If college transcripts mattered as much as scouting reports, righthander Sean Poppen would have been drafted much higher than the 19th round last year.
But the Twins are happy to reap the extra rewards that come with an elite education.
Poppen graduated with honors from Harvard last spring, earning degrees in engineering science and chemistry/physics before the Twins interrupted any plans for graduate school.
“You don’t have to worry about makeup or intelligence when you draft a guy with a résumé like that,” vice president for player personnel Mike Radcliff said. “You just let him put that brainpower to work.”