Full name BRADLEY CLARKE ZIMMER...Single..Attended La Jolla High School and played three years of collegiate baseball at the University of San Francisco...Hit .368 with 10 2B, 7 3B, 7 HR and 31 RBI for the Dons as a junior during the 2014 season (.461 on-base pct., 21 SB)...Two-time All-West Coast Conference member...Named a 2014 preseason All-American selection by Louisville Slugger, Baseball America and Perfect Game USA and was one of 30 finalist for the Golden Spikes Award...Entering the draft he was rated the 14th-best prospect and best athlete in the country according to Baseball America...Ranked the 10th-best prospect in the 2014 MLB Draft by MLB.com and 12th according to Keith Law (ESPN)...His brother, Kyle, was the Kansas City Royals' first round pick in the 2012 June Draft and made his MLB debut in 2019...2018-20 Tribe Fest participant.
Spent the first five and a half months of the season on the Injured List rehabbing from July 2018 right shoulder surgery and a Spring Training right oblique strain...Was recalled to Cleveland on September 13, spending the last two weeks of the campaign in a bench role...He began a rehab assignment in the Arizona League on August 11 and was activated from the 60-day Injured List and optioned to AAA Columbus on August 30...Including his rehab assignments, overall in 15 regular season Minor League games, the La Jolla, CA native batted .372 (16-for-43) with 3 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 8 runs and 3 steals... He also played in all seven Columbus postseason contests and blasted a three-run home run in the International League title-clinching game...With Cleveland he made five appearances and two starts in the outfield (4 games RF, 2 games CF) and was utilized as a pinch-runner and pinch-hitter, making 9 total appearances with Cleveland in September.
Second season was disrupted by injuries which eventually required season-ending shoulder surgery in July...Made his first career Opening Day roster/start in center field on March 29 at Seattle and batted .257 (18-for-70) in April with nine runs in 23 games...Overall on the year he made 29 starts in center field (34 games) and struck out in 44 of his 114 plate appearances with 7 walks...Recorded a season-high three hits twice, the last coming on April 24 vs. Chicago-NL...Both homers with Cleveland came vs. LHP, recording a season OPS of .770 against lefties...Suffered a rib and chest contusion colliding with the outfield wall in New York-AL on May 5 and eventually landed on the 10-day Disabled List (first time), May 12-31...After rehabbing in AA Akron and AAA Columbus he was activated from the DL on June 1, appearing in 2 games before being optioned to AAA Columbus on June 5...Season came to a halt after suffering a right shoulder injury during pre-game batting drills in Columbus on June 11...Originally diagnosed as a shoulder strain, Bradley was shutdown for a month before undergoing season-ending arthroscopic surgery on July 20 to repair of torn labrum in his right shoulder in Dallas, TX (Dr. Keith Meister)...Rehab from the procedure back to full baseball activities is 8-to-12 months.
Enjoyed a solid rookie campaign with Cleveland, spending the last four and a half months at the Major League level after being promoted from AAA Columbus on May 16...Entered the year rated the top prospect in the organization (22nd in all of MLB) according to MLB.com... Finished the year 15th among American League rookie batters in OPS (.692) and played a sterling center field...Finished tied for 11th among A.L. outfielders in assists (8), recorded a defensive runs saved metric of 4 and did not a make an error in 176 total chances...Was 18th in the entire A.L. in steals. Made his Major League debut on May 16 vs. Tampa Bay (0-for-3) and collected his first MLB hit & RBI the following day off Tampa's Alex Cobb...Homered later in the game off Alex Colome, his first of 8 homers on the year...Drove in a season/career-high 4 runs three different times and hit his first career grand slam on July 26 off LA Angels RHP Jesse Chavez in the second inning...Stole 18 bases in 19 attempts (94.7%), the 2nd-highest theft percentage in the American League and 4th-best in club history...Was tied for 16th in the A.L. in steals for the season at the time of his injury...Regular season ended on September 10, fracturing the 4th metacarpal on his left hand sliding into first base in the 7th inning vs. Baltimore, undergoing surgery on Sept. 12 in New York City (Dr. Thomas Graham) to fixate the bone...Recovery time; 6-to-8 weeks. Overall on the year he made 73 starts in center field (97 games)... Batted .240 (35/146) with runners on base for the season...Hit .306 (11/36) in his first 14 games with Cleveland (thru May 31) with 4 2B, 2HR & 8 RBI and thru games of July 27 was hitting .281 (55/196) with 12 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR & 35 RBI over his first 62 games...From August 1-end of the season he batted .143 (13/91) with 3 2B, 1 3B & 0 RBI over his final 35 games...Endured an 0-for-37, Aug. 1-17, the longest hitless stretch by an Indians batter in 2017. At AAA Columbus, he batted .294 (37-126) with 22 runs scored, 9 steals, 11 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs and 14 RBI in 33 games (.371/.532/.902), hitting safely in his last 8 games (.419, 13/31)...At the time of his promotion was leading the organization with 22 runs and 18 extra base hits and ranked T-2nd in the International League with 18 extra base hits, 5th in both steals (9) and total bases (67), 6th in slugging pct. (.532) and 10th in OPS (.902)...With Columbus, he batted .323 (10-31, .970 OPS) against left-handed pitching.