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Twins Organizational Depth Chart: Third Basemen

25 Jan

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We have looked at the catchers and the first basemen in the Twins organization the past two days. Today, I’ll be looking at the third basemen. Again, the purpose of this series is two-fold (if not more). First, it’s a look at the depth at or near the big leagues. Second, it’s a glance at the depth at the position throughout the system. You can find out who might be coming up to the Twins if there is a need, and you can find out who the prospects to watch might be.

I need to reiterate that these are my thoughts. I have no insider information to know where players will be playing for certain in 2012. Obviously after spring training, some of these players will be let go. There will be Disabled List players, extended spring training and more.

Minnesota Twins  

Danny Valencia (Luke Hughes, Jamey Carroll)

2011 was a difficult year for Valencia. In the first half, his numbers struggled thanks to a lot of at-‘em balls. His high BABIP in his rookie season was evened up by his low BABIP in his sophomore season. He can hit, and hitting in the bottom third of the lineup, he will succeed. His defense wasn’t as good in 2011 as 2010 either. More disturbing, he was the player blamed most by the manager, which makes no sense. I expect a solid season out of Valencia in 2012, maybe somewhere along the lines of .280/.340/.450 with 30+ doubles and 12-15 home runs. As I’ve pointed out before, I won’t be even a little surprised if Ron Gardenhire says that Sean Burroughs is competition for a starting job. Burroughs will get plenty of at bats in spring training though. And Luke Hughes, who is out of options, should again receive plenty of at bats and time in the field at three infield positions including 3B. Jamey Carroll is really a middle infielder, but some seem to think he might be a 3B option as well. I can’t see that.  

Rochester Red Wings

Sean Burroughs. Ray Chang

Burroughs was once one of baseball’s top prospects, then struggled, then got into drugs and alcohol. But he had a nice comeback season last year that saw him reach the big leagues for the first time since 2006. He did a nice job as a pinch hitter for Arizona. He is known as a very good defensive third baseman, which bodes well for him. He has also shown the ability to hit for average. I really believe that although he likely isn’t in direct competition with Valencia for a starting job, he is likely going to be battling Luke Hughes and maybe Tsuyoshi Nishioka for the final bench spots. With Trevor Plouffe also likely on the bench many nights, Gardy may find it important to have a left-handed bench bat.

Ray Chang made a very good impression last year in spring training. He went to New Britain and played well. He was promoted to Rochester where he played even better, hitting 3rd many games for them. Unfortunately, he broke his fibula and missed almost two months. He will likely get time at 3B and at SS for the Red Wings.

New Britain Rock Cats

Deibinson Romero, Michael Hollimon

Romero was once considered a very good, high ceiling prospect. Following a injury-riddled season in Beloit, the Twins added him to the 40-man-roster. He struggled and was removed from the 40-man-roster a year later. Many questioned his work ethic, but he responded in 2011 with a solid year in AA. He could have become a free agent after the 2011 season, but he quickly resigned with the Twins.

Likewise, the Twins and Hollimon quickly agreed that he would return to the Twins rather than enter free agency. Between New Britain (97 games) and Rochester (29 games), he hit 19 doubles and 18 home runs. He primarily played 2B and LF but also go some time at the hot corner. The Twins drafted him in the 49th round in 2003 but he didn’t sign. In 2008, he got 25 plate appearances with the Tigers. He had six hits, including two doubles, a triple and a home run.

Ft. Myers Miracle

Anderson Hidalgo, Jairo Perez

Hidalgo has been in the organization since 2006. He has moved up one level each year and was with the Miracle last year. His .274 batting average was the lowest of his career. In 2010, he was the only Beloit Snappers player to hit over .300 (.316). He has an unorthodox swing at the plate that many wonder if it will adapt as he moves up the ladder. Defensively, he’s a little below average.

Jairo Perez seemingly came out of nowhere last year. He spent the first two months of the year in Extended Spring Training, but after joining the Snappers in mid June, he hit .337/.413/.580 with 20 doubles and 15 home runs. He had missed all of 2010 with Tommy John surgery. He primarily played 3B but also played a few games at 2B. He is a little guy who takes a monstrous swing. He is not fast and his range is limited, so 3B is a better option.

