Indians Select Zimmer and Sheffield in First Round of 2014 Draft
Mike B. | On 05, Jun 2014
Thursday evening the Cleveland Indians selected outfielder Bradley Zimmer in the first round (21stoverall) of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
Zimmer, a 6’5”, 205-pound outfielder, hit .368 with 10 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs and 31 RBI for the University of San Francisco Dons as a junior during the 2014 season. Zimmer, 21, walked 31 times and recorded a .461 on-base percentage. He posted a .573 slugging percentage and was 21-for-32 in stolen base attempts. The two-time All-West Coast Conference member made all 54 starts in center field and owned a .969 fielding percentage in 2014. He was named a 2014 preseason All-American selection by Louisville Slugger, Baseball America and Perfect Game USA. He is also one of 30 finalists for the Golden Spikes Award.
The La Jolla, CA native was named All-WCC during his sophomore season in 2013, hitting .320 with seven home runs, 37 RBI and 19 stolen bases.
At the 31st overall pick the Indians selected right-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield. The selection was compensation for the free agent signing of Ubaldo Jimenez by the Baltimore Orioles.
Sheffield, 18, recently completed his senior season at Tullahoma (TN) High School, going 10-0 with a 0.34 ERA (3 ER/61.2 IP) and 131 strikeouts. On Wednesday, the 6-for-1, 180-pound southpaw became the first high school athlete from the state of Tennessee to win a Gatorade National Player of the Year Award after leading his Wildcats team to a third straight district championship and a second round appearance in the Tennessee state playoffs. Past pitching recipients of the award include Zack Greinke (’02), Clayton Kershaw (’06) and Rick Porcello (’07), while Cleveland’s 2013 first round selection (5th overall), outfielder Clint Frazier, earned the distinction last year.
A part-time center fielder, Sheffield also batted .405/.478/.620 with 13 doubles, three homers and 16 RBI at the plate. Sheffield, a 2014 Perfect Game USA First Team All-American and returning First Team All-State selection by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association, is committed to Vanderbilt University, where his older brother, Jordan, is completing his freshman year as a RHP on the Commodores baseball team.
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