Injuries have hurt Kyle Zimmer's stock since the Royals made him the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft, but the 24-year-old flamethrower rebounded from the most troublesome one yet last year and is now back on track to join the big-league starting rotation in the next year or two. Two seems more likely since he has thrown just 68 2/3 innings in the last two seasons combined, but again, the shoulder issues he experienced late in 2014 were resolved with a simple cleanup procedure. He got back to throwing 97 mph when he returned in May and made a smooth transition back to the starting rotation in August. So while he's riskier than most prospects his age would be, he's still too high-end to pass up in long-term keeper leagues.
Zimmer's contract was selected by the Royals on Friday. The Royals wanted to protect Zimmer against the Rule 5 draft. His prospect stock is trending up after he finished 2015 strong and, more importantly, healthy. Zimmer could move fast in 2016, probably spending the bulk of the year at Triple-A, with the potential to join the big league club at the end of the year.
Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer seems to be flourishing as a reliever so far in 2015. Zimmer missed more than a month to start the season while recovering from shoulder surgery, but he returned to Class A on May 29. Since then, the 23-year-old right-hander has posted a microscopic 0.78 ERA in 23 innings of relief. He owns a 32:8 K:BB ratio while pitching between Class A Lexington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He hasn't allowed a run in four appearances since being promoted to Double-A. The oft-injured prospect was drafted in the first round (fifth overall) by the Royals in 2012.
Royals pitcher Kyle Zimmer sustained a setback in his surgically-repaired right shoulder and has temporarily stopped his throwing program, according to the Kansas City Star. Zimmer began experiencing soreness in his shoulder while throwing at the team's Arizona complex. He was expected to join Double-A Northwest Arkansas this Sunday but will no longer do so. Instead, he'll stay in Arizona to battle through this latest issue. Ever since he was drafted in 2012, Zimmer has dealt with injuries. He hasn't made it out of a professional season without a surgery. The 23-year-old is expected to resume bullpen sessions next week with the hope of restarting his throwing program soon thereafter.
The Royals are hoping to have pitcher Kyle Zimmer throwing in minor-league games by May 10, reports The Kansas City Star. Zimmer is recovering from arthroscopic shoulder surgery in late October, but he has been able to throw live batting practice.
Royals starting pitcher prospect Kyle Zimmer, who underwent underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery in late October, will throw his first bullpen session this spring Sunday, according to The Kansas City Star. Zimmer, who is considered the Royals' fourth-best prospect by Baseball America, hopes to be pitching in games by May.