15. Kyle Zimmer, SP, Kansas City Royals
Moore trusts prospect depth
Zimmer went a combined 3-3 with 2.04 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings in the Arizona Rookie League and at Single-A Kane County of the Midwest League after being drafted fifth overall by Kansas City last June. He underwent minor surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow last August, but the team was aware of the problem when they drafted him, and he's expected to be fine this season.
At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Zimmer projects to have the perfect body type for a front-line starting pitcher in the major leagues. His size and arm speed consistently keep his fastball in the mid-90s. He's physically mature at 21 years old and has a quiet delivery with good balance on the bump, giving him good command of the strike zone (just eight walks last year). His fastball jumps out of his hand and has late movement down in the zone, and his curveball has sharp 12-6 movement with nice command. If he develops his changeup, he could have three plus pitches in his repertoire.
The Royals, believe it or not, are pretty set in their rotation thanks to an offseason blockbuster that netted them James Shields and Wade Davis from the Tampa Bay Rays. They also added Ervin Santana. Still, Zimmer has a bright future in KC's rotation, and he could be in the discussion for a rotation post next spring, depending on how he fares on the farm in 2013. He has upside as a high-K pitcher with even more intrigue if he maintains his command.
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About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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