If Royals fans need a reason to endear themselves to the team's first-round pick, right-hander Kyle Zimmer, they already have one: Zimmer is so anxious to play ball he is likely to sign soon, as in today.
Zimmer, the fifth overall pick of Monday's draft, is in Kansas City to take his physical exam and reportedly will likely sign for close to the slotted 3.5 million.
"He's just very anxious to play," said Royals assistant general manager of scouting and player development J.J. Picollo.
"The one thing we told him was that we were hoping to get a deal done very soon and he told us 'So am I. I don't want to miss the summer.' He wants to get it done and get playing."
Zimmer likely will then be shipped to Arizona for extended spring ball.
"We would probably give him a couple of starts down there," Picollo said. "There are a couple of minor injury situations with him that need to be addressed. He had the hamstring strain a few weeks ago and as he was recovering from that, he tweaked h...