Full name BRADLEY CLARKE ZIMMER...Single...Twitter: @Bzimmer5)... Attended La Jolla High School and played three years of collegiate baseball at the University of San Francisco...Hit .368 with 10 2B, 7 3B, 7 HR and 31 RBI for the Dons as a junior during the 2014 season (.461 on-base pct., 21 SB)...Two-time All-West Coast Conference member...Named a 2014 preseason All-American selection by Louisville Slugger, Baseball America and Perfect Game USA and was one of 30 finalists for the Golden Spikes Award...Named All-WCC during his sophomore season in 2013, hitting .320 with 7 home runs, 37 RBI and 19 stolen bases...Entering the draft he was rated the 14th-best prospect and best athlete in the country according to Baseball America...Ranked the tenth-best prospect in the 2014 MLB Draft by MLB.com and 12th according to Keith Law (ESPN) ...His brother, Kyle, was the Kansas City Royals' first round pick in the 2012 June Draft and is top prospect in their system...2018 Tribe Fest participant.
Enjoyed a solid rookie campaign with Cleveland, spending the last four and a half months at the Major League level after being promoted from AAA Columbus on May 16...Entered the year rated the top prospect in the organization (22nd in all of MLB) according to MLB.com... Finished the year 15th among American League rookie batters in OPS (.692) and played a sterling center field...Finished tied for 11th among A.L. outfielders in assists (8), recorded a defensive runs saved metric of 4 and did not a make an error in 176 total chances...Was 18th in the entire A.L. in steals. Made his Major League debut on May 16 vs. Tampa Bay (0-for-3) and collected his first MLB hit & RBI the following day off Tampa's Alex Cobb...Homered later in the game off Alex Colome, his first of 8 homers on the year...Drove in a season/career-high 4 runs three different times and hit his first career grand slam on July 26 off LA Angels RHP Jesse Chavez in the second inning...Stole 18 bases in 19 attempts (94.7%), the 2nd-highest theft percentage in the American League and 4th-best in club history...Was tied for 16th in the A.L. in steals for the season at the time of his injury...Regular season ended on September 10, fracturing the 4th metacarpal on his left hand sliding into first base in the 7th inning vs. Baltimore, undergoing surgery on Sept. 12 in New York City (Dr. Thomas Graham) to fixate the bone...Recovery time; 6-to-8 weeks. Overall on the year he made 73 starts in center field (97 games)... Batted .240 (35/146) with runners on base for the season...Hit .306 (11/36) in his first 14 games with Cleveland (thru May 31) with 4 2B, 2HR & 8 RBI and thru games of July 27 was hitting .281 (55/196) with 12 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR & 35 RBI over his first 62 games...From August 1-end of the season he batted .143 (13/91) with 3 2B, 1 3B & 0 RBI over his final 35 games...Endured an 0-for-37, Aug. 1-17, the longest hitless stretch by an Indians batter in 2017. At AAA Columbus, he batted .294 (37-126) with 22 runs scored, 9 steals, 11 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs and 14 RBI in 33 games (.371/.532/.902), hitting safely in his last 8 games (.419, 13/31)...At the time of his promotion was leading the organization with 22 runs and 18 extra base hits and ranked T-2nd in the International League with 18 extra base hits, 5th in both steals (9) and total bases (67), 6th in slugging pct. (.532) and 10th in OPS (.902)...With Columbus, he batted .323 (10-31, .970 OPS) against left-handed pitching.