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Birth Date11-27-1992
Height6' 5"
Weight220 lbs
Age26 years, 4 months, 28 days
BatsL
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2017 CLE 24 101 332 72 15 2 8 26 99 4 18 1 .241 .307 .385 70 -11.6 1.6 9.5 1.0
2018 CLE 25 34 114 24 5 0 2 7 44 1 4 1 .226 .281 .330 49 -6.7 1.4 5.4 0.4
Career1354469620210331435222.237.300.37064-18.23.014.91.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2014 LKC A MID 3 13 .259 .328 .365 .167 106 1.9 0.4 -0.1 123 0 -0.1 0.1 0.1 0.0
2014 MHV A- NYP 45 197 .247 .311 .347 .348 100 13.7 5.5 0.2 163 0 1.4 2.4 6.3 1.6
2015 LYN A+ CAR 78 335 .250 .318 .362 .388 104 21.1 9.0 -1.6 166 0 7.7 3.1 14.9 3.6
2015 AKR AA EAS 49 214 .260 .327 .376 .273 90 0.8 5.7 -0.2 82 0 0.6 -0.2 -7.6 -0.2
2016 AKR AA EAS 93 407 .256 .324 .383 .341 103 18.2 11.0 -0.1 127 0 1.6 1.8 4.6 2.0
2016 COH AAA INT 37 150 .261 .319 .382 .423 109 -3 4.2 0.3 87 0 1.2 -0.7 -3.8 0.1
2016 MSS Wnt AFL 22 95 .000 .000 .000 .341 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 CLE MLB AL 101 332 .264 .330 .443 .328 103 -4.9 9.7 0.8 70 9 9.5 1.6 -11.6 1.0
2017 COH AAA INT 33 144 .266 .330 .406 .405 106 6.2 4.3 0 127 0 4.1 -0.6 2.3 1.0
2018 CLE MLB AL 34 114 .263 .333 .438 .367 106 -5.5 3.2 0.3 49 12 5.4 1.4 -6.7 0.4
2018 AKR AA EAS 2 7 .303 .343 .509 .333 79 2.7 0.2 -0.1 161 0 0.0 0.3 0.4 0.1
2018 COH AAA INT 6 28 .265 .329 .398 .200 101 -3.3 0.8 0 15 0 -0.2 0.1 -3.0 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2014 MHV A- NYP 197 168 32 51 11 2 4 78 30 19 30 11 4 .304 .401 .464 .161 1
2014 LKC A MID 13 11 4 3 1 0 2 10 2 2 3 1 0 .273 .385 .909 .636 0
2015 LYN A+ CAR 335 286 60 88 17 3 10 141 39 37 77 32 5 .308 .403 .493 .185 2 0
2015 AKR AA EAS 214 187 24 41 9 1 6 70 24 18 54 12 2 .219 .313 .374 .155 1 0
2016 AKR AA EAS 407 340 58 86 20 6 14 160 53 56 115 33 13 .253 .371 .471 .218 0 3
2016 MSS Wnt AFL 95 74 25 19 7 0 4 38 16 19 26 8 1 .257 .421 .514 .257 0 0
2016 COH AAA INT 150 128 18 31 5 0 1 39 9 21 56 5 1 .242 .349 .305 .063 0 1
2017 COH AAA INT 144 126 22 37 11 2 5 67 14 14 43 9 3 .294 .371 .532 .238 1 1
2017 CLE MLB AL 332 299 41 72 15 2 8 115 39 26 99 18 1 .241 .307 .385 .144 3 0
2018 CLE MLB AL 114 106 14 24 5 0 2 35 9 7 44 4 1 .226 .281 .330 .104 0 0
2018 COH AAA INT 28 27 1 4 0 0 1 7 1 1 11 1 0 .148 .179 .259 .111 0 0
2018 AKR AA EAS 7 3 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 .333 .714 .333 .000 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2017 1300 0.4915 0.4585 0.6812 0.6573 0.2663 0.8071 0.3807 0.3188 0.0000
2018 379 0.4960 0.4670 0.6441 0.6330 0.3037 0.7563 0.4138 0.3559 0.0000
Career16790.49250.46040.67280.65180.27470.79560.38820.32720.0000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 CLE $561,200
2018 CLE $551,200
2017 CLE $
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$551,200
2019Current$561,200
2 yrPvs + Cur$1,112,400
2 yrTotal$1,112,400

