Following his senior year at Greenwood High School, Christian Powell had the chance to fulfill his childhood dream of playing professional baseball after being drafted in round 47 of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft. The right-handed pitcher elected to sign with the College of Charleston instead, where he enjoyed three standout years.
Powell was eventually drafted in the eighth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft by the Minnesota Twins and will report to spring training on March 5 in Fort Meyers, Fla.
“I’m glad I went to college,” Powell said. “It helped me learn how to push myself. Now, I’m having to make myself go throw, make myself go lift, make myself go work out. Going to college instead of going pro out of high school helped me develop that mentality.”
During his time at College of Charleston, Powell enjoyed a plethora of success. In 2012, he was named the Southern Conference Coaches Pitcher of the Year and was a First Team All-Southern Conference selection, going 9-4 with a conference best 2.64 ERA.
“I think that I’ve been considered a workhorse for a lot of my career,” Powell said. “I’m able to log a lot of innings and have been fortunate enough to be durable so far in my career.”
After playing short season Rookie Ball in Tennessee, the former Greenwood High All-State selection will report to Fort Meyers in hopes of making a positive impression on his new club.
“I’m hoping to earn a spot in Low A,” Powell said. “Hopefully work my way up, and I’d like to be able to move up a level each year, maybe more if I pitch well.”
As he prepares for the next step of his career, Powell explained that reporting to spring training in early March will be somewhat of a surreal experience.
“I'm definitely realizing a dream of mine,” Powell said. “It’s also just another step in the process, going from being drafted out of high school, to going to college, to being drafted again. This is just another step in the process in hopefully reaching my ultimate goal.”