Minnesota Twins: First round selection Trevor Larnach’s successful début!
The Minnesota Twins first round draft pick Trevor Larnach was finally able to make is professional debut and it was just what fans were waiting for.
Minnesota Twins Trevor Larnach enjoyed a strong professional coming out Wednesday. The Twins 1st draft pick this past June (20th overall) drove in a pair of runs including the eventual game-winner during Elizabethton´s 6-5 victory over the Greenville Reds
Playing right field and batting fifth in the order, Larnach was one of six 2018 draft picks in the starting line-up. He along with catcher Ryan Jeffers (2nd round), first baseman Chris Williams (8th round), and DH Trevor Casanova (13th round) combined for five hits in 13 at-bats, five RBI’s and 5 runs scored. Left fielder Albie Weiss (23rd round) and second baseman Michael Helman (11th round) were the others.
Larnach drove in Jeffers with a line drive single to right to put the E-Twins ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Williams advanced to third on the hit and then scored on a passed ball. Casanova´s first home run as a professional scored Larnach to give the home team a 5-1 lead. With the game tied at five in the bottom of the eighth inning, Larnach brought home Jeffers with the go-ahead run on a fielder´s choice grounder to the second baseman.
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For Larnach, it was just the continuation of his winning ways; The 21-year-old comes fresh off of the College World Series championship where his two-run ninth-inning homer in second game of the series was pivotal. He hit .348/.463/.652/1.115, with 18 home runs and a promising 50/66 BB/K ratio in his junior season for the Beavers.
The 6-foot, 210-pound left-handed hitter is graded by MLB.com as a plus in hitting, power, and arm. Considered a slow runner, he projects best as a major league left fielder. He hit over .300 last summer with a wood bat in the Cape Cod League, but it was this summer that his power tool came to light. Larnach hits for average with newfound power to all fields. That and his knack for drawing walks will be key to his future success.
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If Trevor Larnach continues to develop as he did this past season, he could well cement himself in a spot in the Twins outfield in a few short years. He is just one more prospect Twins fans will have the joy of following as they develop into major league players.