He might not be a fantasy baseball savior – but at least now he’s available in all formats of fantasy baseball leagues.
Those of you who had to wait to make a claim on Washington Nationals righty, Week 3 two-start pitcher, and fantasy baseball prospect Jordan Zimmerman until he was officially called up to the Majors need wait no longer. Last night, following a rain delay that lasted over two hours, the Nats top prospect made his official MLB debut at home against the Atlanta Braves.
The numbers, in case you were curious – 6 innings pitched, 6 hits given up, 2 earned runs, 3 strikeouts, 1 walk, and a WIN.
The Nationals like the last part of his statline the best. Is there anything in there that you should like?
Because you can never count on wins in fantasy baseball, the two things that stand out most to me are his innings pitched (which count as a quality start), and relative lack of baserunners, which will keep his WHIP down. Logic tells us that not every start will be as positive as this one (after all, he still pitches for the Nats). History tells us he will strikeout more batters on most starts than he did last night.
In leagues with daily lineup changes, take a flier on Zimmerman for his second start of the week – scheduled for Sunday on the road against the Mets. He should still be available in around 80% of fantasy baseball leagues.