Bradley Zimmer
Bradley Zimmer
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cleveland Indians
2020 Fantasy Outlook
It wasn't long ago Zimmer was all the rage, offering cheap speed without sacrificing too much power. Sure, strikeouts were a concern, but who isn't fanning nowadays? A shoulder injury in 2018 interrupted Zimmer's development and after a brief nine-game stint at the end of last season, Zimmer is a forgotten man. Prior to his MLB visit, Zimmer played a little at rookie ball, Double-A and Triple-A, slashing a combined .359/.444/.641 with three steals in 13 games. Obviously, at 26 years of age, he was old for the levels, so take the results with a grain of salt, but his numbers were ample to earn a look in the spring. There are openings at both corner outfield spots, so if Zimmer can improve on his career 32.6 K%, he has a chance to carve out significant playing time and provide steals at a bargain price. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $551,200 contract with the Indians in March of 2018.
Moved to minors
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
March 26, 2020
Zimmer was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
As expected, Zimmer -- who is healthy for the first time in over a year -- will head to Triple-A to begin the season. He's expected to get back up to game speed with regular playing time in the minors before ultimately returning to Cleveland.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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#2
#3
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+41%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .631 119 14 3 16 2 .227 .286 .345
Since 2017vs Right .660 341 42 7 32 20 .231 .296 .364
2019vs Left .000 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2019vs Right .125 8 1 0 0 0 .000 .125 .000
2018vs Left .770 33 4 2 7 1 .233 .303 .467
2018vs Right .548 81 10 0 2 3 .224 .272 .276
2017vs Left .624 80 10 1 9 1 .243 .300 .324
2017vs Right .714 252 31 7 30 17 .240 .310 .404
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+29%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+45%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .735 230 36 6 30 12 .260 .322 .413
Since 2017Away .570 230 20 4 18 10 .200 .265 .305
2019Home .000 2 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2019Away .083 12 0 0 0 0 .000 .083 .000
2018Home .721 59 11 1 5 2 .269 .356 .365
2018Away .496 55 3 1 4 2 .185 .200 .296
2017Home .749 169 24 5 25 10 .260 .314 .435
2017Away .632 163 17 3 14 8 .221 .301 .331
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Stat Review
How does Bradley Zimmer compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.14
 
BB Rate
7.1%
 
K Rate
50.0%
 
BABIP
.000
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.000
 
OBP
.071
 
SLG
.000
 
OPS
.071
 
wOBA
.049
 
Exit Velocity
82.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
16.7%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Zimmer’s season ended prematurely when he succumbed to a labrum injury to his throwing shoulder just after the All-Star break. That surgery comes with an 8-to-12-month estimated recovery timetable, putting his 2019 season very much in doubt. The long layoff from facing major-league pitching is the last thing Zimmer needs as he is still trying to find himself as a big-league hitter. Over the first 450 plate appearances of his career, there has been too much swing and miss wrapped around the big flies and shows of athleticism around the basepaths. Zimmer is an excellent defender with his tools, but this shoulder injury was a major setback at an inopportune time. At best, he is a stash if your league allows you to draft and replace injured players before the season starts.
Zimmer burst onto the scene in mid-May, collecting eight homers and 13 steals in his first 66 career games, but cooled to the point of being ice cold before a broken hand ended his season. He went 0-for-36 to begin August and finished with a .196/.275/.318 line and 33.5 percent strikeout rate after the All-Star break. The floor is low as we haven't seen him make the adjustments, but the ceiling is high, especially with stolen bases on the decline league-wide. Team context is important with Zimmer, as he will have one of the game's best lineups around him, or behind him -- he saw time atop the order when things were going well. More risk-averse fantasy players will want to invest elsewhere, but a gamble on Zimmer could pay off big in standard leagues. He's not expected to face any restrictions due to the hand injury in spring training.
Zimmer easily passes the initial eye test -- he stands 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, the ball is loud off his bat and he runs extremely well. However, the strikeout numbers show the one glaring hole in his game. In his age-23 season, Zimmer fanned a total of 171 times, with 56 strikeouts coming in 150 plate appearances with the Indians' top minor league affiliate (37.3 percent K%). He helped himself offset some of that swing-and-miss with a 14 percent walk rate, but that strikeout total is still hard to stomach given the total absence of power at Triple-A. Contact has always been a big problem for Zimmer, and it's unreasonable to expect much immediate growth in that department. Thus, a batting average in the low-.200s during his initial run in the majors is possible (if not likely), and that puts a hard ceiling on his short-term upside. He should at least debut this season.
It was pretty apparent midway through the 2015 season that Zimmer had no business falling to the Indians with the 21st pick in the 2014 draft. He slashed .308/.403/.493 with 10 home runs and 32 steals in 335 plate appearances at High-A Lynchburg before receiving a promotion to Double-A. The 22-year-old center fielder struggled against Eastern League pitching, but he still finished with a .273 average, 16 homers and 44 steals in 127 games across the two levels. There are questions about whether Zimmer will be able to stick in center field, given his 6-foot-5 height, but he moves well enough to stay up the middle in the short term. A hairline fracture in his foot canceled the Indians’ plans of sending Zimmer to the Arizona Fall League, but he should be ready to go for the start of the 2016 season. Cleveland’s deficiencies in center field could cause them to fast track Zimmer to the big leagues sometime this summer if he gets off to a hot start at Double-A, and at the very least he will be part of the outfield mix entering 2017.
Zimmer was the 21st pick in the 2014 draft, and finished the year with a three-game stint at Low-A Lake County after playing 45 games with short-season Mahoning Valley. The 21-year-old outfielder figures to move fast through the Indians’ system, as is typical of college bats drafted in the first round. His short-season numbers were pretty ridiculous (four home runs, 11 steals, .401 OBP), but it’s hard to put much stock into those given the small sample and the quality of competition. At 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, he has some filling out to do, and with that, he should go from being a 30-plus steal threat to a 15-25 steal option over a full season in the majors. With a solid approach at the plate and present gap-to-gap doubles power, there’s room for projection in the bat, with an outside shot that Zimmer develops into a 20/20 threat by the time he reaches the big leagues, possibly by late 2016.
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In need of reps
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
March 20, 2020
Zimmer is healthy for the first time in over one year, but he'll likely need to get regular playing time at Triple-A Columbus before reaching the majors again, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Goes yard in first spring game
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
February 26, 2020
Zimmer went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and two RBI in his first game of spring training.
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Called up by Cleveland
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
September 13, 2019
Zimmer was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Friday.
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Slated for promotion
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
September 13, 2019
The Indians are expected to promote Zimmer to the major-league roster Friday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Activated, optioned to Triple-A
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
August 30, 2019
Zimmer (side) was activated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Friday.
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