Full name is John Tyler Zuber…resides in White Hall, Ark., during the offseason...Graduated from White Hall High School (Ark.) in 2014… led the Bulldogs to the 5A state championship as a junior (2013)...Attended Arkansas State University…recorded 258 strikeouts, which ranked second in school history, while his 89 career appearances ranked third…led the Red Wolves with a 2.06 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 52.1 innings (13.8 K/9) as a junior (2017)…became the highest drafted player from the school when the Royals selected him in the sixth round...Lists hunting and fishing as his offseason hobbies.
Made the Opening Day roster and recorded 23 appearances—17 of which were scoreless—including his debut on Opening Day (July 24) vs. Cleveland (2.0 IP)...Became the 10th Royals pitcher to make his Major League debut on Opening Day and the first since Tim Hill and Brad Keller in 2018…was the first Royal to record 2.0 scoreless innings in his debut on Opening Day, and one of two to do it in the Majors in 2020, joining the Rays’ Ryan Thompson...Earned his first win on Aug. 8 vs. Minnesota, recording 1.1 innings in relief of Danny Duffy (4.0 IP) ahead of the Royals’ six-run fourth inning...Pitched to a 0.96 ERA (1 ER in 9.1 IP) in nine September outings, after posting a 6.39 ERA (9 ER in 12.2 IP) through Aug. 30...Had multiple strikeouts in nine of 23 outings, including seven of nine in September, and had three strikeouts in three of his last four outings...In his final appearance on Sept. 26, struck out the side on 10 pitches (9 strikes), missing an immaculate inning with a ball to Austin Romine on an 0-2 pitch...He issued 20 walks in 22.0 innings (8.18 BB/9), matching Andre Scrubb (23.2 IP) and Yohan Ramírez (20.2 IP) for the most walks among relievers... Held right-handed batters to a .128 average (5-for-39), eighth best in the American League (min. 35 BF), but three of those five hits were homers...Went 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA (2 ER in 11.0 IP) in 11 appearances at Kauffman Stadium…was 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA (8 ER in 11.0 IP) in 12 road outings.
Split the season between Wilmington (A+) and Northwest Arkansas (AA), combining to go 4-4 with 21 saves and a 1.79 ERA (11 ER in 55.1 IP)…held the opposition to a .181 batting average (34-for-188) in his two stops...His ERA was the lowest among Royals' farmhands, while his save total and WHIP (0.90) ranked second (min. 50.0 IP)...Named a Carolina League midseason All-Star…recorded the save for the North Division, despite allowing two runs in the ninth inning...Held right-handed batters to a .136 average (14-for-103) between his two stops…lefties batted .235 against him (20for-85)...Allowed just one earned run over his final 15 appearances (21.0 IP) with Wilmington (April 26-June 15), before being promoted to Double-A…during that run, he went 8-for-9 in save opportunities...After surrendering five earned runs in his first nine appearances with the Naturals, pitched to a 1.23 ERA (2 ER in 14.2 IP) in his final 13 outings of the year…allowed just three walks and recorded 17 strikeouts (10.43 K/9) in that span...Pitched for the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League, going 3-0 with a 1.20 ERA (2 ER in 15.0 IP) with a 0.87 WHIP in 17 appearances.
Spent time at both Lexington (A) and Wilmington, going 18-for-20 in save opportunities to lead all KC minor league hurlers...Allowed just one run over his first eight appearances (April 5-May 3), posting a 0.96 ERA (1 ER in 9.1 IP), holding the opposition to a .206 average in that span (7-for-34)...Successful in his first 11 save opportunities, before suffering his first blown save on July 11 at Frederick (with Wilmington), allowing a pair of ninth-inning runs.
In his first professional season, pitched for both Burlington (Rookie) and Lexington, going 1-0 with six saves and a 3.62 ERA (11 ER in 27.1 IP) in 19 combined appearances...Recorded 38 strikeouts in 25.0 innings with the B-Royals (13.68 K/9).