Beloit Snappers

Miguel Sano, Roy Larson, Adam Bryant

I think most Twins fans have heard pretty much everything about Miguel Sano. He is the consensus top prospect in the Twins farm system. He got the big signing bonus. He draws comparisons to Miguel Cabrera and other great power bats in the game. He had a lot of errors last year in Elizabethton at both shortstop and third base, but he can flat-out hit. He hit .292/.352/.627 with 18 doubles, seven triples and 20 home runs in 66 games for the E-Twins. His power potential is off charts. The Twins are typically patient with their young prospects’ development. The same should be true of Sano. As much as his offensive game is advanced, there are more aspects of the game that he needs to work on. He needs to make more contact. He needs to run the bases better. And he needs to play better defense and just mature, in general. I would expect him to spend the whole season at Beloit.

Adam Bryant was the team’s 9th round pick just last year, and as a four-year college senior, he signed quickly and was sent to Beloit where he held his own. He played all three infield positions and was solid with the bat. He’s a solid, all-around player who will likely advance as a utility player. The Twins signed Larson out of the University of St. Thomas. He’s 6-6 and struggled in E-Town, but he has very quick hands and bat speed. He can play both corner infield spots. Due to his age (he’s 24), he’ll likely have to advance through the lower levels quickly.

Extended Spring Training/Short-Season

Travis Harrison, Javier Pimentel

It will be interesting to see where Harrison and Pimentel will play in 2012. The assumption is that both will go to Extended Spring Training. Harrison was the team’s supplemental first-round pick in 2011 out of high school in California. He has a bunch of power potential and some believe that he could also become an all-around hitter. Pimentel was signed in 2010 out of the Dominican Republic for about a $700,000 signing bonus. He split the 2011 season between the Dominican Summer League and the GCL. I think he would likely head to the GCL again, but he has very good potential as well. Signed as a shortstop, he already spent most of his time at third base in 2011.

TOP THREE PROSPECTS

1.)    Miguel Sano, 2.) Travis Harrison, 3.) Jairo Perez

SUMMARY

Third base is Danny Valencia’s for the near-term. Sean Burroughs provides some quality depth. This would be a position where the Twins are quite strong at the lower levels (with Sano, Harrison and Pimentel), but there is not much help above Beloit for 2012, at least not anyone that would have any long-term potential. We’ll need to wait until at least 2014 to see Sano (and that’s only if he advances on the Joe Mauer path), and Harrison and Pimentel are likely 2016 arrivals. Will Sano be able to stick at 3B? How will Valencia fare through his pre-arbitration and arbitration years? 

If you have any further questions, please feel free to e-mail me at sethspeaksnet@hotmail.com or leave your thoughts in the Comments Section!

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Analyzing the Twins Top 20 Prospects

20 Jan

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In my very-recently released Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook, I unveiled my 2012 Twins Top 30 Prospects. I thought it would be fun to analyze the Top 20 prospects to see if any interesting notes, or even trends, emerge. I found a few, but maybe you’ll find even more. A reminder, these are my Top 20 Twins prospects. If you make a prospect list of your own, yours will likely look a little different, but most of the players will be the same with some variance.

Here is my Top Top Twins Prospect List:

Ranking Name How Acquired From (Country/State)
1 Miguel Sano Free Agent Dominican Republic
2 Eddie Rosario Drafted – 3rd Round 2010 Puerto Rico
3 Oswaldo Arcia Free Agent Venezuela
4 Aaron Hicks Drafted – 1st Round 2008 US – California
5 Joe Benson Drafted – 2nd Round 2006 US – Illinois
6 Liam Hendriks Free Agent Australia
7 Kyle Gibson Drafted – 1st Round 2009 US – Missouri
8 Adrian Salcedo Free Agent Dominican Republic
9 Alex Wimmers Drafted – 1st Round 2010 US – Ohio
10 Chris Parmelee Drafted – 1st Round 2006 US – California
11 Brian Dozier Drafted – 8th Round 2009 US – Mississippi
12 Travis Harrison Drafted – supp 1st Round 2011 US – California
13 Tom Stuifbergen Free Agent Netherlands
14 Angel Morales Drafted – 3rd Round 2007 Puerto Rico
15 Chris Herrmann Drafted – 6th Round 2009 US – Texas
16 Manuel Soliman Free Agent Dominican Republic
17 Levi Michael Drafted – 1st Round 2011 US – North Carolina
18 Max Kepler Free Agent Germany
19 Niko Goodrum Drafted – 2nd Round 2010 US – Georgia
20 Hudson Boyd Drafted – supp 1st Round 2011 US – Florida

