Royals integrate latest pitch-tracking technology into daily routine



February 26, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Kyle Zimmer throws during a spring training baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Feb. 26, 2017 in Surprise, Ariz. John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS

SURPRISE, Ariz. — For coaches, managers and front-office personnel, data represents answers to questions, a means to make important decisions and assess performance. For Kyle Zimmer, data represents a path to fulfilling his dream of pitching in the majors.

Zimmer has spoken candidly about how that dream has been tested and even faded at times amid numerous injuries throughout his professional career. The Royals took him off the roster last year following his body’s most recent breakdown.

He spent six months working with the staff at Driveline Baseball trying to calibrate his body again, and cameras, motion-capture equipment and a small triangular contraption called the Rapsodo were his guides.

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