KANSAS CITY (KAIT) - A Red Wolf will start the 2020 season in The Show.
Arkansas State alum Tyler Zuber was selected to the Royals 30-man roster for Opening Day. He continued to build off of a great spring training with Kansas City.
Zuber was on the bump Wednesday at Busch Stadium. He entered with 1 out in the 5th inning of the Cardinals/Royals exhibition matchup. Tyler got 2 fly balls to end the frame. The White Hall native fared well this week against the Astros and St. Louis. He faced a total of 5 batters, allowed no hits, and recorded 1 strikeout. Zuber threw a total of 11 pitches (9 strikes).
Tyler appeared in the final intrasquad game on July 18th. He tossed a shutout inning, retiring all 3 batters he faced.
Zuber struck out 3 batters in a July 14th session. Tyler threw a total of 22 pitches.
The White Hall native had a stellar showing on July 10th. He struck out 4 in 2 innings of work, retiring all 6 batters. Zuber threw 23 pitches in that outing.
Tyler earned a spot in the bullpen that has familiar names like Greg Holland and Trevor Rosenthal. Another familiar name is new Kansas City manager Mike Matheny.
General manager Dayton Moore is impressed with the Red Wolf. “Josh Staumont has thrown the ball well, Zubs has thrown the ball well. Guys that were throwing the ball really well in spring training, two guys that we knew had good arms. But they made some adjustments, and we left spring training feeling really good. Well, we had a layoff, and the natural question is are they going to pick up where they left off? And the answer has been yes.”
When Zuber takes the mound, he’ll be the 9th player with Arkansas State ties to play in MLB. Daniel Wright was the last Red Wolf to reach The Show, he appeared in 9 games in 2016 & 2017 (Reds & Angels).
The Royals will open the season July 24th at Cleveland. Their home opener is July 31st vs. the White Sox.
Tyler Zuber Spring Training Stats