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Minnesota Twins draft former Hannibal Cavemen player in 10th round

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C.K. Irby, who played with the Hannibal Cavemen in 2011, was drafted Friday by the Minnesota Twins in the 10th round of the Major League Baseball Draft with pick No. 290.

Irby recently completed his junior season at NCAA Division I Samford (Ala.). The right-hander posted a 7-6 record and 4.14 ERA. He led the team in strikeouts (90) and innings pitched (91 1/3). He also spent time at designated hitter for Samford. He hit eight home runs and led Samford with a .383 batting average, 16 doubles and 59 RBIs. He is considered a pitching prospect, and a draft report on MLB.com indicated that Irby would be best suited to be a relief pitcher.

"Irby's fastball sits around 90 mph as a starter and in the mid-90s as a reliever, with good movement," stated Irby's scouting report on MLB.com. "He mixes his fastball with a plus curveball that generates a lot of swing-and miss."

In 2011 with Hannibal, Irby tossed 12 1/3 innings, posting a 5.83 ERA. He hit .262 with 12 doubles and 23 RBIs. Irby spent last summer with the Harwich (Mass.) Mariners of the Cape Cod League, widely considered the nation's premier summer collegiate league.

Irby is 17-9 with a 3.29 ERA for his career at Samford. His career batting average is .344 and he's driven in 109 runs.

The draft will conclude Saturday with rounds 11-40.

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