When the Minnesota Twins led off the 2017 Major League Baseball draft they surprised some with their first selection. He finished the regular season with a.415 batting average, 20 home runs and 73 RBIs in 56 games for one of the best single-season showings in Mississippi State history.
The biggest splash on Tuesday for the Twins might have come in the fifth round when they selected JUCO third baseman Andrew Bechtold. He was drafted by the Twins last year in the MLB Draft, but he didn’t have to wait as long to hear his name called this year. The slot value for the 35th pick is $1,935,300.
He played his freshman season at Washington State and is coming off an impressive sophomore season at Central Arizona Junior College.
What a difference a year made, but the same team came after him again. The school had Dakota Hudson selected in the first round last year by the St. Louis Cardinals, making this the first time they’ve had first round picks in consecutive years since 2012 and 2013.
Congratulations to Brent Rooker! we look forward to seeing what he can do in the Minnesota Twins organization. He was named Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Year.