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 36 d1 year/$0.5512M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5512M (2018). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Contract selected by Cleveland 5/16/17.
  • Drafted by Cleveland 2014 (1-21) (San Francisco). $1.9M signing bonus ($2.0081M slot).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 182 25 42 8 1 6 20 18 56 10 2 .262 .343 .438 96 23.7 CF 2 1.1
80o 160 21 36 7 1 5 16 15 50 8 2 .254 .331 .423 87 14.1 CF 2 0.7
70o 145 18 31 6 1 4 15 13 46 7 2 .240 .317 .395 81 8.4 CF 2 0.5
60o 131 16 27 5 1 4 13 12 43 6 1 .231 .305 .393 75 4.2 CF 2 0.3
50o 119 14 22 4 0 3 11 10 39 6 1 .206 .277 .327 70 0.9 CF 2 0.2
40o 107 12 20 4 0 3 10 9 36 5 1 .208 .280 .344 65 -1.8 CF 1 0.1
30o 93 10 16 3 0 2 8 7 32 4 1 .190 .258 .298 60 -3.9 CF 1 0.0
20o 78 8 14 3 0 2 6 6 27 3 1 .200 .273 .329 54 -5.7 CF 1 -0.1
10o 56 6 9 2 0 1 5 4 20 2 0 .176 .236 .275 45 -6.6 CF 1 -0.2
Weighted Mean125152450312114161.214.288.339732.4CF 20.3

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2019-02-05 17:00:00 (link to chat)Any reason to be optimistic about Bradley Zimmer this year?
(Buddy from Peoria)
Define optimistic? He's OK. He's not good, or at least I don't think he's going to be good based on his past performance. OK is nothing to be ashamed of in MLB, though. (Rob Arthur)
2018-04-05 20:00:00 (link to chat)Have you ever seen anyone with as big of a head as Bradley Zimmer?
(Mr. Fister from Arlington)
My cousin Joe. Sorry if you're reading this Joe, but you made me miss most of Titanic at our family reunion/movie outing. (Mike Gianella)
2018-02-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)Seems like after the late season injury, Bradley Zimmer has sort of fell off the proverbial radar. What do you expect from him this season? Will he be a wire to wire starter in CF this year?
(Mr. Fister from Arlington)
it's the combination of the injury and an extremely poor second half. I love the steals potential but wonder about the batting average and worry (a little bit) that he'll get demoted if he slumps again early. (Mike Gianella)
2017-10-17 20:00:00 (link to chat)How much has Bradley Zimmer's stock dropped after this past year? Low avg (expected) but not much power either. Thoughts on his future?
(Cole Whittier from Pasadena, CA)
I think it's probably dropped a bit, especially in prospect circles, but I'm assuming most teams aren't incredibly worried, or at least are willing to give him more of a chance. I think toolsy guys like Zimmer do one of two things after a down year: continue the cycle (see: Dom Brown) or break out of it (see Brett Phillips). I'm sure a ton of GMs (and Cleveland) are excited to see if he can become the latter. (Trevor Strunk)
2017-08-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)My farm consists of Gleyber Torres, Vlad Guerrero Jr, Franklin Barreto, Austin Meadows, Scott Kingery, Mickey Moniak, Blake Rutherford, Michael Kopech, Mitch Keller and Tyler Mahle. Plus recently graduated Amed Rosario, Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier. Is there any positions or areas I should focus on as I work to be competitive in 2019?
(Trip from SC)
Trip. Dude. You're kidding me, right? That is a ridiculous farm system, and seems pretty well-timed for your 2019 target date. I mean, really.

Just to be sure, I checked with Scooter Hotz of our prospects team. His take: "I agree with your assessment. I would also add that with prospects, donít worry about positional need. Focus on getting the best prospects regardless of position. If you end up with a surplus of players at a position in the majors, use the trade market to re-organize your roster positionally. That will give you more value than prioritizing positional need over getting the best player available."