 Some Notes:

  • Nine of my Top 20 Twins prospects were 1st or 2nd round draft picks. There are two 1st round picks and two supplemental 1st round picks since 2006 that are not on this list. 2007 top pick Ben Revere is no longer a “prospect” since he has spent so much time in the big leagues. Matt Bashore was the Twins supplemental first round pick in 2009 from Indiana. He’s had a couple of arm surgeries and returned to limited action in 2011. Reports indicate that by the end of last season, he had regained most of his velocity and he may have the opportunity to move up prospect lists quickly next season.
  • Following the 2007 season, Torii Hunter chose to sign with the Angels instead of the Twins. Because of that, the Twins received the Angels first round pick in 2008 and the first supplemental first round pick of that draft. With the 27th overall pick, the Twins chose Carlos Gutierrez who does not appear on my Top 20 prospect list, but he is a good relief pitching option who throws really hard with a good sinker but needs to throw more strikes. With the 31st overall pick, the Twins chose a hard-throwing right-hander out of Tulane University names Shooter Hunt who fought Steve Blass Disease since the 2008 season. This past December, he was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft.
  • The Twins have a strong scouting presence all around the world, and that is shown in their top prospect list. Three players are from the Dominican Republic, and there is one player from Venezuela, Australia, the Netherlands and Germany. The Twins also have prospects from Cuba, South Africa, Mexico, Panama, Taiwan and the Czech Republic.
  • Of these top 20 prospects, 13 were drafted by the Twins. Of those, seven are high school hitters. The Twins have had great success drafting hitters out of high school (see Torii Hunter, Michael Cuddyer, Justin Morneau, Jason Kubel, Joe Mauer, Denard Span, Ben Revere).Aside from Revere and Mauer, most of these players took five or six years to make their big league debuts and more importantly make a big impression in the big leagues. Joe Benson and Chris Parmelee are also examples of this. Drafted in 2006, they made their big league debuts in September of 2011. Each will likely start making a bigger impression on the Twins in 2012. That’s why I always find it funny when people are so disappointed that we haven’t seen Aaron Hicks dominate at the upper levels of the minor leagues yet. Or, although he was drafted a year earlier, Angel Morales is younger than Hicks. Niko Goodrum is one of the best athletes in the organization as well and played very well in Elizabethton last year. Travis Harrison was one of the top power hitting prospects from the high school ranks in the 2011 draft.
  • Although not drafted, Miguel Sano, Oswaldo Arcia and Max Kepler were all signed as 16 year olds and certainly fit into the high-upside young hitter mold!!
  • The other thing that the Twins have done is draft college pitchers in the first rounds of the draft. Just two college-drafted pitchers appear on this list, and each of them has some question marks. Kyle Gibson was the team’s top prospect one year ago, and pitched very well the first two months of 2011. Unfortunately, as we all know, he had to have Tommy John surgery in September and will miss most, if not all, of the 2012 season. Alex Wimmers was the two-time Big 10 Pitcher of the Year at Ohio State. He was a control pitcher that draft experts said was closest to the big leagues. Unfortunately, he had a hamstring injury in spring training last year and it led to some very disturbing control issues. However, he seemed to be a rare example of someone overcoming Steve Blass Disease as he came back late in the season and pitched much better. He ended his season by throwing a 7-inning no-hitter for Ft. Myers. I would expect to see both make starts for the Twins in 2013.
  • The Twins did have three pitchers pitch at three levels in 2011. Reliever Matt Hauser (San Diego State) is my top ranked Twins reliever prospect (#28). Pat Dean (#30) was the Twins 3rd round pick in 2010 from Boston College. Lefty Logan Darnell (#25), the 6th round pick in 2010, was the third. All three pitched briefly with Beloit before spending most of their season in Ft. Myers. Darnell spent the most time in Double-A New Britain. The Twins have a history of being willing to promote college pitchers quickly through the minors. The following players have pitched at three levels in one season with the Twins: Scott Baker, Glen Perkins, Brian Duensing, and Jesse Crain. Matt Garza actually pitched at four levels, including the Twins, in 2006.
  • The Twins hadn’t drafted a high school pitcher in the first round since 2004 when they drafted Kyle Waldrop with the 25th overall pick (Anthony Swarzak was taken in the 2nd round). The Twins used their second supplemental first round pick in 2011 on Hudson Boyd, who not only has shown good control, but he has touched 97 mph on the radar gun. He could move up quickly.
  • Here is a quick look at where these twenty players ended the season playing: Three Did Not Play (2011 draft picks), Four ended the season in Elizabethton, Two in Beloit, Four in Ft. Myers, Two in New Britain, two in Rochester and three with the Twins. You often hear that the Twins prospects are all at the lower levels of the farm system. However, Benson, Parmelee and Hendriks are all top ten prospects who made their big league debuts on September 6. Each figures into the Twins long-term future. Brian Dozier and Chris Herrmann were the high-risers among prospects and both will likely debut with the Twins in 2012 after strong seasons in New Britain and strong showings in the Arizona Fall League.
  • When Baseball America releases its Top 100 Prospects list, Miguel Sano will likely rank in the Top 25-30. It is possible that Rosario, Arcia, Benson and maybe even Gibson will appear in the Top 100 lists.
  • If you listen to Baseball America’s most recent podcast, they discussed their Top 10 rankings for AL Central teams. They clearly had the Royals as the best farm system in the division. They ranked the Twins with the second-best prospects in the division (and middle of the pack overall). They ranked the White Sox and Indians as having the two worst farm systems in all of baseball, with the Tigers very close to the bottom.  

