February 9, 1991 |
Lexington, North Carolina
Levi Burt Michael (born February 9, 1991) is a professional baseball shortstop in the Minnesota Twins organization. Michael attended the University of North Carolina, where he played college baseball for the North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team, prior to being drafted by the Twins in the first round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. Michael is a switch hitter who throws right-handed.
Michael grew up in Welcome, North Carolina and attended North Davidson High School in Welcome and the University of North Carolina (UNC), where he played for the North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team, competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He graduated from high school in January 2009, a semester early, in order to enroll at UNC in time to play for the Tar Heels that February. As a freshman, Michael batted .290 with a .377 on-base percentage (OBP), a .527 slugging percentage (SLG), and 13 home runs. He was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Team and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman All-America Second Team in 2009.
As a sophomore, Michael batted .356 with a .480 OBP, .575 SLG, and nine home runs. As a junior, Michael batted .289 with 14 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 48 runs batted in. Michael played second base in his freshman year, third base in his sophomore year, and shortstop in his junior year.
Michael was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the first round (30th overall) of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. He began his professional career with the Fort Myers Miracle of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, where he played in 2012 and 2013. He began the 2014 season with Fort Myers, and received a midseason promotion to the New Britain Rock Cats of the Class AA Eastern League. He began the 2015 season with the Twins' new Class AA affiliate, the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League.
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