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Bradley Zimmer rated as Indians' #3 prospect. Vote on #4

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You picked Bradley Zimmer as the #3 prospect in the organization by a considerable margin.

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Let's Go Tribe is putting together its own ranking of the top Indians prospects. Here are the previous entries in the series:

#1: Francisco Lindor

#2: Clint Frazier

In this round of voting, it was the clear that you thought there was a sizable gap between Zimmer and the #4 prospect, whoever that ends of being. Here are the results:

  • OF Tyler Naquin 7%
  • LHP Justus Sheffield 1%
  • OF Bradley Zimmer 66%
  • C Francisco Mejia 10%
  • 3B Giovanny Urshela 17%
Zimmer's vote total exceeded the total from everyone else combined. Based on his MLB debut, it's easy to see why fans and scouts would be excited about him. He hit the ground running in Mahoning Valley (short-season A) after signing with the Indians, hitting .304/.401/464 in 197 PA. He was promoted to Lake County for the playoffs, and also did very well in 3 games, rapping out 3 hits, all of them for extra bases (1 2B, 2 HR).

Zimmer's nice debut shouldn't have come as a surprise, as he was selected by the Indians in the first round of last year's draft (21st overall). He was considered one of the better college athletes available in the draft, with the ability to do just about anything on a baseball field. The one thing scouts were concerned about was whether he'd hit for enough power to stick as a corner outfielder, though I suppose the next couple seasons in the minors should answer that question. He has the arm to play right field and could have the range to play center if the power isn't there. He could end up as a top-of-the-order hitter because of his hitting skill set regardless of what position he plays. Zimmer is a tall, lanky player, and usually tall players have some holes in their swing, but Zimmer thus far has had little problems making contact in pro ball (33 strikeouts in 210 PA).

Two seasons after the Indians signed Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn (and one season after signing David Murphy) because they didn't have any minor-league outfield options, the club seems to be set at the position after Bourn/Swisher (and Brandon Moss) leave after the 2016 season. With Michael Brantley and the outfield prospects in the system (Frazier, Zimmer, Naquin, Ramsey, Moncrief), they should not feel the need to sign a free agent to a multi-year deal. Not all of these prospects are going to pan out of course, but several of these players could bust and the Indians would still have options available.

Who do you think is the #4 prospect in the Indians system? Remember to let us know in the comments which players you think should be joining the voting soon.