GREENWOOD, SC – Former Greenwood High School star Christian Powell said that playing professional baseball had always been his dream Wednesday morning. That dream became a reality when Powell signed a contract with the Minnesota Twins.
“It’s exciting,” Powell said. “I’ve worked really hard and have dreamed about this my whole life, ever since I was a little kid. It’s definitely exciting to see all of my hard work pay off.”
After starring at Greenwood High School for four years, Powell was selected in the 47th round by the Cleveland Indians. After deciding to attend the College of Charleston, Powell was a standout for the Cougars, being selected after his junior year by the Minnesota Twins in the eighth round, with the 250th pick. During his junior year, Powell posted a 9-4 record, with a 2.69 ERA. The right hander was named the Southern Conference Coaches Pitcher of the Year and was a first team All-Southern Conference selection.
“We have been following him since high school,” Minnesota Twins scout Ricky Taylor said. “He (Powell) has great size and arm strength. That’s what has impressed us the most. He has continued to improve since we have been watching him and we think he will continue to improve.”
According to Powell, he will get his first taste of professional baseball starting June 28, 2012, when he reports to rookie ball in Elizabethton, Tennessee, to play in the Appalachian League. Following two months in rookie ball, Powell will finish up his final seven classes at the College of Charleston before reporting to spring training in Fort Meyers, Florida, in March.
“I’m just hoping I can go up there and work hard and contribute,” Powell said. “It’s definitely a dream come true to sign to play professionally. Hopefully, I can work hard and one day make it to the big leagues.”