This Express Alumni Update is presented by Lakeland University
There is always more baseball to talk about. The Express schedule has just dropped, and even though we are in the beginning stages of planning the season here in Wisconsin, down under Express Alum Ryan Zimmerman and the Sydney Blue Sox have just begun theirs in the Australian Baseball League.
You might remember the last time that we dropped in on Zimmerman when he and the rest of the contingent of Express alums were winning the American Association Championship with the Saint Paul Saints.
Shortly after raising the championship trophy with the Saints, Zimmerman was signing a contract to play ball in Australia.
In a Q&A conducted with the Blue Sox, Zimmerman said “I’ve known for a while now that I wanted to try to play ball in Australia and Sydney was definitely my top choice for a place to play so I’m very excited for this opportunity. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the ABL and the Blue Sox so it was an easy decision to want to end up there.”
The entire Q&A can be found, HERE.
Zimmerman joins a pitching corps that includes three other Americans including Ty’Relle Harris, Thomas Dorminy, and former Atlanta Braves lefty, Matt Marksberry. The Sydney Blue Sox fell to Geelong-Korea by a score of 2-1 last evening on opening night. Zimmerman has yet to make an appearance for the Blue Sox.
Zimmerman last tossed competitively for the Saints in Game 3 of the American Association Finals. The Eden Prairie native had a strong start for St. Paul, tossing five complete innings and striking out three batters. Zimmerman gained momentum in the outing, not allowing a single run to score after the first. Zimmerman had an excellent season with the Saints en route to the championship. The St. Thomas alum won seven games in 2019 while establishing a 4.16 ERA and fanning 105 batters. In the playoffs, no St. Paul pitcher threw more complete innings or struck out as many batters as Zimmerman.
A two-year player with the Express, Zimmerman last appeared in the Orange and Black in 2017 where he struck out a team-high 59 batters and picked up five wins. Notably, Zimmerman earned Pitcher of the Night honors after retiring 12 straight Thunder Bay batters to help to the Express to a late-season win in August of 2017. In 2016, Zimmerman struck out 29 and walked 15 batters while earning a 2.45 ERA through 33 innings of work.
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