Vavra Becomes Second Moccasin Drafted, Picked By Twins In 33rd Round
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Florida Southern senior Trey Vavra became the second FSC player selected in the 2014 Major League Draft on Saturday afternoon as the first baseman was chosen in the 33rd round by the Minnesota Twins. On Friday, the Atlanta Braves selected junior centerfielder Keith Curcio (Sarasota, Fla.) in the sixth round as he was the 193rd overall selection.
Vavra, who was the 980th overall selection and the fifth selection of the 33rd round, will make it a family affair with the Twins organization as his father, Joe, is currently the third base coach for the Twins major league team, while his brother, Tanner, was a 30th round selection in last year's draft out of Valparaiso University. Tanner is currently a second baseman for the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Kernels of the Class A Midwest League.
This past season, Vavra, who is a native of Menomonie, Wis., played in and started al 54 games this past spring with Mocs after transferring to FSC from Eastern Illinois University. On the season, Vavra hit .330 as he was tied for the team lead in hits with 70, was third in runs scored with 42 and led the team in doubles (15), home runs (6) and RBIs (51), which also led the Sunshine State Conference. Additionally, Vavra hit one triple, drew 15 walks, was hit by 12 pitches and posted a .495 slugging percentage and was 2-for-3 on stolen bases. Vavra, who was named a Second-Team Daktronics All-South Region selection, was selected to the NCAA Division II South Regional Tournament after hitting .364 and recording eight hits, scoring four runs, hitting three doubles and driving home three runs to lead the Mocs to a South Region runner-up finish after falling 3-0 to top-ranked Tampa in the championship round.
With his selection, Vavra is just the fourth Moccasin to be picked by the Twins in the MLB Draft and the first since former pitcher Terry Corn was picked in the 41st round of the 2000 draft by the Twins. The other Mocs picked in the draft by the Twins are catcher Todd Taylor (15th round in 1992) and infielder Mike Piatnik (32nd round in 1981).
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