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06/07/12 2:05 PM ET

Royals set to make post-Draft announcement

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals announced they would be holding a news conference at 4 p.m. CT on Thursday afternoon regarding a major baseball announcement.

It is expected that they'll announce the signing of first-round draft pick Kyle Zimmer. After selecting the pitcher with the No. 5 overall pick on Monday, members of the Royals front office said over the past few days that they expected to get a deal done quickly.

Zimmer was a standout at the University of San Francisco this past season. In 13 starts he was 5-3 with a 2.85 ERA. He struck out 104 batters while walking just 17.

Royals director of scouting Lonnie Goldberg said Wednesday that he expects Zimmer to reach the big leagues within two years.

The press conference will be streamed live on Royals.com.

Vinnie Duber is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.