University of San Francisco outfielder Bradley Zimmer matched his brother Kyle's accomplishment from two years ago when he became the first Bay Area player selected in Thursday's Major League Baseball draft.

Zimmer went No. 21 overall to the Cleveland Indians. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Zimmer followed in the footsteps of Kyle, a right-handed pitcher who went No. 5 overall to the Kansas City Royals in 2012.

Nino Giarrantano coached both Zimmers at USF and raved about Bradley's abilities.

"He came here as a young person and he's just grown into his tools," Giarrantano said. "He's able to run very well and play defense and he's able to throw. He's going to hit for average, he's going to hit for power, he's going to steal bases. He's got all the tools necessary to play at the highest level."

Zimmer can play right field or centerfield and spent the latter part of his junior season at USF batting leadoff, which is the spot in the order Giarrantano expects Zimmer to frequent at the beginning of his professional career.

"He could possibly move into the three hole in a professional lineup later as he matures," Giarrantano said. "But I think early in his career he's going to be a front end of the order and he's going to play centerfield."

Giarrantano also thinks Zimmer can be a fast riser and wouldn't rule out him threatening for a big league roster spot by 2015.


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"I think he just needs an opportunity to play every day at the professional level and he'll show everybody how talented he is," Giarrantano said. "He's not going to stay at any level very long. He's a kid that can move from where he's at now to a very high level fast. I wouldn't be surprised if in a year's time if he's not knocking at the door of some big league roster."

Zimmer hit .368 with seven home runs, 31 RBIs and 21 stolen bases during his third and final season for USF. He was the postseason MVP of the prestigious Cape Cod League during the summer of 2013 when he helped lead the Cotuit Keetleers to the league championship.

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