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2012 MLB Draft Results: A Look At The AL Central's First-Round Picks

Like most of the AL Central, the Minnesota Twins went after an outfielder in Monday's first round of the 2012 MLB Draft, selecting Byron Buxton No. 2 overall.

The only AL Central team not to select an outfielder was Kansas City, which took right-handed pitcher Kyle Zimmer at No. 5. The 20-year-old Zimmer played last season at the University of San Francisco, where he had 104 strikeouts and 17 walks in 88.1 innings.

According to Baseball America, Zimmer had the best fastball among college pitchers, and the third-best curveball.

The other AL Central teams to draft Monday -- Detroit didn't have a first-rounder -- did like the Twins and took outfielders.

The Chicago White Sox took high-schooler Courtney Hawkins 13th overall. Hawkins, the Sox's first opening-round high school pick since 2001, hit .437 with 11 homers, 39 RBIs, 56 runs scored and 17 stolen bases in 36 games this season.

Hawkins is an all-around athlete. He played varsity football as a freshman in high school and, maybe more impressive, has been a lights-out pitcher this season: 5-2 with a 0.96 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 36.1 innings. He can hit the mid-90s with this fastball.

The Cleveland Indians, meanwhile, took Tyler Naquin from Texas A&M at No. 15 overall. Naquin, 21, was drafted in the 33rd round of the 2009 Draft (No. 986 overall) but went to A&M instead. He has a career .348 batting average with the Aggies, but this year hit .380 with a .458 on-base percentage. will stream rounds 2 through 15 Tuesday, starting at 11 a.m. Central. Rounds 16 through 40 will be Wednesday, also starting at 11 a.m. Central.

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