The road for Kyle Zimmer’s debut has been long and rough. But he finally has made it making his MLB debut Sunday against the White Sox in a 6-2 game on which the Royals were trailing.
In the top of the 8th, Zimmer threw his first major league pitch 95 mph and high against Daniel Palka. The count was 2-2 when Palka chased a curve in the dirt for Zimmer’s first strike out. Tim Anderson chased the first pitch he saw and flew out to RF. James McCann was the third batter Zimmer faced and nearly struck out on a foul tip before singling the opposite way to RF. Yolmer Sanchez was the fourth batter Zimmer faced and struck out finishing the first inning in Zimmer’s career. Zimmer threw 20 pitches in his first inning and worked up to 96.
Zimmer deserves this chance. He has worked his butt off and fought through what would have made many quit. He is a guy to root for.
Zimmer went to Driveline and Kyle Boddy desperately seeking help. The guys at Driveline said he may have been the worst case they had ever seen and spent six weeks just doing soft tissue work before he even threw. But once Zimmer built up his body, his abilities returned.
I watched his first two starts in NWA back in 2013 and said he was the best arm I had ever seen in Double-A. Unfortunately, that’s shortly before the injuries derailed his fast track to the majors.
Joshua wrote about him finding a process for success on 3/28.
I wrote about him back in 2017 and you can read his prospect watch here.