Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/5/12
Kyle Zimmer acknowledged he did not know as much as he should about the Kansas City Royals, who drafted him in the first round Monday. "But I'll start doing a lot more research now," said Zimmer, a University of San Francisco right-hander with a fastball clocked as high as 98 mph. This information should help Zimmer's research: Kansas City starters have a 17-22 record and an ERA above 5.00. They are averaging just more than five innings a start. Exhibit A was Monday night's 10-7 loss to the Minnesota Twins, when left-hander Will Smith was yanked after 4 2/3 innings, having given up seven runs. Royals scouting director Lonnie Goldberg views Zimmer as a front-of-the-rotation" starter. "It's something we wanted to make sure we attacked in the draft," Goldberg said. The Royals have not drafted and developed an ace since Zack Greinke, who was their first pick in the 2002 draft, won the 2009 American League Cy Young Award and traded to the Brewers after the 2010 season. Zimmer...
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