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Friday in minors: Royals' previous two first overall draft picks are struggling

Updated: 2013-06-08T13:22:51Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Kyle Zimmer, the Royals’ top pick in last year’s draft, recorded just two outs Friday as High-A Wilmington lost 5-0 at Winston-Salem.

Zimmer, 0-6, faced nine batters and gave up five hits, walked one and hit another batter. He recorded just two outs (both via strikeout) and allowed all five runs as his ERA climbed to 6.32.

In his last five starts, Zimmer has given up 27 runs (22 earned) on 27 hits in 19 2/3 innings (10.07 ERA). He has struck out 24 in that span and walked nine.

Low-A Lexington

The Legends were limited to two hits in a 4-0 loss at Augusta.

Starter Bryan Brickhouse gave up one run in four innings. He allowed four hits, walked three and struck out three. Brickhouse is 4-4 with a 2.25 ERA.

Center fielder Bubba Starling, the Royals top pick in the 2011 draft, was zero for three with a walk, and his average is down to .203. In his last 10 games, Starling is six for 35 (.171 average).

Class AAA Omaha

Oklahoma City broke a 1-1 tie by scoring three in the seventh and beat the Storm Chasers 5-2.

Justin Marks allowed three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings and took the loss. Will Smith pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Shortstop Irving Falu had four hits, including a double, and an RBI. In his first game, Quintin Berry was one for three with two stolen bases and a run scored.

Center fielder Jarrod Dyson, who is on a rehab stint (high ankle sprain) was zero for five. He is zero for his eight in two games.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Sugar Ray Marimon gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings sa the Naturals lost 8-1 to Tulsa. Noel Arguelles pitched two innings of relief and allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits in two innings.

Left fielder Roman Hernandez hit a solo homer in the fourth inning for Northwest Arkansas.

To reach Pete Grathoff, send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/pgrathoff

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