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School: San Francisco; Class: Junior
Position: CF; B/T: L/R
Height: 6-5; Weight: 205 pounds
Previously Drafted: Chicago Cubs, 23th round, 2011
Background: The younger brother of Royals top prospect Kyle Zimmer – and the fourth best in baseball – the University of San Francisco center fielder has shown the singular most important analytical tool available in evaluating collegiate prospects – marked improvement, year in and year out.
Putting some early career struggles squarely behind him, Zimmer, who batted .242/.274/.314 as a true freshman, nearly doubled his OPS the following year by slugging an impressive .320/.437/.512 with 12 doubles, three triples, seven homeruns and added 19 stolen bases for good measure.
This season he’s upped it once again. Through the Dons’ first 43 games, the 6-foot-5, lefty-swinging center fielder is mashing to the tune of .376/.461/.596 while adding eight doubles, five triples, seven homeruns, and 19 stolen bases.
As far as his level of competition is concerned, Zimmer fared well during his action with the USA Collegiate National Team, hitting .300/.383/.371 in 21 games.
Projection: Incredibly toolsy for a bigger player – solid-average to slightly better power, sneaky speed, average-ish eye at the plate, and good plate coverage considering his frame size. At his peak, Zimmer could be a more athletic version of Corey Hart — .290/.340/.510 with 25+ homerun and stolen base potential.
Ceiling: 4.0- to 4.5-win player
Floor: 1.5- to 2.0-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate
Draft Projection: First Round
Photo Courtesy of San Francisco Foghorn