USM's Wallner signs with hometown team


Matt Wallner, a three-year All-American for the Southern Miss program, signed today with the Minnesota Twins to start his professional baseball career.

Wallner, who collected his fifth All-American accolade over the weekend with a second-team honor by the American Baseball Coaches Association, was the No. 39 overall pick in a supplemental first-round selection. His pick was the highest in the history of the Southern Miss baseball program. The pick had a slot value of a $1.9 million signing bonus, and Wallner signed for $1.8.

The Forest Lake, Minn.., will play for his hometown organization that originally drafted him in the 32nd round in the 2017 draft.

In 189 career games over three seasons for the Golden Eagles, Wallner posted a career .337 batting average with 39 doubles, two triples, a school-record 58 home runs and 190 RBI. In addition, he posted a school-record 141 career walks over his three-year career.

Wallner is expected to be assigned to the Rookie-level Elizabethton (Tenn.) Twins of the Appalachian League. The E-Twins begin their season Tuesday, June 18.