Nats have special arm in Jordan Zimmermann

If you look at today’s linescore against the Mets, you’ll see that Jordan Zimmermann continues to impress.

He threw three and a third scoreless innings and continues to have a perfect 0.00 ERA this spring.

He has yet to give up a run which makes me wonder if we’re seeing this year’s Opening Day starter.

While John Lannan and Scott Olsen may seem the logical choices, you’ve got to start thinking about Zimmermann.

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It’s such a great story how this midwestern non-roster invitee is opening a lot of eyes in and around Viera, Florida.

He and Colin Balester are supposed to be battling for the fifth spot in the rotation but I think this 22-year-old just may have the poise and persistence to prove he’s better than that.

Of course, it’s still early in the spring but right now I like what I see in this young right-handed pitcher.

When I talked to Jordan earlier this spring he told me he was thankful for the opportunity the Nationals have given him.

He was born in Auburndale, Wisconsin and played college ball at Wisonsin-Stevens Point. Whenever you have a player from an area that is known more for hockey than baseball you have a special athlete on your hands. That extra effort and dedication to play the sport of baseball can only be an asset.

It may be a bit early to say it, but I think the Nationals have a very special player on their team.

Oh, and for you folks in D.C. right now, did I mention it’s sunny and 85 degrees today in Central Florida??