A college pitcher was a position that many Twins fans were begging for the Twins to take early in this year's draft. While that wish did not come true on Day One of the draft, the Twins did fulfill that wish right away on Day Two by selecting University of Michigan starting pitcher Steven Hajjar.
At 6'5" and 215 pounds, Steven Hajjar is a physically imposing presence on the mound. Unlike Twins first round pick Chase Petty, Hajjar is not a guy that will light up the radar gun with his fastball, as he typically sits in the upper-80s to low-90s. Hajjar's best secondary offering is his changeup, which is probably his best pitch at this point. He also throws a both a mid-70s 12-6 curveball and a low-80s slider, both of which have some potential for development.
Hajjar was previously selected in the 21st round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Milwuakee Brewers, but decided not to sign and went to play college baseball at Michigan. While Hajjar was on the 2019 Michigan squad that made it to the College World Series finals, he did not play on that team as he redshirted that season as a result of a torn ACL in his right knee. His first season for Michigan was the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season where he made four starts and put up a 2.70 ERA with 24 strikeouts and 11 walks in 20 innings pitched.
This spring was a breakout season for Steven Hajjar, who was named All-Big Ten Conference First Team and led all Bid Ten pitchers with 110 strikeouts. In total, Hajjar threw 81 and 2/3 innings across 14 starts with a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.8.
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