Jordan Zimmermann, Starting Pitcher, Detroit Tigers
Date of Birth: 5/23/1986
Birthplace: Auburndale, Wisconsin
College: University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point
Jordan Zimmermann, starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, was drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2007. The following year, he led the minors Eastern League in ERA, wins, and strikeouts. He started the 2009 season with the Nationals but in August, he had Tommy John surgery. In 16 games that year, he had a 16-7 record and a 2.60 ERA. He spent most of the 2010 season on the DL, playing in just seven games with the Nationals that year.
In 2011, his first full season in the major leagues, Zimmermann pitched 161.1 innings in 26 games and he had an 8-11 record and a 3.18 ERA. The next season, he had a career low ERA of 2.94.
In 2013, Zimmermann had a strong season. He was tied for wins leader in the National League and he had a 3.25 ERA. He pitched in 32 games and he finished the season with career highs in innings pitched (213.1) and wins (19 to 9 losses).
Zimmermann had another good year in 2014, finishing with a career low ERA of 2.66. He had a 14-5 record and a career high 182 strikeouts (to 29 walks) in 199.2 innings in 32 games. In the postseason, he pitched 8.2 innings in one game and he gave up 3 hits and one run to finish with a 1.04 ERA.
Zimmerman pitched in 33 games with the Nationals in 2015. He finished the season with a 13-10 record, 164 strikeouts to 39 walks, and a 3.66 ERA in 201.2 innings in 33 games.
On November 30, 2015, Zimmermann signed a five-year contract with the Tigers. He finished the 2016 season with a 4.87 ERA, 9 wins to 7 losses, and 66 strikeouts to 26 walks in 105.1 innings in 19 games.
Career pitching statistics for Zimmermann through 2016 include:
- 197 games played
- 1,199.1 innings pitched
- 79-57 win-loss record
- 969 strikeouts to 247 walks
- 3.45 ERA