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Royals sign No. 5 overall pick Kyle Zimmer for $3 million

Jun 7, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

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No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa has already agreed to a contract with the Astros and the Royals announced that No. 5 overall pick Kyle Zimmer is also under contract just three days after being drafted.

Zimmer is a right-handed starter from the University of San Francisco who many draft experts felt was neck and neck with Stanford right-hander Mark Appel and LSU right-hander Kevin Gausman as the top college arm available.

He’s a converted position player and just 20 years old, so Zimmer may not move through the minors quite as quickly as a typical college ace. MLB’s slot bonus amount for the No. 5 pick is $3.5 million, but Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that the Royals got Zimmer signed for $3 million.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 7, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Anyone who saw the joy on Zimmer’s face when he was drafted, knew that he would be easy to sign.

  2. danielcp0303 - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    I wonder how much Mark Appel regrets his decision to be involved with Scott Boras

    • ezthinking - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:08 PM

      Not at all I’m sure.

      • danielcp0303 - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:52 PM

        Oh I’m sure he regrets it. There’s a big difference between turning down 6 million, and then only being offered 2.9 million.

  3. stex52 - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    With luck, Appel will have a decent career and this first hiccup won’t make that much difference. If he doesn’t make it to the MLB, that could be a pretty big hit. (it’s known to happen)

    But he went to Stanford; he’s a smart and talented kid. Doubt this is the end of the world.

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