with 19/3 K/BB in 12 innings. Overall, Zimmer owns a 4.25 ERA with a dazzling 132/34 K/BB this season in 101 2/3 innings across both levels.
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 01:59:00 PM

Kyle Zimmer allowed three hits over six scoreless innings on Saturday in his debut for Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

The 21-year-old struck out seven batters while issuing only one walk against Double-A Springfield. Zimmer turned in an unexpected poor first half of the season at High-A Wilmington, registering an ugly 4.82 ERA but impressive 113/31 K/BB in 89 2/3 innings. Thankfully, something clicked for the right-hander at the end of June, as he allowed only five earned runs on 14 hits with 36/3 K/BB over his final 25 innings at the level. Considering that he underwent a procedure during the offseason to remove loose bodies from his right elbow, Zimmer's innings will likely be limited over the second half. However, the good news is that he's back on pace to reach the major leagues at some point during the 2014 season.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 03:48:00 AM

Royals prospect RHP Kyle Zimmer allowed one earned run on four hits over six innings on Monday while striking out a career-high 13 batters.

The 21-year-old has struggled mightily for a majority of the season, as he posted a 4.76 ERA in April, 5.79 ERA in May and 5.61 ERA in June. However, the right-hander has looked more like the pitcher everyone expected over his last three starts, allowing four earned runs in 20 innings while piling up 26 strikeouts. If Zimmer can build on his recent success, there's a realistic chance that he finishes the season in Double-A.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 08:04:00 PM

Royals top prospect RHP Kyle Zimmer tossed a complete-game shutout for High-A Wilmington on Saturday.

Zimmer carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before surrendering two hits in a complete-game effort. The 21-year-old walked two and recorded six strikeouts over seven innings. The outing was a step in the right direction for Zimmer, who was the fifth overall selection in the 2012 draft, as he struggled mightily over the first half of the season with a disappointing 1-6 record and 5.98 ERA, but impressive 71/25 K/BB in 58 2/3 innings. He'll look to turn things around over the final months of the season, and if all goes as planned, should finish the year in Double-A.
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 04:28:00 PM

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