30 Players in 30 Days: Jordan Zimmermann

Jordan Zimmermann


J. Zimmermann.JPGNo Nationals pitcher’s debut was more hyped going into the 2009 season than Jordan Zimmermann’s. The 23 year-old pitcher, drafted in the second round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, was rated as the Nationals No. 1 prospect by Baseball America. On April 20, Zimmermann joined the Nationals rotation and won his Major League debut, beating Derek Lowe and the Atlanta Braves 3-2. He allowed two runs and six hits, with three strikeouts and a walk on a cold, rainy day that included two rain delays.

Zimmermann’s Major League debut concluded his improbable journey to the Majors. He made his mark at Division III University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he pitched in the Division III World Series. He didn’t turn a lot of heads in high school but when his fastball jumped from 88 MPH to 93 mph, he began to get noticed. Zimmermann was eventually drafted in the second round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft by the Nationals and quickly rose through the Minor League ranks.

The hard-throwing right-hander now tops out at about 95 mph and he made 16 starts for the Nationals in 2009. He went 3-5 with a 4.63 ERA, and struck out 92 in 91.1 innings pitched. He has an excellent strikeouts per nine innings ratio (K/9) of 9.1 which is comparable to pitchers such as Dan Haren and Jorge De La Rosa. On the flip side, his hits per nine innings ratio (H/9) is 9.4, a number which he will try to bring down in the future.

Unfortunately his debut season was cut short when, on July 22, Zimmermann went on the 15-day DL. His fate was sealed when he underwent Tommy John surgery in August. It will take him 12-18 months to recover, all but postponing his return to the majors until 2011.

 

Jordan Zimmermann Final Stats

W

L

ERA

G/GS

SHO

IP

H

R

ER

HR

HBP

BB

SO

AVG

WHIP

GO/AO

3

5

4.63

16/16

0

91.1

95

51

47

10

4

29

92

.332

1.36

1.33

 

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