Bradley Zimmer
Bradley Zimmer
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cleveland Indians
2021 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Bradley Zimmer in 2021. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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#592
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$Signed a one-year, $551,200 contract with the Indians in March of 2018.
Returns to roster for playoffs
OFCleveland Indians
September 29, 2020
Zimmer will be part of Cleveland's wild-card roster, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Zimmer had been off the roster since late August. He was quite disappointing in 50 plate appearances this season, hitting .162/.360/.243. He'll likely fill a bench role during the series against the Yankees.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+93%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+41%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .602 45 4 2 8 1 .190 .244 .357
Since 2018vs Right .555 133 14 1 4 5 .193 .301 .254
2020vs Left .333 6 0 0 1 0 .167 .167 .167
2020vs Right .644 44 3 1 2 2 .161 .386 .258
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+54%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+42%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+45%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .697 85 14 2 8 2 .247 .341 .356
Since 2018Away .453 93 4 1 4 4 .145 .237 .217
2020Home .702 24 2 1 3 0 .211 .333 .368
2020Away .496 26 1 0 0 2 .111 .385 .111
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
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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
0.50
 
BB Rate
14.0%
 
K Rate
28.0%
 
BABIP
.217
 
ISO
.081
 
AVG
.162
 
OBP
.360
 
SLG
.243
 
OPS
.603
 
wOBA
.300
 
Exit Velocity
78.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
20.8%
 
Barrels/PA
2.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Optioned Saturday
OFCleveland Indians
August 22, 2020
Zimmer was optioned to the Indians' alternate training site when Triston McKenzie was called up by the Indians to make his big-league debut Saturday.
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Remains on bench
OFCleveland Indians
August 15, 2020
Zimmer isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Tigers.
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Not in Friday's lineup
OFCleveland Indians
August 14, 2020
Zimmer is not starting Friday against Detroit.
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Not in Tuesday's lineup
OFCleveland Indians
August 11, 2020
Zimmer isn't starting Tuesday against the Cubs.
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Not starting Saturday
OFCleveland Indians
August 8, 2020
Zimmer isn't in the lineup Saturday against the White Sox.
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