If Jordan Zimmermann can put together a full, 200-inning season, he’ll be a fantasy force to be reckoned with. His walk rate went from very good to pretty much elite last season, and there’s definitely room for growth with his strikeout rate. In fact, if Zimmermann made the standard 33 starts last season instead of just 26, his PSR would have risen from 0.79 to 2.47, which would have ranked him 141st overall. The Nationals appear to be a team on the rise, so wins shouldn’t be as scarce in Washington as they have been in recent seasons. With a little more durability and another strikeout per nine innings, Zimmermann will thrust himself inside the top 100.
Best case scenario: Madison Bumgarner (SF) Similar players: Shaun Marcum (MIL), Doug Fister (DET), Chris Carpenter (STL) Worst case scenario: Tim Stauffer (SD)
ERA, WHIP, control. A 3.18 ERA and 3.16 FIP tell us Zimmermann is a damn good pitcher, and if he’s able to come close to his 1.73 BB/9 last season then he’ll be ...