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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Kansas City Royals veterans get ‘old guy’ jerseys in response to prospect’s comment

kyle-zimmerAfter a 2013 season that saw the Kansas City Royals finish with 86 wins (their most since 1989) expectations are high around the team’s spring training facilities in Surprise, Arizona.

The Royals boasted a pitching staff that led the American League in ERA (3.45) last season and, despite the loss of Ervin Santana, still has plenty of talent. James Shields returns to lead the starting rotation and Greg Holland, fresh off his first All-Star appearance, will anchor the bullpen.

A name baseball fans will probably hear a lot of in the not-so-distant future is Kyle Zimmer, who’s ranked No. 25 overall on MLB.com’s Top 100 prospect list for 2014 and No. 10 among right-handed pitchers. The 22-year old is participating in his first spring training with the Royals, but he’s already made quite the impression with his teammates.

From MLB.com’s Dick Kaegel, Zimmer had this to say on his experience thus far, “So I’m still relatively new to it, but it’s great just being around some of these old guys and picking up tidbits here and there as I can.”

Naturally, it didn’t take the “old guys” portion of Zimmer’s comment long to make the rounds. This was the result.

It’s always good to see players have fun with things like this and take them in stride. For Zimmer it will add to what should be a memorable first time through spring training with the big league club.

Splitting time between Advanced-A and Double-A in 2013, Kyle Zimmer made 22 starts and pitched to a 4.32 ERA with a 6-9 record. The fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft recorded 140 strikeouts and surrendered 91 hits in 108.1 innings.



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