The Indians' rivalry with the Kansas City Royals in the American League Central was testy at times in recent seasons, especially when closer Chris Perez was still pitching for Cleveland.
Though Perez is now in the Nationals League, the rivalry could become intense again with the aspect of brother facing brother someday.
University of San Francisco center fielder Bradley Zimmer was the Indians' first pick in the draft Thursday night, going 21st overall. His brother, Kyle, the Royals' first-round selection two years ago out of the same school, is a right-handed pitcher who is on the disabled list at Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
"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," Bradley Zimmer said. "I know that day will come, and I know a lot of people are looking forward to it. My mom and dad were really excited about it."
The Indians were happy to land Zimmer. The left-handed hitter batted .368 in 54 games with 10 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs, 21 stolen bases, a .461 on-base percentage and a .573 slugging percentage this season.
Zimmer was the Most Valuable Player in the Cape Cod League last summer.
"We are really excited to get Bradley with the 21st pick," Indians amateur scouting director Brad Grant said. "It's a really good combination of speed, defense, power and hitting ability."
The Indians, who had two picks in the first round, chose Tullahoma (Tenn.) High School left-hander Justus Sheffield at No. 31. That was a compensation pick for the Baltimore Orioles signing free agent right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.
Sheffield was chosen as the Gatorade National High School Player of the Year after going 10-0 with a 0.34 ERA. He also struck out 131 batters in 61 2/3 innings. He has committed to Vanderbilt, where his brother Jordan Sheffield is on the pitching staff.
The Indians picked another college outfielder in Competitive Balance Round A, taking Mike Papi of the University of Virginia with the 38th selection.
Papi, who plays both outfield corners, is hitting .297 with nine doubles, 11 home runs and 51 RBIs for the Cavaliers, who are still alive in the NCAA tournament. His on-base percentage is .445, as he has 53 walks in 262 plate appearances.
The Indians went with bloodlines in the second round by selecting right-hander Grant Hockin from Damien High School in La Verne, Calif. He is the grandson of Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew.
Hockin was 9-3 with a 1.49 ERA this spring, striking out 99 in 80 innings. He is committed to UCLA.