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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WELCOME TO THE SHOW: BRADLEY ZIMMER OF CLEVELAND INDIANS

Prospect hounds have been working overtime ever since May rolled out around on the calendar, with big pitching and hitting names being summoned from the minors leagues at a very high rate.  Tuesday was no different as the Cleveland Indians called up former 2014 first-round outfield pick (14th overall) Bradley Zimmer and immediately installed him in the ninth spot of the order for that night's game.  While Zimmer struggled mightily with the bat early in his minor league career, he has been as hot as a pistol so far at Triple-A in 2016 as he went into the promotion with a .294 average with 5 home runs and 9 steals in just 144 at-bats.  Comparisons to the Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger are spot on here as both guys can hit for big power and run very well as well; while also tend to struggle in the strikeout department.  A 29.9 K/9 rate at Triple-A is no doubt quite nasty and that likely means Zimmer will be a batting average liability right away but the power/speed game is already very potent.  I would pick up Zimmer where available as he can contribute enough right away to be worth using everywhere.


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