The Royals have selected Kyle Zimmer, a right-handed pitcher from the University of San Francisco. The Royals selected Zimmer with the fifth overall pick of the Free Agent Draft. The selection was made even harder because Mark Appel, pitcher from Stanford projected to go No. 1. When Appel slid to the fifth pick the Royals had an extremely hard decision to make and obviously, Dayton Moore and his scouting squad were extremely high on Zimmer. Appel fell all the way down to the Pirates at No. 8.
Zimmer, a stud athlete at La Jolla (Calif.) High School in the San Diego area where he played third base for his varsity baseball for four years. Serving mostly as a position player, he pitched a total of 21.1 innings during his high school career. Zimmer converted to pitcher his freshman season at USF. He only made five appearances in his freshman year. He then posted a 6-5 record with a 3.73 ERA last season. The most impressive outing he had was competing against 2011 first-overall selection Gerrit Cole and the UCLA Bruins, 3-0 He dominated the game with a four-hit complete-game shutout with 11 strikeouts in a NCAA regional game in June. Zimmer draws extreme comparisons to Roy Oswalt. If Zimmer can develop a dominate change-up to go along with his fastball, he has a great chance to be an ace for the Royals. While the Royals will not rush him, fans will be calling for his major league debut because of the lack of starting pitching the team has.