Maryland's senior infielder will get a chance at the Bigs.
Blake Schmit was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 26th round of Friday's MLB Draft. He was selected 770th overall.
A solid glove and a consistent enough hitter, Schmit managed to bat .313 this season, up from last year's average of .277. The shortstop added 16 stolen bases, proving some valuable versatility to potential major league teams.
Schmit transferred to the Terps after playing two years at Des Moines Area Community College. There, he helped the Bears reach the NJCAA Division II World Series in consecutive seasons. His sure hands earned him the Easton Division II Defensive Player of the Year and a spot on the Rawlings Gold Glove Team in 2011. The next season he was honored offensively after hitting .403.
The selection marks back-to-back picks for Maryland shortstops as Alfredo Rodriguez - the man Schmit replaced - was selected in the 17th round by the Brewers in 2012. Schmit also joins teammate Jake Stinnett, the Terps' ace who helped put Maryland baseball back in the national spotlight this season.