Found February 19, 2013 on
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Jordan Zimmermann might be the best Number 3 starter in baseball. You can argue whether Strasburg or Gonzalez is Number 1, but everyone will agree that those two are your top two. But then you get Jordan Zimmermann on the third day and that is not a picnic by any stretch of the imagination. Gonzalez had a WHIP of 1.129 and Strasburg finished 2012 with a 1.155. Right behind them was Zimmermann at 1.170 and he was second on the team in strikeout to walk ratio. Zimmermann is a terrific combination of deception, heat and strike throwing ability.
What is so impressive about Jordan Zimmermann is that even though he is a young pitcher, he throws strikes and he throws them often. How many pitchers throw the slider for a higher strike percentage than their fastball? Zimmermann threw his slider for a strike 71% of the time and his fastball 68.5 percent of the time.
That combination allowed him to lead off a batter with either pitch for a strike. His first pitch strike rate of 69.2% w...
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A lot will be expected of Bryce Harper as he enters his second full season with the Washington Nationals. To help prepare for the upcoming year, Harper reportedly put on about 20 pounds over the winter. He belted 22 home runs in 139 games last season, but a rigorous workout regimen could have that number on the rise in 2013. “I take a lot of pride in my workouts,” the 20-year...
ESPN.com reported yesterday that five new names were on the Biogenesis list. He also reported that fomer Phillies prospect and Nationals star pitcher Gio Gonzalez is "cleared" of taking banned substances. Gonzalez is recorded in the documents receiving a good amount of substances from the clinic for $1000.00, but they...
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This is a segment that I’ve called “predictions” in previous seasons, but there really aren’t any questions about the Washington Nationals 25-man roster going into 2013. We’ll take a couple of posts to remind you who the key players are to the Nationals upcoming season what they’ll need to do to be successful. We start today...
An undeserved .232 batting average and just 58 RBI in Jayson Werth‘s debut season as a National (2011) sank him to the 217th overall ranking in fantasy. In injury-riddled, yet surprisingly productive, 2012 campaign saw him rank just 325th overall. This year Yahoo! has Werth ranked just 215th in its preseason rankings.Have we all forgotten how great Werth was from 2008-2010?Last...
Previously linked to the Biogenesis clinic in south Florida, Gio Gonzalez has maintained that he did not receive any substances banned by Major League Baseball.
The latest documents appear to support Gonzalez’ claim according to ESPN.
Both sources, speaking independently, identified Gonzalez as the only Bosch client named thus far who did not receive performance-enhancing drugs...
Bryce Harper and Under Armour unveil the most bro commercial of all time, with the star baseball player shirtless lifting glow in the dark weights.
Born: October 3, 1982
Drafted: 10th Round, 308th Overall, 2004 (Marlins)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
College: Middle Tennessee State University
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Here's a release from ESPN announcing that former Boston Red Sox IF Alex Cora will be joining ESPN:
Former Major League Baseball player Alex Cora has joined ESPN and ESPN Deportes as an MLB analyst. Cora will provide insights and analysis for various platforms across both networks, including Baseball Tonight, Beisbol Esta Noche, SportsCenter and other studio programming....
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports suggested yesterday that Tommy John surgery is not nearly the frightening experience it used to be. He may have a point. He says there have been over 1,000 pitchers to undergo the procedure since Tommy John himself pioneered it. One of those pitcher is Washington Nationals' prospect Cole Kimball.
Amanda Comak of the Washington Times says...
After Danny Espinosa shaved his winter beard I wasn’t ready to love again, but now Ian Desmond is growing a mustache (via @fpdougiefresh), and here I am over the moon. Sounds like he’s keeping it, too.
Major League Baseball has experienced an astounding series of events regarding performance-enhancing drugs, and the latest case – Anthony Bosch‘s list of players who allegedly received PEDs — continues to grow as more reports are revealed.
According documents obtained by ESPN’s Outside the Lines, five more players have been implicated in the scandal. However, it’s not...