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Bradley Zimmer is out of the lineup Saturday against the Royals.
He has hit .292/.414/.458 with one home run and two steals in 24 at-bats since his promotion. Austin Jackson and Daniel Robertson will each receive a start in center field and right field, respectively.
Bradley Zimmer is trying to work out some kinks in his swing, but Indians coaches are taking a hands-off approach as the rookie get acclimated to MLB, Cleveland.com reports.
The young slugger overhauled his swing mechanics last season, and continued working on the new style during spring training. Assistant hitting coach Matt Quatraro said he believes Zimmer is "still trying to find" a consistent stroke, but he's sure the outfielder knows what needs to be adjusted. Through his first eight MLB games, the 24-year-old is slashing .286/.400/.476 in 25 plate appearances.
Bradley Zimmer is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Reds, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
With the Indians in a National League ballpark and facing southpaw Amir Garrett, Zimmer will take a seat. Daniel Robertson will draw the start in center field for the game.
Bradley Zimmer is out of the lineup Monday against the Reds, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
Zimmer will be squeezed out of the lineup with no DH spot available in Cincinnati. In order to get the powerful bats of Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnacion in the lineup, the Indians will move Santana over to right field while Encarnacion mans first base and Lonnie Chisenhall shifts from right to center field. Zimmer likely won't be excluded from the lineup in all three games of this series, so fantasy owners in deeper mixed or AL-only leagues who are short on other outfield options can probably still feel comfortable keeping him active this week.
Bradley Zimmer went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double, two RBI and two runs during Wednesday's loss to Tampa Bay.
With Abraham Almonte (biceps) expected to be sidelined for approximately a month, Zimmer projects to have an extended stay in the majors. With a few more games like Wednesday's, the 24-year-old outfielder might be up with Cleveland for good. It wouldn't be surprising to see him return feast-or-famine results after posting a 29.9 percent strikeout rate with Triple-A Columbus this season, but hitting in the Tribe's deep lineup could help Zimmer pile up counting stats in a hurry. His power-speed combo makes him an intriguing fantasy asset with oodles of upside.
With the Indians announcing Wednesday that Abraham Almonte (biceps) will be sidelined for 3-to-5 weeks, Bradley Zimmer could remain with the big club for an extended stretch, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.
Zimmer, one of the Tribe's top prospects, was promoted from Triple-A Columbus after Almonte hit the disabled list Tuesday and made his MLB debut later that evening, striking out in all three of his at-bats. Per Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Zimmer is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Rays, and it appears the Indians are committed to giving the 24-year-old regular run in center field as long as he remains with the big club. Due to the intriguing power and speed combination he's flashed throughout his minor-league career, Zimmer's fantasy upside is tantalizing, but it's worth wondering if he'll be able to make enough contact to consistently deliver helpful production in the counting-stats categories. After striking out in 29.9 percent of his plate appearances with Columbus prior to the call-up, Zimmer's three-strikeout performance in his Indians debut wasn't very encouraging.
Bradley Zimmer is starting in center field and hitting ninth Tuesday against the Rays.
On the same day that his contract was purchased from Triple-A Columbus, Zimmer is set to make his major-league debut. Prior to joining the big club, Zimmer had built a .294/.371/.532 line over 33 games with Columbus.
Bradley Zimmer's contract was purchased from Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday.
Zimmer has been swinging hot bat at Triple-A, slashing .294/.371/.532 with five home runs and nine steals in 144 plate appearances. His 29.9 percent strikeout rate portends a fairly low batting average over the rest of the season, but he has enough power and speed to be of use in most formats even if he only hits .240 or .250. He is capable of playing all three outfield spots, and should play almost every day going forward.
Bradley Zimmer, 24, is hitting .267/.345/.514 with four home runs, seven steals (on 10 attempts) and a 29.2 percent strikeout rate in 120 plate appearances for Triple-A Columbus.
The strikeouts probably aren't going away, but he has enough game power and speed to be useful in single-season leagues even if he is only hitting .240. With Abraham Almonte and Brandon Guyer serving as sub-replacement-level players so far this season, it would not be surprising if Zimmer received a call-up in late May or early June. His ability to play all three outfield spots adds to his real-life utility.
Bradley Zimmer went 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in Thursday's Opening Day game for Triple-A Columbus.
Coming off a great spring training with the big-league club, the top prospect filled the stat sheet against the Reds' Triple-A Louisville affiliate. Zimmer is an unbelievable talent who will likely ascend into the Tribe's lineup at some point during 2017. The road to MLB will shorten if the outfielder can demonstrate improved plate discipline early in the minor-league campaign.