Zimmer signed a minor-league deal with the Royals in April of 2018, and he's back with Kansas City for the 2019 campaign. He's yet to make his major-league debut, although he'll have a good chance to do so this year. Zimmer was removed from the 40-man roster last season and played for Driveline Baseball, which is why he didn't register any pitching statistics within the Royals' minor-league system.
Zimmer will likely report to Triple-A Omaha for the start of his 2018 campaign. He was recently released by the team but it was expected that Zimmer would return to the organization on a new contract. He appeared in 32.2 innings of work with Omaha last year, and will be utilized as depth out of the bullpen for the club this year.
Zimmer was released by Kansas City on Thursday.
The club has expressed interest in bringing Zimmer back on a minor-league deal, though it's unlikely that he will spend any time at the major-league level this season. The 26-year-old reached Triple-A last season, appearing in 20 games for Omaha over 32.2 innings of time, mostly spent as a reliever.
Once a top pitching prospect in the organization, injuries have derailed Zimmer's career. He was designated for assignment by the Royals at the end of March to make room for a major-league ready reliever, but even though he may be released officially Thursday, the team hopes to bring him back on a minor-league contract if he's not claimed off waivers by another club. Regardless, it seems like the 26-year-old will spend more time seasoning in the minors if his body allows him to do so.
Zimmer was designated for assignment by Kansas City on Thursday, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.
Zimmer was optioned to Triple-A Omaha earlier spring and was officially removed from the 40-man in order to make room for Blaine Boyer. The right-hander is unlikely to make an impact at the fantasy level this season.
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