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Ryan Zimmerman stays hot for St. Paul Saints

Mark Brown photo
Mark Brown photo
Ryan Zimmerman showed promise as a St. Paul Saints rookie pitcher in 2018. 
 
Now in the summer of 2019, the second-year pro appears to have fully found his groove on the mound.
 
The former St. Thomas righthander turned Saint continues to impress in his second pro season.
 
In his longest professional shutout stint, Zimmerman started and worked seven shutouts innings Saturday night against the Chicago Dogs and was replaced in the eighth inning with a 1-0 lead. He didn't get the decision but St. Paul later won a 15-inning game, 2-1. 
 
The Eden Prairie native improved his won-loss record to 6-3 over his last 11 starts. He also has a 3.09 ERA in 78.2 innings since June 25.
 
Earlier this month, with a franchise record 10,621 fans in attendance for a Tuesday afternoon promotion, Zimmerman allowed one earned run over seven innings and struck out seven in a victory over Winnipeg.
 
Now with 95 strikeouts in 101.1 innings, Zimmerman has improved his season mark to 7-3 and lowered his ERA to 3.64.
 
As a rookie in 2018, went 2-2 in 13 appearances with 47 strikeouts in 51 innings and a 7.22 ERA in his first taste of pro baseball.
 
The Saints have eight regular-season games to go and are in good shape to claim a playoff spot.
 

Tommie Days

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

As a senior in 2018, he had a one-hit road shutout at Concordia-Moorhead, and fanned 13 in six innings in a defeat of Hamline.

He had a complete-game 7-2 win at No. 2-ranked UW-Whitewater during the 2017 NCAA playoffs.

 

Did You Know?

This marks the 24th consecutive year that St. Thomas has had at least one alum playing or coaching in pro baseball.

Zimmerman is among 16 different Tommies who went on to play in a minor-league organization, or sign with the Northern or Independent League. In 12 of the last 14 seasons, at least one Tommie has been on the Saints rosters.

Zimmerman is the 10th Tommie graduate to pitch for the Saints.

He joined a Saints list that includes Chris Olean (2001); Brian Whinnery (2006, 2007, 2008); Lonnie Robinson (2008, 2009); Brandon Stone (2010); Kris Edwards (2011); Matt Schuld (2012, 2017); Dylan Thomas (2013); Tommy Danczyk (2014); and Eric Veglahn (2016, 2017).

 

July 15 story

Former St. Thomas pitching standout Ryan Zimmerman started and allowed one run over six innings for the St. Paul Saints in Sunday's 12-1 victory over Winnipeg.

The Eden Prairie native -- who wrapped a successful Tommie career in spring 2018 -- is in his second pro season with the Saints.

Sunday's victory let him climb to 4-1 on the season and lower his ERA to 3.77, with 49 strikeouts in 53 innings.

Last season, Zimmerman went 2-2 in 13 appearances with 47 strikeouts in 51 innings and a 7.22 ERA in his first taste of pro baseball.

The Saints are 1.5 games behind Fargo-Moorhead in the American Association's North Division race.