Former White Hall Bulldog and Arkansas State Pitcher Tyler Zuber made the Kansas City Royals opening day 60-mam roster according to a release mad by the Royals organization Thursday afternoon.
Zuber is one of 21 pitchers that made the opening day roster. Zuber made the cut out of 32 pitchers who began with the Royals when training resumed for the 2020 season in early July.
Zuber had a solid minor league season in 2018 starting with Single A Lexington Legends where he appeared in and recorded a save in nine of those. He was eventually promoted Advanced A-ball with the Wilmington Blue Rocks. He returned to Wilmington as a starter in 2019 where he amassed 11 saves in 21 games while posting a microscopic 1.23 ERA. That led to a promotion for Double A Northwest Arkansas where he tallied 38 strikeouts in 29.1 innings, 10 saves, his WHIP was 0.904, and he held a 1.79 ERA. He also performed well in the Dominican League.
Zuber saw action Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals where he entered the game with one out on the board. He was able to get the final two outs via two fly balls. Additionally, he saw action earlier in the week against the Houston Astros.
Zuber faced a total of five batters in both games, allowing no hits while recording one strike out in 11 pitches, nine of which were strikes.
Zuber reacted to the news on Twitter saying “To say I’m excited is a understatement!! I cannot wait to live a lifelong dream. Time to get to work!”
Zuber is the ninth Red Wolf to make an MLB squad in school history.
— Tyler Zuber (@TylerZuber) July 23, 2020
Video of Zuber in inner-squad exhibition games for the Royals.