Cleveland Indians: 3 players who had a bad spring

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2. Bradley Zimmer

Bradley Zimmer played in a 101 games during the 2017 season. Since then, injuries have slowed his once promising career.

In 2018, he played in 42 games between the Indians and the minor leagues. Last year, after coming back from injury, he appeared in nine games with the Tribe, while playing in 13 games in the minors.

In the shortened spring season, Zimmer was 5-of-25 at the plate (10 strikeouts).

It’s clear Zimmer just needs to play, that probably means he opens the season at Class AAA Columbus. There’s no point in making him the fourth outfielder because he won’t get regular playing time.

Ideally, with enough innings logged in Columbus, Zimmer will be able to remind everyone as to why he was once regarded as the Tribe’s top farmhand.

Arm-chair GM’s will think back to 2016, when the Tribe unloaded Clint Frazier to the Yankees for Andrew Miller. It’s perceived that the Indians had to make a decision on whom to part with. They chose Frazier. His career hasn’t blossomed, either, but a lack of playing time seems to be his biggest road block in New York.