The Kansas City Royals picked Kyle Zimmer fifth overall in the first round of the 2012 draft. He has all the potential to be an ace or at the very least the number two starter in any big league rotation once he has made his way through the minors.
Unfortunately, Zimmer has been plagued by shoulder problems for over the past year and he has logged just 14 1/3 innings in the last calendar year according to ESPN’s Keith Law, who still rated the right-hander as the 25th best prospect on his annual list of the top 100 prospects in baseball going into 2015.
In 2014, Zimmer pitched just 4 2/3 innings for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Even still, he posted a 1.93 with five strikeouts and four walks during that short stint. He was also able to make three starts in the 2014 Arizona Fall League before being shut down in preparation for surgery to remove damaged tissue from his labrum and rotator cuff.
Prior to being shutdown during the AFL, Zimmer struck out 15 batters and issued just four walks over 9 2/3 innings for the Peoria Javelinas.
Zimmer underwent the surgery in October and while it may slightly delay his start to the 2015 season, it was a minor surgery and should relieve the issues that had been troubling him in 2014, making him that much more effective on the mound.
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