When Bradley Zimmer didn't make the cut out of Spring Training, the Indians sent him a pretty clear message.
"We told him, 'Knock the door down,'" Indians skipper Terry Francona told MLB.com. "'Make us call you up.'"
The Indians did just that on Tuesday, promoting their No. 1 prospect to the Majors. Zimmer, a 24-year-old outfielder, will join Cleveland today along with reliever Shawn Armstrong after the team optioned utilty man Yandy Diaz and designated right-hander Carlos Frias for assignment.
Zimmer, ranked No. 19 overall by MLB.com, will help an ailing outfield in the wake of Abraham Almonte being placed on the Indians' 10-day disabled list with a strained right bicep. Brandon Guyer (left wrist sprain) and Austin Jackson (hyperextended left big toe) are also sidelined for Cleveland.
The Indians welcomed their prized prospect to town with a tweet on Tuesday showcasing his No. 4 jersey.
Zimmer is hitting .294 with five homers, 14 RBIs and a .371 on-base percentage in 126 at-bats over 33 games this season with Triple-A Columbus. He has 11 doubles, 14 walks and is 9-for-12 in stolen base attempts.
The California native has produced a dozen multi-hit games this season and has been hot lately, riding an eight-game hitting streak into the Majors. He's batting .368 with two homers and six RBIs in his last 10 games.
The younger brother of Kyle Zimmer was Cleveland's No. 1 pick in the 2014 Draft out of the University of San Francisco. He was a Carolina League and Futures Game All-Star with Class A Advanced Lynchburg in 2015 and an Eastern League All-Star with Double-A Akron last summer, earning MiLB.com Indians Organizational All-Star honors both seasons. In 338 career Minor League games, the lefty-swinging outfielder has hit .270 with 42 homers, 171 RBIs and 103 stolen bases.
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