With the season drawing to a close, we are going to provide year-end grades to each Detroit Tigers player who donned the Olde English D in 2018.
The Detroit Tigers’ season is drawing to a close. It’s the first official year of the rebuild and it wasn’t the greatest season to watch. However, with any rebuild, the future is what we look forward to as the losses rack up.
As the season draws to a close we are going to evaluate each of the players that suited up for the Detroit Tigers. As we continue this series, you can look at the other players we have done so far including Michael Fulmer (here), John Hicks (here) and Jose Iglesias (here).
As in other posts, we are grading players relative to what was expected of them. Just because we give a player an A or B rating doesn’t mean that they are elite, it simply means that they performed better than we expected.
Jordan Zimmermann has had his share of injuries while playing for the Tigers. He’s gotten multiple injections for neck issues over the past two seasons. In 2017 Zimmermann went 8-13 with a 6.08 ERA in 29 starts for the Olde English D. The 31-year old entered a crucial year as he entered year three of a five-year deal.
We are grading based on expectations. Looking at Zimmermann’s ZiPS projections for FanGraphs he performed this season around what the projections expected him to do. However, I was a little more pessimistic in my outlook on Zimmermann. I would have been happy with anything under a 6.00 ERA from the righty.
With the projections and I pessimism, it’s safe to say that Zimmerman was one of the better performers for the Detroit Tigers this season.