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Pitcher Kyle Waldrop was a big part of Farragut High School's 94-3 record in 2003-2004, being one of the top three high schools nationally each year. He went 10-0 as a junior. Teaming with Rob Catapano as a fine 1-2 duo, Waldrop hit .493 and slugged 1.061 as a senior. He scored 70 and drove in 67 in 140 AB. He also was 14-0 with a 0.15 ERA and 0.50 WHIP, striking out 118 in 91 innings. He joined Trevor Plouffe as the utility men on the first-team high school All-America team picked by Baseball America.

He was was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the first round of the 2004 amateur draft, the 25th overall pick. Scouted by Tim O'Neil, Waldrop passed up a scholarship offer to the Vanderbilt University and signed for a $1 million bonus. He made his pro debut that summer with the GCL Twins, going 3-2 with a 1.42 ERA in 7 starts and 4 walks in 38 innings before being promoted to the Elizabethton Twins, where he went 2-0 and posted a 3.24 ERA in 4 outings. Baseball America listed him as the #4 prospect in the Gulf Coast League and #3 in the Appalachian League.

He spent 2005 with the Beloit Snappers and was 6-11 with a 4.98 ERA in 27 starts, walking only 23 in 152 innings but allowing 182 hits. He began the next year with Beloit again and went 6-3 with a 3.85 ERA in 8 games before a promotion to the Fort Myers Miracle, where he went 3-2 with a 3.57 ERA in 8 appearances.

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