The Minnesota Twins have selected Oregon State right-fielder Trevor Larnach with the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft.
Be proud #BeaverNation. Trevor Larnach is the 10th player in school history to be taken in the first round.— Oregon State Baseball (@BeaverBaseball) June 5, 2018
And sixth since 2007.#GoBeavs pic.twitter.com/BDZtf0Khfz
This is actually the second time Trevor Larnach has been drafted (40th round - 2015 MLB Draft), but he decided to attend Oregon State instead of turning pro. And Larnach is in the midst of a monster junior season for the Beavers. The left-handed hitter (right-handed thrower), is batting .327 with a massive slugging percentage of .626. His 17 home runs are the second most in Oregon State history; behind only Jim Wilson’s 21 HRs hit back in 1982.
He’s quickly become one of the most feared hitters in the Pac-12. Baseball America explains “some area scouts believe he could tap into 25-plus home runs as a pro” and he projects to be a prototypical corner outfielder for a big-league club.
The two things holding Larnach back from being a sure fire top-5 pick is his speed (below average speed for an outfielder) and his relatively high strikeout percentage. Larnach was very patient this past weekend during the Corvallis Regional though, where he racked up 5 hits and 5 walks in the Beavers three games.
Trevor Larnach is such a talented hitter though almost everyone projected him to be a first round pick and he should be a steal for the Twins.