(I will note that Scooter and I are in a fantasy league together. I've spent the entire year with a surplus of OFs and a lack of RPs, and he had a surplus of RPs and a lack of OFs, and we never got it together to make a trade. So do as we say, not as we do) (Rob Mains)
2017-06-13 12:00:00 (link to chat)In February 2016, I was debating between Bradley Zimmer and Aaron Judge in a prospect draft. I went Zimmer. A few months later, I was feeling great, thinking it was becoming clear I made the right choice. This past offseason, Zimmer got exposed with his Ks. And now, I realized I passed up on a 40 HR hitter. All this to say prospects are fickle, man.
(Sam from Arizona)
Indeed. Of course Judge was exposed in the majors with his strikeout issue and now look at him (no, I'm not predicting an insane rebound for Zimmer). These things happen, and it is important to remember that neither of these guys are set in stone as they are now. They're going to be different guys over the next few years. Remember when Randal Grichuk was the next superstar in 2015? He got optioned to High-A this year. Things change. (Craig Goldstein)
2017-05-15 17:00:00 (link to chat)Assuming that Bradley Zimmer's recent turnaround from a tepid start in Columbus sticks, is there a place for him in Cleveland's mediocre outfield before September?
(Paul from DC)
Yes. I think he'll be up by July if the current trend lines - both for him and for Cleveland's outfield - hold. (Mike Gianella)
2017-05-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Bradley Zimmer stick in Cleveland this year? If so, what do you project for him?
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
Mike, George, and I discussed this some on the latest episode of Flags Fly Forever. I do think Zimmer will likely stick in Cleveland this season if for no other reason there aren't many other good options. My biggest concern with Zimmer is the strikeouts. He did recently get his whiff rate under 40 percent which was a positive development (although to be fair, Reds pitching). I think he'll end up hitting higher than his PECOTA projected .238 (somewhere between .260-.270). He's got the chance to help you in steals, but I wouldn't look for him to supply much else in terms of fantasy production. (Eric Roseberry)
2017-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Remember a year ago when Bradley Zimmer was seen as a much safer option than Aaron Judge? Prospects, man.
(Peter from NYY)
I will say that we have been more conservative w/r/t Zimmer than most, but yeah, I shouldn't have tuned out Jarrett droning in my ear about how we were too low on Judge. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-04-11 19:00:00 (link to chat)Bradley Zimmer has to get the call in Cleveland before summer, right?
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
Like, for his sake?

Dude struck out like crazy last year and slugged .305 in AAA. I wouldn't rule out that he comes up before September. There are reasons to like him, and it's not like Cleveland's outfield is the strongest part of their roster. But unless you think Minnesota's start is real, Cleveland should walk away with the Central without breaking a sweat. No real reason to call Zimmer up before you're sure he's absolutely 100% ready. (Nick Schaefer)
2017-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of impact do you see Bradley Zimmer making in Cleveland this year? Same question for Lewis Brinson in Milwaukee.
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
We aren't the Shiny Happy People about Brad Zimmer, and Cleveland has some outfield depth. I think they might be more willing to go to Zimmer in a pinch than Milwaukee with Brinson, at least before ye olde Super 2 deadline. I think the first pass against major league pitching could be rough for both. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-01-18 20:00:00 (link to chat)Bradley Zimmer. ETA? Are the Grady Sizemore references fair?
(tomhauck from NJ)
Sizemore had already racked up 15 WARP by the time he was Zimmer's age. So, no, those comps aren't fair. (Bret Sayre)
2016-11-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)Bradley Zimmer was listed by Chris Crawford as one of the 10 biggest prospect fallers in 2016. He essentially lamented his inability to hit lefties, and his increased strikeout rate. The Tribe isn't short on young outfielders. Do you still think Zimmer has a better shot as a major league regular than Naquin, Yandy Diaz, Mike Papi and Greg Allen or do any of those guys now excite you more?
(Truganini from CO)
Naquin has done it in the majors, and that means a lot for a guy who has always had the tools but was never putting it together at the same time in the minors. I might take Naquin, but that would be a tough call and require some thought.

Zimmer's still well ahead of the other three. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-11-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Bradley Zimmer could do a decent Joc Pederson impression (lots of walks, Ks, low average with solid speed/power in a platoon role)? Is that aiming high or low? Thanks in advance!
(Juan from Ohio)
I think you would want higher, but that's not a bad outcome at this point. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-07-13 15:00:00 (link to chat)Please project Bradley Zimmer's expected stats as a major leaguer. Think he will arrive next season?
(JM from CT)
He should be ready in some capacity next year. I'm curious to see if he starts hitting better against lefties; if he doesn't, that really changes his future outlook. I'm not punting on your question, he still has that .280-20-30 upside, but he won't reach it if he's a liability against LHP's. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2016-06-20 16:00:00 (link to chat)Who has the brightest future Clint Frazier, Victor Robles, Bradley Zimmer, Nick Williams, or Austin Meadows? Who is more likely to reach their potential? Thank you
(Bsg from Tucson)
Brightest: Victor Robles, Clint Frazier, Nick Williams, Bradley Zimmer, Austin Meadows
You could put those 5 in any order and I don't think you would be wrong.

