Jordan Zimmermann
33-Year-Old PitcherSP
Detroit Tigers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Coming off a career-worst campaign in 2017 (6.08 ERA and 1.55 WHIP), Zimmermann bounced back and put together his best season since joining the Tigers in 2016, although that's not saying much. The veteran right-hander improved both his strikeout and walk rates in 2018, resulting in the second-best K/BB (4.27) of his career and his best since 2014. Despite the improvement, a drop in fastball velocity (his average fastball in 2018 clocked in 1.9 mph below his career average) and a jump in Zimmermann's home-run rate, from 1.63 HR/9 in 2017 to 1.92 HR/9 in 2018, resulted in an unremarkable 4.52 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. The 32-year-old is still owed $50 million over the next two seasons, assuring him a spot in Detroit's starting rotation as long as he's healthy. Zimmermann underwent sports hernia surgery after the season, but he's expected to be ready for spring training. Read Past Outlooks
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