With their second pick of the draft and the No. 42 overall pick in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Minnesota Twins selected right-handed pitcher Luke Bard out of Georgia Tech. Luke is the brother of Boston Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard.
Bard is a 6-foot-2 junior from Charlotte, North Carolina who was mostly used in the closer's role in college. In three seasons with the Yellow Jackets, Bard posted a 3.47 ERA with just under 100 strikeouts in 103-plus innings. He posted a 0.99 ERA with over nine strikeouts per nine innings in his junior season. He has a mid-nineties, moving fastball with good break and is said to be very polished.
Bard was originally drafted out of high school in 2009 by the team his brother plays for, the Boston Red Sox, but he opted to go to college instead.