Q&A With Relief Prospect Tyler Zuber

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Tyler Zuber is quickly becoming one of my favorite pitching prospects. the 24-year old was drafted in the 6th round in 2017. He has been really good since joining the organization with a career 2.96 ERA. This year he was especially good posting a 1.79 ERA between Wilmington (A+) and Northwest Arkansas (AA). Though you may not see him ranked on MLB pipeline or other prospect rankings don’t let that deceive you. I’ve personally seen him pitch once in AA and I believe he is gonna be an impact reliever as soon as this year. I cannot thank Tyler enough for his time I hope y’all get to learn a bit more about Tyler Zuber!

Q: What does it mean to you to be invited to spring training this year? 

A:  To be invited to MLB Spring training, to me means, all of my hard work over the years I’ve put into it is starting to pay off, but I am not where I want to be yet!   

Q: What do you want Royals fans to know about you?  

A: I am going to give Kansas City my all, and I am going to go out and try to help the team win as much as I can.

Q: Who was your favorite player growing up?

A: Favorite player-wise was Derek Jeter, favorite pitcher was Greg Maddux.  

Q: You have been really successful as a reliever in the minors what do you think is the key to your success?

A:  My mentality and the training that I put in in the offseason is the key to my success. I work on my craft in the offseason and my mentality is to go get them at the plate. 

Q: What do you like about the Royals organization?

A: I love how close-knit and how much of a family they treat it. The Royals are a first-class organization and they make you feel it from day one. 

Q: What is it like being around all the top prospects like Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar?

A: It’s awesome to share a locker room with them and to build a relationship with guys like that. It only makes me want to get better when you’re surrounded by good company like that. 

Q: What are some of your goals for this year?

A: My goal this year is to make my debut and get to Kansas City and stay. I want to be there. I want to win at whatever level I am at, but after that is the goal to make it to the MLB and stay! 

Q: When did you realize that Baseball may actually be a career option?

I realized it when I got to college and started having some success and I heard some talks about I’ll have a chance at the next level. 

Q: Who has been some of your favorites teammates?

A: Some of my favorites would have to be Travis Jones, Daniel Tillo AKA Big Tilly and honestly I’ve really enjoyed all of them but those are a couple to be at the top. 

Q: How long have you been playing baseball?

A: I’ve been playing since I was 4 so 20 years now. (That is longer than I’ve been alive!)

Q: Who your biggest inspiration?

A: My biggest inspiration would have to be my Dad and just seeing how he goes about his work makes me want to be a better person and just hard work gets you to where you want to be. So he’s ingrained that into my head and that’s all I’ve seen my whole life.

Q: What was it like playing for Licey this offseason?

A: Unreal! I loved every second of it! It was the best experience! They really admire baseball there.

Thank y’all so much for reading I hope you enjoyed!

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