Ryan Zimmerman
1B WSH
15 hours ago

Zimmerman went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a stolen base in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

The 32-year-old seemed to flip a switch about 10 days ago, and Zimmerman is now 12-for his last-23 (.522) this spring with a home run, three doubles and a 5:3 BB:K. If he can carry that momentum at the plate forward into the regular season the veteran could prove to be a draft-day steal, but he remains purely an endgame dart given his declining production over the last couple of years.

Ryan Zimmerman
1B WSH
7 days ago

Zimmerman went 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, his first spring home run, three runs scored and two RBI in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

He's caught fire after a rough 0-for-17 start, picking up hits in seven of his last 10 spring at-bats to boost his slash line to .259/.375/.444. There's still a lot of uncertainty around Zimmerman's ability to contribute this year after he's seen his OPS drop for four straight seasons, but a strong finish to the spring would at least give the veteran first baseman some confidence heading into April.

Ryan Zimmerman
1B WSH
2 weeks ago

Zimmerman went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

After a woeful 0-for-17 start to the spring, Zimmerman finally got a couple of hits to drop in. There's been little indication so far that his efforts to add extra loft to his swing have helped, but the Nats are still committed to beginning the season with him as their starting first baseman. If he hits the way he did in 2016, though, that commitment will be put to the test as the summer wears on.

Ryan Zimmerman
1B WSH
2 weeks ago

Zimmerman has yet to collect a hit in 11 Grapefruit League at-bats but isn't too concerned with the slow start, The Washington Post reports. "It's just getting used to just going through your routine every day without feeling like crap, like you got run over," said Zimmerman prior to Thursday's game against the Marlins, in which he went 0 for 1 with a walk. "So that's kind of where I'm at right now. Going 0 for 10, it doesn't matter. It's not fun on March 9 or July 9, but I think the most important thing this early in the spring is just to make sure you set a good base. Right now I feel good. That's all you can really ask for."

EDGE Analysis

He could be the poster boy for how unimportant spring training stats really are after hitting .333 with four home runs in 14 games last March, only to post a .642 OPS in 115 games during the 2016 regular season. Zimmerman is also working on adding some loft to his swing, so poor results so far aren't surprising all things considered, but it would be reassuring -- both for the Nats, and for fantasy owners thinking about adding him to their roster -- if the 32-year-old was able to string some hits together over the next few weeks.

Ryan Zimmerman
1B WSH
3 weeks ago

Zimmerman saw his first game action of the spring Friday, going 0-for-2 in a split-squad game against the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran has been working on his swing during camp to try and add some loft, and one of Zimmerman's outs was a line shot to left fielder Randal Grichuk. There's very little expectation from a fantasy perspective on Zimmerman this season coming off a miserable .218/.272/.370 line in 2016, but the Nats will give him a long leash to try and re-establish himself as a useful hitter.

Ryan Zimmerman
1B WSH
1 month 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
2 months 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
6 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
6 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
6 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.