Royals prospect Zimmer loses Cougars debut

Kane County Cougars SP Kyle Zimmer delivers a pitch during Thursday’s game.

RHP Kyle Zimmer, the top draft pick of the Kansas City Royals this year, made his Midwest League debut Thursday with the Kane County Cougars. He pitched four innings and gave up one run on five hits. He struck out five batters and walked none.

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers won the game 4-0. Their lone run against Zimmer came in the 4th inning when Ben McMahan singled in Greg Hopkins, who had doubled. Nick Ramirez also had an RBI single in the game, and two Wisconsin runs scored when Kane County reliever Michael Giovenco threw a bunt down the rightfield line.

Timber Rattlers 2B Greg Hopkins bats during Thursday’s game. 1B Nick Ramirez (far left) is on deck and LF Ben McMahan is the other player holding a bat.

Two Timber Rattlers pitchers combined to shut out the Cougars, who generally looked stifled at the plate, especially when there were runners in scoring position. Wisconsin SP Chad Pierce struck out 8 batters, walked two and gave up three hits in 7 innings. Wisconsin RP Michael Strong pitched the last two innings, striking out five batters, walking none and giving up three hits.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers SP Chad Pierce loosens up before Thursday’s game.

To read more about Zimmer, check out this post on the Cougars’ blog.

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