College of Charleston junior Christian Powell has signed a professional contract with the Minnesota Twins and will start playing for the Elizabethton Twins of the Rookie-level Appalachian League.
A native of Greenwood, S.C., Powell was drafted by the Twins in the eighth round of this year's MLB Entry Draft.
Powell was tabbed SoCon Pitcher of the Year by the league's coaches after leading the SoCon with an ERA of 2.69 for a record of 9-4. Powell recorded 77 strikeouts against just 29 walks in 16 starts and 93.2 innings pitched. He finishes his career ranked second all-time in starts (44), second in wins (24), sixth in strikeouts (203), and ninth in ERA (4.10) in CofC history.