Minnesota Twins Select Former Central Pitcher in 8th Round of MLB Draft

Published 06/06 2014 04:33PM

Updated 06/06 2014 06:36PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Keaton Steele can now call himself a professional baseball player.

The former Central High School pitcher was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the eighth round of the Major League Baseball draft Friday.

Steele is the highest MLB draft pick from St. Joseph since Johnny Coy went in the 7th round to the Phillies in 2008.

Steele was also drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 29th round in 2012 and in the 40th round last year by the Royals.

During his junior year with the Missouri Tigers, Steele finished fourth in the SEC in saves with nine.

Steele is the second Tiger pitcher drafted by the Twins in the past five years.

Former Tiger Kyle Gibson, who is currently in the Twins starting rotation, was drafted by the club in 2009.

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