Posts Tagged ‘Jordan Zimmermann’

Jordan Zimmermann To Have Tommy John Surgery…

August 11, 2009

The Washington Nationals just can’t catch a break. According to the Washington Post, Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann will have season ending ligament replacement surgery – otherwise known as Tommy John surgery.

Not only will Zimmermann miss the rest of the 2009 season, but he might miss all of the 2010 season as well. Based on pitchers in the past who have had Tommy John surgery, it usually takes a pitcher a year and a half to fully recover from the procedure.

This is a huge blow to the Nationals.

Zimmermann, who is only 23-years-old was supposed to be one of the cornerstones of the Nationals’ starting rotation along with John Lannan and hopefully Stephen Strasburg.

Zimmermann should be ready to go in 2011

Zimmermann should be ready to go in 2011

Zimmermann was 3-5 with a 4.63 ERA on season, but showed great promise and had 92 K’s in 91.1 IP.

If there is anything positive to take out of this, it is that with the advancements in this procedure, Zimmermann should be able to not only pitch again, but make a full recovery. When Zimmermann returns at the age of 25, he will have his whole career in front of him.

If Zimmermann wants to feel better about things all he needs to do is place a phone call to Joakim Soria, Kerry Wood, Josh Johnson, Chris Carpenter, Erik Bedard, or AJ Burnett. They are just some of the many pitchers who have had Tommy John surgery and have gone on to have successful major-league careers.

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Predicting The Rookie Of The Year Winners..

March 31, 2009

Next up in Prediction Week is the AL & NL Rookie of the Year. Winning the Rookie of the Year award can be a springboard to a great career (Albert Pujols, Mike Piazza & Andre Dawson) or it could be the one shining moment in a player’s career (Bob Hamelin, Ben Grieve & Jerome Walton). Who will win this year’s award? Let’s take a look…

Qualifications for the Rookie of the Year are a pitcher can’t have more than 50 innings pitched and a hitter can’t have more than 130 career ab’s.

NL

Candidates – Cameron Maybin, Jason Motte, James McDonald, Jordan Schafer, Chris Dickerson & Jordan Zimmermann

Can Maybin steal the ROY?

Can Maybin steal the ROY?

ROY – Cameron Maybin

WHY – Maybin will be the Marlins starting CF from Day 1 which is an important factor in considering who will win. Maybin hit .500 in a 32 ab audition last year for the Marlins and has all the tools to be a star in this game. He should hit around .260 with 10-15 hr’s, 70-80 runs scored and 20-30 sb’s. That should be good enough to win him the award.

AL

Candidates – Matt Wieters, Travis Snider, Brett Anderson, Chris Getz, Elvis Andrus & Brett Gardner

ROY – Travis Snider

Why – I know it is taboo to not to think that Matt Wieters won’t hit .450/40/140 but I like Travis Snider for a couple of reasons:

1. While Wieters will be riding buses from town to town in Triple A until May, Snider will be the Blue Jays starting LF from Day 1. This will give Snider roughly a 100-120 ab advantage.

2. I know Longoria and Braun won the ROY after being called up in May, but they weren’t catchers. Not only will Wieters lose ground to Snider because he won’t be in the majors until May (maybe even June) but he will also lose ground because even when he gets to the majors, he won’t be playing everyday because he is a catcher. Wieters would have to put up astronomical numbers to win the ROY in roughly 400 ab’s.

Where Is The Market For Joe Beimel Update..

March 18, 2009

Last month I wondering where the market was for Joe Beimel? Well, apparently the market for the 31 year old lefty is in Washington. According to ESPN.com, the Washington Nationals signed Joe Beimel to a 1 year $2MM contract.

I was a little surprised Beimel signed with the Nationals. I was expecting him to sign with the A’s or perhaps a team that has a chance to make the playoffs. However, this is a good signing by the Nationals. Beimel, according to Manager Manny Acta will be the Nationals 8th inning set-up man and he will definitely help the Nationals improve on their 10th ranked NL bullpen of 2008.

On a side note, the Nationals also released starting pitcher Shawn Hill. Does this open the door for Jordan Zimmermann to join the Nationals rotation? It sure is looking that way.

The Other Zimmermann….

March 18, 2009

We all know that 3B Ryan Zimmerman is the face of the Washington Nationals. But the Washington Nationals have another Zimmermann (with 2 N’s) that you might not know about. If you are not familiar with RHP Jordan Zimmermann, you should start to be because if he continues to pitch like he has in Spring Training, he will be a household name before you know it.

Jordan Zimmermann

Jordan Zimmermann

Zimmermann has been lights out this Spring to the tune of a 0.00 era with 16 K’s and only 6 hits allowed in 12 1/3 innings. That is very impressive for a kid who only pitched as high as Double A last year. Zimmermann has a chance to make the rotation as the 5th starter in 2009 because right now Collin Balestar is holding down the 5th starter spot but he is having a rough Spring (6.55 era).  

It will be interesting to see what the Nationals do with Zimmermann. Do they put him the rotation, let him take his lumps on a last place team and risk Zimmerman losing confidence? Or send him down to Triple A to further fine tune his skills? I say they should keep him at the major league level but use Zimmermann like the Blue Jays used Halladay and the Twins used Santana and Liriano when they were starting out. Which is put him in the bullpen and let him make a spot start from time to time. This accomplishes 2 things:

1. It allows him to face major league batters throughout the year which will give the Nationals more of a sample size than just Spring Training.

2. By spot starting him, this will allow the Nationals to get Zimmermann’s innings up. This way when Zimmermann is ready to start full time, he will have a significant amount of innings under his belt.

We will just have to wait and see what the Nationals do with their other Zimmermann. But keep an eye on this situation. It might be worth it to take a flier on him for your fantasy team. Especially if you are in a Keeper League.

Here are some other facts about Jordan Zimmermann

Age

22

College

Div III University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. I guess he wasn’t good enough for Wisconsin – Madison.

Drafted

2nd Round of the 2007 Draft

Minor League Stats

Single A: 3-1 with an 1.65 era and 31 K’s in 27 1/3 IP

Double A: 7-2 with a 3.21 era and 103 K’s in 106 2/3 IP

Keith Law Ranking and Analysis

Ranking: #42 out of 100 best prospects in baseball

Analysis: “Zimmermann spent most of his first full pro season in Double-A, good for any recent draftee but even more so for a pitcher out of a Division III school, as he is. He’s not a potential ace but a very high-probability No. 3 with a chance to be better than that because of his plus command.

Zimmermann is a classic four-pitch pitcher who changes speeds well and commands his stuff, locating his 90-94 mph four-seamer to all parts of the zone. He also keeps the ball down. His best pitch remains his mid-80s slider, short and tight with good tilt, although his curve is tighter now than it was when he was an amateur. Plus, he turns his changeup over well.

He has good feel for pitching, above-average command and average control.”