David Richard, USA Today

Storylines: Indians promote outfielder Bradley Zimmer

The biggest news on Tuesday comes out of Cleveland as the Indians promote outfielder and top prospect Bradley Zimmer from Triple-A Columbus to the major leagues.

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The Cleveland Indians have given the green light to top prospect Bradley Zimmer.  The Indians have promoted Zimmer to the major leagues from Triple-A Columbus per a team announcement.  The Indians have seen their outfield depth thin dramatically over the past few weeks due to various injuries to outfielders Brandon Guyer, Abraham Almonte and Austin Jackson.  With their outfield being stripped barren due to injuries, the Indians clearly see no reason to hold back their top prospect any longer.  Zimmer has been one of the top prospects in the organization since the moment he was drafted back in 2014.  The outfielder shot up through the system thanks to his athletic ability and advanced hitting tools.  While his hitting is still a work in progress due to his long swing and tendencies to strike out a lot, he possesses extremely potent left-handed pop at the plate and has great range in the outfield.  Zimmer was able to catch the eye of Indians skipper Tito Francona in Spring Training as he had a stellar spring and the Indians manager had nothing but high praise for the rookie and made it clear Zimmer would be in the team’s immediate plans for the 2017 season.  His promotion comes after he was hitting .294/.371/.532 in 33 games with the Columbus Clippers.  Zimmer will look to make his mark instantly and become a dangerous hitter at the bottom of the Indians lineup.

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