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27 Jordan Zimmermann SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/223 | Birthdate: 5/23/1986 | Birthplace: Auburndale, WI | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: Wis.-Stevens Point | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $5,350,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/81 | Average Draft Position: 23.87
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Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann strikes out six in win


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings of work in Washington's 3-2 win over the Yankees on Wednesday.

Zimmermann had trouble in the first inning when he allowed a leadoff single to Brett Gardner and then an RBI double to Carlos Beltran. After Beltran advanced to third, a sacrifice fly from Brian McCann brought him home. However, Zimmermann settled down and did not allow another run in his final six innings with six strikeouts and just one walk.

Zimmermann, now 4-2, lowered his ERA to 3.52 in 53 2/3 innings of work. He will look to keep things rolling Monday against the Cubs.


Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann barely using his changeup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has a four-pitch arsenal, but he doesn't rely much on his changeup. In fact, he has thrown it just one time in eight starts this season, per BrooksBaseball.net.

“I just don’t want to get burned by my fourth pitch when I know I can get guys out with the other three,” Zimmermann said, per The Washington Post. “I got burned with it a few times in my career. It just really makes me mad and then I don’t throw it for five or six starts.”

Zimmermann has had mixed results with his changeup. Opponents had an .818 slugging percentage off Zimmermann's changeup in 2014. Also, four of the 13 home runs he allowed last season came on changeups. Still, left-handers had just a .655 OPS against the changeup last season.

“I’m gonna keep throwing it and just pick my spots and not just throw it to some guy who will potentially hit a homer off me,” Zimmermann said.


Nats' Jordan Zimmermann tosses six scoreless innings Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Nationals pithcer Jordan Zimmermann earned his third win of the season during Friday's 10-0 victory over the Padres.

Zimmermann did not allow a run on six hits in six innings of work. He struck out six batters and walked one. He is now 3-2 with a 3.66 ERA.

He has now pitched at least six innings and given up three earned runs or less in six-straight starts. His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Phillies.


Nats SP Jordan Zimmermann allows three runs in 6 IP for no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/10/2015) Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann yielded three runs on eight hits in six innings on Sunday for a no-decision against the Braves.

The lone extra-base hit Zimmerman allowed was a fifth-inning leadoff double to Freddie Freeman.

"It could have been better, for sure," Zimmermann said. "They get three runs [for] me in the first and I can't lock it down. I threw obviously a lot of pitches, a lot of fastballs that were balls. Command wasn't really there. The second inning took a lot out of me. I was happy to make it six and keep them in the ballgame."

Nats manager Matt Williams said Zimmermann could not get into his normal rhythm for most of the start.

"Just inconsistency with his command today," Williams said. "Pulling, rotational a little bit. [The] ball sailing up and away to a left-hander. When he does that, he has trouble controlling his breaking ball, too, which we saw today."

Zimmermann returns to the mound for his next start Friday in San Diego.


Nationals' Zimmermann feels good despite reduced velocity


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann didn't see his average fastball velocity dip below 93.8 mph in any of his starts last season, but he's had to deal with a reduction in velocity this season, with his fastball averaging at least 93 mph just once in his six starts, per Brooks Baseball.

Despite the dip in velocity, Zimmermann doesn't seem concerned, the Washington Post reports.

"Don’t really care about velocity," Zimmermann said Monday. "As long as I make my pitch. You can throw 85 and make your pitch and get guys out up here, as long as you execute and mix it up. I’m sure it’ll come back later in the season. It’s just down a little bit right now."

The reduced velocity has led to more contact by hitters this season. However, Zimmermann feels that he's been improved in recent starts, and he expressed confidence in all three of his secondary pitches Monday night for the first time this season.

"I feel good," he said. "It was hit or miss early in the season, but I feel good now. Fastball command is there and breaking pitches are there, so I feel good."

Zimmermann saw his fastball velocity leap to its normal level against Atlanta on April 29, but it was back down Monday, when he worked seven innings of one-run ball. He's 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA and 22:6 K:BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings. He's striking out 5.7 batters per nine innings after posting an 8.2 K/9 rate in 2014.


Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann earns no decision Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits in seven innings of work in Washington's 6-4 win over the Marlins on Monday, but did not factor into the decision.

Zimmermann had trouble early on when he allowed Martin Prado and Giancarlo Stanton to reach base safely. Then, Marcell Ozuna singled to center to drive home a run.

"First inning, (he) didn't exactly throw it where he wanted to, but after that, settled in nicely," manager Matt Williams said after the game, per MASNsports.com. "I thought he threw the ball really well."

He found his groove after that, working through the sixth without allowing a run. Then in the seventh, Zimmermann surrendered a lead off home run to Justin Bour.

"The first inning, I was right over the middle with the fastball and I figured it was going to be a long day if I kept doing that," Zimmermann said. "So I had to start working on the corners a little bit. The curveball and slider were both there today, so it was one of those days where I had all three pitches working. It was fun to be out there."

