Indians draft University of San Francisco outfielder Zimmer with first pick at No. 21

Record-Courier staff report Published:

Record-Courier staff report

With four picks on the first day of the MLB Draft on Thursday night, the Cleveland Indians used their first selection to take collegiate outfielder Bradley Zimmer of the University of San Francisco with the 21st overall pick.

The highly touted Zimmer, 21, boasts both speed and power. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Zimmer, a junior at San Francisco, was the only collegiate player to be ranked in the top 50 nationally in both stolen bases (21) and slugging percentage (.573) this past season.

In 54 games for San Francisco, the left-handed-hitting Zimmer hit .368 with seven home runs, 10 doubles, seven triples, 31 RBI, 31 walks, 42 runs scored and 81 hits.

With their second pick at No. 31, the Tribe took left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield of Tullahoma (Tenn.) High School.

The Indians selected outfielder Mike Papi of the University of Virginia with their third pick at No. 38.

With their final pick of the first day, the Tribe took Damien (Calif.) High School right-handed pitcher Grant Hockin at No. 61.

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