Twins select Wagner in draft

BURNHAM – Seth Wagner received a nice graduation present from the Minnesota Twins.

Wagner, a senior at Mifflin County High School, was selected in the 39th round of the Major League Baseball’s amateur draft on Saturday.

As a senior, Wagner had a 2-5 record. He gave up 34 hits and 29 runs in 11 appearances on the mound. He pitched 51.2 innings and with 32 walks and struck out 84. His ERA 2.44 and his WHIP was 1.29.

He batted .250 with 16 hits, nine RBIs and had five doubles and one triple. He fielded .938 in his senior year.

The 6-foot, 7-inch lefthander has already accepted a partial scholarship to pitch at Penn State.

“I won’t make any decision until later this week when the Twins come to my house and make an offer,” Wagner said, “After that, we will go from there.”

He learned about it while marking his graduation at a celebration Saturday night.

“It’s a great honor,” Wagner explained. “They did tell me that if I decide to go, I’ll have to go to Fort Myers, Fla.” to start training.

Wagner’s manager at Mifflin County was Travis Zook, and he was all smiles when he heard his ace pitcher got drafted by the Twins.

“Seth has been a key player for us the last two years,” Zook said. “He was our go-to guy. We didn’t always rise to the occasion offensively and defensively when he pitched.

“Seth was a great player to work with,” Zook noted. “He never complained and always showed up to work.”

Zook indicated that Wagner just wasn’t a pitcher, but a good athlete.

“Some times you see pitchers, that all they can do is throw, but Seth is a good athlete off the mound. He just isn’s a pitcher, but a baseball player. He has great athleticism.”

Wagner played his first two years of high school baseball at Indian Valley and then finished his junior and senior years at Mifflin County.

Wagner is the third player drafted since 1970 from the area. Brian O’Donnell (Kishacoquillas) was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1979 and Matt Wright (West Snyder and Midd-West) was drafted by Toronto Blue Jays in 2008. Kalen Gearhart (Lewistown) signed as a free agent with Los Angeles Dodgers in 2004.

Wright is still active as he pitching for the Blue Jays’ double-A team in New Hampshire.