A familiar baseball name popped up in the 7th round for the Angels as they selected Michigan State second baseman Jordan Zimmerman, who has no relation to the pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. Zimmerman raked in his junior year as he slashed .374/.461/.594 with 9 big flies from the right side of the plate and also added 10 stolen bases. Zimmerman owns a professional approach at the plate and is currently a gap to gap hitter who could be a solid hitter at the next level. He’s currently a guy without a set position as he’s a fringy athlete right now.
Pros: Clean swing with a solid foundation; Uses lower half well; Quick hands; Good gap to gap power; Good swing could help him become a bigger power threat
Cons: Currently lacks a defensive position; Below average instincts on defense; Fringe throwing arm; Not much loft in swing, could limit home run potential; Bat needs to play up or defense needs to improve to be viable MLB player
Grading the Pick: Zimmerman currently possesses a solid hit tool that should carry him up the minor league chain for the Angels. He consistently is able to make contact due to his solid swing and good use of his lower half. Zimmerman’s biggest issues that will hurt him are his below average defense and the in game power that might be average rather than good. The Angels plan to try him at a few different positions, including first base, second base and in the outfield so they could see him as a viable utility guy or they want to decide what position is best for him. The nice thing about Zimmerman is he’s an advanced college hitter who possesses a good knowledge of the strike zone. Zimmerman looks like a high floor/low upside guy who could be a viable utility guy who works as a bench bat or platoon bat at the big league level. . My Grade: 7/10
Plate Discipline: 40/50
Defensive Ability: 35/40