Former First Round Pick Levi Michael Still Aiming For The Major Leagues
Levi Michael was selected out of UNC by the Minnesota Twins in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. If Michael intends on making a major league debut at some point, finding his way to Triple-A Rochester during the 2015 season should be the goal. At 24 years old, there’s no reason for the Twins to slow play Michael if he can put things together. He could prove to be a useful bench option.
Levi Michael is on the fast track
Levi Michael's baseball career has always seemed to be on a fast track, first at North Davidson and then at North Carolina. It's no different now with the Minnesota Twins organization. With 2012 spring training just concluding, Michael has been assigned to the Fort Myers Miracle of the Class A Advanced Florida State League.
UNC baseball infield adjusts to changes
When the Minnesota Twins signed first-round draft pick Levi Michael on Aug. 15, they opened up a $1.2 million hole on the left side of North Carolina’s infield. The shortstop had been a key factor in UNC’s success in each of the past three seasons. Junior second baseman Tommy Coyle will slide over to shortstop this season — a move he’s been eagerly anticipating for some time.
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As a freshman in 2011, he appeared in all 67 games starting all but one. He led the team in all three triple crown categories with a .335 average while hitting nine homers and driving in 71 runs. His RBI total was 23 more then Levi Michael who finished second on the team.
Twins sign first-round pick Levi Michael
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have signed their first round pick from the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, infielder Levi Michael. Michael played shortstop for the University of North Carolina, where he batted .289 (70-for-242) with 14 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 48 rbi in 65 games for the Tar Heels.
Levi Michael eyes a momentum boost
For most of the season, North Carolina relied on freshman Colin Moran and junior Levi Michael to carry the offense and help lead the Tar Heels back to the College World Series for the fifth time in the past six years. But since the NCAA Tournament began, one of UNC's top offensive players has been going through arguably the worst hitting slump of his career.
Tar Heels overcome tragedy to return to Omaha
This team has just a single first-rounder, shortstop Levi Michael (No. 30 by the Twins), and has relied instead on a group of guys with even-keel attitudes to amass a 50-14 record and earn the No. 3 national seed. That demeanor came in handy when (coach Mike) Fox had to leave the team after the death of his mother, Barbara.
Whether with Twins or UNC, Levi Michael will fit in
University of North Carolina junior Levi Michael grew up in the small town of Welcome, N.C. and eventually left high school early to play for the Tar Heels in the 2009 season. Though the Twins' selection of Michael with the 30th pick of the 2011 MLB Draft will likely take him beyond the boundaries of the Tar Heel State that raised him, he is a man accustomed to adjusting on the fly.
Draft stars abound as Super Regionals begin
Behind shortstop Levi Michael, the No. 3 overall seed North Carolina Tar Heels face Stanford and two of the nation's top left-handed relievers at 3 p.m. in Chapel Hill, N.C. Michael, the 30th overall pick by the Twins, batted just .297 this season for the Tar Heels while being hampered by injuries, but still drove in 48 runs with three triples and five home runs.
Q & A with North Carolina SS and Twins draft pick Levi Michael
Levi Michael spoke with SI.com's Jonathan Jones about not being distracted by his future, how his team is trying to rally amid some unfortunate circumstances and what Carolina's secret weapon might be against the Cardinal as the Tar Heels try to reach their fifth College World Series in the past six years:
Video: Levi Michael on MLB Draft
Coverage of Levi Michael's 1st round selection by the MLB Network, and Michael's reaction to being picked 30th overall.
Levi Michael's Moment
North Carolina has at least two more games with shortstop Levi Michael in the lineup, and if the junior standout has anything to do with it, it will be a few more than that. Michael became the sixth Diamond Heel in the last five years to get taken in the opening round of the first-year MLB Draft, and on Tuesday afternoon he and some other members of the team spoke with TarHeelIllustrated.com about his selection by the Minnesota Twins with the No. 30 overall pick.
Strange weekend for UNC's Levi Michael
There was no way for Levi Michael to wrap up the way he played in UNC's NCAA regional. Triumph, failure, achievement, frustration - it was all there in varying degrees, a one-man show about how cruel, yet satisfying, baseball can be. It was one of the worst hitting weekends of his college career. Yet at the same time, his defense at shortstop was impeccable.
Diverse defense helps define Tar Heels' Levi Michael
Earlier in his college career, Levi Michael played at other positions in the infield out of necessity. The Tar Heels had slick-fielding Ryan Graepel at shortstop, but Michael needed to be somewhere in the lineup. Now, that tends to be doing everything from the routine to the spectacular as North Carolina’s shortstop.
Tar Heels looking past the draft
UNC's Levi Michael admitted Tuesday he's a little bit relieved the MLB Draft is over. The shortstop said he was excited to be selected by the Minnesota Twins as the 33rd overall pick Monday night, but now that it's over he can concentrate on finishing the season strong. UNC hosts Stanford this weekend in the super regionals, with the winner advancing to the College World Series.