Likely: Austin Meadows, Bradley Zimmer, Victor Robles, Nick Williams, Clint Frazier
I think Meadows is the safest of this bunch, Robles is still very young and hasn't faced any competition above A ball. Williams and Frazier both tantalize with promise but need to cut down on strikeouts. (Steve Givarz)
2016-06-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)What are some possible moves the tribe could make before the deadline. And what are some moves you feel would get them over the hump and into the post season where they can hopefully make a run? Do you see the Indians making the playoffs and making a run if they make it?
(Donny from CLE)
Yes, I see the Indians making the playoffs, and again similar to the Cubs once you're in the playoff that's all that matters. You cannotpredict who will be hot, cold, injured, overworked, and beyond that you see bad team beat good teams everyday. On any given day in October the two teams playing are two of the top teams in baseball and either can win. We have seen how crazy the Wild Card games are with a one game play in. Its madness, and I love it.

I thought that when the Cubs traded Coghlan the Tribe should have traded for him, which was a match if I have ever seen one. The OF market is going to be brutal at the deadline, so unless the Indians want to trade from their top tier prospects I don't see an obvious move. CA said that Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier have "become options", so they may even just be best served standing pat and given that Frazier can rake. (Grant Jones)
2016-06-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)How does Benson impact the Indians' system?
(AkronRubberDuck from Ohio)
I've been very vocal this year about how impressive the depth in Cleveland's system is, in terms of how many lesser-known guys seem to do something that catches your eye every night at the affiliates of theirs that I frequently see (Lynchburg, Akron).

