FORMER DRAGON DONALDSON SIGNS WITH TWINS

Former Blue Dragon catcher Cole Donaldson has signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Twins on Friday.
Former Blue Dragon catcher Cole Donaldson has signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Twins on Friday.

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Cole Donaldson, who was an all-Jayhawk West catcher for the Hutchinson Community College team, signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Minnesota Twins organization on Friday.

Donaldson played for one season with the Blue Dragons and was a second-team all-Jayhawk West performer in 2016. After Hutchinson, Donaldson played three successful seasons at Southern Mississippi.

Eligible for both the 2018 and 2019 MLB Drafts, the St. Charles, Missouri, native wasn't selected, but ultimately became the 51st Blue Dragon to reach professional baseball by either the draft or signing free-agent contracts.

Donaldson is the 13th Blue Dragon to sign a free-agent contract, the first since Christian Cox in 2015. He is the second player to sign with the Twins' organization. Michael Helman was an 11th-round draft pick by Minnesota in 2018.

Donaldson quickly asserted himself as one of the top catchers in the Jayhawk Conference in 2016 as a great receiver with a terrific arm.

Donaldson threw out 14 of 30 base stealers (43.8 percent) and he picked off another four on the bases. Donaldson was exceptional at blocking pitches saving HutchCC pitchers numerous wild pitches. Donaldson posted a .990 fielding percentage with only four errors in 391 chances. He ranked fifth in the Jayhawk Conference with his 14 runners caught stealing. His fielding percentage was 10th in the conference.

Offensively, Donaldson posted a .349 batting average with 58 total hits, 13 doubles, a team-high-tying four triples and six home runs. Donaldson drove in 44 runs and scored 46 while stealing 14 of 17 bases.

Against Independence in a Region VI Tournament game on March 7, 2016, Donaldson hit for the cycle. He had 15 multi-hit games, including a pair of four-hit games. Donaldson also had a hit streak of 10 games this season.

In three seasons at Southern Mississippi, Donaldson played in 160 games with a career batting average of .251. With 119 total hits, Donaldson had 22 doubles, three triples and four homers with 68 total RBIs. He had a .989 fielding percentage with only 13 errors in 1,196 total chances.

Donaldson will start his professional career with the Twins' rookie team in Fort Meyers, Florida.