After June 23, Aaron Sabato could say his dream to become a professional baseball player was realized, as the former Tar Heel officially joined the Minnesota Twins.
Minnesota took Sabato with the 27th pick in the MLB draft, and the first baseman inked a deal with a $2.75 million signing bonus, officially ending his career in Chapel Hill.
Sabato’s first-year campaign was one for the record books. With a .343 batting average, 79 hits and 63 RBIs, Sabato was a major contributor in the middle of North Carolina's batting order. With 18 home runs on the season, Sabato set a UNC first-year record.
Despite a slow start to 2020, Sabato’s final six games — before the spread of COVID-19 ended the season — rivaled any six-game stretch in collegiate baseball. Sabato smashed six home runs, drove in 10 runs, hit .450 and slugged 1.400 in the final six games. His .656 on-base percentage led UNC, and he struck out just three times in his final 20 at-bats while drawing 12 walks.
The former All-American hit .332 with 81 RBIs and 25 home runs in his 83 games with North Carolina.