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Tyler Zuber is from White Hall, Arkansas, United States.

Tyler Zuber, a pitching prospect with the Kansas City Royals, was working out in a Surprise, Arizona gym when his manager strolled in.

 Tyler Zuber
Tyler Zuber

To a group of players, Royals manager Mike Matheny stated, “They’re probably going to shut down the facility.”

Despite the fact that the MLB season appeared to be on the verge of being postponed, the players were still allowed to work out in the facility for the time being.

That alternative was no longer available since the players were ordered home till further notice.

In a phone interview, Zuber stated, “I ended up securing a flight for the next day.” “I was able to get out of there before they halted travel.”

Things were going at a rapid pace. Zuber had just thrown against the Chicago White Sox’ Opening Day lineup in a spring training game in Phoenix a few weeks before.

Zuber would face a lineup that included Yoan Moncada, Edwin Encarnación, Eloy Jiménez, and Luis Robert, who spent the bulk of 2019 with High-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

He struck out three of the four batters and retired all of them.

“It felt weird facing those guys,” Zuber remarked. “I had no idea Encarnación had more than 6,000 at-bats and 400 home runs.”

I didn’t understand how large Jiménez was until he was standing in the box. He was hunched over, but he still appeared to be seven feet tall.”

Between Encarnación and Zuber, there was a 13-year age gap. Zuber was nine years old when he made his MLB debut with the Cincinnati Reds 15 years ago in 2005. But Zuber dominated their first meeting, retiring Encarnación on a powerful slider.

Robert, MLB’s third-best prospect, was also struck out by Zuber, who had previously faced the Royals’ pitcher in the minor levels.

“For the previous two years, I’ve fought Robert in the minor levels, and he’s owned me,” Zuber said. “It was a relief to see him go.

Now that baseball has been put on hold, Zuber has returned to his home state of Arkansas to await word from the Major League Baseball on a start date.

Zuber was picked in the sixth round out of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas three years ago. He was nearly untouchable during his senior year with the Red Wolves.

In a telephone interview, Arkansas State head coach Tommy Raffo remarked, “For some unexplained reason, we had the opportunity to get him back as a senior.”

Zuber had a 2.06 ERA in 52.1 innings pitched, with 80 strikeouts (13.8 SO/9) and only 16 walks. He also had a WHIP of 0.860 and a total of six saves.




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