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First Indian American Teen, Arjun Nimmala, Makes History as Toronto Blue Jays Pick Him in MLB Draft


In a groundbreaking moment for Indian American athletes, 17-year-old Arjun Nimmala has etched his name in the history books by becoming the first Indian American teenager ever to be drafted into Major League Baseball (MLB). The Toronto Blue Jays made this remarkable selection on Sunday, opening the doors to a promising career for the young talent.

While Nimmala has plans to attend Florida State University in the upcoming fall, the Toronto Blue Jays have expressed their intention to sign him, reflecting their confidence in his potential as a baseball star. As he embarks on this new chapter, the teen will undergo a two-week orientation at the team’s minor-league complex.

Originating from Tampa, Florida, the 6-foot-1-inch tall, 170-pound prodigy spent the last four seasons showcasing his skills at Strawberry Crest High School in Dover, FL. During the 2023 season, Nimmala impressed with an impressive 1.477 OPS across 25 games, boasting 35 hits and 29 RBI. As a right-handed shortstop, he showcased his prowess with a batting average of .382, including 22 doubles, three triples, and nine home runs over his illustrious 77-game high school career.

Arjun Nimmala’s journey to this milestone achievement reflects a dedication to the sport from a young age. Born and raised in the United States, he hails from parents who immigrated from the state of Andhra Pradesh.

The Toronto Blue Jays’ decision to draft Nimmala marks a moment of pride and inspiration for aspiring Indian American athletes, as they witness the rise of one of their own in the prestigious world of Major League Baseball.

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