Updated: August 15th, 2011 11:13pm
Twins sign top pick Levi Michael for $1.175 million

Twins sign top pick Levi Michael for $1.175 million

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Twins have signed all three of their top picks from the 2011 draft -- first-rounder Levi Michael, and supplemental picks Travis Harrison and Hudson Boyd.

According to Baseball America, Michael -- a second baseman from the University of North Carolina -- signed for $1.175 million. Selected 30th overall, Michael batted .289/.434/.434 with five home runs, 49 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 242 at-bats as a junior last season.

"After a long, arduous process, we are thrilled to get Levi Michael signed and to have him as a member of the Twins organization," said Twins Scouting Director Deron Johnson in a press release. "Levi is a switch-hitting 20-year old college shortstop with speed and top of the order skills. We like his athleticism on both sides of the ball and he has the defensive skills to play either shortstop or second base. He is a hard worker and hard-nosed player."

The 50th overall pick, Harrison -- an 18-year-old third baseman from Tustin High School in California -- reportedly signed for $1.05 million.

Hudson, taken with the 55th overall pick as a right-handed starter from Bishop Verot High School in Florida, reportedly signed for $1 million.

Overall, the Twins signed 33 of the 52 players they drafted, including each of the top 15 picks.

Jason Wheeler (8th round), Brett Lee (10th round), Tyler Jones (11th round), Matthew Koch (12th round), Austin Malinowski (16th round), Josh Burris (17th round), Trenton Higginbotham (26th round) and Christopher Mazza (27th round) all signed prior to Monday night's 11 p.m. deadline.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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