Bradley Zimmer Causes An Intriguing Ripple Effect For The Columbus Clippers’ Outfield

The Cleveland Indians have been getting some major offensive production from their outfield starters as of late.

 

The at bats of outfielders Bradley Zimmer, Lonnie Chisenhall and Austin Jackson over the past seven days for the Tribe add up to some hefty numbers.  In that span the three have been a combined 28 for 74, batting .378 along with four home runs and 24 runs batted in.  

 

However, Jackson’s had the most human-like numbers, batting .273 (still with 5 RBIs) over the past week of games, while Zimmer and Chisenhall have each batted over .400.

 

It almost feels like a distant memory now, but Zimmer played with the Columbus Clippers for 33 games before making his major-league debut and finding his groove with the Cleveland Indians.

 

Now to the Clippers’ situation…

 

Outfielder Brandon Guyer has been on a rehab assignment due to an injury in his left wrist.

 

Just earlier today, Peyton Wesner of calltothepen.com reported that Guyer’s in Cleveland today to get the injury reevaluated and wrote in the article that Guyer made it clear there’s “no pressure in returning sooner than scheduled“.

 

Guyer’s situation is unique.  He’s only batting .182 for the Tribe in 21 games played this season, but agreed to a 2-year extension (reported by Jordan Bastian of mlb.com) just last week.

 

Guyer is currently 31-years old and provided a spark for Cleveland when he was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays last year.

 

Then there’s outfielder Tyler Naquin.  

 

Naquin, who’s only 26-years old, made a name for himself with the Cleveland Indians last season.  In 116 games with the club he batted .296 along with an on-base percentage of .372.  He also appeared in 11 games and had 23 at bats for the Indians during their postseason run that fell just one game short of a world series victory.

 

Naquin, to no surprise, has been playing well with the Clippers after his short six-game stint with the Cleveland Indians to start the season.  In Columbus this season he’s batting .329, has an OBP of .388 and has hit four home runs (three of which have come in his last five games) for the Clippers this season in 21 games played.

 

Yandy Diaz is another name you can throw into the mix as well.  

 

Diaz has played multiple positions for the Clippers and is working on improving his defensive skills as an outfielder.

 

Diaz has been steady at the plate for the Clippers this season, batting .318 along with an OBP of .438.  It’s also worth noting he’s walked more times (28) than he’s struck out (22) this season.

 

Which outfielders will be on the Indians roster at the end of the season is a hot topic up for debate.  While we wait to find out, there’s no doubt that Columbus, Ohio’s outfield will be fun to watch at Huntington Park on these long summer nights (and days).  

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