Bradley Zimmer is officially on the Cleveland Indians 40-man roster following a call-up to the big club earlier today.
The 24-year-old centerfielder will replace Abraham Almonte, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a right biceps strain.
After struggling during a 37 game stretch with the Columbus Clippers last season, Zimmer acquitted himself quite nicely this Spring Training after posting a 1.084 OPS with three homers and four steals.
He carried that momentum into the start of his season with the Clippers and has really turned it on of late. Zimmer had a .294/.371/.532 slash line over his first 33 games in AAA this season with four homers in his previous 20 games.
Zimmer was rated as the top prospect in the Indians organization while MLB Pipeline had him slotted as the 19th rated prospect overall. Scouting reports project the toolsy outfielder as a potential 20 homer and 20 stolen base guy with the ability to hit at the top of the batting order due to his high on-base skills.
The Indians had to designate right-handed pitcher Carlos Frias to make room on the 40-man roster for Zimmer.
Zimmer has already been penciled into tonight’s lineup vs the Rays and will hit 9th.