USF alum Kyle Zimmer hopes this year his major-league dream comes true

Updated 5:40 pm PST, Monday, January 28, 2019

Kyle Zimmer

The right-hander, the Kansas City Royals’ first-round pick out of USF in 2012, has endured years of injuries, including to his throwing shoulder and elbow, among others. “Setback after setback really wears on you,” said Zimmer, who’s feeling healthy after an offseason of training in which he said he’d been throwing in the mid-90s in the fall. The Royals’ bullpen remains a big question mark, and a healthy Zimmer could provide part of the answer. “I still haven’t thrown a pitch in a big-league game,” Zimmer said. “That’s obviously goal No. 1, but I still have pretty high aspirations for myself.”

Ryan Braun

Now 35, the outfielder is trying to set himself up to be a part of the Brewers’ promising future. He’s doing something he hadn’t ever done: changing his swing. “ I’ve made some productive adjustments,” Braun said Sunday at the Brewers’ winter fan festival. Braun ranked 20th among big leaguers in average exit velocity, ahead of Manny Machado and Mike Trout. Braun’s hoping his new swing results in more homers. “If you want to take luck out of the equation, you hit more balls over the fence,” he said. “If I’m able to do that, luck becomes less of a factor.”

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