AFL: Another top prospect goes down

Top Prospects dropping like flies from the AFL on Tuesday

The Arizona Fall League is a supposed to showcase the stars of tomorrow. It is still doing that but this year, however, MLB Pipline’s number one prospect in all of baseball, the Twins’ outfielder Byron Buxton recieved word on Tuesday that his left middle index finger was not only dislocated but also broken. He will be out for the remainder of the AFL season.

Getty Images
Getty Images

Tuesday wasn’t the best day to be a top prospect in the AFL.

Kansas City Royals’ top pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer under went a procedure to remove damaged tissue from his shoulder, putting the AFL behind him and threatening his ability to start the 2015 season on time.

The Royals had hoped to use Zimmer in 2014, but like Buxton and Chicago Cubs’ top prospect Addison Russell he was plagued by injuries all season and eventually placed on the disabled list with a lat injury. 

Russell too had to leave the AFL but the Cubs maintain that he did not leave due to injury. The report seems suspect.

The 23-year-old Zimmer did play in the Idaho Falls Rookie League in August and September making six appearances. He pitched well in those six outings posting a 1.93 ERA and five strikeout in 4 2/3 innings.

The Royals’ first round draft pick from 2012 got through three starts in the AFL before being shut down. He needs to get and stay healthy if he is to be of help to the possible World Series Champions in the 2o15 season. 

The delays due to injury have stunted his development and he will have to gain more experience pitching in the minors prior to truly being of assistance to the big league club.

On a personal note! Jen and I sent Kyle Zimmer a little “get well soon tweet!” So nice of him to tweet us back!! 🙂

%d bloggers like this: