Looking at Bradley Zimmer‘s minor league stats is like this, “Damn, girl, you look good,” and you follow her with your eyes from her legs up until you get to her face when you realize it’s your sister and you nearly vomit.  An illustration:  there’s a suitcase labeled Bradley Zimmer.  You begin to unpack the suitcase and you find solid power.  Next thing you know you find great speed.  The ability to walk is in there too.  Nice!  Then, you see that your toiletries have exploded and you have toothpaste all over the ability to lay off a curve and there’s Ks all over the place.  NO!  Not on my one pair of fancy jeans!  I’m Crest-fallen, pun noted and intended.  Everywhere I look Zimmer is considered a top 25 prospect.  Prospector Ralph has him as a top 10 prospect in his top 100 fantasy baseball prospect list, Baseball America has him at 26 overall, MLB has him at 25 and Prospector Ralph’s other half Halp from the Prospect Podcast has him at 15.  Of course, BA and MLB need to be taken with a grain of salt and more weight should be placed on Ralph and Halp (shouldn’t they just be Halph?).  They’re not more important here simply because they’re Razzball, but because BA and MLB are considering real baseball not fantasy.  So, what can we expect from Bradley Zimmer for 2017 fantasy baseball?

There’s definitely a place in the Indians’ lineup for Zimmer to get an early-season look.  He’s better than Abraham Almonte right now.  Of course, the Indians should be embarrassed of themselves if they get through the entire offseason trading season and still have Abraham Almonte as their left fielder, but last year they did next-to-nothing in the offseason and made it to the World Series, so maybe they do the same, and rely on Zimmer.  Brucely, I think that would be a mistake.  Zimmer doesn’t look ready.  With each level promotion, he’s exposed further.  In Double-A two years ago, he struck out one quarter of the time, then a 28% strikeout percentage last year in Double-A and, finally, 37% in Triple-A.  In Arizona Fall League, it’s not looking much better as he struck out 26 times through 22 games and 74 ABs.  Tim Tebow only struck out 20 times in 19 games.  Zimmer is doing everything else as well as he’s always done, which is why we’re talking about him at all.  Has 4 HRs and 8 SBs in those 22 games, and last year between three levels, he had 18 HRs and 46 SBs.  So, a young Curtis Granderson?  Grandy actually never struck out that much.  I asked Prospector Ralph and he gave me George Springer as a comparison.  To give you an idea of where my head is at, I asked Ralph, while saying to him, Zimmer looks like Drew Stubbs to me.  That gives you an idea of how low I am on him.  Zimmer is still young, so maybe he fixes his contact problems.  I was thinking maybe the best case scenario is Chris Davis with 15 homers and 35 SBs, if that makes sense, which it doesn’t.  Finally, Prospector Ralph texted me, “Joc Pederson!  That’s who Zimmer is.  Now, excuse me while I go drop some bars in the studio with Ras Kass.”  My guess is the Indians grab some garbagey vet to play outfield until June and we see Zimmer then, with some of his power, flashes of great speed and lots of Ks.  For 2017, I’ll give him the projections of 39/6/24/.228/21 in 354 ABs.

  1. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    So what I have taken from this write-up is that Tebow is better than Zimmer!?!? At striking out less in the AZ fall league..LOL

    Prospects are all the same until their not?!?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: Well, I wouldn’t go as far to say Tebow is better, but he does pray so anything’s possible

  2. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    This is exactly what happened! Bahahahaha! The last paragraph was me at my desk digging for a comp!

    Zimmer has a creepy face, looks like he went to Stevie Janowski’s chin implant doctor.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Haha… If you Google Zimmer’s name, you are met by a picture that looks like mugshot if mugshots were done in wedding photo booths

  3. ChiCitySox says:
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    Bingo! Damn, tossed water all over my zimmer feel goods. Now I have a case of the Zimmers to start my week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ChiCitySox: Aw, man, I’m sorry… Your feel goods were slightly out of proportion with reality

      • ChiCitySox23 says:
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        @Grey: You make it sound like I’m a crazy chick writing my Zimmer as my last name over and over again in a note book. For the record I haven’t done that. I will hope to take advantage of his high preseason prospect ranking and include him in a trade.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yeah, might be time to move him

  4. The JoGarza says:
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    As a Zimmer owner, I think it’s fair to expand on Grey’s “ability to walk is there too”.

    He owns a career 12% walk rate in 1,411 PA. Only 18 MLB’ers had that rate last season. Means he can easily get on base and show off the speed.

    If you’re in an OBP league as I am, I’d try to cash in on some of the growing concerns with the knowledge that his walk rate gives him a much wider safety net.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The JoGarza: Yeah, he should have a decent OBP, which is why I think finding his comp was difficult

  5. Halp

    Halp says:
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    Thanks for the shout out and nice write-up! Stubbs with slightly more power and better OBP doesn’t sound that far off to me as a realistic comp. And for just this year your projection looks about right to me.

    I wouldn’t really call them comps, and they are the same age right now, but Zimmer’s batting numbers aren’t all that far off from what Trevor Story did in his minor league career. He won’t have Coors though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Halp: Story? Wow, I would’ve thought Story had more power

      • Halp

        Halp says:
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        @Grey: He does, and less speed, which is why I wouldn’t really call them comps. Was just trying to find a guy with similar-ish strikeout and walk profile who recently succeeded.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha… Yeah, like you said, Coors fixes a lot… In Coors, Corey Dickerson was a .280 hitter, and a .220 one outside

          • Halp

            Halp says:
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            @Grey: Yup. That is why .228 sounds about right for this season, ha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, gross

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Halp: Don’t like my Joc comp? Obviously Pederson has run a lot less in the big leagues, and hits for more power than Zimmer will. But, he does have similar walk/K numbers.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ralph and Halp are fighting! “I want my ‘alp’ back!”

