Drafted: 1st Round, 30th Overall 2011 First-Year Player Draft by the Minnesota Twins out of the University of North Carolina.
- Baseball Reference
- Fan Graphs
- University of North Carolina
- MLB.com Draft Scouting Video
From MLB.com Draft Scouting Report:
"Every Draft class has a crop of college middle infielders that is interesting, if not overwhelmingly exciting. Michael has improved over the past couple of years, moving himself to close to the top of this year's class of college hitters who play up the middle. He can hit from both sides of the plate and, though he is more of a gap-to-gap guy, has gotten stronger and shown a little more pop this season. When he's healthy, he's got above-average speed and will steal a base. An ankle injury has slowed him somewhat this season on both sides of the ball. Even before that, some scouts felt his range was too limited to be an everyday shortstop as a professional. His average arm is playable there but might be a bit short to profile there all the time. As a result, most see him as a second baseman -- his hands work just fine -- or as a utility type who can fill in at shortstop and not be a detriment. It may not sound like the most exciting combination of tools, but it should be enough to be gone in the first 60 picks."Videos:
Playing for UNC (thanks to YouTube user CamdenDepot):