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Hill-Murray's Youngdahl drafted by Boston

By Phil Miller, Star Tribune, 06/08/11, 4:24PM CDT


Twins continue taking local pitching talent in third day of draft

Hill Murray starting pitcher Robert Youngdahl winds up for a pitch during a game earlier this season. Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune

Boston used its 37th round pick on Hill-Murray senior Robert Youngdahl, an outfielder.

Youngdahl is the second Minnesota high-schooler taken in the 2011 MLB Draft.

The Twins took two area pitchers, including the University of Minnesota's T.J. Oakes, and several other local players were selected during the third day of baseball's amateur draft Wednesday.

Minnesota selected Oakes, a sophomore from Jordan, in the 41st round. Oakes was 5-5 with a 3.26 ERA for the Gophers this season.

In the 46th round, the Twins chose left-hander Jared Dettmann of Somerset, Wis. Dettmann, who has committed to Connecticut next fall, was honorable mention All-Wisconsin this spring after posting a 2.77 ERA for Somerset.

Milwaukee chose Plymouth native Adam Weisenburger in the 34th round. The Benilde-St. Margaret's graduate, a senior catcher at Miami of Ohio, has also played two seasons for the St. Cloud RiverBats in the Northwoods League.

In the 46th round, the Diamondbacks chose Vanderbilt outfielder Joe Loftus, a graduate of the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield. Loftus, a junior who was drafted in the 29th round by the Twins out of high school, is the 12th member of the Commodores to be drafted this week.

Brian Hansen, a sophomore outfielder at St. Cloud State, was chosen by the Indians in the 49th round. A graduate of Rocori High in Cold Spring, Hansen batted .318 with 14 doubles and three triples for the Huskies this spring.

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2011 Draft Picks

Madison Boer 89 R/R 6'4" 215 RHP 11/9/89 Eden Prairie Oregon Junior
Jordan Smith 278 L/R 6'4" 205 3B 07/5/90 Willmar St. Cloud State Sophomore
Michael Strong 311 L/L 6'0" 175 LHP 11/17/88 Stillwater Oklahoma State Senior
Benjamin Hughes 318 R/R 6'5" 215 RHP 11/29/89 Blake St. Olaf College Junior
Justin Gominsky 340 R/R 6'4" 185 CF 08/26/89 Mahtomedi Minnesota Junior
Jacob Esch 343 R/R 6'4" 190 2B 03/27/90 Cretin-Derham Hall Georgia Tech Junior
Austin Malinowski 508 R/L 6'4" 210 LHP 11/30/92 Centennial N/A Senior
Nick O'Shea 745 R/R 6'3" 220 1B 01/29/89 Centennial Minnesota Junior
AJ Pettersen 778 R/R 5'9" 170 SS 11/19/88 Minnetonka Minnesota Senior
Adam Weisenburger 1031 R/R 5'10" 185 C 12/13/88 Benilde-St. Margaret's Miami University Senior
Robert Youngdahl 1132 L/L 6'2" 185 OF 11/18/92 Hill-Murray N/A Senior
TJ Oakes 1258 R/R 6'5" 210 RHP 07/15/90 Jordan Minnesota Sophomore
Joe Loftus 1384 R/R 6'3" 210 OF 08/7/89 Academy of Holy Angels Vanderbilt Junior
Brian Hansen 1478 R/R 6'3" 190 OF 11/16/89 Rocori St. Cloud State Junior