Kyle Zimmer

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Kyle Zimmer
Kyle Zimmer 2012.jpg
Zimmer pitching for the University of San Francisco, 2012
Kansas City Royals
Born: (1991-09-13) September 13, 1991 (age 26)
San Francisco, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Kyle Joseph Zimmer (born September 13, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization. The Royals selected Zimmer in the first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.

Early career[edit]

Zimmer graduated from La Jolla High School in 2009 where he played and was a member of the Cum Laude Society. He played first base, third base, and pitched 22.1 innings during his senior year. Zimmer batted .410 with a .492 on-base percentage and a .701 slugging percentage, and hit four home runs with 23 RBI. On the mound, Zimmer had a record of 3-3 with a 4.39 ERA. He was named team MVP in 2009, and was also named to the San Diego All-Academic team with a 4.20 ERA.[1]

He pitched a little[clarification needed] at La Jolla but went to the University of San Francisco to play third base.[2] With an All-America at that position, the Dons converted Zimmer into a pitcher. In 2012 his stats were 8 GS, 54.3 IP, 2.15 ERA, 2.97 FIP, 9.94 K/9, 1.16 BB/9, 0.88 WHIP, and .218 BAA [3]

Professional career[edit]

The Kansas City Royals selected Zimmer with the fifth overall pick of the 2012 MLB Draft, and he signed with the Royals three days after being drafted.[4] He was assigned to the AZL Royals, and after posting a 0.90 ERA in ten innings, was promoted to the Kane County Cougars, where he pitched to a 2-3 record and 2.43 ERA in six games started. He pitched for the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the Class AA Texas League in 2013, posting a combined 6-9 record with a 4.32 ERA in 22 games between both teams. His season ended prematurely due to tendinitis in his biceps.[5] In 2014, he pitched for the Idaho Falls Chukars, going 0-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 4.2 innings. Zimmer had shoulder surgery in October 2014.[6] Zimmer began 2015 with the Lexington Legends and was later promoted to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, pitching to a combined 3-5 record, 2.39 ERA, and a 1.14 WHIP in 64 innings.

The Royals added Zimmer to their 40-man roster after the 2015 season.[7] In 2016, he pitched only three games due to shoulder fatigue and he underwent surgery, thus ending his 2016 season.[8] Zimmer returned to action in 2017 and pitched for both Northwest Arkansas and the Omaha Storm Chasers, posting a combined 5.40 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 36.2 innings pitched between both teams.[9]

Prior to the start of the 2018 season, Zimmer was designated for assignment on March 28, 2018.[10] He was released on April 4, 2018, then resigned to a minor league deal two days later.


Zimmer's younger brother, Bradley, also plays baseball.[11] and was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.[12]


  1. ^ Kyle Zimmer
  2. ^ FitzGerald, Tom (May 21, 2012). "USF pitcher Kyle Zimmer set to be top draft pick". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Draft prospect capsule: Kyle Zimmer". Star Tribune. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ Duber, Vinnie (June 7, 2012). "Royals ink first-round pick Zimmer". Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ Mccullough, Andy (2014-03-28). "Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer to start throwing next week". Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  6. ^ Marshall, Ashley (October 28, 2014). "Kansas City's Zimmer has shoulder surgery". Retrieved October 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ Axford among four DFAed by Rockies
  8. ^ "Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer to have surgery to fix thoracic outlet syndrome". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved December 20, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Kyle Zimmer Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved December 20, 2017. 
  10. ^ Torres, Maria (March 29, 2018). "Hours before opener, Royals announce 25-man roster, cut Kyle Zimmer, Wily Peralta". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved March 29, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Draft may keep La Jolla's Zimmer brothers from reuniting". La Jolla Light. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ "MLB Draft: USF's Bradley Zimmer selected No. 21 overall by Cleveland Indians". 

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