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Akron Rubberducks Bradley Zimmer hitting dingers during the 2016 Eastern League All-Star home run derby.

Cleveland Indians fans likely have heard the name Bradley Zimmer as the 6-foot-4 outfielder is among the best prospects in the Tribe farm system as well as all of baseball. The 2014 first round pick out of the University of San Francisco has flourished during most of his time in MiLB.

The 23 year old is rated as high as 23rd as a prospect (Baseball Prospectus) and is similarly ranked highly by Baseball America (31) and MLB.com (26). Zimmer is ranked as such due to his rare blend of power and speed that he displayed in 2015 to the tune of 16 home runs (along with 26 doubles and four triples) and 44 stolen bases (only caught stealing seven times). 

After some initial struggles upon his promotion in 2015 to Double-A Akron, the Rubberducks are getting much more expected production out of Zimmer in 2016. He is batting .244/.364/.485 and once again showing off his power with 39 extra base hits (14 home runs) and speed with 30 stolen bases (12 caught stealing). He is still young for the level and dominating anyway, which gives the ballclub hope he can continue. Until then, Indians fans can travel a bit South to enjoy his swing.

Statistics courtesy of baseball-reference.com

Video courtesy of Jeff Ellis


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