The Indians have promoted outfield prospect Bradley Zimmer to the majors, according to a team announcement.
Zimmer, 24, is ranked by MLB.com as the top prospect in Cleveland’s system and the 19th-best prospect in all of baseball. He was selected out of the University of San Francisco with the 21st-overall pick in the 2014 draft and has hit .270/.372/.453 with 42 homers in four minor-league seasons.
Zimmer’s promotion comes on the heels of two outfield injuries for the Tribe, who lost Brandon Guyer for 4-6 weeks due to a wrist injury and Abraham Almonte for the near future due to a biceps issue. Zimmer will provide the club with an option alongside Michael Brantley, Lonnie Chisenhall, Erik Gonzalez and Dan Robertson in the outfield mix and is likely to start in Almonte’s absence.
Zimmer is regarded as a five-tool player who is expected to stick in center at the major-league level. He owns a .294/.371/.532 line with five homers and nine steals at Triple-A Columbus this year.