Any other comments on these twenty prospects of the Twins farm system in general? I’ll be happy to answer them in the Comments.  

Here are some other thoughts and links:

 

  • On Wednesday, the Minnesota Twins Caravan came to The Shed in Warroad. Ron Gardenhire, Joe Vavra, Brian Duensing and Glen Perkins were in attendance, along with TC Bear. TwinsBaseball.com’s Rhett Bollinger was there as well. It was a nice event, and very informal. The Twins contingency seemed to really appreciate and enjoy it. It was great to be up close with the players, talk to them and, as a couple of people told me, see them as regular people. I think we (many fans) forget that at times. I have been to several Twins Caravan events over the past five years. I definitely recommend going if you’ve got one in your area. It’s just a great opportunity to meet players, get autographs if you want, and start getting excited for a new Twins season.
  • Speaking of great events, Twins Fest is next weekend. I just got my tickets in the mail yesterday. I plan to be there on Friday night and Satuurday throughout the day. I don’t get the autographs, but I enjoy talking to people, players and fans alike. SO, if you’ll be there, be sure to say hi!
  • Baseball America will be posting its Top 20 Twins Prospect list on its website today, so be sure to check there this afternoon.

I want to welcome any questions or comments that you might have. Feel free to e-mail me or leave your thoughts in the Comments Section!

2nd Preliminary Top 50 Minnesota Twins Prospects

20 Dec

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Hopefully in the very near future, the Twins Prospect Handbook will be available. My goal will be to have it available so that people can bring it to Twins Fest and get it signed by Twins prospects. We shall see. The recent struggles have certainly hurt the timeline, but I’m getting some great help and will try my best. Two months ago, I put together a preliminary Top 50 Prospect list. Since then, I’ve been getting more and more scouting reports, looking a little deeper at numbers and trying to learn as much as I can about each of the Twins prospects. With that, I’ll give you a second preliminary prospect list. There is some serious talent at the top of the list, but there are some players throughout this top 50 and a little beyond that, if things go right for them, you could see in a role with the Twins at some point in the future. Who knows, but definitely feel free to comment and discuss these rankings. Definitely let me know who I missed, who should be higher or lower, etc.

