With just a couple more weeks of the minor league season left, the Kansas City Royals are shutting down right-handed pitching prospect, Kyle Zimmer, for the rest of the season.
In his first full season in the minors, Zimmer has spent the year mainly in A Wilmington but was promoted last month to AA Northwest Arkansas. He pitched 108.3 innings , which is close to the maximum number of innings the Royals wanted him to throw.
He was suffering for shoulder stiffness and soreness, so the organization decided now was the right time to close him down for the year. The shoulder issues are not considered serious at this time, just normal wear an tear.
In his fist full season, Zimmer went 6-9 with a 4.32 ERA. Not much stock should be placed on those surface numbers. his other stats were very good – 108.3 IP, 91 hits, 140 strikeouts, 36 walks, a .224 Batting Average Against, and a 1.17 WHIP. His stats are even better after his promotion to AA – 2-1, 1.93 ERA, 18.2 innings, 11 hits, 27 strikeouts, 5 walks, a .162 BAA, against, and a .86 WHIP.
The AA numbers derive from a very small sample size, but as long as the shoulder issues aren’t serious, the future looks bright for Zimmer and the Royals. MLB.com ranks Zimmer has Kansas City’s top prospect, and there is very little here to dissuade that ranking.
Yordano Ventura update: Ventura is getting settled in at Omaha. He has made 12 appearances (1 in relief) and sports a solid if unspectacular, ERA of 3.26. He fining the going a bit tough though as his batting average against is .256 and he has walked 28 in 60.2 innings, which is not a good ratio. His WHIP is rather high at 1.42.
It will be interesting to see if the Royals will give him a brief look in September at the major league level. He has already thrown 118.1 innings so far and could get approximately 10-15 more by the end of the AAA season. It is doubtful he will get called up but he should be in the mix next spring. Don’t look for him to leave camp in March but he could be called up sometime during the season, if everything goes well.