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MLB Mock Draft 2012: Royals May Target RHP Kyle Zimmer

The Kansas City Royals hold the No. 5 overall selection in the 2012 MLB Draft and it has been expected for a while now that they will be targeting a college pitcher for their first-round selection.

Jim Callis at Baseball America suggests in his latest mock draft that the Royals will select right-handed pitcher Kyle Zimmer, out of the University of San Francisco. Matthew Hays of SB Nation Kansas City previously had this to say about Zimmer:

Zimmer, who really only has been pitching full-time for two seasons, is 6'4" and 220 lbs. His fastball will hit 99, and he also has a solid curveball to go with it. From what I have heard and read, he's a definite strike thrower. One of his bullpen warmups can be seen here.

Zimmer has been put on the 60-man watch list for the 2012 Golden Spikes award, which is the highest honor a college baseball player can receive. You can read more about Zimmer at his official USF Dons info page.

Check out Royals Review for more info on the upcoming draft.