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2011 MLB Draft: Minnesota Twins Select High School Pitcher Hudson Boyd With 55th Pick

With the 55th pick of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, the Minnesota Twins have selected right-handed pitcher Hudson Boyd out of Bishop Verot High School.

Boyd is a big guy, standing 6'2" and weighing in at around 235 pounds. He has a three-quarters delivery, and has been classified as a power pitcher. His fastball has been clocked in the 93-94 MPH range, and his second pitch is a very solid curveball. Scouts are under the impression that he needs to develop a change-up to become a complete pitcher at the Major League level, but he still has plenty of time to make that happen.

Boyd doesn't seem to be the kind of pitcher that the Minnesota Twins usually find themselves going after, as they have usually favored more control-type pitchers while Boyd seems to be a power guy. Right now, he has a verbal commitment to the University of Florida, but hopefully we will be seeing him in the Twins' minor league system here very soon.

That does it for the Twins' picks on this first night of the 2011 MLB Draft. Thank you for relying on SB Nation Minnesota for your coverage of the Minnesota Twins' selections in this year's draft, and we'll have more as the draft progresses throughout the week.

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