With the fiftieth selection of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, the Minnesota Twins have selected third baseman Travis Harrison, a prospect out of Tustin High School in California.
Harrison hails from Allison Viejo, California, and is a 6'2", 215-pounder that bats and throws right-handed. He has been a highly-scrutinized prospect for a very long time, as he was often compared to super prospect Bryce Harper, who was selected first overall by the Washington Nationals in the 2010 MLB Draft. By all accounts, he has a ton of power and a compact stroke with good bat speed.
There's a very good chance that Harrison is going to end up as a first baseman at the Major League level, as his defense at third base isn't exactly his strong suit. Harrison's calling card is his bat, and from all appearances, it's a bat that should carry him a long way in his baseball career. . .and hopefully, his final destination will end up being Target Field.
The Twins have one more pick to make in today's action at the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, and we'll have coverage of that selection momentarily.