Cleveland Indians: Three last chance prospects this spring

First baseman Jake Bauers #10 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
First baseman Jake Bauers #10 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Indians, Bradley Zimmer
Bradley Zimmer #4 of the Cleveland Indians (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

Bradley Zimmer

It seems like every season we get these high expectations for Bradley Zimmer and whether it be an injury or lack of production or opportunity, he falls short. Zimmer’s name was tossed around in trade talks all offseason, but he still enters the spring on the roster of the Cleveland Indians.

Luckily, the Indians are still figuring out the outfield, but the catch for Zimmer is that his odds of making the team have gone down each year, especially this season. The additions of Eddie Rosario and Billy Hamilton will only make it more difficult in a room that includes Josh Naylor, Jordan Luplow, Oscar Mercado, Daniel Johnson and others that we might not even know of yet.

The downside for Zimmer is that between his injury history and age, he’s already at a disadvantage heading into the spring. If it comes down to him and someone who is younger, odds are the younger player will get the opportunity. To make the roster, Zimmer will need a strong Spring Training and maybe more to stay on the roster once the season begins. If he doesn’t get that, then I have a feeling he starts the season in Triple-A or with an different organization.

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