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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Royals Injury Update: Kyle Zimmer leaves AFL start after one inning


By on 10/18/2014 07:30:00 PM

Kyle Zimmer has the talent to be the next star pitcher for the Kansas City Royals.  He is currently pitching in the Arizona Fall League and is showing why he is such a highly rated prospect as he leads the league with 14 strikeouts after his first two starts.  Today he made his third start of the fall and lasted only one inning before being removed.  Bernie Pleskoff is reporting that Zimmer's manager said he appeared to be 'tight' and didn't want to take any chances with him getting hurt.

This season in the minor leagues was a difficult one for Zimmer.  He had a 1.93 ERA, but was only able to appear in six games.  His entire season was almost lost due to tendonitis and a lat injury. 

MLB.com ranks Zimmer as the 47th best prospect in all of baseball.  In three minor league seasons Zimmer has gone 9-12 with a 3.66 ERA.  He has pitched as high as AA, and could realistically join the Royals rotation at some point in 2015.

The Royals more than likely will lose James Shields when the season ends, but having Zimmer join pitchers like Yordano Ventura and Brandon Finnegan at some point could make the rotation as strong as ever.  While he may not have a major injury, managers will be expected to remain cautious with him for the rest of the AFL season.  

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