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Player Profile: Bradley Zimmer, OF, Cleveland Indians

Zimmer finished last season on the DL, but he should be ready to take the field come opening day. Will his 20/20 potential come to fruition or will he fall short in 2018?

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Indians Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Stats

Year Team PA AVG OBP SLG HR SB BB% K% GB/FB Hard%
Year Team PA AVG OBP SLG HR SB BB% K% GB/FB Hard%
2017 Indians 332 0.241 0.307 0.385 8 18 7.8% 29.8% 1.51 33.5%

Zimmer finally made his much hyped debut at the age of 24 last season. A top 100 prospect for two straight years, Zimmer showed some potential to be a fantasy star. His most impressive skill is his speed. With Statcast’s sprint speed coming out last season, we saw Zimmer ranked as the third fastest player on the base paths. He does show 20/30 potential, but with his high ground ball rate he will most likely not hit that mark come 2018. With stolen bases at a minimum, his speed and stolen base potential is hard to ignore for any fantasy baseball owner.

Although Zimmer’s speed is undeniable, there are still questions about him offensively. Last season he had a strikeout rate of 29.8%, which was actually better than his 29.9% at AAA. Due to his high strikeout rate, he only hit .241 at the big league level. I would predict that if he does not cut down on the strikeouts, that his average will most likely be stuck in the .240-.250 range.