I call this my “A-Ha” Camera setting.
Welcome to “Get To Know a Nat.” There are currently 39 men on the 40 man roster, and we’re going to give you the straight scoop on all of them! Not sure where to start with player and season previews? Not ready to jump into heavy metrics? Just want to get to know the players, what they do, and what to expect from them in 2013? Then you’ve come to the right place!
Name: Jordan M. Zimmermann
Nickname(s): JZ, ZNN, J-Zimm
DOB: May 23, 1986 (Age 26)
From: Auburndale, Wisconsin
Position: Starting Pitcher Rotation: Third Pitcher
With the Nats Since: Drafted in 2007. Debuted in 2009.
Jordan Zimmermann (never forget the second ‘N’ folks) may be the prototypical Nationals development player. The Nats were awarded compensatory draft picks in 2007 for letting the overpriced Alfonso Soriano leave as a free agent. With an extra second round pick they picked up JZimm (Cue the “Nationals don’t much overpay for players, and have developed great talent” storyline).
Two and half years ago, JZimm was also part of the “we take care of our pitchers” storyline the Nationals like to promote. After Tommy John surgery in 2009, JZ has slowly but surely been worked back into the rotation-foreshadowing the team’s attitude in Strasburg-Gate last year. Although bringing JZ up to speed slowly is much easier to do in the wasteland years of 2010 and 2011 than, say, shutting down your ace in a pennant race, it’s still consistent with the Nationals philosophy now being used. (Ask top draft pick Lucas Giolito, he’ll tell you).
This year the Nationals best-pitcher-no-one-has-heard-of will again be pitching third, behind Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg- and the Nationals will be in the midst of trying to sign JZ to a long term deal. What makes for an excellent pitcher, however, also makes for an expensive one. In 2013, JZ will be in position to break the bank.