2012 MLB Draft Grades: Report Card for the Kansas City Royals' First Round

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2012 MLB Draft Grades: Report Card for the Kansas City Royals' First Round
The Royals addressed a major team need by selecting starting pitcher Kyle Zimmer as their first round pick in this year's draft.

Going into tonight's draft, it was clear the Kansas City Royals had one position they needed to address more than any other at this point in time.

That position was starting pitching.

With one of the weakest starting rotations in the majors right now, Kansas City needed an impact starter in their first-round pick.

That is why they decided to go with former University of San Francisco star Kyle Zimmer.

At 6'3", 210 pounds, Zimmer is a big righty who has a fastball that can run upwards to 98 MPH on the radar gun.

While playing for USF, he used his size to intimidate hitters and became a dominating presence on the mound.

Zimmer recorded a 5-3 record this past season for the Dons, as he struck out 104 hitters and walked just 17, while posting an ERA of 2.85 for the campaign.

He is also very athletic and is an excellent fielder for a pitcher.

Although Zimmer certainly wasn't the sexiest pick at this point in the draft, he fills a position of need and has the ability to come in and potentially help out the big league team in the next year or two.

Overall, I think that this was a good pick by KC, but it wasn't good enough to receive an A grade from this Royals fan.

Grade: B+

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