With that, here is my 2nd preliminary Minnesota Twins Top 50 Prospect ranking:

  1. Miguel Sano – 3B – Elizabethton Twins
  2. Eddie Rosario – OF – Elizabethton Twins
  3. Oswaldo Arcia – OF – Ft. Myers Miracle
  4. Joe Benson – OF – Minnesota Twins
  5. Aaron Hicks – OF – Ft. Myers Miracle
  6. Liam Hendriks – RHP – Minnesota Twins
  7. Kyle Gibson – RHP – Rochester Red Wings
  8. Alex Wimmers – RHP – Ft. Myers Miracle
  9. Chris Parmelee – 1B – Minnesota Twins
  10. Adrian Salcedo – RHP – Beloit Snappers
  11. Brian Dozier – SS – New Britain Rock Cats  
  12. Travis Harrison – 3B – Did Not Play
  13. Tom Stuifbergen – RHP – Rochester Red Wings
  14. Angel Morales – OF – Ft. Myers Miracle
  15. Chris Herrmann – C – New Britain Rock Cats
  16. Manuel Soliman – RHP – Beloit Snappers  
  17. Levi Michael – SS – Did Not Play
  18. Max Kepler – OF – Elizabethton Twins
  19. Niko Goodrum – SS – Elizabethton Twins
  20. Hudson Boyd – RHP – Did Not Play
  21. BJ Hermsen – RHP – Ft. Myers Miracle
  22. Danny Santana – SS – Beloit Snappers
  23. Madison Boer – RHP – Beloit Snappers
  24. Logan Darnell – LHP – New Britain Rock Cats
  25. David Bromberg – RHP – New Britain Rock Cats
  26. JD Williams – OF – Elizabethton Twins
  27. Terry Doyle – RHP – White Sox organization, Twins Rule 5 pick
  28. Jairo Perez – 3B – Beloit Snappers
  29. Matt Hauser – RHP – New Britain Rock Cats
  30. Pat Dean – LHP – New Britain Rock Cats
  31. Matt Summers – RHP – Elizabethton Twins
  32. Danny Rams – C – Ft. Myers Miracle
  33. Scott Diamond – LHP – Minnesota Twins  
  34. Angel Mata – RHP – GCL Twins
  35. Corey Williams – LHP – Elizabethton Twins  
  36. Danny Ortiz – OF – Beloit Snappers
  37. Carlos Gutierrez – RHP – Rochester Red Wings
  38. Nate Roberts – OF – Beloit Snappers
  39. Lance Ray – OF/1B – Beloit Snappers
  40. Deolis Guerra – RHP – New Britain Rock Cats
  41. Michael Gonzales – 1B – Beloit Snappers
  42. Lester Oliveros – RHP – Minnesota Twins
  43. Ryan O’Rourke – LHP – Beloit Snappers
  44. Hung-Yi Chen – RHP – GCL Twins
  45. James Beresford – SS – Ft. Myers Miracle
  46. Bobby Lanigan – RHP – New Britain Rock Cats
  47. Tyler Grimes – IF – Beloit Snappers
  48. Anderson Hidalgo – 3B – Ft. Myers Miracle
  49. Tim Shibuya – RHP – Elizabethton Twins
  50. Pedro Guerra – RHP – Beloit Snappers

JUST MISSED – Adam Bryant, Nick Lockwood, Rory Rhodes, Matt Bashore, Evan Bigley, Derek Christensen, Steven Gruver, Kuo-hua Lo.

I’m sure I missed others. Let’s discuss. Please feel free to ask questions and leave comments. Final stages of the book development, so help me out!!

What a Day!

16 Aug

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Baseball is a marathon, not a sprint. It is important for the players and the fans to abide by the whole “One Day at a Time” approach to the season. There are so many games. So many hits. So many runs. So many transactions. So many errors. They are called the Dog Days of August because this is the time when a team out of contention, like the Twins, and their fans, can find the season long.

But August 15th, 2011, was a big day for the Twins and their fans. It was one bit of news after the next. It was a day that signified change and turnover. It was a day to celebrate an historical event. It was a day to look ahead to a bright future. For a Twins fan, August 15th was pretty exciting.

It actually started very early in the morning, when I tweeted that the Twins had signed their 16th round pick, Austin Malinowski, a LHP from Centennial High School in Lino Lakes. He was the top player in the high school ranks in Minnesota in 2011, and he gave up a scholarship to the University of Arizona to sign with his hometown team.

