Ryan Zimmerman
1B WSH
6 days ago

Zimmerman has been working with Daniel Murphy and hitting coach Rich Schu to change the launch angle of his swing, The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 32-year-old first baseman could end up being a poster child for the use of newer stats like exit velocity and launch angle if he can find a way to elevate the ball more in 2017. Zimmerman produced the worst OPS of his career last season due to his inability to get consistent loft when he made contact, but his elite exit velocity suggested he's still got the juice in his bat to do some damage if he can make the necessary adjustments. Murphy turned his career around a couple of years ago by changing his launch angle, and the Nats are hoping he can pass on his secrets to Zimmerman. Even so, he's got a lot to prove this year, and remains an endgame or reserve round dart in most fantasy formats rather than a player you can rely on to contribute.

Ryan Zimmerman
1B WSH
1 month ago

Zimmerman's poor performance at the plate in 2016 can be traced to his inability to get the ball in the air, MLB.com's Mike Petriello reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran slugger finished last season 12th in exit velocity at 93.7 mph but 150th in launch angle at 7.9 degrees, indicating that while Zimmerman was regularly hitting the ball hard, he was also mostly hitting it on the ground. If he can tweak his swing to add some more loft, he could rebound in a big way at the plate, but it's fair to ask whether the shoulder issues that forced his move to first base have also contributed to his inability to elevate the ball. Keep a very close eye on his performance this spring, and whether he's hitting more line drives and fly balls, before you take a chance on adding Zimmerman to your fantasy roster.

Ryan Zimmerman
1B WSH
5 months ago

Zimmerman is not in Friday's lineup against the Marlins, William Ladson of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

After reaching base twice Thursday, Zimmerman will take a seat for the second time in the last three games, as the NL East champion Nationals don't have much left to play for in the final series of the regular season. Clint Robinson will get the start at first base in his place and bat sixth.

Ryan Zimmerman
1B WSH
5 months ago

Zimmerman is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks, according to CSN's Chase Hughes.

EDGE Analysis

Zimmerman recorded two hits in three of his last six games, but the veteran will get a day to rest with the Nationals playing only for playoff positioning at this point. Clint Robinson will get the start at first base Wednesday in Zimmerman's place.

Ryan Zimmerman
1B WSH
5 months ago

Zimmerman is out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates, William Ladson of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Zimmerman has notched a .286/.348/.524 line over the last seven games, but had a rough time at the plate Saturday as he went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. In his absence, Clint Robinson will start at first base and hit fifth.

Ryan Zimmerman
1B WSH
5 months ago

Zimmerman went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in the Nationals' 8-3 win over the Marlins on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

The blast was Zimmerman's 15th of what has been a disappointing season for the veteran first baseman. He's hitting just .216 with 45 RBI on the year, due in large part to his .172 average with RISP. That's coming off what was a career-low .249 batting average in 2015, an alarming downward trend.

Ryan Zimmerman
1B WSH
5 months ago

Zimmerman is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Marlins, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite a solid 2-for-4 showing in Monday's matchup, Zimmerman will head to the bench for his second night off in three days. Clint Robinson will fill in for him at first base for the time being.

Ryan Zimmerman
1B WSH
5 months ago

Zimmerman is out of the lineup Sunday against the Braves, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Zimmerman is still having some troubles at the plate, batting just .185 over his past 30 games, so he'll get the day off for the series finale with Atlanta. Clint Robinson will take over at first base for the day to replace him.

Ryan Zimmerman
1B WSH
6 months ago

Zimmerman is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies, according to Dan Kolko of MASN.

EDGE Analysis

Zimmerman has been on an extended slump at the plate, so manager Dusty Baker decided to give him a break Saturday. Clint Robinson will get the nod at first base in Zimmerman's place.

Ryan Zimmerman
1B WSH
6 months ago

Zimmerman is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Royals, according to MASN's Dan Kolko.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Dusty Baker has given Zimmerman more rest of late, and he will give him the day off Monday along with most of the Nationals' regulars. Clint Robinson will get the start at first base Monday afternoon.