Double-A NW Arkansas announced a few roster moves this afternoon.
The Naturals swapped catchers, as Micah Gibbs was placed on the DL and Parker Morin was activated.
The big news was that prospect Kyle Zimmer was added from Low-A Lexington. I was hoping the Royals would have him pitch a few times with High-A Wilmington, especially over the next two days with his younger brother Bradley in town with Lynchburg.
My hopes were dashed.
Zimmer had another shoulder scare with the Legends, but didn’t really miss any time. Over 16 innings (nine games), he had a 1.13 ERA. He allowed 11 hits (a .190 average) and walked six compared to 21 strikeouts. He is expected to continue pitching in relief for the Naturals.
To make room for Zimmer, the Royals released reliever Ali Williams. Despite his struggles this season, it is a surprise move to me. Williams pitched in the Arizona Fall League last fall and was expected to anchor the Naturals bullpen this season.
In 19 games (23 innings), Williams allowed 18 hits (.209 average) and 20 walks compared to 16 strikeouts. He also allowed four home runs. Take out four games (April 16th, May 1st, May 11th, and June 19th), he really was not bad. He pitched 13 scoreless outings.
Williams has an electric arm and he was hardly the only Naturals pitcher struggling. Hopefully he can pick up with someone and continue his baseball career.