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Most of manager Ned Yost’s pregame talk focused on the injuries to two young right-handers. Yordano Ventura’s MRI today revealed nothing significant but he will miss his next scheduled start in four days. Instead, Ventura will throw two side sessions before his next turn in the rotation in nine days. Ventura arrived at the ballpark “asymptomatic,” and felt fine today, according to Yost.
Kansas City prospect and one of the top minor leaguers in baseball, Kyle Zimmer, will be shut down for 6-8 weeks with a lat strain. While he hasn’t appeared in the Major Leagues yet, Yost said the team was looking down the road after the All-Star break or in September about possibly bringing Zimmer up if he was throwing well enough. Yost said the injury is similar to what Ben Sheets, who he managed in Milwaukee, dealt with, though Zimmer’s is not believed to be as severe.
The Royals announced today that right-handed pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer will miss additional time this season with a strain in his right latissimus dorsi muscle. Zimmer, the fifth overall selection in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, will begin playing catch again in six to eight weeks.
He earned a non-roster invite to Major League camp this season after going 6-9 with a 4.32 ERA (52 ER in 108.1 IP) in 22 combined starts between Class A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2013.
Baseball America today published a list of the Royals Top 10 prospects. Kyle Zimmer, the club’s first round pick in the 2012 June Free Agent Draft, is ranked as the club’s top prospect. To see the entire list plus other rankings such as the “Best Power Hitter” and the pitcher with the “Best Fastball”, visit http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/2014-kansas-city-royals-top-10-prospects/
The Royals completed their selections in the 2012 First-Year Rule 4 Player Draft today, a process that started immediately after last year’s draft. J.J. Picollo, Assistant GM for Scouting and Player Development, was joined by Director of Scouting Lonnie Goldberg at today’s press conference. A few notes:
*The Royals announced five signings (#3, 7, 8, 14 and 15) and expect to have more signings in the next few days, which will allow for a true mini-camp for the draftees.
*Goldberg mentioned that the Royals are optimistic about getting a deal completed in the next few days with first-round pick Kyle Zimmer.
*Second-round pick Sam Selman came on strong toward the end of the year. He is viewed as a middle of the rotation pitcher with upside.
*Third-round pick Colin Rodgers bypassed an opportunity to pitch at Auburn by signing today. He had a ‘why wait’ approach when it came to college vs. pro baseball. The signing was attributed to great scouting and cross-checking by Travis Ezi and Gregg Kilby, respectively.
*Picollo said that the Royals expect to sign players quickly under the new draft rules (this year’s deadline is July 13, up from August 15 last year). This is a combination of hard work from the scouts, the understanding of those advising the players and the families.
*According to Picollo, the Royals felt that this draft wasn’t as deep when it came to college position players. That is reflected in KC’s draft pool, which featured 24 pitchers out of 40 players.
*The draft is 10 rounds shorter this year, resulting in more available free agent players. The Royals feel that they’ll sign a considerable number of the 40 players, thus they may not have as big of need to ink players from the free agent pool.