Falls City High School graduate Justin Twine found out recently that the Miami Marlins selected him as their 43rd pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.
Faced with a choice to play for the Marlins or TCU, Twine decided to go straight to the pros.
The Marlins have signed Twine to a $1.316M contract to play professional baseball with the Florida team, according to information that Jon Heyman with CBSSports.com posted online Saturday.
The Karnes Countywide has reached out to Twine for comment but family members say that due to circumstances, they can not yet speak to the media about his plans.
A multi-talented athlete who excelled in football, baseball and track during his senior year, Twine was awarded a full baseball scholarship to Texas Christian University in 2013.
In the second pick of the second round, the Marlins selected their third high school player of their draft, according to information on the team’s website. They opted for Twine, a middle infielder, who is known for his exceptional speed.
Twine is expected to develop, especially in regard to his swing and “batting eye” the article said.
Sports announcers at MLB.com described Twine as one of the two “best athletes” in this year’s draft, having rushed for more than 500 yards in one of the Beavers’ football games.
As a running back, Twine helped lead the Falls City Beavers football team to the 2013 state championship game, and at the state track and field championships, Twine brought home gold medals in the long jump, as a member of the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams, and also placed fourth in the 100 Meter Dash.
Twine was honored recentlywith being named the San Antonio Express-News All Area Field Event Athlete of the Year for 2014.