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9/28/1984 (32 y, 4 m, 27 d)
2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 4, Overall: 4, Team: Washington Nationals
$100M / 6 Years (2014 - 2019) + 1 Option Years
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Year in Review:
In 2009, the Nationals' cornerstone corner infielder finally had the breakout season that always seemed to be in the cards for him. His wOBA lurched forward almost 40 points to .377 and there's little talk of disappointment in Zimmerman these days. The improvement was mostly driven by gains in power, including his slugging percentage (.525 last year, .478 career). He hit more fly balls than ever (41.6% in 2009, 37.7% career) and more of those left the park (15.9% HR/FB in ‘09, 12.6% career). Though his contact rate went down, he was at his most patient in 2009 (10.6% BB rate, 8.8% career). Combined with a reasonable BABIP (.317) and a three-year decline in reach rate (21.3% in 2009), Zimmerman's gains seem to be part of an organic process rather than any luck-driven career-year phenomenon.
The Year Ahead:
After setting career highs in home runs, runs, hits, plate appearances, and batting average in 2009, fantasy managers would be forgiven for thinking that Zimmerman is due for a decline in 2010. There is really little reason to expect one from the improving 25-year-old third baseman. All of his secondary statistics are eminently repeatable, should he stay healthy in the coming year. He is a refined player at the plate who is discerning and powerful. If he continues to hit more fly balls and advance his home runs per fly ball, as he's generally been doing so far in his career. And if the team around him improves offensively, there's even room for a little upside. (Eno Sarris)
Among field players, Ryan Zimmerman is the third-most valuable by WAR over the last two seasons, trailing only Albert Pujols (16.0 WAR) and Evan Longoria (14.2) by that measure. Though much of his value comes from excellent defense, Zimmerman excels offensively, too, slashing .299/.375/.518 over those same last two seasons, while also averaging 29 home runs per. He's unlikely to steal much more than five stolen bases, but -- beyond that one weakness -- there are few other reasons to regard him as anything other than one of the top-three or -four fantasy third basemen in the league. Because he's likely to be available after Longoria, David Wright, Alex Rodriguez, and maybe Adrian Beltre, Zimmerman represents a potential value pick despite what are very clearly All-Star-type numbers. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
Is one of the best third basemen in the Majors, in real-life and fantasy.
This might be the perfect storm. Ryan Zimmerman has probably been a little over-valued for a few seasons with all of his potential and high-ceiling-ness and after coming off an injury-riddled 2011 campaign without much to point to in the way of counting stats, Zimmerman might be as cheap as ever -- and at age 27, could be primed for a great comeback season. It's tough to pin down the effects of an oblique injury, but after what was a terribly disappointing June, Zimmerman actually hit .302/.365/.455 with nine home runs and 17 doubles. Given a full and healthy season, that projects out to be awfully similar to the Ryan Zimmerman of old, and at age 27, if all is skookum with his health, we could see another .290/.370/.490 kind of year with 25 home runs and buckets of runs and RBI to compliment. (Michael Barr)
The Quick Opinion:
Don't be afraid to jump on Zimmerman if his price is suppressed by injury concerns or managers that can't look past his 12 home runs in 2011. Zimmerman is just 27 and a big year could be ahead.
It was a tale of two seasons for Ryan Zimmerman. He spent the first half of the year suffering from a shoulder injury, which severely impacted his performance. Facing a second stint on the disabled list, Zimmerman instead opted for a regimen of cortisone shots. The effects were felt immediately. Zimmerman went on a serious tear over the last three months, hitting 20 of his 25 home runs. It came at a price, as Zimmerman underwent shoulder surgery early in the offseason. He's expected to be 100% by the beginning of the year. Zimmerman showed he can still be an elite option when he's healthy, but he's suffered his fair share of nicks over the past three years. Expect him to lose about 20 games to injury over the course of the season, but he'll produce when healthy. (
The Quick Opinion:
Zimmerman was great once he was able to manage his shoulder issue. He's a good bet to continue producing at a high level, but he'll probably miss a couple games with minor scraps and bruises.
Zimmerman had just about the most predictable season of any player in baseball last season, as nearly all of his statistics were right in line with his career averages. He hit nearly his exact career slash line of .286/.352/.477, and his isolated power, batting average on balls in play and weighted on-base average were all incredibly close to his career averages as well. He missed a little bit of time, as he usually does, playing in 147 games (he averages 140 games per season over his eight full major-league seasons), but as always, he provided steady production as a mid-tier starting fantasy third baseman. His 21.0% strikeout rate was a career high, but not too far above his 17.5% average. That rate should come back down this year, as he saw more first-pitch strikes last year than he had since 2006, and his swinging-strike rate, while also a career high, was just a slight notch above his 2012 mark. (
The Quick Opinion:
Zimmerman isn't the flashiest fantasy third baseman, but he's certainly one of the most reliable. Expect another season of 20+ home runs with his usual solid batting average. He will continue to slot into the second tier of everyday fantasy options at the hot corner, just a step behind the David Wrights and Evan Longorias of the world.
When healthy, Zimmerman has still proved to be an incredibly useful hitter. Problem is, it’s getting hard to depend on him to be healthy. Yes, Zimmerman played at least 145 games in both 2012 and 2013, but that dropped to 61 games in 2014. Prior to that, he played in just 101 games in 2011. While his shoulder remains problematic, and should move him over to first base this season, it seems to only impact his defense. Zimmerman has produced strong numbers in the past despite the shoulder giving him problems. Typically, the club will resort to cortisone shots, and that seems to work. Thumb and hamstring issues kept him on the shelf last year, though both should be healed heading into 2015. He’ll miss a chunk of games, but should still produce when he’s in the lineup. He’ll have eligibility at third, outfield and, eventually, first base this year, and that’s intriguing. (
The Quick Opinion:
Zimmerman can still hit when he’s healthy, but he’s been on the bench more often than most fantasy owners would like. Expect him to miss his fair share of games, but the production should be there when he’s in the lineup.
Surprise, surprise, Zimmerman once again battled injuries, which limited him to just 390 plate appearances. This time around, it was plantar fasciitis that cost him a month and a half of summer action, followed by a strained oblique that ended his season in early September. At age 31, it's hard to bet on a full healthy season anymore. When he did manage to make it into the batter's box, there were some promising signs. His power fully rebounded from his down 2014, but his performance didn't look better thanks to a career low batting average on balls in play. That should bounce back toward his career .314 mark, which would bring back the pre-2014 version that was a strong fantasy asset. Health muddies the picture with at least one disabled list stint in each of the last five years, but that risk is finally built into his price. (
The Quick Opinion:
Another year, another season cut short by injuries. But a rebound in power and an expected bounce back in batted ball luck this year means that Zimmerman should return to his previous spot among the better third base options... if he can stay off the disabled list for a change.
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Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 3:33 AM ET
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