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Royals sign Kyle Zimmer to major league contract

Posted: 7:34 PM, Jan 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-05 01:34:06Z
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals signed pitcher Kyle Zimmer to a one-year major league contract, the team announced on Friday.

The Royals selected Zimmer 5th overall in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. Since then, Zimmer has dealt with several injuries. But he has made 85 appearances in the minor leagues. During those appearances, Zimmer posted a 12-19 record with a 3.54 ERA.

In 2016, Baseball America rated Zimmer the Royals' number two prospect.

To make room for Zimmer on the roster, the team designated infielder Cheslor Cuthbert for assignment.