La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Hentges selected in Round 4

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 6, 2014 - 1:35 PM

Mounds View High School pitcher Sam Hentges was selected by Cleveland in the fourth round of Friday's major league draft. Hentges became the first Minnesotan taken in the draft. He was selected No. 128 overall.

Hentges love Hentges'  6-6, 235 pound frame. The Mounds View senior also plays first base, and is a power-hitting prospect.

Hentges has a tough decision to make: He's signed a tender to play next year at the University of Arkansas. The Indians will have to give a bonus offer that would entice him to bypass college.

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