Zimmermann, who remains 2-2, moved his ERA to 4.15 in 34 2/3 innings of work. He will look to bounce back Sunday against the Braves.


Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann strikes out seven in win


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits in seven innings of work in Washington's 13-4 win over the Braves Wednesday.

Zimmermann scattered three runs in the first three innings when A.J. Pierzynski plated two runs with a single in the first and Freddie Freeman brought home another in the third. Zimmermann, who struck out seven with one walk, brought his ERA to 4.88 in 27 2/3 innings of work.

Zimmermann, now 2-2, will look to keep rolling Monday against the Marlins.


Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann goes 6 1/3 solid innings in no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/24/2015) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann gave up two runs on six hits and struck out four in 6 1/3 innings for a no decision against the Marlins on Friday. 

Zimmermann was touched for both runs in the fifth inning on RBI singles from pitcher Matt Latos and second baseman Dee Gordon. 

Zimmermann's next start is set for Wednesday in Atlanta.


Jordan Zimmermann suffers loss for Nationals on Saturday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann dropped to 1-2 on the season after suffering a loss on Saturday. 

Zimmermann allowed four runs, but only two were earned, in six and a third innings. He walked four and allowed four hits, while striking out three.

"I was just trying to be too fine and ended up missing and falling behind," Zimmermann said to MASN Sports. "Then I would really make a mistake and miss badly. I was just thinking I get 2-0 or 3-0 and then I would tell myself you have to throw a strike. And when you do that, you never throw a strike. It's not like me. I've just got to pound the zone and attack the hitters."

Zimmermann threw 61 strikes in 101 pitches. His next start is scheduled for Friday, against the Marlins and Mat Latos.  


Red Sox tried to trade for Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann in the winter


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The Red Sox tried to trade for Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann this offseason, and while both parties agreed there was a potential match in terms of players, they never came close to a deal, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

Zimmermann is in the final year of a two-year, $24 million contract with the Nationals and was unable to come close to a long-term deal before the start of the season. The right-hander holds an 8.64 ERA through his first two starts in 2015.


Nationals P Jordan Zimmermann rocked early in loss to Red Sox


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann struggled against the Red Sox on Monday, allowing seven earned runs in a 9-4 loss. 

Zimmermann was only able to go 2 1/3 innings before being removed. He allowed nine hits, eight runs (one unearned) and one walk. After recording four strikeouts in his first start of the season, he came away with zero against Boston. This was the first time in 147 starts that Zimmermann did strike anyone out in a game. 

Zimmermann faced six batters in each of the first two innings. He then hit Hanley Ramirez with a pitch in the third. After facing seven hitters in the third inning and only recording one out, Tanner Roark relieved him. Zimmermann now holds an 8.64 ERA in two starts. 

The problem Zimmermann primarily had on Monday had to do with getting a feel for the baseball. 

"Yeah, I mean I was bad today," Zimmermann said, via MLB.com. "It's not like me to walk a guy and hit two guys. I just didn't have a feel for the ball and really had no clue where it was going all day. My mechanics were fine. I was rubbing the ball up, and after I'd rub it up, it would still feel chalky. It was just not a good day for me.

His next projected start will be on Saturday against the Phillies. 


Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmerman allows just one run in win


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann tossed six strong innings Wednesday, allowing one run on five hits in Washington's 2-1 win over the Mets.

Zimmerman also added four strikeouts and didn't issue a walk in the contest. He finished the game with a 1.50 ERA. He will look to keep rolling Monday against the Red Sox.


Report: Nationals' Zimmermann not closer to contract extension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) There is no progress on a contract extension for Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, according to FOX Sports. Zimmermann is in the final year of a two-year, $24 million contract.

Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann struggles in final spring tuneup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann saved his worst spring start for last during Wednesday's 8-0 loss to the Marlins. In his final spring outing, Zimmermann (2-1) allowed eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits and no walks in four innings. He had four strikeouts.

The Marlins didn't waste any time getting to Zimmermann, who allowed three runs in the first inning on a home run to Michael Morse. Miami added four more runs in the second inning, which included a two-RBI triple from Christian Yelich and a two-run homer from Giancarlo Stanton.

Miami got another run off Zimmermann in the third inning before the right-hander settled down to finish off his afternoon with a perfect fourth inning, which included two strikeouts.

Zimmermann came into Wednesday's start having allowed just four runs (three earned) in his first five spring starts (19 2/3 innings). Zimmermann is lined up to make his season debut next Wednesday against the Mets.


Jordan Zimmermann on extension talks: 'It's not looking good'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann reiterated he doesn't want to engage in any contract extension talks during the season. When asked if he's likely to receive an extension before the opener, Zimmermann responded: "It's not looking good," per the Washington Post.

Zimmermann posted a 2.66 ERA over 199 2/3 innings last year. He has allowed only two earned runs in 13 2/3 innings of work this spring.


Nationals may roll with same spring rotation to start the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams has yet to decide who his Opening Day starter will be, but CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman suggests he'll keep his "ridiculously stacked pitching rotation" the way he has during spring straining, with former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer the likely choice for the first game of the season.

