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MLB draft: Former Stinger Stinnett goes No. 45 overall to Cubs

Stinnett was the fifth Northwoods League alumni taken, the first being Virginia’s Nick Howard, who played for the 2012 Madison Mallards, at No. 19 overall by the Cincinnati Reds.

 As a freshman two-way player in 2011, Stinnett hit .214 in 46 at-bats for the Stingers while playing third base, and struggled on the mound, giving up nine runs in 10.1 innings.

He continued playing on both sides of the ball for Maryland through his sophomore year before deciding to focus on pitching.

His performance jumped dramatically in 2013, as he increased his inning workload and posted a 2.83 ERA in 63.2 innings.

He turned down the Pittsburgh Pirates as a 29th round pick in last year’s draft, and it paid off. As a senior this year, he nearly doubled his innings again and started 15 games with a 2.65 ERA, striking out more than a batter per inning.

With the first two rounds complete, the MLB draft will continue today for rounds 3-10 and 11-40 on Saturday. 

Ben Brewster

Ben Brewster covers the Willmar Stingers and other area sports, as well as laying out the daily sports section cover for the West Central Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @benbrewster.

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