23-Year-Old Pitcher – Kansas City Royals
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Zimmer was the Royals' first-round draft choice (fifth overall) back in 2012 and he seemed to breeze through both rookie ball and the Low-A level. Even more impressive was that he did that with bone c...
The Royals hope Zimmer (shoulder) will be able to pitch in games by late April, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports.
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Kansas City Royals Roster
MajorsAdams, Lane (OF)
AAABaumann, Buddy (P)
AAAlexander, Scott (P)
A+Almonte, Miguel (P)
AAntonio, Mike (SS)
RookieFukofuka, Amalani (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
As one of the top three pitching prospects available in the 2012 draft, Zimmer was snatched up by the Royals with the fifth overall pick and immediately went to the head of the team's pitching prospect class. He dominated the competition in rookie ball and was quickly moved up to Low-A after just three starts and finished his first professional season with a combined 2.04 ERA and 9.5 K/9 over 39.2 innings. He also managed to finish with a 1.8 BB/9 which shed some light on his command potential. Zimmer has a solid four-pitch arsenal with a fastball that tops out in the mid to upper-90s and a curveball that some feel is actually his best pitch. He'll likely start the season in High-A, but could be quickly moved up to Double-A if he continues on his current path.