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Zimmer makes his debut with Surprise Royals

KANSAS CITY -- First-round Draft pick Kyle Zimmer made his professional debut on Friday with the Surprise Royals.

Zimmer, a right-hander, tossed two innings for the Royals' Rookie League club, allowing two hits and striking out three Arizona Giants.

The Royals selected Zimmer with the fifth overall pick in June's First-Year Player Draft out of the University of San Francisco. Zimmer was recovering from a groin injury when he was drafted, and members of the Royals' player development staff said on the day he signed that it would be a few weeks before he would make his debut.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said after Zimmer signed that the right-hander could end this season in the Midwest League and start next season in the Carolina League.

KANSAS CITY -- First-round Draft pick Kyle Zimmer made his professional debut on Friday with the Surprise Royals.

Zimmer, a right-hander, tossed two innings for the Royals' Rookie League club, allowing two hits and striking out three Arizona Giants.

The Royals selected Zimmer with the fifth overall pick in June's First-Year Player Draft out of the University of San Francisco. Zimmer was recovering from a groin injury when he was drafted, and members of the Royals' player development staff said on the day he signed that it would be a few weeks before he would make his debut.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said after Zimmer signed that the right-hander could end this season in the Midwest League and start next season in the Carolina League.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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