Found March 16, 2012 on Kramerica Sports:

Author: Andrew Swanson

Drafted in the second round of the 2007 amateur draft out of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Jordan Zimmermann was thought to have first round talent and would have been drafted earlier had he gone to a larger school.

The young righty boasts a mid-90’s fastball mixed with a knee buckling slider that afforded him a 9.1 strikeout per-nine innings in his first major league season with the Nationals.

As is the case with many hard throwing pitchers with excellent breaking balls, like fellow National Stephen Strasburg, Zimmermann suffered an elbow injury in 2009 that forced him to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Zimmermann returned in the latter stages of 2010 and posted a pedestrian 4.94 ERA and his strikeout average fell from 9.1 to 7.8. Drafting a player like Zimmermann can be somewhat risky, similar to playing the roulette table in a Las Vegas or Internet Casino, however the potential for large returns with a minimum investment is huge.

Former Nationals GM Jim Bowden describes Zimmermann: “clearly as a no.2 type of starter. This is a guy who, when healthy, you can't pick the ball up, he'll throw it in the mid-90's, he's got a wipe-out breaking ball, and he's a really tough kid.

At his current ADP of 191, Zimmerman is being drafted alongside other mid-level starters like Ted Lilly, Jair Jurrjens and Edwin Jackson. While all three of these pitchers are viable fantasy options, Zimmermann has a greater potential for upside as he will have a significantly higher strikeout average.

Jordan Zimmermann is a true sleeper in that he has a ton of potential upside without a lot of risk at his current average draft position. He is an excellent mid-level starter in mixed leagues and could become a top 20 pitcher by the end of the season.

Nats in green hats for St. Patrick's Day

Like several other teams around MLB today, Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals are sporting ugly green hats for St. Patrick's Day -- photo above via @NationalsPR. And just in case there was any doubt about what day it is, the Nats chanted "Green beer!" prior to the game (via @DanKolko): The #Nats are wearing green hats today and broke their post-stretch...

Lidge: "Is Stephen Strasburg better than Roy Halladay? No...But he throws 103."

File this one under: What Brad Lidge means when he talks about talent. Earlier this week, Brad Lidge said in a video that the Nationals were the most talented team he's ever been on. Of course, there was immediate backlash from Phillies fans: some took offense to it (check the comments here, for example), while others seemed indifferent. In any case, ESPN's Jayson...

2012 Fantasy Baseball: Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals starting rotation preview

Stephen Strasburg (credits below) The Nationals do not necessarily have a “sleeper” of a fantasy rotation, but it definitely can be sneaky good by the time the calendar hits October.  Who will occupy the fifth rotation spot is still being determined, but one-through-four in the rotation all have value when drafted properly. Starting at the top, Stephen Strasburg will have the...

Chien-Ming Wang Injury Shows Washington Nationals They Need to Keep John Lannan

Chien-Ming Wang strained his hamstring yesterday while pitching against his former team, the New York Yankees. If the Washington Nationals were seriously considering trading start pitcher John Lannan, Wang’s latest injury should curb those discussions. Washington cannot count on Wang to remain healthy and hold down a spot in the rotation. After all, when is the last...

2012 burning question: Washington Nationals

From my Nationals season preview earlier today... Burning QuestionIs Jayson Werth going to live up to his massive contract this season, or continue to struggle? As soon as the ink was dry on Werth's seven year, $126 million contract in December of 2010, fans from all across the country were crucifying the Nationals for overpaying Werth. The logic was that Werth would turn 32...

Nationals' Wang gets tangled up, strains hamstring

Washington Nationals pitcher Chien-Ming Wang left Thursday's start in the third inning with a strained left hamstring after colliding with Russell Martin of the New York Yankees. Wang fielded a slow roller by Martin and tried to make the play at first base. Wang stumbled toward the bag and fell as he was touching the base. The pitcher's leg went up in the air and was hit...

2012 season preview: Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals continued to claw and scrape towards respectability in 2011, finishing just one game under .500 for the season. They retooled their team for the 2012 season, bringing in a pair of experienced starters in Edwin Jackson and Gio Gonzalez. The Nationals might not win the NL East in 2012, but they're at least going to contend. Nationals on TOCEnd of Season...

Nationals awaiting further tests on P Wang

Washington Nationals righthander Chien-Ming Wang suffered a strained left hamstring in Thursday's spring training game against the New York Yankees. The team sent Wang to undergo additional tests after he was hurt while attempting to cover first base. The 31-year-old Wang had problems putting weight on the leg after the mishap. Wang had a solid comeback season in 2011 after...

Hot Stove Report: Jayson Werth

There are two things that drive the modern day baseball player: winning a championship and signing a lucrative free agent deal.  Jayson Werth accomplished the first goal as a member of the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies World Series championship team, and now he has achieved the second goal with a huge free agent deal with the Washington Nationals.  Unfortunately for fantasy owners...

Nationals feel they can contend now

(Eds: Updates throughout. With AP Photos.) By ROB MAADDI AP Sports Writer Gio Gonzalez heard the rumors that the Philadelphia Phillies were interested before the Washington Nationals traded for him. He's just fine with that. Really. ''I'm happy here,'' Gonzalez said after a spring outing against the New York Yankees. These aren't the same old Nationals...

Sounds like Bryce Harper is excited to face his boy CC and the Yankees.

Thursday and Friday will be a dream come true for Bryce Harper the Yankee fan. On Thursday, the kid will face the Yankees in Viera. On Friday, he'll reportedly travel with the Nationals to face the Yankees in Tampa: "Oh, man, that’s going to be fun. Even Pineada tomorrow. You’ve got a guy who pitched for Seattle and was great, came over to the Yankees of course....

One Wang Step

The Washington Nationals were counting on Chien Ming Wang to be their fifth starter this season.  Those plans may have to be scrapped after Wang was forced to leave Thursday’s game against the Yankees making an unassisted play at first base.  Pitching against his former team, Wang fielded Russell Martin’s weak grounder between the mound and

Yankees 4, Nationals 3(10)

Gio Gonzalez pitched into the fourth inning and allowed one run for the Washington Nationals in a 4-3, 10-inning loss to the New York Yankees on Friday. Gonzalez gave up two hits and three walk in 3 1-3 innings. He had six strikeouts. The Nationals' new starter called the outing ''a good stepping stone.'' Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer and Brandon Laird...

Buck drives in run as Marlins, Nats tie

VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Jordan Zimmermann threw four scoreless innings in his third start of spring training and the Washington Nationals tied a Miami Marlins split squad 1-1 Saturday. Zimmermann, who gave up four runs on seven hits in his previous outing, struck out three and gave up six hits. Four of those hits came with two outs, but each time he was able work out of trouble. Chad...
All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.