Former first-round pick moving up Indians’ system

Zimmer hit .305 with the Lynchburg Hillcats before his promotion to Class AA Akron. 

Dani Vernon

Indians’ minor league outfielder Bradley Zimmer was promoted to the Akron RubberDucks, the Indians Double-A affiliate Tuesday. The outfielder was the Indians first-round pick in 2014 out of the University of San Francisco. 

Zimmer played at Class A Lynchburg this season before his promotion to the Rubberducks. With the Hillcats this season, Zimmer hit .305 with a .401 OBP and .488 SLG. The outfielder had 87 hits, 16 doubles, 10 homes runs and 38 RBI in 285 at bats. He also stole 32 bases in 37 attempts.

The No. 88 prospect in the MLB according to MLB.com, Zimmer was named to the U.S. Team for the MLB All-Star Futures Game. Zimmer started for the U.S. squad in centerfield, going 0-2 at the plate. Zimmer was also named to the Carolina League All-Star Game 

Zimmer will make his debut for Akron Thursday night as the RubberDucks take on the Erie Seawolves.