Is this Kyle Zimmer’s final shot with the Royals?

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After being selected in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals, Kyle Zimmer has battled multiple injuries.
This includes missing the entire 2018 season with a shoulder injury. Zimmer’s shoulder has led to most of his injuries since being drafted by Kansas City. Despite all the setbacks, the Royals still believe in the former first rounder. With Zimmer being 28 years of age, I don’t consider him a prospect. At that age, I just consider Zimmer an older minor leaguer.
I still think Zimmer could help the Royals in 2020 and beyond, that’s if he can stay healthy. If healthy, I believe he can help the Royals’ bullpen. What role would he play in the bullpen? He can fit in many roles in the bullpen, but I believe he would be the seventh or eighth inning guy. I understand he has the velocity to be a closer; but with the lack of MLB experience, I wouldn’t put him in that role. The Royals have multiple ninth inning options that include Ian Kennedy, Greg Holland and Trevor Rosenthal for the closer role. My belief is that the Royals will stick with Kennedy in that role.
Now back to Zimmer. With his high velocity I believe he would fit well in the seventh inning. I would put Rosenthal in the eighth inning, allowing Kennedy to close the game. Unfortunately, I think it will be difficult to find playing time in 2020 with the expanded rosters and the shortened season. Regardless of what happens this season, I believe Zimmer is on his final leg with the Royals.
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Author: Connor Miller

I am a huge baseball fan, mainly Royals. I love writing baseball articles. I have been a Royals fan since birth. I am hoping to become a sports journalist someday.

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