The Indians chose OF Bradley Zimmer and LHP Justus Sheffield in the first round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft.


The Cleveland Indians have added offense and pitching to their organization by selecting outfielder Bradley Zimmer (No. 21) and left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield (No. 31) in the first round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, which got underway Thursday night.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Zimmer is an outfielder from the University of San Francisco, where he hit .368 with 24 extra-base hits, including 10 doubles, seven triples and seven home runs, along with 31 runs batted in for the Dons this season.

"So honored to be a part of the @Indians organization!" Zimmer tweeted after the pick was announced. "Thanks so much to all the fans for the warm welcome! #GoTribe."

During his junior season, Zimmer compiled a .461 on-base percentage, as he drew 31 walks, and had a .573 slugging percentage. In addition to getting on base, Zimmer proved adept at advancing regardless of what was happening at the plate, as he stole 21 bases.

Defensively, the La Jolla, California, native was a two-time All-West Coast Conference selection who finished the 2014 season with a .969 fielding percentage in 54 starts in center field.

Zimmer was able to improve on his statistics from his sophomore season, when he batted .320 with seven round-trippers, 37 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 2013.

The Indians then drafted Sheffield with the compensation selection they received after the Baltimore Orioles signed former Tribe pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez during the offseason.

The 18-year old Sheffield finished his senior season at Tullahoma High School in Tennessee by going 10-0 with 131 strikeouts and a 0.34 earned run average after allowing only three earned runs in 61.2 innings of work.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder won the Gatorade National Player of the Year Award after helping his high school to their third consecutive district championship and a trip to the second round of the Tennessee state playoffs.

When he was not on the hill, Sheffield, a Vanderbilt signee, was a center fielder who batted .405 with an on-base percentage of .478 and a .620 slugging percentage with 16 extra-base hits and 16 runs batted in.

"Truly blessed to be drafted 31st overall by the @Indians!" Sheffield tweeted. "Thanks to all of my friends and family for being there since day 1. #RollTribe."

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