Around 1:30 p.m. central time, we learned that the Twins had just traded Delmon Young to the Tigers. He had been claimed by the Tigers last week, and with their 48 hour window closing, they agreed to a deal that sent Edina native Cole Nelson to the Twins along with a Player To Be Named Later. The deal marked the end of a nearly four season relationship with the talented outfielder who just never met expectations and often rubbed fans and media the wrong way. After a 2010 season in which he hit .298 with 46 doubles, 21 homers and 112 RBI, Young was very disappointing in 2011 when he had just four home runs for the Twins.

Ironically, Young learned he was being traded when Bill Smith called his cell phone. Young was on the Twins team bus to Comerica Park, home of the Tigers. When he got off the bus, he said good bye to his teammates and instead of joining them in the visitor’s clubhouse, he went to the home clubhouse and put on the Tigers’ uniform.

In his first at bat against Francisco Liriano, batting third for the Tigers, Young took a 3-1 fastball and deposited it into the left field bleachers for a home run. He later made a terrific running catch in left field and singled solidly up the middle.

The Young trade signaled that the Twins are no longer competing for the 2011 AL Central title (something we’ve known for two weeks, or more). It shows they are looking to the future. Nelson, the Tigers 10th round pick in 2010 is a 22-year-old left-handed pitcher who went to Auburn for college. he has really struggled in the Florida State League and will report to the Ft. Myers Miracle for the remainder of the season. It will be very interesting to see who the Player To Be Named Later is. The assumption is the the player will be insignificant as is usually the case, but the more that the Twins could get for Young, the better.

The game was back and forth. In the 6th inning, Jim Thome came to the plate with a runner on base. He has been sitting on 598 home runs for since August 4th. The hope was he could hit his 600th home run in their six-game home stand last week. Then the goal became to hit two home runs in Cleveland where 55% of his career home runs have been hit. That didn’t happen.

In his first two at bats on Monday night, Thome drilled a line drive right at the shortstop (actually caught by the 3B who was essentially playing SS with the shift) and he drilled a line drive single to center. When he came up in the 6th inning, Bert Blyleven called a home run. A couple of pitches later, Thome hit an opposite field homer into the Twins bullpen in left center field. 599 home runs. He was close now! It took nearly two weeks to hit 599, how long would it take to hit 600?

One inning. That is all. In the top of the 7th, Thome came to the plate with two runners on to face southpaw Daniel Schlereth. A couple of hanging sliders later, and Thome deposited another home run into the Twins bullpen, caught by closer Joe Nathan. His teammates and coaches rushed to greet him at home plate. Michael Cuddyer was the first to hug him. Then Justin Morneau. Valencia. Mauer, and so on. Each of his teammates excitedly hugged the legendary slugger. Then his family was brought onto the field. His father, wife, and a couple of his kids. The Tigers fans stood and cheered the accomplishment. It was an incredible moment. I felt like it hasn’t been talked about enough in baseball circles, even in Twins circles. But when it happened, it was incredibly exciting and memorable, and Thome again showed over and over, in interview after interview, just how classy he is.

He became just the eighth player in Major League history to hit 600 home runs in this career. Think about that for just a few minutes! Jim Thome is a legend. His place in history has been set for a long time. His place in the hearts and minds of Twins fans continues to deepen.

As the game and the post-game interviews, which maybe Gardy forgot was live, the focus jumped to the MLB Draft. The deadline to sign players drafted in June was 11:00 central time. With 90 minutes before the deadline, the Twins had not yet signed any of their three first-round picks.

Just before 10:00, we learned that the Twins had signed the 55th overall pick, RHP from Biship Verot high school in Ft. Myers, Hudson Boyd, to a $1 million signing bonus, about $350,000 over slot. One down. Boyd is a big guy who already throws 92-95 mph and even touched 97.

At about 10:25, Josh Johnson tweeted that the Twins had come to terms with the 50th overall pick, high school 3B, Travis Harrison. He fell, in part, due to the fact that many teams heard he was very much committed to his scholarship to USC. Although the Twins wouldn’t likely draft him unless they felt strongly that they could sign him, there was a lot of concern that he would cause the Twins to go well over slot. And because of his power potential, I thought it was well worth doing just that. When it came out that the Twins had inked Harrison for “just” $1.05 million, I was shocked. When Baseball America’s Jim Callis tweeted that he signed for $1.5 million, that sounded much more likely. But minutes later, he retracted that comment and said that it was a $1.05 million signing bonus. Again, that is about $350,000 over MLB’s slot recommendation.

