At the beginning of the 2013 fantasy baseball season everyone thought the ace of the Washington Nationals rotation would be SP Stephen Strasburg. However, as we approach the halfway part of the season that distinction clearly belongs to SP Jordan Zimmermann.
Zimmermann has a 9-3 record and untouchable 0.89 WHIP. He is tied for first in the National League in wins and his 2.00 ERA is currently ranked fourth in the NL. The right-hander has allowed one earned run or less in six of his 13 starts this season, which has been ungodly from a fantasy perspective.
The only time the Wisconsin native has been touched up this season was against the Baltimore Orioles late last month. Zorro allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits and one walk. The one poor outing caused Zimmermann’s ERA to go from 1.71 all the way up to 2.37 in one quick outing.
In his two starts since his lone meltdown, though, Zimmermann has not allowed a single run and has only surrendered six total hits through 15 innings of work. He has taken his poor outing and learned something from it, a characteristic that not all hurlers have nowadays.
Zimmermann is not a strikeout pitcher though. He struck out just 5.80 batters per nine innings this year, compared to 7.04 last year, so the 27-year-old is clearly not a starter that will rack up the K’s. However, he is one of the best command pitchers in the league and is really maturing into a fantasy workhorse.
Zimmermann is one of the leaders of the next generation of fantasy aces and continues to show it start after start. If you are lucky enough to own him in an auction or dynasty league, this is the time to lock him up.