Over the years the Indians have butted heads with the Kansas City Royals for a variety of reasons, but it's never taken on the seriousness of a brother vs. brother conflict. All that may have changed Thursday when the Indians selected University of San Francisco center fielder Bradley Zimmer with the 21st pick in the first round Thursday night. After selecting Zimmer, the Indians used the 31st pick in the draft to take high school left-hander Justus Sheffield, no relation to former big leaguer Gary Sheffield. The Indians obtained the 31st pick as compensation for losing Ubaldo Jimenez to free agency after last season. They followed Sheffield's selection by taking University of Virgina outfielder/first baseman Mike Papi with the 38th pick. They obtained the 38th pick in the competitive balance lottery. The Indians finished the first night of the draft by selecting right-hander Grant Hockin from Damien (Calif.) High School with the 61st overall pick. Hockin is the grandson of the late Hall of Famer, Harmon Killebrew. Zimmer's brother Kyle, a pitcher, was the fifth overall pick by the Royals in the 2012 draft. The Indians and Royals, of course, are rivals in the AL Central. "The first thing that came into my mind is that we might get a chance to square off against each other in a couple of years," said Zimmer. "I know that day will come and I know a lot of people are looking forward to it.
Indians take University of San Francisco OF Bradley Zimmer with first pick
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jun 6