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MLB Draft 2012: Mitch Brown Expected To Be Selected Early

The Major League Baseball draft brings out tons of high school and college age kids with the potential to be Major League stars some day, and this year's edition could feature a local Minnesota kid getting picked very, very high up. As mentioned in this article by, Century High School in Rochester, Minnesota boasts a young right handed pitcher whose fastball is at a blistering 95 MPH named Mitch Brown.

Unsurprisingly, Brown is getting the attention of more than a few Major League teams interested in such a speedy throw from a high schooler:

The other day against John Marshall, Brown struck out 17 in six innings, including four in an inning twice.

One scout said Brown, who has committed to the University of San Diego, is the best high school pitcher he has seen in 30 years.

Brown is expected to be among the first 42 overall picks in the June 4-6 major league draft.

The Twins will hold the No. 32 and 42 picks in the draft, right in the breadbasket of where Brown is expected to be selected. Getting a strong local kid is always a good story line, so the Twins might not be able to resist the allure of snagging Brown for their system.

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