Bradley Zimmer

Bradley Zimmer

30-Year-Old OutfielderOF
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Bradley Zimmer in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Guardians in March of 2022. Traded to Blue Jays in April of 2022. Waived by the Blue Jays in August of 2022. Claimed off waivers by the Phillies in August of 2022. Waived by the Phillies in August of 2022. Claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays in August of 2022. Released by the Blue Jays in November of 2022.
Officially released
OFFree Agent  
November 18, 2022
The Blue Jays declined to tender Zimmer a contract for 2023.
ANALYSIS
After previously being designated for assignment, Zimmer now enters free agency. Toronto took a chance on him last year and the experiment mostly backfired, though Zimmer remained a plus on the defensive side of the ball. He has stolen 42 bases in 372 games in the big leagues while slashing just .213/.298/.333.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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22
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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#3
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5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+32%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+34%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+26%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+93%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .493 127 12 1 6 2 .180 .268 .225
Since 2020vs Right .649 388 53 10 37 18 .203 .313 .336
2022vs Left .350 33 5 0 0 1 .103 .212 .138
2022vs Right .468 84 13 2 5 2 .132 .205 .263
2021vs Left .559 88 7 1 5 1 .211 .295 .263
2021vs Right .707 260 37 7 30 14 .233 .335 .372
2020vs Left .333 6 0 0 1 0 .167 .167 .167
2020vs Right .644 44 3 1 2 2 .161 .386 .258
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+28%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+39%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+29%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+42%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .686 257 36 6 24 8 .223 .327 .359
Since 2020Away .534 258 29 5 19 12 .172 .276 .258
2022Home .498 63 11 1 2 0 .155 .222 .276
2022Away .359 54 7 1 3 3 .085 .189 .170
2021Home .756 170 23 4 19 8 .252 .365 .392
2021Away .588 178 21 4 16 7 .205 .287 .301
2020Home .702 24 2 1 3 0 .211 .333 .368
2020Away .496 26 1 0 0 2 .111 .385 .111
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Stat Review
How does Bradley Zimmer compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.11
 