The only selection yet to sign was the team’s first round pick, 30th overall, infielder Levi Michael. At one point in the afternoon, it was reported that the two sides had reached a ‘snag.’ There were reports that he would sign as early as 45 minutes prior to the deadline, but it was finally announced, almost right at the deadline, that the Twins had signed Michael to a $1.175 million bonus, just $86,000 over slot. (was that really worth sitting out six weeks of development time? Maybe!)

So, the Twins signed all three of their first-round and compensation picks for $3.225 million. Of course, if the Twins draft in the Top 5 to 8 picks in 2012, that will be about half of what their first round pick next year will cost.

The draft is so important to a team’s minor league system. The fact that most of the first-round picks didn’t sign until minutes before the deadline is more than annoying, but you can’t fully blame a player for getting what he can because until they reach their arbitration years (3 years into a big league career), they make very little money. So I understand that they should get what they can. At the same time, many teams spend a ton of money on free agency. But spending a little extra on draft picks makes a ton of picks. Why? Because the Twins will now have control of those players for four more years before they would need to be added to the 40 man roster, six years of minor league time, and up to six years of big league time before they would become free agents. Draft picks are great investments.

The Twins did very well in the draft this year. They got a college hitter at a position of need. They took two compensatory picks and used them on high ceiling high school talents. They were able to sign their first fifteen draft picks and 33 of the 52 players they drafted. The lowest draft choice not to sign was 14th rounder Adam McCreery. I would say that is a terrific draft. In addition to the three first round picks, and Malinowski, the Twins also announced the signings of Jason Wheeler (8th round – LHP), Brett Lee (10th round – LHP), Tyler Jones (11th round – RHP… actually reported to Elizabethton ten days ago), Matthew Koch (12th round – Catcher – has played for Elizabethton the last week), Josh Burris (17th round – RHP), Trenton Higginbotham (26th round – RHP), and Chris Mazza (27th round – RHP). They got some strong arms such as Eden Prairie’s Madison Boer (2nd), LHP Corey Williams (3rd) and Matthew Summers (4th). They got two other shortstops in the top ten rounds in Tyler Grimes (5th) and Adam Bryant (9th).

It is a bright day for the future of the Twins… although we can’t really judge any draft for at least ten eight years after the draft, so we will find out in about 2018 or 2019 just how good this draft was.

We saw historical with Jim Thome’s 599th and 600th home runs. We saw his class. We saw an acknowledgement of looking to the future with the trade of Delmon Young, and we have to assume that Young could be the first of a few to be traded during this waiver period. And we got to see the Twins planning for the future with the signings of so many of their draft picks including high ceiling talents like Boyd and Harrison.

We, as Twins fans, have to look for the positives. With the season more that ¾ complete, this is kind of like the Twins are being blown out in the 7th inning of a game. The team isn’t going to come back and win. Those games are easy to get over, much easier to get over than a one-run loss most of the time. You have to find things that are positive. You have to look to the next game and start planning for it. Likewise, we are now in the 7th inning of a really long, ugly season for the Minnesota Twins. It’s been frustrating, and yet the Twins are out of contention. It’s at this point that it’s not hard to be a Twins fan. All we can do is enjoy the rest of the games, be positive and look ahead to better thing. In doing so, there will be some good days and some bad days.

August 15th was a good day. The Twins started looking to the future, Jim Thome let Twins fans be part of something pretty special, and the Twins completed a very excited draft by signing so many of their picks, and specifically all three first round picks. Oh, and the Twins also got a nice 9-6 win over the Tigers tonight.  Just a little frosting on the cake of a good day!

Be sure to listen to last night’s Twins Minor League Weekly. It was a fun show, and we updated news as we heard it throughout the live show.   

 

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Twins Top Picks Remain Unsigned

13 Aug

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The Twins three first-round picks remain unsigned as the deadline for them to reach an agreement with the team fast approaches. 2011 draft picks (with the exception of college seniors) have until 11:00 p.m. central time on Monday night to sign. The Twins typically really focus on signing their picks from the top ten rounds, and for the most part, have done that very well in recent years. Clearly, it is important to sign your first round pick, although if a team is unable to, it will receive a compensatory pick next year. The draft is such an important way to build an organization, and with three first round picks, it is very important that the Twins sign at least two of those picks.

