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Saints Hurler Ryan Zimmerman Named American Association Rawlings Pitcher of the Month For July

ST. PAUL, MN August 1, 2019

From the bullpen to a top-10 starter in the league.  Ryan Zimmerman, in only his second professional season, has been a shot in the arm for the St. Paul Saints starting rotation.  Moved into the role because of Nick Belzer having his contract purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers organization and Spencer Jordan signing in Mexico, Zimmerman was dominant in the month of July.  His incredible month earned him the American Association Rawlings Pitcher of the Month.


          The 23-year-old Zimmerman went 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA in six games (five starts).  In 37.0 innings he walked 10 and struck out 41 while opponents hit .220 against him.  He didn’t allow more than two runs in any of his five starts and went 6.0 innings three times and 7.0 innings twice.  His most dominant performance came on July 24 at home against Cleburne going 7.0 innings allowing one run on one hit while striking out a career tying high nine. 


          On the season Zimmerman in 4-2 with a 3.48 ERA in 16 games (10 starts).  In 72.1 innings pitched he’s walked 43 and struck out 71 while opponents are hitting just .218 against him.  He’s ninth in the league in ERA.


          This is Zimmerman’s second season in professional baseball, both with the Saints.  He signed on June 2, 2018 out of the University of St. Thomas.  With the Saints he went 2-2 with a 7.06 ERA in 13 games (11 starts).  In 51.0 innings he walked 28 and struck out 47 while opponents hit .295 against him.


Zimmerman finished his senior season with the Tommies in 2018, going 6-3 with a 3.36 ERA and two complete games in 10 games (nine starts).  In 56.1 innings he walked 28 and struck out 75 while opponents hit a miniscule .182 against him.  Zimmerman finished first in the MIAC in strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings (11.98), tied for third in wins and sixth in innings pitched.  He went at least 6.0 innings in six of nine starts and tossed a 9.0 inning complete game in his final start of the season against Gustavus Adolphus.  He allowed five runs on five hits.  His two best outings were both 7.0 inning stints.  The first on March 26 vs. Grinell where he allowed one run on three hits while striking out 12.  On April 20 vs. Concordia-Moorhead he didn’t allow a run on one hit while walking one and striking out seven.  He struck out at least six in eight of nine starts, including double-digits three times.  He fanned a career high 13 on April 25 vs. Hamline.

          In high school Zimmerman partially tore his labrum during his junior year.  After pitching out of relief his first two years with the Tommies he jumped into the starting role as a junior.  The waiting paid off as he was a third-team D3Baseball All-Region honoree and All-MIAC during his junior season going 5-4 with a 2.77 ERA with six complete games and one save in 13 games (11 starts).  In 78.0 innings pitched he walked 23, struck out 87 and opponents hit .226 against him.  He went at least 6.0 innings in eight of 11 starts and struck out at least six, nine times, including double-digits twice.  Zimmerman stepped up in the post-season as well tossing two complete games, including a 7-2 win over No. 2-ranked UW-Whitewater.

          In 43 career pitching appearances, Zimmerman had a 3.04 ERA and a 16-8 record, with one save, eight complete games, 203 strikeouts, 74 walks in 181 innings.

Zimmerman pitched two seasons in the summer wood-bat Northwoods League. In 2017 he won five games and made 11 starts for Eau Claire, with 59 strikeouts in 57 innings. In 2016, he went 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA in eight appearances with the Express, with 33 strikeouts and 18 walks in 38 innings.

This is the first monthly award for the Saints since 2017 when Brady Shoemaker was named the June Player of the Month.  The last Pitcher of the Month for the Saints was Mark Hamburger in July of 2016.

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