Twins draft Burnett's half-brother Robinson
But outfielder is likely to attend USC, rather than sign
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins went with the sibling of a current pitcher with their 31st-round pick on Wednesday.
Minnesota used the No. 940 overall slot to select Timothy Robinson, the half-brother of reliever Alex Burnett. Robinson is a left fielder from Ocean View (Calif.) High School.
Robinson texted his mother and Burnett when he learned the news. Robinson said he was shocked because the Draft was dwindling through the late rounds, and he hadn't been taken yet.
"It's cool," Robinson said. "If I had a team that I wanted to go to, it'd be the Twins."
Robinson projects as a power hitter that could contribute in the middle of a batting order. He hit .523 with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs in 27 games this past season as a senior, according to MaxPreps.com.
The 6-1, 225-pounder also excelled at football for Ocean View, playing quarterback and linebacker. He threw for over 1,200 yards and ran for more than 1,600 while averaging 12.3 tackles per game.
Burnett described his brother as a "beast."
"He's really good at both," Burnett said. "The thing was, he was recruited by UNLV and he was going to go there because they were going to give him a full ride for baseball and he was going to play football. But then he had this breakout year and made a name for himself. So now he has almost a full scholarship at USC, which is a big deal for him. So I'm proud of him."
Robinson committed last month to play for the Trojans. After seeing where he was drafted, he said Wednesday he will likely follow through with that commitment.
He fielded calls from teams to go as early as the second round, including a call from the Red Sox, according to Burnett.
"I'll probably stick with going to college," Robinson said. "I've always wanted to go to college. The money wasn't right when I was getting asked earlier in the Draft. So I decided then that I was going to go to college."
Jordan Garretson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.