            • Big Odio says:
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              @Grey: Ralph Halp sounds too much like Ralph Malph which isn’t a bad thing because that makes you fonzie.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                AYYYYYYYY!

                • Big Odio says:
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                  @Grey: I’ll be waiting for the negative comment from Ralph Halp. But in the meantime can you get this jukebox to work?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    *punches wall*

            • Halp

              Halp says:
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              @Grey: haha … it goes without saying that Ralph knows his shit!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ugh, Halp, you’re diffusing a hot situation here

              • Big Odio says:
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                @Halp: I do to but that was doctors order

                • Halp

                  Halp says:
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                  @Big Odio: hahaha

          • Halp

            Halp says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Definitely like that comp a lot. Was just trying to find more of those high strikeout and walk guys who have recently played well in the majors.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No! Don’t ease tensions, c’mon, hash it out!

              • Halp

                Halp says:
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                @Grey: Rap battle! (Ralph would crush me)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That’s it! Lower expectations!

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @Big Odio: @Grey: @Halp: Hahahaha! No not at all! I’m not really serious. There is no breaking the Ralph and Halp. Yeah I tried to look for the guys with the highest K rates and the highest walk rates, but there’s so few that steal more than they homer. It’s mostly sluggers. I’m still not sure who the comp is. Zimmer is his own animal. Albeit an animal with a huge chin, like Jay Leno as a giraffe.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                He looks a local carnival caricature artist depiction of Jay Leno

  6. Swfcdan says:
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    “In Double-A last year, he struck out one quarter of the time, then a 28% strikeout percentage last year in Double-A and, finally, 37% in Triple-A”
    Guessing you mean 2 years ago he struck out a quarter of the time. But yeah not good, particularly the ugly %37 rate ouch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oops, typo, thanks!

  7. Big Odio says:
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    While reading this I started thinking about the Zimmerman telegram. But what confused me is what this had to do with Mexico aligning themselves with Germany. But then that made me think maybe they did and have been on the slow invasion like the Chinese which made me hungry for Chinese food which I can’t get this early in the morning. So now I sit here waiting for my Chinese food and not sure if I’ll get it like how we will wait around for Zimmer to not K so damn much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have Chinese food coming at 8:56 AM?

      • Big Odio says:
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        @Grey: no. I have to wait to order loke we wait for Zim to sexy in the face

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Loke sounds like a Hawaiian fish

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Grey: mmmmmhhhh….Hawaiian BBQ. Damn you! That’s closed too

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ono?

              • Big Odio says:
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                @Grey: I love ono. The shot ribs and katsu…and that salad they serve. Sticky rice. Fuck now I have to have it.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Never been there

                  • Big Odio says:
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                    @Grey: Oh No!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, exactly

                  • Big Odio says:
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                    @Grey: Oh No!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Big Odio: I’ve gone crosseyed!

      • Big Odio says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: it’s best to close your eyes when you read my words

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Big Odio: Then I run into the wall…

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: then my work is done here

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @Big Odio: *ouch**

  8. Roger Podacter says:
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    The Dack is Back –

    Had me a mini-podacter, now to show her the ways of the gospel of Razz.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, good to see you!

  9. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    His face looks bigger than his head somehow. It’s like he drew his face on a paper plate and tied it around his ears with string.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He looks like the dad in The Incredibles, all face no body

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: Best prospect to ever come out of Easter Island.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! Bochy sits behind him in a movie theater and is like, “So this is how others feel?”

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Grey: @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: He’s got a hyped up older brother who had crazy injury issues, Kyle. Looks more like a rat.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I wonder if he’s insulted when someone says, “Say cheese!”

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: He looks like Marc Andre Fleury.

            Whole family is the “Why the long face?” punchline.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If either mated with Sarah Jessica Parker their offspring would just be a jaw with teeth

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: Bahahahaha

  10. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great write-up! Sounds like Zimmer is a tale of two cities!

    Just to let you know I made it home safely.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Happy to hear it!

  11. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Interesting question regarding terms on my post. It was in reference to Marcus Thames.

    Also, does Razz have a term for an MLB burnout that goes and bombs a foreign league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A reverse “fresh off the bloat?”

      • Big Odio says:
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        @Grey: Hackanese Export?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Grey:@Big Odio: An Art Vandalay (Import/export)

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: that makes me want to apply the term CantStandYa to a player

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @Big Odio: Oh yeah that’s easy, JUSTIN UPTON

              • Big Odio says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: as a term to describe a certain type of player

                • Ralph Lifshitz

                  Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                  @Big Odio: Understood, and I gave you the dictionary example.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          KBOom

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Grey: call me crazy but I really want to go to Korea to watch some baseball. That bat flips over there make me tingle in my nether regions

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I wonder if they’re so nice with the bats because their entire lives they were using chopsticks

              • Big Odio says:
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                @Grey: nice? the flip the fuck out of those things

                • Ralph Lifshitz

                  Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                  @Grey: @Big Odio: BTW anti-DH but pro bat flip? Which is fine just asking.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Makes sense to me, they don’t want to touch the bat longer than they have to, why they flip it and no DH

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, they’re nice with the bat… Slang nice, like D-Nice

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: Trump’s America, we can say these things now!

                Totally why too.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I’m embracing Trump America

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    Yeah I’ve been far more handsy with the women around the office

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Me too! But I work from home and the only woman I see is my wife

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