|Pictures taken at Citi Field April 29, 2009|
3rd Major League Season (24 career starts)
6'2", 220 pounds
Bats R/Throws R
Profile: 2nd round pick in 2007, who has been pushed through the minor leagues and he has responded and performed at every level. He is being used as the comparison/model for Strasburg's rehabilitation program.
|Lot of stress going to be placed on that elbow...Wonder why he had TJ. Picture from April 2009|
|Zimmermann has an electric arm, but still the same mechanics that may have lead him to Tommy John surgery in the first place. Picture from April 2011|
Good: He has a hard fastball, which tops out at 95-96 mph (average 93 mph), a plus slider (85 mph), and also mixes in a curve (77 mph), and change (85 mph). He has thrown more sliders than his curve since his comeback from Tommy John surgery (7 starts in 2010). His career K/9 rate is 8.5, and BB/9 is < 3, which is a reason for optimism. He is a good athlete who fields his position well, and even DH'd in college when he wasn't pitching. He is ranked the #3 Nationals player (behind Strasburg and Harper) for 25 years and under.
He's made 4 starts in 2011, and is 1-3, with a 3.70 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, with his only win coming on the Mets home opener. He has yet to throw 100 pitches in a game, and is averaging only 6 innings per start. He struggled in his last start versus the Cardinals, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings. One thing that caught my eye when looking through his stats so far this year, is that his swing and miss % is way down to 5.5% (was 9% before the surgery). He has great stuff, but has there been a shift in pitching philosophy to pitch to contact versus put hitters away? This is a number I will be keeping my eye on throughout the game/season.
Against the Mets in his career, he's started 5 times, and is 2-1 with a 3.51 ERA and 1.32 WHIP (with 2 bad starts in 2009 inflating those numbers).
Zimmermann is a future #1/#2 starter, who can be dominating, but still is finding his way to be consistent.