The Indians have called up Bradley Zimmer
The Cleveland Indians have called up their top prospect, OF Bradley Zimmer, after two outfielders went down with injuries this week. The Tribe placed Abraham Almonte on the 10-day DL with a right bicep injury and Brandon Guyer on the DL for what is expected to be 4-6 weeks with a sprained left wrist.
Yandy Diaz, the other highly ranked prospect who has gotten major playing time with the big club this year, has been optioned back to AAA Columbus. Yandy hit .268 over 71 plate appearances in 18 games with Cleveland, but only had 1 extra base hit (a double).
After Yandy was originally called up, one of the concerns was how this would impact the potential promotion of Zimmer. I guess we got our answer: Yandy got his shot, and while he played well, he didn’t exactly “wow” the team, so now it’s Zimmer’s turn. Granted, Yandy is primarily a third baseman while only occasionally playing as an outfielder and Zimmer is strictly an outfielder, but I think it is safe to say if Yandy really impressed at the plate, he would have been given more chances to play in the grass for Cleveland.
Bringing Zimmer to Cleveland also answers one of my top questions for the Tribe at the start of the season: “When/Will Bradley Zimmer crack the big league line-up?” I had said it was likely only a matter of time, but to be fair I expected it to be a late season call-up rather than during the first two months of the season. The Indians injury issues clearly sped up the process.
So far in Columbus this season, Zimmer hit .294 and slugged .532 in his first 33 games. The big concern with Zimmer is his consistently high number of strikeouts. So far this year he has already been K’d 43 times. In 2016 he amassed a whopping 171 strikeouts between AA Akron and AAA Columbus. However, when he does connect, he has some serious pop. So far this year he has 5 HRs, 11 2Bs and, 2 3Bs.
Defensively he has a solid glove and arm and is very quick. He traditionally plays CF, but he will likely split time across the outfield depending on who else is in the lineup each day.
Indians fans have been anxiously awaiting his call-up and I for one am excited to see how he responds at the Major League level.
His first game was Tuesday night and he started in CF. He went 0-3 with 3 Ks. The trend continues…