Benson joins Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier as another big-name outfield prospect in the Tribe's system. I think the depth affords Cleveland the opportunity to be more comfortable putting their first of three early picks on a risk/reward player.
-Adam McInturff (Live Draft Chat)
2016-06-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are the possibilities Bradley Zimmer gets a call up this month to help save the beleaguered Indians outfield
(JM from CT)
This month? Low. This year? High...ish. Cleveland really likes to have guys spend a substantial amount of time at each level. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-06-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is the amount of swing and miss in Bradley Zimmer's game this year starting to concern you? Will you have him higher or lower than his preseason rank of #23 in the mid-season rankings? Any chance he's in Cleveland this year?
(Jape82 from Ottawa, ON)
A little bit, just because I always worry when guys who don't have plus or double-plus power have contact issues. He gets on base so much that it's just a quibble at this point, but yeah, it could be a problem long-term. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Chris, Who is the one minor league OF you would choose for your team- Robles? Benintendi? Someone else?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
I would probably go with Bradley Zimmer. Those guys are really good, but I just think Zimmer's combination of upside and high floor is too good to pass on. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-04-19 12:00:00 (link to chat)Which of the following prospects will be in the majors by the start of 2017? (Bradley Zimmer, Andrew Benintendi, Francis Martes, Ramiel Tapia, Ian Happ, Jorge Mateo)
(Taylor from Brookings)
Tapia, Zimmer. Maybe Martes, depending on team need. (Adam McInturff)
2016-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Using what you know of team dynamics and organizational history etc. list these prospects in order of most time spent in majors for 2016 thx! Mallex smith Jesse Winker max Kepler Bradley Zimmer
(Stonewall from Houston)
I projected Zimmer as a dark horse RoY candidate in my awards-projection article at BP a couple of weeks ago (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=28468), and I think the Indians are going to end up desperate enough to push him early this year. So I go Zimmer, Winker, Kepler, Smith. But that's a tough thing to project. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you re-drafted the 2014 draft right now, regardless of team need, what would the first 5 picks be in order? Schwarbs #1? Turner, Rodon, Conforto, Newcomb? Maybe Nola in there?
(Q-Ball from Chicago)
So many good options. I do probably go Kyle Schwarber at No. 1, but I'd probably lean on Michael Conforto at No. 2 before even Turner or Rodon. That dude can *hit*. I'm big on Bradley Zimmer, so definitely some combo of him, Carlos Rodon, Trea Turner to round out my five. Poor Tyler Kolek. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you like best and why please? Zimmer/Frazier/Winkler?
(CharJaco from oak)
It's Bradley Zimmer for me. High floor and even if he's never a superstar he should be a solid second tier OF in a 12-team mixed for years. (Mike Gianella)
2016-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is your projected stats lines for Victor Robles, Bradley Zimmer and Andrew Benintendi? Please rank them for fantasy dynasty purposes. Thank you.
(TrickDaddy14 from Love da kids)
Trick do, in fact, love the kids. I wouldn't dear give projected stat lines, but ranking for fantasy I'd go Zimmer, Robles Benintendi. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Craig, When do you see Bradley Zimmer joining the Indian's outfield? Do you agree he has Grady Sizemore in his prime upside? And while I've got you, please forecast, even though it is difficult because of injuries, what to expect from the Birds duo of Bundy and Harvey this season
(John from CT)
Grady Sizemore in his was all but done. At a very young age he was one of the most dynamic players in the league, of course, and I wouldn't really want to throw that upside on anyone. I saw Zimmer a bunch early in the season at High-A and came away extremely impressed. I don't think he's an upper-20s home run but, but the overall package plays are a role 6 level for me at his peak. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2016-01-27 19:00:00 (link to chat)If you could choose any 3 for a dynasty league who would you choose between Brendan Rodgers, AJ Reed, Bradley Zimmer, Victor Robles, Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers? Note the scorable categories are singles, doubles, triples, HR, RBI, runs, batting avg, OBP, SBs. 10 team only 50 minor league keepers total in the league, so general value ceiling over floor. Thanks!
(Rusty Greer from Texas)
Rodgers, Robles and Zimmer for me, with Devers right there as well. I could see Reed being swapped in if you want someone closer to the majors, too. But just based on upside I'd leave him out. (Matt Collins)
2016-01-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat Is Grady Sizemore at his peak a good comparison for Bradley Zimmer's potential?
(John from CT)
As far as comps go, it's not a bad one at all. Sizemore more power and real speed, but Zimmer applies himself so well on the bases and obviously isn't bereft of pop. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Bradley Zimmer and Justus Sheffield too much or fair in a trade involving Todd Frazier ?? Thanks
(Drew from Cincy)
You're welcome. I'd say that's a little on the high side, as much as I like Frazier. But I've been infatuated with Zimmer for a really long time. Maybe I'm underrating Frazier, though. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of prospect package do you the Reds can get from Indians re: Todd Frazier trade ?? Bradley Zimmer + ??
(Kevin from Ohio)
If I'm the Reds that's where the conversation begins, yeah. (Wilson Karaman)
2015-09-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Your thoughts on Bradley Zimmer please. After a great start and immediate promotion he seems to have cooled off. Will we see him in the majors next year?
(John from CT)
He's a nice, well-rounded prospect, albeit one with a fractured foot and minimal success above A-ball. I think 2017 is more likely. That gives him sufficient time to master Double-A, move to Triple-A, and get most of (if not the entirety of) a full year there before graduating to the Show. (R.J. Anderson)
2015-09-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)What guys not on the top 20 could shoot up the lists to it next year? Guys I can grab before waivers closes in my dynasty league.
(Person from California)
I'd say Alford is one of those guys. Jose De Leon, Bradley Zimmer, Grant Holmes, Austin Meadows. There's a lot of good stuff. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kyle Zimmer or Bradley Zimmer?
(John from CT)
Good question. I probably go with Zimmer.

