By definition, a prospect is someone with potential, yet some work to do before becoming a finished product.
It should come as no surprise then, Indians first round pick Bradley Zimmer is one of the team’s top prospects. Last June the Indians selected Zimmer 23rd overall in the First Year Player Draft. The three-year starter at the University of San Francisco follows in the footsteps of his older brother, Kyle, a prospect in the Kansas City Royals organization.
Lake County Take Game One From Fort Wayne; Captains 5, Tin Caps 1
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Luis Lugo started for the Captains and pitched five innings while allowing three hits, one unearned run, one walk and he fanned nine as the Captains beat Fort Wayne 5-1 on Saturday. With the win, the Captains took the one game to nothing lead in the best of three Midwest League Eastern Division Championship Series.
Fort Wayne took the early lead in the bottom of the first inning. Trea Turner doubled and was sacrificed to third base and scored on a fielding error. The unearned run put the TinCaps up 1-0 after one inning.
While the Indians have four more weeks to chase their playoff spot, the minor league regular season came to a close yesterday and the Tribe has three teams qualifying for postseason. After a disappointing 2013, where no Indians farm team qualified for postseason, getting three teams into the playoffs is a vast improvement. All three teams will begin the playoff journeys on Wednesday evening.
The Columbus Clippers will begin their pursuit of the Governor’s Cup in the International League’s Triple-A playoffs on Wednesday night at Huntington Park at 7:05 p.m. Winners of the Western Division, Columbus enters the five game series against the Durham Bulls with the lesser record. Columbus will host the first two games on Wednesday and Thursday, before playing the final three necessary games in Durham on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
They grew up just about 12 miles apart on the San Diego Freeway, but now only Eastwood Field’s right-centerfield gap in Niles, Ohio separates two of the Indians most promising picks from the 2014 first-year player draft.
Bradley Zimmer of La Jolla, California, has been the regular centerfielder for the Class-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers this season, while Greg Allen of San Diego patrols the area just to the left of Zimmer in right field. Zimmer was the first pick by the Cleveland Indians in June’s draft—21st overall—while Allen was taken in the sixth round. Zimmer was hopeful for the chance to be taken in the first round, while Allen said it didn’t matter as long as he got there.
“It was definitely in my mind about having a chance to go in the first round,” Zimmer said. “It’s obviously an honor to get selected in the first round of the amateur-player draft.”
It seems like an unlikely match, but instead, it might be the perfect one.
Former big leaguer Ted Kubiak will lead the Mahoning Valley Scrappers into New York-Penn League action this evening for the third straight season. The Scrappers open at Jamestown against the Jamestown Jammers at 7:05 p.m. Kubiak manages a team that has several players on it that weren’t born 21 years ago, when he began providing minor league instruction with the Cleveland Indians.
But, for a 72-year old who has two World Series rings and a 10-year big league career under his belt, Kubiak enjoys the challenge and development of managing the Short Season-A team.
“It’s different, we’re developing,” Kubiak said on Thursday. “We’re more or less letting these kids play. What I’m imparting to them is maybe a little bit of how to deal with the game. We can teach them all the fundamentals, but I think what they see in how we handle things can calm them down a little bit.”
Thursday evening the Cleveland Indians selected outfielder Bradley Zimmer in the first round (21stoverall) of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
Zimmer, a 6’5”, 205-pound outfielder, hit .368 with 10 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs and 31 RBI for the University of San Francisco Dons as a junior during the 2014 season. Zimmer, 21, walked 31 times and recorded a .461 on-base percentage. He posted a .573 slugging percentage and was 21-for-32 in stolen base attempts. The two-time All-West Coast Conference member made all 54 starts in center field and owned a .969 fielding percentage in 2014. He was named a 2014 preseason All-American selection by Louisville Slugger, Baseball America and Perfect Game USA. He is also one of 30 finalists for the Golden Spikes Award.