Bradley Zimmer
Bradley Zimmer
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cleveland Indians
7-Day DL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 4/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Indians in March of 2018.
Out for remainder of 2018
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
Shoulder
July 21, 2018
Zimmer (shoulder) underwent surgery on his right shoulder Friday to repair his labrum and is looking at an 8-to-12-month recovery timetable, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The fact Zimmer underwent shoulder surgery was already known, but there was no prior indication the issue was as severe as the end result. The 25-year-old first suffered the shoulder injury in mid-June and was diagnosed with inflammation following an MRI, and he subsequently received an anti-inflammatory injection to address the issue. The specifics of the labrum issue remain unclear, but Zimmer will be sidelined for the rest of 2018 and may not be ready for Opening Day 2019 even if he's back on the field in eight months, as he'd still miss at least some of spring training.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+41%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .666 113 14 3 16 2 .240 .301 .365
Since 2016vs Right .672 333 41 7 32 20 .236 .300 .372
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
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+45%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .742 228 35 6 30 12 .262 .325 .417
Since 2016Away .597 218 20 4 18 10 .211 .275 .322
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
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
BB/K
0.16
 
BB Rate
6.1%
 
K Rate
38.6%
 
BABIP
.367
 
ISO
.104
 
AVG
.226
 
OBP
.281
 
SLG
.330
 
OPS
.611
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2015
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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Undergoes shoulder surgery
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
Shoulder
July 20, 2018
Zimmer underwent right shoulder surgery Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Receives shoulder injection
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
Shoulder
June 22, 2018
Zimmer (shoulder) received an anti-inflammatory shot in his right shoulder Friday and will be sidelined for at least four weeks, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Undergoing MRI on shoulder
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
Shoulder
June 18, 2018
Zimmer will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder Monday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Lands on minor-league DL
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
Shoulder
June 16, 2018
Zimmer (shoulder) was placed on the minor-league disabled list Saturday, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
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Suffers shoulder injury
OFCleveland Indians  AAA
Shoulder
June 13, 2018
Zimmer injured his right shoulder and will be sidelined for five days, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
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