Zajac selected by World Series champs
by JOE CANNON Assistant Sports Editor
Jun 09, 2013 | 1245 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
FORMER CLEVELAND STATE and Walker Valley hurler Brandon Zajac was selected by the World Champion San Francisco Giants Saturday during Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft. CSCC photo
FORMER CLEVELAND STATE and Walker Valley hurler Brandon Zajac was selected by the World Champion San Francisco Giants Saturday during Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft. CSCC photo
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For the second time in two years, former Walker Valley High School standout Brandon Zajac has been taken in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Saturday.

The reigning World Series champion San Fransisco Giants came calling this time, taking the 6-foot-4 left-handed pitcher in the 23rd round, making him the 702nd overall pick.

In 2011, he spurned a 30th round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates to accept a scholarship offer to play at the University of Tennessee.

After spending a year with the Vols, Zajac returned to Bradley County to play for coach Mike Policastro at Cleveland State.

Leading the Cougar pitching staff in several categories this past season, Zajac was named Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) Pitcher of the Year as well as being a first team All-Conference selection.

He posted a 6-4 record in a dozen starts, including a pair of complete games and one shutout. He made a total of 13 appearances, throwing 71 innings, striking out 89 batters and surrendering 50 hits. Zajac had the lowest earned run average among the Cougar starters at 3.00, allowing just three home runs and handing out 45 walks.

Zajac must now decide whether to go ahead and turn pro or continue to play on the collegiate level, having already committed to Middle Tennessee State University.