Full name is John Tyler Zuber…resides in White Hall, Ark., during the offseason...Graduated from White Hall High School (AR) 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.
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).