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Michigan State Junior Jordan Zimmerman Drafted by Angels

MVP and Offensive Player of the Year Drafted 216th by LA

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After going 194 rounds, Michigan State failed to produce a draft pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. In the next 20 rounds we saw not one but two picks as Jordan Zimmerman was selected by the Los Angeles Angels with the 216th pick in the draft. Zimmerman joins Cam Vieaux, who was selected 195th by Pittsburgh.

Zimmerman is a 6’1” junior who transferred to East Lansing from Mesa CC in Arizona this season and immediately started contributing to the team. He finished his first season with Michigan State with an impressive .374 batting average in 219 at bats. According to MSU Athletics, Zimmerman knocked in 37 RBIs this season on 82 hits, which included 17 doubles, 2 triples and 9 home runs.

He added some impressive work in the infield, which helped him earn not only the John Kobs Most Valuable Player award but helped him claim the Kirk Gibson Offensive Player of the Year honor. Zimmerman also led the Conference in batting average (.374), slugging percentage (.667), total bases (62) and tied for the lead in hits (35).