Indians sign first-round pick Zimmer
The Indians have both of their first-round picks from the June 4 MLB Draft under contract.
After announcing Monday night that they had agreed to terms with pitcher Justus Sheffield, the Tribe on Tuesday announced the signing of outfield Bradley Zimmer, who was taken with the 21st overall pick.
Zimmer, who went to the University of San Francisco, batted .368 with seven home runs, 31 RBI and 21 stolen bases this past season. He can play right or center and batted leadoff most of this year. Zimmer was also the postseason MVP in the Cape Cod League last summer. Zimmer’s older brother Kyle, a right-handed pitcher, was the fifth overall pick by the Royals two years ago.
"He’s a real good combination of athleticism, speed, defense and power," said Indians Director of Scouting Brad Grant when Zimmer was drafted. "He has a real good track record of success. He does a lot of things very well and to have that combination of tools makes him a unique player."
Grant indicated that Zimmer would remain in center and said he has the chance to be an above-average center fielder because of his speed and range.
"My power isn’t there but I know it is going to come. The tools I have worked with last couple years are only going to improve," Zimmer said after being drafted. "I’m going to get faster and stronger. I’m just looking to go out and compete."
The Indians have now signed 20 of their 42 selections from the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Sheffield, who was the 31st overall pick, and Zimmer will meet the media this afternoon before the Tribe takes on the Angels at Progressive Field.