VU’s Tanner Vavra selected by Twins
By Mike Clark Post-Tribune correspondent June 8, 2013 7:18PM
Tanner Vavra will get a chance to write another chapter in his inspirational story with an organization that probably knows him best.
The Valparaiso University senior second baseman was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 30th round of the Major League Baseball draft, going 890th overall.
Vavra, whose father Joe is the Twins’ batting coach, has no vision in his right eye as the result of a couple of childhood accidents. But it hasn’t kept him from putting together an impressive resume for the Crusaders.
The 5-11, 190-pounder led the Horizon League with 70 hits and 42 runs scored this season and was third in the conference batting race at .333.
That had VU coach Tracy Woodson cautiously optimistic that someone would take a flyer on Vavra.
“I was hoping,” Woodson said. “A lot of people have an issue with his eye. I think he deserves an opportunity.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how he does. He’s a kid who’s had to prove himself at every level. He’s done everything he can do. He does the little things, he’s a good athlete. A lot of guys like how he plays the game.”
Vavra was the third and final local player picked in the three-day, 40-round draft. Indiana State junior lefty Sean Manaea, an Andrean grad, went 34th overall to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday and Indiana University junior infielder Dustin DeMuth, a LaPorte alum, was picked in the eighth round Friday by the Twins.