Kyle Zimmer

7/26/13 - Baseball America

Zimmer’s stuff never really dropped off, but he was opening up his front side too early. His fastball too often would run back over the plate, and his slider flattened out. Since making adjustments and working on improving his delivery from the stretch (Carolina League batters put up an .889 OPS with runners on), Zimmer has fixed many of the flaws that were leading to big innings.

7/10/13 - Kansas City Star - Pete Grathoff

“I think I’ve just been clearing up some mechanical things I’ve been working on and things are starting to click and fall into place,” Zimmer said in a phone interview. “I’ve been able to throw my off-speed pitches for strikes a lot and really just getting ahead and attacking the zone and making quality pitches which is helping out.”

J.J. Picollo, the Royals assistant general manager of scouting and player development, said Zimmer’s mechanical difficulties largely came when he was pitching with runners on base.

“Where he was running into a lot of his problems was out of the stretch, his opponents were hitting about 200 points higher out of the stretch than they were out of the wind-up,” Picollo said. “So it was really just trying to figure out what was going on out of the stretch.”


4/16/13 - CJ Willman at Pine Tar Press

I thought he was very solid and kept cool and collective through two errors and an unearned run in the first inning.  I feel he is a very safe pitcher and has a high ceiling and floor. I like him as a no. 2 pitcher with a floor of a no. 3 or 4 pitcher.

3/27/13 - Keith Law at ESPN

Kyle Zimmer (the No. 27 overall prospect) threw on Monday afternoon in Surprise in a minor league game against Texas, and showed the same assortment of stuff that made him a top-five draft pick last year, but still found himself squared up a little too often.

He was 92-96 mph without sink but with some riding life on his arm side. His curveball was plus (or better), 81-83 with tight rotation and downward break; he threw what looked like a slider/cutter at 85-86 with more tilt to it, although he may have been getting on the side of the curveball. He flashed a changeup at 85-86 with good arm speed but didn’t use it as much as he should.


12/30/12 - Collection of Minor League Velocity from I R Fast by Clint Hulsey

Fastball Velocity = 92-98 mph

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