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Following Brother’s Lead, USF Outfielder Zimmer is Drafted into Major Leagues

06-06-2014


USF's Bradley Zimmer '15 was selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Cleveland Indians.

Standout batter and outfielder Bradley Zimmer ’15 was selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft June 5, becoming the second Diamond Don to be chosen in the first round in three years.

Zimmer, 21, was picked 21st overall by the Cleveland Indians. Zimmer is following the path of his older brother and former Diamond Don Kyle Zimmer, who was also drafted his junior year.

'Tremendous honor'

"To be drafted by the Cleveland Indians is a tremendous honor,” Zimmer, an advertising major, said. “I feel like I can be a tremendous asset to their program and what they have going on there. I'm really excited."

Zimmer made the All-West Coast Conference First Team for the second year in a row this season. He had a .368 batting average, hit seven home runs, batted in 31 runs, set a team-record with seven triple-base hits, stole 21 bases, and earned a .969 fielding percentage the past seasons.

Very high level

“He’s a kid that can move from where he’s at now to a very high level fast,” said Head Baseball Coach Nino Giarrantano. “I would be surprised if, in a year’s time, he’s not knocking at the door of some big league roster.” 

Zimmer is the fourth Diamond Don drafted in the first round in recent history. In addition to Zimmer’s brother, Kyle, Evan Frederickson ’12 and Aaron Poreda were selected in the first round in 2008 by the Milwaukee Brewers and 2007 by the Chicago White Sox, respectively.

by Ed Carpenter | Office of Communications and Marketing »email usfnews@usfca.edu | Twitter @usfcanews