Tribe's Zimmer smashes 2-run homer for Mesa in rout
Indians' No. 1 prospect is tied for Fall League lead with 22 runs scored
By William Boor
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Another day, another run for Bradley Zimmer. The Indians' top prospect has shown a knack for putting runs on the board, scoring 22 runs through 20 AFL games, and did so again in Mesa's 13-5 win over Glendale on Monday at Camelback Ranch.
Zimmer finished 1-for-5 with a homer, two RBIs and a run scored as Mesa snapped its two-game losing streak with an offensive outburst.
"The term hitting is contagious, it showed today," Zimmer, the No. 25 overall prospect, said after his team's 12-hit day. "Everyone was swinging well, getting big hits. It was a lot of fun."
Zimmer is hitting .224 in the AFL, but has drawn 17 walks and reached base in nine of his past 10 games.
"I'm happy with how I'm doing," Zimmer said. "Overall, I've accomplished what I'm here to work on. It's been good."
Zimmer, the 21st overall pick in the 2014 Draft, hit .250 with 15 homers and 62 RBIs in 130 games between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus.
Mesa took an early 1-0 lead when Athletics' No. 7 prospect Yairo Munoz collected a two-out RBI single, extending his hitting streak to four games, in the second.
The Solar Sox then broke the game open with a four-run third, which Zimmer capped with a two-run, two-out homer to right-center field.
"That guy was pounding me with fastballs all day," Zimmer said. "I got into a plus count and I was just ready for it."
And he certainly was. The 23-year-old outfielder's third homer of the AFL had an exit velocity of 110 mph, according to Trackman.
Zimmer's homer began the power surge as Mesa erupted for four homers in the win. Ian Happ (Cubs' No. 1), Brian Anderson (Marlins' No. 4) and Dexter Kjerstad (Marlins) also went deep as the Solar Sox kept their hopes alive in the East division.
The homers were the second of the AFL for Happ, the No. 21 overall prospect, and Kjerstad, while Anderson hit his Fall League-leading fifth homer.
Anderson drove in a pair of runs and finished 1-for-5. His average sits at .299 through 19 games.
Glendale scratched across a run in the third, when Nationals' No. 8 prospect Andrew Stevenson tripled to right-center and scored on a Happ throwing error, and another in the fourth on a Jason Martin (Astros' No. 29) groundout.
However, just as Glendale was beginning to work its way back into the game, Mesa's bats came to life, scoring three in the sixth and five in the seventh to finish off any chance of a Desert Dogs comeback.
William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.