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The Twins signed their first-round pick, University of North Carolina shortstop Levi Michael, late Monday for $1.175 million, which is above the recommended bonus for the 30th pick of $1.089 million. North Carolina shortstop Levi Michael

Robert Willett, Associated Press

Twins' top draft picks all sign

  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III
  • Star Tribune
  • August 16, 2011 - 7:04 AM

DETROIT - The Twins stepped up with their checkbook Monday to sign their top three draft picks just before the 11 p.m. deadline.

They inked their first-round pick, shortstop Levi Michael, for $1.175 million, which is above the recommended bonus for the 30th pick of $1.089 million.

Tustin (Calif.) high school third baseman Travis Harrison, selected with the 50th overall pick, signed for $1.05 million, which is above the league's recommendation of $705,600. Harrison would have attended Southern California if he did not sign with the Twins.

And hard-throwing righthander Hudson Boyd, the 55th pick from Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Fla., signed for $1 million, above the recommendation of $653,400. He was committed to Florida.

The Twins also signed Jason Wheeler (eighth round), Brett Lee (10th), Tyler Jones (11th), Matthew Koch (12th), Austin Malinowski (16th), Josh Burris (17th), Trenton Higginbotham (26th) and Christopher Mazza (27th), meaning they signed 33 of the 52 players they selected in this year's draft, including their top 15 picks.

Trade opens up spot for Revere

The Twins have been pleased with rookie outfielder Ben Revere this season, which is one reason they traded Delmon Young to the Tigers on Monday.

"The speed, the athleticism, being able to steal some bases," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That gives you an option on how you can do things. He's come in and played very well."

Revere was Mr. Excitement again on Monday.

Revere stole second base in the first inning, giving him 21 steals on the season. He has the third-most stolen bases by a rookie in Twins history. Willie Norwood and Chuck Knoblauch are tied for second with 25.

In the sixth, Revere launched -- yes, launched -- a drive to right-center. After Danny Valencia scored from second, third base coach Steve Liddle waved Revere home to try for an inside-the-park home run. The throw beat him, but Revere threw himself into Tigers catcher Alex Avila in an effort to jar the ball loose. It didn't work, and Revere needed a few moments to gather himself after the collision.

Still, it was his fourth triple of the season.

Span still out

Outfielder Denard Span said he felt better and was penciled in to start in center and bat leadoff Monday.

But Gardenhire said Span would have to get through a pregame workout before he took the field. That didn't go well, and Span was scratched from the lineup for the second consecutive game.

Span said Sunday that he's been dealing with a few lingering effects from the concussion he suffered in June, and is trying to adjust to some new medication. Gardenhire has said he's not going to play Span until he feels better.

So Revere moved from left to center. Trevor Plouffe moved from second base to left field and Matt Tolbert got the start at second base.

And so is Cuddyer

Outfielder Michael Cuddyer did some light work but sat out again because of a sore neck.

"Cuddy is not quite ready today," Gardenhire said. "He still feels it in his neck."

Cuddyer injured his neck taking a swing in batting practice on Friday in Cleveland. He's tried several treatments to help the soreness go away.

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