Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Jordan Zimmermann may not have the flash and style of his teammates Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t one of the better young pitchers in the game.At 26, his control is at an elite level and it’s why he’s so highly ranked even though he puts up pedestrian strikeout numbers. Last year, he posted his second consecutive sub-2.00 BB/9 season, but with an added twist; his first-strike percentage rose from 63.4% to 69.2%. That means that over a third of the time Zimmermann starts off ahead in the count. That ranked second, only to Cliff Lee (71.6%),who just happens to be a natural Bob Ross at painting the strike zone.Given his great control, it’s no surprise that he has posted low WHIPs of 1.15 and 1.17 the last two years and it should only continue to get better as he improves as a pitcher. In his second full season, Zimmermann made strides in his batted ball profile by inducing more ground balls (43.4%) than fly balls (33.4%) for the first time. Unfortun...
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