Quesada chosen by Twins

By: Matt Long
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The dream of many young baseball players is to make it to the major leagues, the first step in which would be to be drafted by a team. Folsom High 2008 graduate Michael Quesada achieved that dream last week during the 2010 draft, as the Minnesota Twins selected him in the 24th round with the 735th pick of the draft. Quesada worked out for the team on Tuesday and the two parties will attempt to work out a contract that both sides are willing to sign. “I had a very good feeling I would be drafted, but I wasn’t sure who would draft me or when I would go,” Quesada said. “I wasn’t surprised that the Twins chose me, since I had talking with them since last fall, but I was surprised at how late I was chosen.” Quesada, 20, recently completed a solid season at Sierra College, in which he hit .287 with 2 home runs and 19 runs batted in. He started 25 of the 27 games in which he played and ended with a .407 slugging percentage and a .342 on base percentage. Behind the plate, Quesada threw out 13 of 46 would-be base stealers. “I got off to a slow start this season by trying to impress people, but once I got back to the basics, I felt like I played how I should,” Quesada said. When Quesada played at Folsom High, then co-coach Scott Seffens, now coaching at Vista del Lago, knew he was a special player. “I knew he would be drafted the first day I saw him as a junior,” Seffens said. “He has a plethora of tools and this is a cool opportunity for him.” Quesada and the Twins have until Aug. 15 to reach a deal, at which point Quesada will either sign and play rookie ball in Florida or stay home for another season at Sierra College.