The Nationals have rolled with Scherzer followed by Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez this spring.


Nationals manager Matt Williams still weighing options for opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams has not decided on who his Opening Day starter will be, noting that all five of his pitchers -- Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez -- deserve a chance, per MLB.com.

"A lot goes into it," Williams said. "There's matchups. There is health in the spring. If anybody is a little bit cranky, we want to make sure we back off in that regard. There are three off-days leading up to the regular season. So if we have a hiccup here or there with anybody -- we saw that with Doug last year. … All those things go into it. Track record goes into, knowledge of the [the opponents].

"How they line up is irrelevant when you get past the first [turn through the] rotation anyway," Williams said. "But it's an honor for the guy that's gets chosen [for the Opening Day] start. Everybody wants to get off on the right foot in your first game -- great momentum and all those wonderful things. But if you don't win that first game, it doesn't mean you are dead. You go to the next one."


Nats' Zimmermann happy with performance in second spring start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann took the hill for the second time this spring Wednesday against the Tigers. He allowed one run on two hits, while striking out four in 2 2/3 innings. 

He has a 1.93 ERA through 4 2/3 spring innings.

"I was attacking, trying to get ahead with the fastball," Zimmermann said, per MLB.com. "The last outing, I wasn't able to do that, but this one for the most part it was where I wanted it to be. Threw a couple good sliders, a 3-2 curveball that was good, and for the most part getting stronger and getting better."


Nats' Jordan Zimmermann open to talks in spring, not during season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann told reporters Saturday he's open to negotiate a long-term contract extension during spring training but won't listen to the Nationals once the season starts, per Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.

Zimmermann, drafted by Washington in the second round of the 2007 draft, is under contract for one more season. The 28-year-old's representatives met with general manager Mike Rizzo at the winter meetings, but were unable to strike a deal. He posted a 2.66 ERA over 199 2/3 innings in 2014.


Report: Nationals have discussed Jordan Zimmermann trade


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2015) The Nationals have had conversations with other clubs regarding pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, according to FoxSports.com.

Zimmermann is only under contract for one more season, and it's unclear if the Nationals will be able to sign him to a long-term deal. General manager Mike Rizzo met with Zimmermann's representatives at the winter meetings, but things have been quiet since then. Zimmermann told The Washington Post in December that he was willing to sign with the Nationals, but only if the offer was "fair." 

The 28-year-old Zimmermann posted a 2.66 ERA over 199 2/3 innings last year. 


Jordan Zimmermann looking for 'fair' deal from Nationals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann sounds optimistic about negotiations regarding a long-term contract, but added there is still a lot of discussion left after the two sides met at the Winter Meetings last week.

"I’m hopeful, but we got a lot of talking to do," Zimmermann said, per The Washington Post. "Obviously we’ve only had one meeting so far and it went well. We’ll see where it goes."

Although, it doesn't appear Zimmermann is willing to cave in negotiations just because Washington is the only team he has known since being drafted in the second round in 2007.

"If it’s a fair value, like I have said all along, I would gladly sign," Zimmermann said. "But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be something that’s fair and if it’s not, then I’ll be moving on.

"I’m a National for one year, for this upcoming season, and we’ll see if it’s a fair, if we can come up with something that’s fair for both sides, then we’ll sign the deal. At the end of the day, it’s gotta be fair."


Nats GM Rizzo meets with reps for Zimmermann at Winter Meetings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo met with the agent for starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, according to The Washington Post. Rizzo said the two had a "good initial discussion" about a long-term contract for Zimmermann.

"It was a re-acquaintance, if you will, to talk about philosophies and parameters and that type of thing," Rizzo said.

It is believed the Nationals previously offered a five-year contract in the range of $60 million to Zimmermann, which was rejected by his reps. The 28-year-old Zimmermann is entering the final season of a two-year, $24 million contract.


Report: Nationals still open to signing Zimmermann to long-term deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Although Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has been the subject of trade rumors, Washington is still making an effort to sign the right-hander to a long-term contract, sources told MLB.com and The Washington Post. The Nationals are set to meet with Zimmermann's reps this week, according to The Post.

Zimmermann is in the final season of a two-year, $24 million contract. The two-time All-Star is 53-33 with a 3.00 ERA over the last four seasons.


Report: Nats telling teams ace Jordan Zimmermann is available


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/20/2014) The Nationals are telling teams ace Jordan Zimmermann is available, but "only if they get a strong return," reports USA Today. The Nats are emphasizing this is not a salary dump, the report said.

Zimmermann, 28, went 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA in 32 starts this past season while earning $7.5 million. His salary is scheduled to jump to $16.5 million in 2015, the last year of his deal.


Nationals' Rizzo: 'No basis' to Jordan Zimmermann trade rumor


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said there was "no basis" to the rumor Washington is in talks with the Cubs about a trade involving starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, according to The Washington Post. Rizzo said he reached out to Zimmermann to let him know as well.