Sunday, June 3, 2012
2012 MLB Draft Profile: Kyle Zimmer
School: University of San Francisco
Stat Summary: W-L (5-3), 2.85 ERA, 104 SO, 17 BB
Accolades: Baseball America's No. 3 rated player in the 2012 Draft, Preseason Second Team All-American
The Rundown: Zimmer is the son of two former collegiate athletes and he has made the most of his college years. His strikeout to walk ratio was one of the best in the country for collegiate arms. Even with the high strikeout totals, he was still able to go deep into contests and he had three complete games during the year. His fastball can touch 97 mph with some decent sinking action. His curveball and slider are power breaking pitches that will be used to strikeout batters at the next level.
Twins Impact: One of the reasons the Twins might give him some consideration is the fact that is a consistent strike thrower who doesn't walk many batters. Twins scouting director Deron Johnson is also very familiar with scouting in the Bay Area since he is from the area. If the Twins want a pitcher and Appel is off of the board, Zimmer could be their next choice.
The Word on the Street: A Major League crosschecker said, "He's really good. He at times will pitch with four above-average Major League pitches... He's got some adjustments he needs to make in his delivery, but his pure stuff is Major League ready right now."