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Freddy Zamora Drafted 53rd Overall by the Milwaukee Brewers

The talented shortstop was an early-round pick even despite an ACL injury.

Credit: Miami Athletics

Freddy Zamora became the third Miami Hurricane drafted when the Milwaukee Brewers selected him with the 53rd overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft. Zamora remained a second round pick despite an ACL injury that prevented him from playing this season.

Zamora was a day one starter at shortstop for the Hurricanes and had a great two seasons in orange and green. Last season saw him breakout as a key middle of the order bat and cornerstone of the Hurricanes’ defense. Ahead of the 2020 season Zamora was expected to be one of the most, if not the most, important player on the Hurricanes roster until he tore his ACL just weeks before the start of the season.

The Brewers, Zamora’s new squad, are on the forefront of sabermetrics and advanced analytics. In recent years they have gotten the most out of prospects such as Keston Hiura and will hope to develop Zamora into a premier middle of the infield prospect, just as they did with Hiura. The Brewers also have one of the best players in the MLB in Christian Yelich and should contend in the NL Central for years to come.

Zamora was the third Miami Hurricane drafted behind teammates Slade Cecconi and Chris McMahon who were drafted 33rd and 46th respectively. Fellow infield teammate Alex Toral could hear his name called later Thursday night.

Ahead of 2020 Zamora was a first round lock. This draft was particularly shallow at shortstop, with few prospects having the defensive tools to stick at the position. Zamora was one of the few players with those tools, and it made him a second round pick despite his injury.