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Jordan Zimmermann
Birthdate: 5/23/1986 (30 y, 10 m, 4 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-2/220     Position: P
Drafted: 2007 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 3, Overall: 67, Team: Washington Nationals
Contract: $110M / 5 Years (2016 - 2020)
RotoWire News: Zimmermann retired just two batters in Wednesday's spring training win over the Braves, allowing four hits and four earned runs. (3/15/2017)
Profiles:  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: If you thought 2015 was the beginning of a downward slide for Zimmermann, you certainly felt justified in that feeling after what can only be described as a disastrous 2016, his first season in the American League. However, unless you tabbed him for multiple injuries that would cost him virtually all of the second half (9.7 innings pitched after June 30th), it’s unlikely that your prediction of his downfall was actually true. He actually carried a 1.50 ERA through his first seven starts, though a 15% strikeout rate and 9% K%-BB% rate made it clear he was skating on some very good luck, mostly in the form of a .260 batting average on balls in play. A groin injury flared up two starts later — one awful, one decent — and resulted in a skipped turn. He returned in early June and was brutal for the month (6.43 ERA), save a lone gem that actually ended up being his best start of the year. The groin was likely an issue throughout the month and seemed to spur a cascading effect which eventually led to his neck and lat DL stints in July and August. He’d developed into one of the better workhorses prior to ’16 and a clean bill of health will likely yield someone who looks more like the ’15 version.(Paul Sporer)

The Quick Opinion: Zimmermann battled through multiple injuries that tanked his strikeout rate and sent his home run rate to a career-high 1.2 per nine. He also struggled to strand runners for the first time since 2009 and while a 6% walk rate is good, it was his worst since 2010. In short, he was bad, but there were reasons, and a healthy Zimm cannot be this bad again in 2017.

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