Sorry, that was too easy and fun. I would say Bradley is the MUCH safer option, but when Kyle was healthy he was 7-7-6, and there aren't too many guys who are 7-7-6. I just don't think we ever see that version again. I hope I'm wrong, I really do. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Dahl vs Bradley Zimmer? Who was the bigger upside assuming Dahl plays in Coors Field.
(Fred from Cleveland)
Dahl has the upside assuming health. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)When do you think we will see Bradley Zimmer in the Indian's outfield? Is a healthy Grady Sizemore a good comparison?
(John from CT)
You know, he might be up in 2016 at some point. Very advanced prospect. Sizemore was really good when he was healthy, Zimmer has a tremendous arm and he might be able to stick in center after all. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-07-13 14:30:00 (link to chat)In honor of Conforto's throw, who has the best gun in the OF?
(Levi from Joplin, MO)
Bradley Zimmer has a 7 arm, as a CF. He's thrown some laser in my viewings this season. - Tucker Blair (Futures Game Chat)
2015-07-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)What have you seen that's really impressed you about Bradley Zimmer? Seemed to be a stock that's risen quite quickly.
(grimoren189 from Houston)
The Indians affiliates dont come into my backyard, so I haven't seen him yet, but our guys who have really liked the approach, gave him a little more power than we had expected and liked his ability to stick in center field. The latter really pushed him up the list. (Jeff Moore)
2015-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which prospect has the higher offensive ceiling, Bradley Zimmer or Nick Williams?
(BuckyDent from Trenton)
Williams has a higher ceiling than Zimmer, though both are very good hitters. Very different though. Even with his improved approach, Williams is still an aggressive hitter, and should be. It's part of his DNA. He's just learned how to control it. Zimmer, on the other hand, falls into the same profile as big leaguers like Christian Yelich and Nick Markakis and fellow prospects like Austin Meadows and Brandon Nimmo as big guys who don't hit for the big time power you'd expect from them but instead use a patient, balanced approach to be more well-rounded hitters. There's a lot to like with Zimmer. (Jeff Moore)
2015-06-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Rank on offensive production the following emerging OF prospects: Bradley Zimmer, Billy McKinney, Austin Meadows, and Clint Coulter? Thanks...
(Prospector from Empty Mine)
Zimmer is #1 for me. I adore him. I'd probably go Zimmer, Meadows, McKinney, and Coulter. I'm still not sold on Coulter's ability to handle quality right-handers, which potentially limits him to a platoon-ish role as a corner outfielder. Still plenty of time for him to adjust and grow, though, obviously. (J.P. Breen)
2015-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)14 team dynasty league, who has the higher upside? 5-tool Bradley Zimmer or Alex Reyes?
(Jeff from Chicago)
I like them both and it's close, but I generally tend to default to the hitter. So Zimmer for me, but as I said it's close. (Mike Gianella)
2015-05-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bradley Zimmer: potential 5 category stud or overrated college player hitting weak competition?
(bdiamond from CT)
Zimmer has 5 potential average or better tools. Classify that in the stud category. I don't know if I see the power being more than average due to his wide base stance and a lack of leverage/torque in the swing, but he has plus bat speed and plus raw power. The ingredients are all here for the power to play. I really liked what I saw in ST, and the reports I've received so far have been strong. The defense is another area where there are differing opinions, but I think he can play CF for now. (Tucker Blair)
2015-05-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bradley Zimmer is off to a strong start. Has hit five homeruns. Power was a question mark when he was drafted. What's your take on his upside and probable level in the majors?
(John from CT)
I'm a fan, and I still can't believe he fell to Cleveland that "late" in the draft. There's a chance for five above-average tools here, and scouts rave about his acumen for the game. He's going to be a good one. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-04-29 20:00:00 (link to chat)Clint Frazier seems to be starting slow again and striking out at an alarming rate. Should Cleveland fans be worried? Is Bradley Zimmer possibly the better prospect?
(Eric from Cleveland)
No, they should not be worried. Baseball is hard, even for someone with as much natural talent as Frazier. Right now, Zimmer is the better player and better hitter, but he's not the better prospect. It's important to remember that while they're teammates, Frazier is two years younger than Zimmer is. (Bret Sayre)
2015-04-29 20:00:00 (link to chat)Traded Abreu preseason for Donaldson, Alex Wood, and Eduardo Rodiguez. Then I sent Donaldson for Longoria, Gio Gonzalez, Leonys Martin, and Bradley Zimmer. So basically turned Abreu into Wood, E-Rod, Longoria, Gio, Martin, and Zimmer. Smart move, or would you rather take quality over quantity here?
(Alex from Palm Springs)
Impossible to answer without knowing how deep the league is. If it's relatively shallow, I'd take Abreu. If it's deep, and you had lots of holes on your roster, it's pretty good diversification of resources. (Bret Sayre)
2015-04-29 20:00:00 (link to chat)Saw in the minor league update today at BP that Bradley Zimmer "could" eventually be an everyday guy. It kind of bummed be out, because I saw him as someone that could potentially be a monster if he bulks up a bit and has 25/25 upside. Which side are you on?
(Jon from Mil.)
I'm very much on the side that he does not have that kind of upside. He's a good college bat playing in High-A in his first full season, he should be hitting like this. (Bret Sayre)
2015-04-06 20:15:00 (link to chat)Bradley Zimmer had 6 hrs in a 179 AB's last year, and cracked 4 hrs this spring (MiLB games) in 32 AB's. I trust the industries concern about whether his swing will prevent more than average power, but that stats are interesting. Could he perhaps just be a lot stronger than people think? Could he still hit 20-25 bombs a year with his swing?
(username49 from ohio)
I didn't get to view Zimmer in AZ, but from everything I heard from each individual evaluator who saw him... no, not as currently constituted. He definitely is a strong kid, and I think that power is there if he can leverage the swing a bit more, but as he's currently constructed, he'd struggle to attain those totals. (Craig Goldstein)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)I have pick 1.12 in our dynasty's first year player draft. Players I'm targeting in that range who may be available are Bradley Zimmer, Michael Conforto, and Trea Turner. Who would you rather have on your dynasty team between those three players? Thanks!
(Greg from Arizona)
Trea Turner is a lock to stick at short and he can provide elite speed. If he can cut down on his swing a bit he's going to be a very good player, I'd rather have him from this group. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)How does Bradley Zimmer compare to the other top CF prospects like Almora, Meadows, Margot, Nimmo? I know there is a chance he moves to RF, but he seems to have just as much or more offensive upside than the entire bunch. How would you rank these guys?
(username49 from Ohio)
He's competitive with them! I'm a big fan of Zimmer, and thought the Tribe made out well to get him where they did. He's got more offensive upside to me than Almora. I think he's right in that group, and I question whether his size pushes him to a corner, rather than anything really wrong with his defense. I'd rank em: Nimmo, Meadows, Zimmer, Margot, Almora right now, but it's pretty fluid. Margot is a sure thing to stick in CF and I think Meadows/Zimmer's bats play best if they're forced off. (Craig Goldstein)
2015-02-09 20:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat tonight! Which of these college OF'ers from the last draft got the closest to making the list.. Derek Fisher, Bradley Zimmer, Michael Conforte?
(Cale from Uptown)
Bradley Zimmer was the closest for me. (Top 101 Chat)
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)In terms of fantasy potential, Manaul Margot > Bradley Zimmer?
(Kenny from Cleveland)
With my modest fantasy knowledge/skills, I would say yes. (Mark Anderson)
2014-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Enjoy your chats... How would you rank some of the college OF's from the last draft's early returns? Bradley Zimmer, Michael Conforte, and Derek Fisher
(The Rolling Goat from Uptown)
I think the ceiling of these guys is likely all Role 5 types. So it comes down to preference, and I think Conforto is probably the safest bet. (Tucker Blair)
2014-09-10 12:00:00 (link to chat)Rank these bats for me, Kyle Schwarber, Michael Conforte, and Bradley Zimmer? Who has the most impact?
(mdotmorris22 from Minnesota)
Schwarber
Conforto
Zimmer

