Twins take Cavaco with 13th pick in 1st round
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN — The Minnesota Twins announced Monday night that they have selected infielder Keoni Cavaco from Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, CA with the 13th overall selection in the first round of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Cavaco, who turned 18 years old this past Sunday, just completed his high school career at Eastlake High School. At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, Cavaco becomes the first player from Eastlake High School to be drafted in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft since Adrián González was the first overall pick by the Florida Marlins in 2000.
Cavaco was named to the 2019 Preseason California Region All-High School Senior First Team, was named a 2018 High School Underclassmen All-American High Honorable Mention and was ranked the No. 1 high school player in the state of California by Perfect Game.
Since 2001, the Twins have selected a high school position player 14 times in the first round (includes compensation and competitive balance picks), including: Joe Mauer (2001), Denard Span (2002), Trevor Plouffe (2004), Aaron Hicks (2008), Byron Buxton (2012), Alex Kirilloff (2016) and Royce Lewis (2017). Additionally, the Twins have selected a position player in the first round seven times since 2011, with Tyler Jay (2015) and Kohl Stewart (2013) being the only pitchers taken in the last nine years.
Cavaco also becomes the 15th player taken by the Twins from California in the first round of the draft, joining Travis Lee (San Diego State University, 1996), Plouffe (Crespi Carmelite High School, 2004), Chris Parmelee (Chino Hills High School, 2006), Hicks (Woodrow Wilson High School, 2008) and Lewis (JSerra Catholic High School, 2017).
This year marks the fourth time in Twins history they have had the 13th overall selection in the MLB Draft, doing so in 1995 (LHP Mark Redman), 1985 (RHP Jeff Bumgarner) and 1975 (INF Rick Sofield).
Since the 2001 Draft, 17 of the Twins first round selections have reached the major leagues and four have made appearances for the Twins this season, including Stewart (4th overall in 2013), Byron Buxton (2nd overall in 2012), José Berríos (32nd overall in 2012) and Kyle Gibson (22nd overall in 2009).