Bourn has not been the CF the Tribe was looking for, could Zimmer be it? Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Zimmer is a Top Prospect
While none of us agreed exactly where to place Bradley Zimmer, we all agree he is one of the best prospects in the Cleveland Indians farm system. This is a trend that most around baseball would agree with. In fact, both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus have Zimmer as their top Tribe prospect as well as one of the 25 best in all of baseball (though those rankings did not include any 2015 draft picks). Zimmer can do just about everything. He can hit for average and power, he can run, and he can field. Some questioned whether he could handle CF full-time as a pro but so far he’s showing that he can, though if there was one area to be hesitant with Zimmer it’s his fielding/arm. He doesn’t profile to be a Gold Glover in CF but shouldn’t embarrass himself either.
Recently called up to Double-A Akron, he hasn’t missed a beat and is putting himself in a position possibly see Cleveland as early as the second half of 2016 (though that’s still pretty optimistic). CF may be the single biggest weakness on the current Indians roster right now with Michael Bourn struggling and Michael Brantley more suited for LF. Zimmer is has the talent that the Indians could sorely use in Cleveland. The road ahead though is no cake-walk though. The jump from Advanced-A to Double-A can be the toughest a prospect faces in the minor leagues. So far though, fans should be nothing but ecstatic with how Zimmer has looked.
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