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Two WCC Baseball Players Selected in First Round of 2014 Major League Draft

June 5, 2014

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Two West Coast Conference student-athletes were selected in the opening round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. San Francisco's Bradley Zimmer was the first to go, chosen by Cleveland with the 21st overall pick and 2014 WCC Player of the Year Connor Joe of San Diego was taken by Pittsburgh with the 39th.

This marks the third straight year two WCC student-athletes have been tabbed in the first round of the draft. Last season San Diego's Kris Bryant (2nd overall/Chicago Cubs) and Gonzaga's Marco Gonzalez (19th/St. Louis) went in the first 20 picks. San Francisco's Kyle Zimmer (Bradley's older brother) was fifth overall to Kansas City and Saint Mary's Patrick Wisdom (52nd/St. Louis) were both chosen in 2012.

University of San Francisco junior Bradley Zimmer was selected 21st overall by the Cleveland Indians in the 2014 MLB First Year Player Draft, marking the second time in the last three seasons the Dons have had a first round pick.

Zimmer is the fourth Diamond Don ever to be selected in the first round and the first since his brother, Kyle, was selected fifth overall by the Kansas City Royals in 2012.  The other Dons to be selected in the first round are Evan Frederickson (2008) and Aaron Poreda (2007). He is also the 15th player from USF to be taken in the first round of the NBA, MLB, NFL and MLS drafts.

A unanimous preseason All-American, Zimmer hit .368 with seven home runs, 31 RBI, a team-record seven triples and swiped 21 bases this past season and was named to the All-West Coast Conference Team for the second consecutive year. When the Dons played their final game of the season, Zimmer was the only player in the nation in the top 60 in slugging and the top 50 in steals.

From March 8 to April 10, Zimmer put together a 19-game hit streak, which was the longest in the nation at the time. He had multiple hits in 12 of the 19 games and hit a scalding .453. In his three seasons on the Hilltop, he complied a career .318 average with 14 home runs, 83 RBI, 107 runs, and 43 stolen bases.

University of San Diego junior All-American infielder Connor Joe was drafted as the 39th overall selection in the 2014 Major League baseball draft by the Pittsburg Pirates.

Joe, the 2014 West Coast Conference Player of the Year, hit .378 with 12 doubles, six home runs and 28 RBI during league play. The junior turned in a .667 slugging percentage, a .481 on base percentage and batted .750 with bases loaded and .372 with runners aboard. Joe struck out just 12 times in 111 league plate appearances and earned 18 walks. Overall, Joe batted .367 with 21 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and led the WCC in RBI (51). 

From USFDons.com and USDToreros.com