BB Rate
4.3%
 
K Rate
38.5%
 
BABIP
.190
 
ISO
.105
 
AVG
.124
 
OBP
.207
 
SLG
.229
 
OPS
.435
 
wOBA
.204
 
Exit Velocity
87.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
26.2%
 
Barrels/PA
6.0%
 
Expected BA
.138
 
Expected SLG
.268
 
Sprint Speed
25.8 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
49.1%
 
Line Drive %
9.1%
 
Fly Ball %
41.8%
 
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While Zimmer has the power-speed combination to be helpful in roto leagues, he's not a good enough hitter to be valuable in points league. Also, he was only getting playing time because the Cleveland outfield was so atrocious last season. He has just a .658 OPS for his career. It was .669 in 2021. He has several ways he could improve. The career 33.3 K% could come down. A 48.3 GB% limits his home-run upside, although he does hit the ball hard when he makes contact (avgEV in the 75th percentile). And then there are the stolen bases. His sprint speed is in the 97th percentile and he was 15-for-18 on the basepaths last season. It's a part of his game that can't be ignored. If he were able to drop the strikeout rate down to the 25% level and secure a full-time job, he could be viable in the category game. Monitor closely in spring training for any talent change.
After his first two seasons, Zimmer looked like he was a little more contact away from developing into a dual power and speed threat, or at least a solid stolen-base contributor without sacrificing too much power. However, he's been unable to drive the ball with the same authority since undergoing shoulder surgery in 2018. Zimmer's rehab cost him the first half of 2019 and last season's delay did him no favors. This is more glass-half-full perspective than cogent analysis, but Zimmer deserves a normal season where he's healthy before giving up hope he can get back on track. In his favor is a Cleveland outfield devoid of solid regulars, so he should be afforded a chance to win a job. Last season's career-low 28.0 K% offers some reason for optimism. However, Zimmer needs to get back striking the ball with authority. The allure of cheap speed is tempting, but the wait-and-see approach is advised.
It wasn't long ago Zimmer was all the rage, offering cheap speed without sacrificing too much power. Sure, strikeouts were a concern, but who isn't fanning nowadays? A shoulder injury in 2018 interrupted Zimmer's development and after a brief nine-game stint at the end of last season, Zimmer is a forgotten man. Prior to his MLB visit, Zimmer played a little at rookie ball, Double-A and Triple-A, slashing a combined .359/.444/.641 with three steals in 13 games. Obviously, at 26 years of age, he was old for the levels, so take the results with a grain of salt, but his numbers were ample to earn a look in the spring. There are openings at both corner outfield spots, so if Zimmer can improve on his career 32.6 K%, he has a chance to carve out significant playing time and provide steals at a bargain price.
Zimmer’s season ended prematurely when he succumbed to a labrum injury to his throwing shoulder just after the All-Star break. That surgery comes with an 8-to-12-month estimated recovery timetable, putting his 2019 season very much in doubt. The long layoff from facing major-league pitching is the last thing Zimmer needs as he is still trying to find himself as a big-league hitter. Over the first 450 plate appearances of his career, there has been too much swing and miss wrapped around the big flies and shows of athleticism around the basepaths. Zimmer is an excellent defender with his tools, but this shoulder injury was a major setback at an inopportune time. At best, he is a stash if your league allows you to draft and replace injured players before the season starts.
Zimmer burst onto the scene in mid-May, collecting eight homers and 13 steals in his first 66 career games, but cooled to the point of being ice cold before a broken hand ended his season. He went 0-for-36 to begin August and finished with a .196/.275/.318 line and 33.5 percent strikeout rate after the All-Star break. The floor is low as we haven't seen him make the adjustments, but the ceiling is high, especially with stolen bases on the decline league-wide. Team context is important with Zimmer, as he will have one of the game's best lineups around him, or behind him -- he saw time atop the order when things were going well. More risk-averse fantasy players will want to invest elsewhere, but a gamble on Zimmer could pay off big in standard leagues. He's not expected to face any restrictions due to the hand injury in spring training.
Zimmer easily passes the initial eye test -- he stands 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, the ball is loud off his bat and he runs extremely well. However, the strikeout numbers show the one glaring hole in his game. In his age-23 season, Zimmer fanned a total of 171 times, with 56 strikeouts coming in 150 plate appearances with the Indians' top minor league affiliate (37.3 percent K%). He helped himself offset some of that swing-and-miss with a 14 percent walk rate, but that strikeout total is still hard to stomach given the total absence of power at Triple-A. Contact has always been a big problem for Zimmer, and it's unreasonable to expect much immediate growth in that department. Thus, a batting average in the low-.200s during his initial run in the majors is possible (if not likely), and that puts a hard ceiling on his short-term upside. He should at least debut this season.
It was pretty apparent midway through the 2015 season that Zimmer had no business falling to the Indians with the 21st pick in the 2014 draft. He slashed .308/.403/.493 with 10 home runs and 32 steals in 335 plate appearances at High-A Lynchburg before receiving a promotion to Double-A. The 22-year-old center fielder struggled against Eastern League pitching, but he still finished with a .273 average, 16 homers and 44 steals in 127 games across the two levels. There are questions about whether Zimmer will be able to stick in center field, given his 6-foot-5 height, but he moves well enough to stay up the middle in the short term. A hairline fracture in his foot canceled the Indians’ plans of sending Zimmer to the Arizona Fall League, but he should be ready to go for the start of the 2016 season. Cleveland’s deficiencies in center field could cause them to fast track Zimmer to the big leagues sometime this summer if he gets off to a hot start at Double-A, and at the very least he will be part of the outfield mix entering 2017.
Zimmer was the 21st pick in the 2014 draft, and finished the year with a three-game stint at Low-A Lake County after playing 45 games with short-season Mahoning Valley. The 21-year-old outfielder figures to move fast through the Indians’ system, as is typical of college bats drafted in the first round. His short-season numbers were pretty ridiculous (four home runs, 11 steals, .401 OBP), but it’s hard to put much stock into those given the small sample and the quality of competition. At 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, he has some filling out to do, and with that, he should go from being a 30-plus steal threat to a 15-25 steal option over a full season in the majors. With a solid approach at the plate and present gap-to-gap doubles power, there’s room for projection in the bat, with an outside shot that Zimmer develops into a 20/20 threat by the time he reaches the big leagues, possibly by late 2016.
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Dumped from 40-man roster
OFToronto Blue Jays  
November 15, 2022
Zimmer was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Not on wild-card roster
OFToronto Blue Jays  
October 7, 2022
Zimmer wasn't included on the Blue Jays' roster for the AL Wild Card Series versus the Mariners, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.
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Returns to Toronto
OFToronto Blue Jays  
August 29, 2022
The Blue Jays claimed Zimmer off waivers from the Phillies on Monday.
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Designated for assignment
OFPhiladelphia Phillies  
August 27, 2022
Zimmer was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Saturday.
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Not starting Wednesday
OFPhiladelphia Phillies  
August 24, 2022
Zimmer isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Reds.
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