Twins sign 1st-round draft pick Kohl Stewart
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have signed right-hander Kohl Stewart, the fourth overall pick in the draft two weeks ago.
The team announced the deal Wednesday, along with the signings of 22 others. The Twins have 21 of their first 25 selections under contract.
The 18-year-old Stewart was the first high school pitcher drafted. The slot value of the signing bonus for the fourth pick determined by Major League Baseball’s formula is $4,544,400.
Stewart posted an 0.18 ERA in 40 innings with 16 walks and 59 strikeouts this season over eight starts for St. Pius X High School in Houston. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Stewart was a two-sport star, recruited by Texas A&M to pitch and play quarterback for the football team. As a senior, he passed for 2,560 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Minnesota native Joey King transfers to Gophers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Gophers basketball team has added another Minnesota native to the roster.
Forward Joey King, a transfer from Drake, signed his scholarship tender Tuesday. His application with the NCAA to be eligible to play this season is pending.
King joins guards Deandre Mathieu, Daquien McNeil and Malik Smith as members of coach Richard Pitino’s first recruiting class at Minnesota. Smith transferred from Florida International.
Last season for Drake, the 6-foot-9, 215-pound King played in all 32 games and was named to the Missouri Valley Conference all-freshman team. He shot almost 35 percent from 3-point range, going 33 for 95.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have evaluated another group of draft prospects, highlighted by Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum.
McCollum was watched by team officials at the Target Center practice court on Tuesday. McCollum worked out by himself.
Before that, Illinois guard Brandon Paul, Georgia Tech forward Glen Rice Jr., Brazil forward Augusto Lima, Oregon forward Arsalan Kazemi and England forward Ashley Hamilton were in a practice group together. Rice is projected by most analysts to be a second-round selection.
McCollum is a potential top-10 pick. He is, though, a 6-foot-3 combo guard the Wolves have less of a need for than a reliable outside shooter on the wing. The Wolves have the ninth and 26th choices in the first round of next week’s draft.
— Associated Press/Staff reports