UNCW’s Ryan Jeffers tabbed by Twins in second round of MLB draft

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UNCW junior catcher Ryan Jeffers was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft. (Photo: UNCW)

WILMINGTON, NC (News Release) — UNCW junior catcher Ryan Jeffers was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft late Tuesday.

Jeffers, who was selected with the 59th overall pick, becomes UNCW’s highest draftee since 2008 when Brad Holt was picked by the New York Mets in the supplemental round following the first round.

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As a junior, Jeffers hit .315 with a Colonial Athletic Association leading 22 doubles and 16 home runs. He also paced the league in in base average (.460) and slugging percentage (.635).

Jeffers was a first-team All-CAA catcher for the second straight season and was named to the NCAA Greenville All-Regional squad.

The MLB draft continues on Tuesday.