Baseball: LexCath shortstop Will Hurt will sign with Twins

mfields@herald-leader.comJune 8, 2012 

Lexington Catholic shortstop Will Hurt will pass up a chance to play college baseball and instead jump right to the pro game.

Hurt, who signed with Coastal Carolina last fall, was taken by the Minnesota Twins in the 16th round of the major league draft this week.

After weighing his options, Hurt decided to turn pro. He'll sign with the Twins on Saturday then head to Fort Myers, Fla., for rookie ball in two weeks.

"I'm trading three years of college ball for three years of pro ball experience," he said. "This is something I've always wanted to do, so why not get started on it early."

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Hurt said the Twins like his glove and his speed, and project him getting bigger and stronger.

"They figure they can put 20 or 30 pounds on me, develop all my tools and hopefully get a lot more pop in my bat," he said.

Hurt, who played at Henry Clay as a freshman before transferring to Lexington Catholic, hit .303 this season with 38 runs, 33 stolen bases and 19 RBI.

■ Henry Clay pitcher Walker Buehler said he won't be going pro and will instead stick to his commitment to play at Vanderbilt.

The Pittsburgh Pirates took him in the 14th round of the draft.

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