No. 10 overall pick David Dahl has agreed to a $2.6 million deal with the Rockies, who save $100,000 compared to the slot value for the pick of $2.7 million.
Dahl had committed to play college ball at Auburn, but the high school center fielder from Alabama will instead begin his pro career after ranking as the 12th-best prospect in the draft class according to Baseball America.
ESPN.com ranked Dahl as the draft’s 20th-best player, noting that “his solid set of tools points to an above-average regular but not a star.”
Indians outfielder Bradley Zimmer is out for the year after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, the team announced Saturday. The projected recovery timetable spans anywhere from 8-12 months, which puts Zimmer’s return in the second half of the 2019 season, assuming that all goes well.
Zimmer, 25, had not made an appearance for the Indians since June 3. He racked up a cumulative nine weeks on the major- and minor-league disabled lists this season and will have finished his year with a .226/.281/.330 batting line, seven extra-base hits, and four stolen bases in 114 plate appearances.
The outfielder reportedly sustained his season-ending injury during a workout in Triple-A Columbus, where Cleveland.com’s Joe Noga says Zimmer began feeling discomfort in his shoulder after completing a set of one-handed throwing drills. Comments from club manager Terry Francona suggest that the Indians have every reason to believe that he’ll make a full recovery by next summer, though it’s not yet clear whether or not he’ll need additional time to readjust to a full workload when he takes the field again.