While he may have been beat out for the number one spot by rising catching prospect Francisco Mejia, Bradley Zimmer took firm control of the number two spot in our 2017 LGT Indians prospect rankings, beating out Yandy Diaz by a full 55 votes.
A former 2014 first round pick, Zimmer's 2016 campaign in the minors was a bit up and down. The left-handed 24-year-old slugged a career best 15 home runs spread between stints at Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus.
Let's start with the positives. Zimmer is a five-tool player with a great arm, incredible speed, excellent defense, solid contact rate and plus power potential.
Zimmer gets on base at a high rate, walking 13.9 percent of the time in 2016 while carrying a .218 ISO in Akron and a 136 wRC+. The former University of San Francisco standout also stole a career best 38 bases, although he did get caught 14 times.
His biggest problem, however, is strikeouts. Zimmer has increased his strikeout rate at every level he's played, culminating in a disastrous 37.3 percent strikeout rate during his 37-game stint in Triple-A Columbus last year.
The good news is Zimmer appears to be working on it. He dropped his strikeouts down to 27.4 percent during his time in the Arizona Fall League this year, also walking a ridiculous 20 percent of the time while tying for second in the league in home runs with four as his Mesa Solar Sox team won the AFL championship.
Depending on how quickly he can get his strikeouts under control and whether or not there are injuries, expect Zimmer to debut with the Indians sometime during the 2017 season.