Speaking only bats, I think Schwarber is going to hit the most, but Conforto and Zimmer could still be solid 2nd division types. I'm not sold on Conforto/Zimmer quite yet, I want to see against better competition before jumping to conclusions. (Tucker Blair)
2014-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jordan, do you think Bradley Zimmer will develop the requisite power to project as a serviceable corner outfielder?
(kiloman from Rockville, MD)
I don't think he needs to hit for big time power. The hit tool could be solid average, and he helps his team win in other ways. It's not an impact profile, but he should be a major league contributor (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bradley Zimmer, Michael Conforto, or Derek Fisher. Who and in what order do you take for fantasy purposes?
(Eric from Portland)
I unfortunately don't have much knowledge of all three. I know most about Zimmer, but that doesn't automatically make him the best of that bunch. (Paul Sporer)
2013-11-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Trea Turner a real deal? Also, Will you prefer Derek Fisher or Bradley Zimmer?
(Billy Beane from Oakland)
Provided he shows up in the spring with 80 speed and a clear shortstop profile, yeah he's a dude. I think the toughest question for evaluators will be placing a handicap on his ability to stay healthy through a long pro season. He was dinged up through the spring/summer, and the game will only get more physical. For his profile, it's not just about staying in the lineup, he needs the speed to play to its utmost in order to be a true impact talent.

Fisher is a superior draft prospect at this point. Zimmer made some noise this summer and has, I think, artificially inflated his value. He's still a projection talent, albeit an interesting one, but you're reliant on more changing (strength, swing, etc.) with Zimmer than you are Fisher. Both could fluctuate between first and third rounder depending on their springs, but for my money it's Fisher ahead of Zimmer right now by a decent amount. (Nick J. Faleris)


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