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Posted at 10:40 AM on June 8, 2005 by Ben Tesch

In the 5th round, Cleveland selected Minnesota-Mankato reliever Kevin Dixon. His description: "Large frame. Similar to fomer ML Gregg Olson. Confident, hard-throwing RHP who challenges hitters. Excellent slider & change-up. Sound, proper delivery and arm action. Size, arm, mechanics for ML value. Features three solid pitches."

In the 12th round, Cleveland selected University of Minnesota shortstop Matt Fornasiere. His description: "Mature, filled out frame. Similar to Rich Aurilia in body proportion. Consistent approach at plate. Good at-bats, makes contact. Has arm and instincts for all INF spots. Will drive ball w/ more of a pro-style swing."

In the 16th round, the Chicago Cubs drafted U of M reliever Jon Mueller. This season, Mueller was 0-1 with a 2.86 ERA, and 26 strikeouts in 28.1 innings pitched, stranding 17 of the 23 inherited runners he faced this season.

Also in the 16th round, St. Louis selected Cologne, Minnesota native Matthew Lane, who is attending University of Louisiana at Monroe.

In the 18th round, Arizona selected U of M catcher Jake Elder. Elder led the team in on-base percentage at .417, was second in slugging percentage at .492, second in RBI (43), third in home runs and third in doubles (13). Elder was also part of a senior class that graduated having won three straight Big Ten regular season titles in 2002-2004.

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