Five things to know about Loyola Blakefield graduate Bruce Zimmermann, a left-handed pitcher expected to be the Baltimore Orioles’ starting pitcher in their home opener of the 2022 season at Oriole Park in Camden Yards on Monday, April 11, 3:05 p.m. against the Milwaukee Brewers.

What are the links between the birthplace of Bruce Zimmermann and the Catholic school?

Zimmermann, a Baltimore native who grew up in Ellicott City, attended Cardinal Gibbons School in Baltimore as a high school student, but after the school closed, he transferred to Loyola Blakefield in Towson. He became a standout pitcher for the Dons and was selected to play in the Brooks Robinson All-Star Game, a senior showcase, at Camden Yards in 2013. He then pitched for two seasons for Towson University before moving on. to be transferred to Mount Olive in North Carolina.

Who was the last Maryland native to throw an opening day for the Orioles?

Mount St. Joseph High School graduate Tom Phoebus started for the O’s in 1967, beating the Oakland Athletics, 3-1. Phoebus, who pitched a no-hitter in 1968 against the Boston Red Sox, pitched seven seasons in the majors with the Orioles, Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres, compiling a 56-52 record with an average earned run score of 3.33. Zimmermann is also believed to be just the second Loyola Blakefield player to qualify for the majors, joining Class of ’67 Tim Nordbrook, who played for the Orioles as a utility infielder, 1974-76.

When did Zimmermann make his major league debut?
He made his first career big league start and first appearance for the Orioles on September 17, 2020 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Zimmermann allowed five runs on four hits, walking one and two strikeouts in three innings in his debut. The 27-year-old made his 2021 debut on Easter Sunday in Boston against the Red Sox.

What are Zimmermann’s major league career stats?

Zimmerman is 4-5 with a 5.30 ERA in two seasons with the Orioles. He started 14 games and appeared twice in relief for the hometown Birds, hitting 81 and walking 24 in 71 1/3 innings. He struck out 63 batters.

How did the Orioles acquire Zimmermann?

Zimmermann was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fifth round of the 2017 MLB Draft. In July 2018, the Orioles acquired Zimmermann in a trade for pitchers Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day. In five minor league seasons with the Orioles and Braves organizations, Zimmermann went 19-16 with a 3.21 ERA.

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