The Cleveland Indians have promoted their top two prospects, outfielders Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer, to the Columbus Clippers, the team's Triple-A affiliate. Both players had been playing for the Double-A Akron RubberDucks. The Clippers are off on Monday, so the two young talents will make their Triple-A debut Tuesday night in Norfolk. Prior to this season, MLB.com ranked Zimmer as the #26 prospect in the country, with Frazier at #27.
Zimmer, the team's first-round pick in 2014, is a 23-year-old, left-handed-hitting center fielder. He's batting .252/.370/.472 in 403 plate appearances, with 20 doubles, 6 triples, and 14 home runs, along with 31 stolen bases in 44 attempts.
Frazier, the team's first-round pick in 2013, is a 21-year-old, right-handed hitting corner fielder. He's batting .278/.357/.473 in 387 plate appearances, with 25 doubles, 1 triple, and 13 home runs, along with 13 stolen bases in 17 attempts.
It's neat that the team has decided to promote them together. Last year they both began the season with High-A Lynchburg. Zimmer had an incredible first half, and was promote to Akron, while the younger Frazier remained behind. He credited being around Zimmer with helping him make some adjustments to his approach, and the two seem to enjoy playing together.
This move puts them on the cusp of joining the Indians. Given Michael Brantley's continued health issues, and question marks surrounding some of the Tribe's other outfielders, I imagine there will be calls for one or both of them to be called up to Cleveland before the end of the season, but I don't expect that will happen. Both of them have continued to play well though, very much earning this latest promotion, and if they keep things up, I think they could each be wearing an Indians uniform before the All-Star break next season.