Twins select 3B Travis Harrison with the 50th pick in the MLB Draft
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins selected 18-year-old third baseman Travis Harrison with the 50th pick in baseball's first-year player draft on Monday night.
A 6-foot-2, 195-pound prospect out of Tustin High School in California, Harrison has committed to play at the University of Southern California. He batted .486 with 13 home runs in his senior season at Tustin.
"Right now, I am committed to USC," Harrison said in a conference call. "If we come to an agreement, I will be thrilled to play with the Twins."
Harrirson says he is a power hitter but can also hit for average. He said the longest home run he has hit came in a home run derby at Tropicana Field, where he blasted one 503 feet -- which would be the longest home run at Target Field.
"He was the best bat left on the board for us," Twins director of scouting Deron Johnson said. "Strong, right-handed hitting third baseman."
Johnson compared him to former five-time All Star Matt Williams -- "right-handed power is tough to get in the draft" -- while Boyd said he is comfortable at third base will continue to play there until "someone tells me to move."
"He will either be a left fielder or a third basemen," Johnson said, admitting they are more concerned with his offense. "We were buying a bat."
Johnson said he does not anticipate any trouble signing Harrison.