Baron Signs Contract With Minnesota Twins

May 29, 2001

Los Angeles - Brian Baron (Newhall, CA/Hart HS), UCLA's single season batting average record holder, agreed to terms with the Minnesota Twins on Monday and signed the contract late Monday night. He was drafted by the Twins in the 46th round of the 2000 draft as a draft and follow player. Baron was assigned to the Twins' High A team in the Florida State League and will report to Fort Myers, FL on Friday.

Baron broke the UCLA single season batting average record in 2001, finishing the season with a .443 batting average, shattering Don Slaught's .428 average set in 1979. He finished the season with 105 hits, good for fifth all-time in a season despite playing just 56 games.

He is a semifinalist for both the Rotary Smith Award and the Dick Howser Trophy, two Player of the Year awards. On Friday, he was named a first team All-American by Louisville Slugger, chose by Collegiate Baseball. Last week he earned All-Pac-10 team honors as he led the conference in batting average and hits.

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