John rated him very highly before the season started and I was quite skeptical of that, but considering what he is doing this year, I have no doubt he will be a star in this game. His numbers are very surprising to me. A quick comparison of David Wright and Zimmerman at age 21:
DW: 263 AB, 293/332/525, 17 2B, 14 HR, 14/40 BB/K 6/6 SB
RZ: 262 AB, 286/343/485, 20 2B, 10 HR, 23/60 BB/K, 5/9 SB
A quick look shows that they are very similar at the same stage in their ML careers, with Wright hitting for more HR power and showing better contact skills, but drawing less walks. His K rate is a little high, but not out of bounds, and should improve with more experience.
I'm not saying that Zimmerman will develop into the hitter that Wright has become, but it looks to me that his power has been quite underrated. He also plays a superior 3b, which is backed up both the stats and scouts opinions. He looks like a franchise player to me, and I certainly did not believe that before the season.
The NL East is loaded with young 3b, that's for sure, with Cabrera included. It's pretty hard to believe, but if Atlanta had held on to Andy Marte, he would only be considered the fourth best young 3b in the NL East. Wow...
Speaking of Marte, he's starting to really pound the ball in AAA, and I wouldn't be surprised at all to see him up soon with the way Cleveland has struggled.
What does everyone think?