August 2, 2017
The Buyer's Guide
Bradley Zimmer was called up by the Cleveland Indians in May to help solidify their outfield. He was one of the top prospects in Cleveland’s system. Baseball Prospectus had him ranked as the Indians third-best prospect this season. Zimmer brought impressive speed to Cleveland, but also concerns about his ability to handle major-league pitching. These worries made fantasy owners timid to heavily invest in Zimmer early in the year.
However, Zimmer has gone a long way toward answering those concerns. In particular, he’s in the midst of a very successful run at the plate. Zimmer is hitting .440/.500/.840 since July 23, and this has caught the attention of many fantasy owners. This week, Zimmer experienced the second-highest change in ownership rate at ESPN (10.9 percent to 31.8 percent). His ownership rate jumped from 46 percent to 62 percent in CBS leagues. In Yahoo’s latest “Transaction Trends,” Zimmer was the second-most added outfielder, and he’s currently owned in 37 percent of those leagues.
Should you consider investing in Zimmer given his recent play? Are there still reasons to be concerned about his ability to consistently hit at the major-league level? We’ll try and answer those questions in the latest Buyer’s Guide.