The Chicago Cubs selected outfielder Bradley Zimmer in the 23rd round of the 2011 amateur draft, however he declined to sign and instead chose to attend the University of San Francisco.
The Cleveland Indians selected him with the 21st overall choice in the first round of the 2014 amateur draft. He signed soon after, with Don Lyle as his scout, and began his professional career with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
On May 16, 2017, the Indians promoted him to the major leagues, and he was promptly slotted into the starting lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays. At the time, he was batting .294 for the AAA Columbus Clippers, with 5 home runs and 14 RBIs.
The call-up came as a surprise, as he was supposed to replace pitcher Carlos Carrasco, who was placed on the disabled list with a strained pectoral muscle; however, OF Abraham Almonte was also unavailable, necessitating the need for another position player.
He batted ninth and played centerfield in his debut, but struck out in all three at-bats in a 6-4 loss.
However, he continued to play well enough over the next few months to earn the starting center field spot, and on July 25th, he hit his first career grand slam as part of the Indians’ seven-run second inning against the Angels.
The Angels eventually knotted the game and sent it to extra innings, making it a crazy contest.
How Tall Is Bradley Zimmer?
Bradley Zimmer stands at a height of 1.96 m.