Indians call up top prospect Zimmer, starts in CF vs Rays

Hazel Gray
May 17, 2017

The second part of the puzzle was a need in Cleveland, which arose after Abraham Almonte joined Brandon Guyer and Austin Jackson on the 10-day disabled list. Almonte does not have a timetable for a return so Zimmer might be here to stay for the foreseeable future.

Bradley Zimmer was hitting.294 with five home runs and 14 RBIs in 33 games with Columbus. Pick him up even though he had a tough night to start his career. "It's something I'll never forget".

Zimmer first called his parents, who flew from California on Tuesday so they could watch their son's debut at Progressive Field.

Zimmer has been the Indians' No. 1 prospect for the better part of the last couple years, displaying a rare combination of power and speed, though it hasn't quite been the easiest road to the big leagues. Our trainer came in and said, 'Tremie wants to see you, ' who is our manager in Columbus.

"You obviously dream and try to picture what it's going to be like, this moment", Zimmer said. He noticeably struggled after being promoted to Columbus, though, posting a.654 OPS and watching his strikeout rate rise to 37.3 percent over 37 contests. "Your first day in the major leagues, there's nothing like it".

"He's still learning, but the skills are there", Francona said. Almonte aggravated a right biceps injury in Monday's game, putting a third outfielder on the DL. "We're not mad at him".

"He's still learning. But the skills are there", Francona said. "So we tried to explain to him, hey, all the things we talk to you about, we keep ramming it down his-throat, defense, defense, defense-we're not mad at him".

For now, the spotlight will be directed on Zimmer as his dream becomes a reality. "I was supposed to be in the lineup at Columbus and instead I'm in Cleveland". And then my brother following that.

"He basically just said "congratulations, enjoy the moment" and just kind of took some weight off my shoulders", Zimmer said.

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016.

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