Seventeen Major League Baseball Draftees Have Ties To Minnesota

All fifty rounds of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft have come and gone, and with it gives us an opportunity to see how the great state of Minnesota fared when it came to draftees.

Overall, there were seventeen players that were selected in this year's draft that have ties to Minnesota in some way, whether it is having grown up in the state, having attended college in the state, or other connections.

After the jump, we will list all of the players that were selected in the 2011 MLB Draft that have ties to Minnesota, including where they were drafted and by which teams.

The number in front of the player denotes their overall selection. For reference's sake, there were 1,530 total players selected, so that tells you approximately where each of these players fell.

87) Madison Boer, RHP, University of Oregon (native of Eden Prairie, Minnesota) - Selected by Minnesota Twins
278) Jordan Smith, 3B, St. Cloud State University (attended Minnesota college) - Selected by Cleveland Indians
311) Michael Strong, LHP, Oklahoma State University (attended Stillwater High School) - Selected by Milwaukee Brewers
318) Benjamin Hughes, RHP, St. Olaf College (attended Minnesota college) - Selected by Colorado Rockies
340) Justin Gominsky, CF, University of Minnesota (attended Minnesota college) - Selected by Houston Astros
343) Jacob Esch, RHP, Georgia Tech (attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School) - Selected by Florida Marlins
416) Anthony Mueller, CF, Winona State University (attended Minnesota college) - Selected by Atlanta Braves
508) Austin Malinowski, LHP, Centennial (Minn.) High School - Selected by Minnesota Twins
745) Nicholas O'Shea, 1B, University of Minnesota (attended Minnesota college) - Selected by Cincinnati Reds
778) Adam Pettersen, SS, University of Minnesota (attended Minnesota college) - Selected by Minnesota Twins
827) Scott Matyas, RHP, University of Minnesota (attended Minnesota college) - Selected by Detroit Tigers
1031) Adam Weisenburger, C, Miami (OH) University (native of Plymouth, Minnesota) - Selected by Milwaukee Brewers
1107) Austin Lubinsky, RHP, University of Minnesota (attended Minnesota College) - Selected by San Francisco Giants
1132) Robert Youngdahl, OH, Hill-Murray (Minn.) High School - Selected by Boston Red Sox
1258) Trevor Oakes, RHP, University of Minnesota (attended Minnesota college) - Selected by Minnesota Twins
1384) Joseph Loftus, OF, Vanderbilt University (native of Savage, Minnesota) - Selected by Arizona Diamondbacks
1478) Brian Hansen, OF, St. Cloud State University (attended Minnesota College) - Selected by Cleveland Indians

Four of the players were drafted by the hometown Twins, with the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers each taking two Minnesotans. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, Florida Marlins, Houston Astros, and Colorado Rockies each took one player with Minnesota ties.

Congratulations to all the young men with ties to the North Star State that were selected in the 2011 MLB Draft.

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