Cleveland should be the best team in the AL, but they don’t even have the best record in the AL Central. The Twins made a move last weekend bringing up starting pitching stud, Jose Berrios, and now the Indians are bringing up their top prospect, Bradley Zimmer.
Why you should add Bradley Zimmer:
- Baseball America: 54
- Keith Law: Just outside the top 100
- Baseball Prospectus: 80
- MLB Pipeline: 19
Not a lot of consensus among rankers, but for fantasy purposes, he has hit in the minors, and that’s ultimately all we care about. His scouting grades show a player that could be a power/speed asset.
- Hit: 20/55
- GamePower: 20/50
- RawPower: 50/55
- Speed: 60/55
- Future Value: 50
- .294/.371/.532, 5 HR, 9 S, .902 OPS in 144 PA in AAA (Columbus)
- wRC+: 153
- wOBA: .395
- Since May 1: .326/.442/.558, 183 wRC+ and a 1.000 OPS
Zimmer has shown a little power and a lot of speed in the minors. He hit a HR around every 30 PAs and a steal in around every 17 PAs. He topped out at 14 HR and 33 steals in 2016 in 407 PAs in AA last season. His walk rate is at 9.7% which is a good number but his 29.9% K rate is pretty high for a minor league bat.
Zimmer should be up for good in 2017, and should give you 10+ HRs and 20+ steals. Expect somewhere in the .260 range for average to start out with, but with the power and speed numbers, he’s a must add in all leagues. Zimmer in the Cleveland offense, even hitting at the bottom to start, will help with his runs scored and RBI opportunities. Get excited.