Bradley Zimmer

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Bradley Zimmer
Bradley Zimmer.jpg
Zimmer with the Cleveland Indians in 2017
Cleveland Indians – No. 4
Center fielder
Born: (1992-11-27) November 27, 1992 (age 26)
San Diego, California
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 16, 2017, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
(through September 19, 2019)
Batting average.236
Home runs10
Runs batted in48

Bradley Clarke Zimmer (born November 27, 1992) is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB). He attended the University of San Francisco, and played college baseball for the San Francisco Dons baseball team. He was drafted by the Indians in the first round of the 2014 MLB draft, and he made his MLB debut in 2017.

Amateur career[edit]

Zimmer attended La Jolla High School in San Diego, California, where he played for the school's baseball team.[1][2][3] The Chicago Cubs selected Zimmer in the 23rd round, with the 699th overall selection, of the 2011 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, but Zimmer did not sign with the Cubs.[4]

Zimmer with the San Francisco Dons

Zimmer enrolled at the University of San Francisco (USF) to play college baseball for the San Francisco Dons baseball team. In 2014, his junior year, he was named a preseason All-American[5] and to the Golden Spikes Award's midseason watch list.[2] He was considered to be among the best available prospects in the 2014 MLB draft.[6] He finished his junior year at USF with a .368 batting average, seven home runs, 31 runs batted in (RBIs), and 21 stolen bases.[7]

Professional career[edit]

The Cleveland Indians selected Zimmer in the first round, 21st overall, of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.[7][8][9] He signed for a $1.9 million bonus on June 17, 2014.[10] He then joined the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League.[11] He finished the season with the Lake County Captains of the Class A Midwest League.[12] In 2015, the Indians assigned Zimmer to the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League. He batted .305 with ten home runs and 32 stolen bases in 37 attempts in 77 games for Lynchburg.[13] Zimmer was selected to represent the Indians at the 2015 All-Star Futures Game.[14] Following the Futures Game, the Indians promoted Zimmer to the Akron RubberDucks of the Class AA Eastern League.[13][15] Zimmer batted .219 with Akron.[16] The Indians assigned Zimmer to the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League (AFL),[17] but he was diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right foot and considered unlikely to play in the AFL.[16]

Zimmer began the 2016 season with Akron, and was promoted to the Columbus Clippers of the Class AAA International League on July 25.[18] Zimmer ended 2016 with a .250 batting average, 15 home runs and 62 RBIs, along with 38 stolen bases.[19] After the season, the Indians assigned Zimmer to the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League.[20] He returned to Columbus to start the 2017 season.[21]

The Indians promoted Zimmer to the major leagues on May 16, 2017.[21] He made his MLB debut that day. In his second MLB game, on May 17, Zimmer recorded his first MLB hit and home run.[22] On July 25, Zimmer hit his first grand slam against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, as the Indians won the game 11–7.[23] Zimmer batted .241 with eight home runs and 39 RBIs in 299 at bats for Cleveland.[24]

Zimmer began 2018 as Cleveland's starting center fielder. However, after batting .226 with a 42% strikeout rate in early June, he was optioned to Triple-A Columbus.[25] After playing in eight games for Columbus, Zimmer injured his right shoulder.[26] He had an anti-inflammatory shot and was shut down for four-to-six weeks in late June.[27] On July 21, 2018, Zimmer underwent right shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, and was out for the rest of the year. Recovery time required 8-12 months.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Zimmer's father, Eric, played college baseball at the University of California, San Diego. He is an anesthesiologist. His mother, Cathy, ran track at San Diego State University, and works as a counselor at La Jolla High.[1] His older brother, Kyle, is a professional baseball pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Draft may keep La Jolla's Zimmer brothers from reuniting". La Jolla Light. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Three locals up for Golden Spikes Award". U-T San Diego. April 14, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  3. ^ "San Diego Community News Group – Zimmer brothers lead Vikings past Torreys". May 12, 2009. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  4. ^ "Chicago Cubs 2011 Draft Results | Team". Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  5. ^ Steve Kroner (February 11, 2014). "Bay Area college baseball teams ready for season". SFGate. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Promising outfielder Bradley Zimmer aims to follow in brother's footsteps |". May 23, 2014. Retrieved June 3, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Cleveland Indians take University of San Francisco OF Bradley Zimmer with first pick". Cleveland Plain Dealer. June 5, 2014. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  8. ^ "MLB Draft: USF's Bradley Zimmer selected No. 21 overall by Cleveland Indians – San Jose Mercury News". June 5, 2014. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  9. ^ "Cleveland Indians draft outfielder Bradley Zimmer, pitcher Justus Sheffield in first round of baseball draft". June 5, 2014. Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  10. ^ "Indians sign first-round pick Zimmer". June 17, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  11. ^ "Tribe's top pick Zimmer latest to join Mahoning Valley Scrappers". Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  12. ^ "Indians first-round pick Bradley Zimmer adds depth to Lake County Captains championship quest". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  13. ^ a b Hoynes, Paul (July 14, 2015). "Cleveland Indians promote prospect Bradley Zimmer to Class AA Akron". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  14. ^ "Tribe's Zimmer selected for Futures Game". Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  15. ^ Emrich, Robert (July 19, 2015). "RubberDucks' Zimmer off to stellar start: Indians prospect gets three hits, three RBIs in third Double-A game". Retrieved July 19, 2015.
  16. ^ a b Meisel, Zack (September 23, 2015). "Cleveland Indians prospect Bradley Zimmer dealing with broken bone in foot". Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  17. ^ Lada, Justin (September 23, 2015). "Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer part of what could be in Cleveland Indians Fall Development program". The News-Herald. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  18. ^ Meisel, Zack (July 24, 2016). "Cleveland Indians promote top prospects Bradley Zimmer, Clint Frazier to Triple-A Columbus". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  19. ^ "Bradley Zimmer Stats, Highlights, Bio | Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  20. ^ "Cubs, Indians prospects are Mesa Solar Sox teammates in Arizona Fall League". October 26, 2016. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  21. ^ a b "Cleveland Indians promote former 1st-round pick Bradley Zimmer to big-league roster". Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  22. ^ "Bradley Zimmer hits first career home run in Cleveland Indians loss 7–4 to Rays". May 17, 2017. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  23. ^ Kosileski, William (May 24, 2018). "Indians Bradley Zimmer hits first grand slam". Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  24. ^ Hoynes, Paul (March 31, 2018). "Is Bradley Zimmer destined to be a .200 hitter for the Cleveland Indians? Hey, Hoynsie!". Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  25. ^ "Cleveland Indians activate Lonnie Chisenhall, option Bradley Zimmer to Class AAA Columbus". June 5, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  26. ^ "Cleveland Indians' Bradley Zimmer injures right shoulder during batting drills in minors". June 13, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  27. ^ "Cleveland Indians' Bradley Zimmer shut down for four to six weeks with sore right shoulder". June 22, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  28. ^ "Bradley Zimmer has surgery, to return in 8-12 months". MLB. Retrieved July 21, 2018.

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