Acquired: Drafted in the first round (#21 overall) of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (CLE).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|Hitting .294 in 33 games at Columbus (Triple-A) with five home runs, 14 RBIs and nine stolen bases along with 11 doubles and a .532 SLG.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Columbus on May 16 along with RHP Shawn Armstrong when INF Yandy Diaz was sent down and OF Abraham Almonte went on the 10-day DL.
MLB Debut Date: 05/16/17
|May 16, in a 6-4 loss to the Rays. The center fielder, he batted ninth and went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. Facing right-handed starter Jake Odorizzi in the bottom of the third inning with one on and no one out, he struck out swinging. In the bottom of the fifth with one out and one on, he struck out swinging. In the bottom of the seventh, against left-handed reliever Jose Alvarado, with one out and no one on, he struck out swinging.|
|One of the Indians' tip-top prospects (generally ranking No. 1 or 2 depending on which set of rankings you read), Zimmer is one of the few true potential five-tool talents in the upper-echelon prospects right now. The younger brother of Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer, himself a fifth-round pick back in 2012, Zimmer was drafted out of the University of San Francisco by the Indians with the 21st overall pick and since then has progressed steadily, showing solid power, excellent baserunning skills and what Baseball America called the best outfield arm in the Indians' organization coming into 2017. In 2016, he hit a combined .250 with 15 home runs, 62 RBIs, 25 doubles and 38 stolen bases between Akron (Double-A) and Columbus, and led the system with 77 walks as well. In 2015, he split the summer between Lynchburg (High A) and Akron to hit .273 with 16 home runs, 43 RBIs and 44 steals along with 26 doubles after a pro debut between Mahoning Valley (Short-Season A) and Lake County (Class A) where he batted .302 in 48 games with six home runs, 32 RBIs and 12 steals. An outfield depleted by a swath of injuries in Cleveland (Almonte, Brandon Guyer and Austin Jackson all on the DL) may have hastened Zimmer's arrival by a bit, but it was pretty much preordained he'd be up some time this year. With his physique and strength and baseball IQ, it won't be unexpected to see the power numbers grow as he acclimates to big league pitching.|