Cleveland Indians: 5 Untouchable Players This Offseason

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Aug 4, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) and shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) celebrate Lindor
Aug 4, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) and shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) celebrate Lindor /
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Nov 5, 2016; Surprise, AZ, USA; East outfielder Bradley Zimmer of the Cleveland Indians during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2016; Surprise, AZ, USA; East outfielder Bradley Zimmer of the Cleveland Indians during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Bradley Zimmer – OF

The buzz around Indians top prospect Bradley Zimmer has only grown this offseason. His arrival in Cleveland will likely happen this coming season.

Still in AAA, at this point in his career, Zimmer is untouchable. Often compared to former Indians now Yankees prospect Clint Frazier, Zimmer is the safer pick of the two, and the Indians chose Zimmer’s safety over Frazier’s upside in the Miller trade.

When Zimmer was drafted, scouts saw an above average contact hitter, but questioned whether or not his power would develop. In reality, Zimmer’s power has developed, but his batting average has gone down.

Still, Zimmer will likely be a major part of the Indians outfield by the end of the 2017 season. He could split time in center field with Tyler Naquin as early as mid-season.

With the Indians potentially losing Davis to free agency, they need to have a fail-safe behind Naquin in the outfield, especially after Naquin’s decrease in production after the All-Star break.

For that reason and the fact that he is one of the team’s top prospects, Zimmer is untouchable.

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