LEVI MICHAEL

The Twins used the 30th overall pick in the 2011 draft on an infielder from the University of North Carolina named Levi Michael. For years, the Twins have used first round picks on high school bats and college pitchers, but this year, they went with a college bat. Many draft experts called it a great picks. Keith Law, Baseball America and others had Michael ranked in the Top 20 or Top 25 players eligible for the draft, so the Twins got a good prospect at a position of need. Following the draft, Michael and his Tarheel teammates advanced to the College World Series and he really struggled. In fact, he was moved down to 7th in the lineup. Obviously we can’t and shouldn’t make any judgments based on that small sample size, but just watching him play, he certainly did not look impressive. Then you consider that he played shortstop this past season as a junior, but in his two previous years of college, he started at 2B and 3B. Obviously position flexibility will be important, and always is valued by the Twins. I just can’t get the idea that he looks so much like Matt Tolbert, who the Twins drafted in the 14th round in the 2004 draft out of the University of Mississippi. Obviously Tolbert has been a in the big leagues for several years now, which is terrific for a 14th round pick, and it’s probably even good for a late first round pick, but obviously you want Michael to be so much more. And, most likely he will be.

Listen, I understand that it has become cool for first-round picks to hold out and wait until near the deadline to sign. As I write this, with 60 hours before the deadline, just 13 of the 33 first-round picks have signed. Just two of the top 15 picks have signed. Two years ago, the Twins signed Kyle Gibson within the final hour before the deadline. Last year, Alex Wimmers waited until early August to sign. I understand that with the college pitchers who rack up innings like crazy from February through early June. But in my mind, a college hitter has no reason to wait until the deadline to sign if they in fact are going to sign. The Twins drafted Tyler Grimes out of Wichita State in the 5th round and Adam Bryant out of Troy in the 9th round. Both signed very quickly and were immediately sent up to Beloit. That tells me that if Michael would have signed even in early July, he would have probably been sent to Ft. Myers to start his career.

Let’s take a look at those players who were drafted around Michael to see what he should be asking for:

  •  28th pick, Sean Gilmartin (Braves), a college LHP from Florida State, signed for $1,134,000.
  • 29th pick, Joseph Panik (Giants), a high school shortstop from New York, signed for $1,160,000.
  • 30th pick, Levi Michael (Twins), a college middle infielder, has not signed.
  • 31st pick, Miki Mahtook (Rays), a college outfielder from LSU, has not signed.
  • 32nd pick, Jake Hager (Rays), a high school infielder from Nevada, signed for $963,000.
  • 33rd pick, Kevin Matthews (Rangers), a high school LHP from Georgia, signed for $936,000.

That tells me that the Twins should be able to sign Michael for about $1.1 million, or even a little less. Maybe the Twins are trying to lowball him? I really doubt that as the Twins have paid slot for top picks in recent years (the exception being Ben Revere in 2007). In fact, they have shown a willingness to go above slot for some picks, including Gibson. Michael maybe feels he has the upper hand on the Twins, but as the deadline approaches, I believe he loses his stance. If he does not sign by the deadline, he will go back to North Carolina and play next year. He will then be drafted as a college senior next year which means unless he is a very high first-round pick, he will come nowhere near a million dollar pay day. So, why not start his career? I really can’t think of a good reason that he didn’t get signed a month ago, and that’s solely on Michael.

PREDICTION: I think Michael will sign, and I think he will sign for a number right around the slot, probably between $1.05M and $1.1M. I don’t see a ton of upside with him, even as the highest rated college middle infielder in the draft, so I wouldn’t go too much over slot to get him signed. If he is looking for anything over like $1.5 million, I would say just let him go back to school and get another 1st round pick in 2012! Use the extra $1.1-$1.5 million that they didn’t use on Michael to get their two supplemental first-round picks, two players with high ceilings, signed. 

TRAVIS HARRISON

The Twins used the 50th overall pick, a compensatory draft pick for losing Type B free agent Jesse Crain, on a high school hitter from California, Travis Harrison. Reports indicate that he is a tremendous prospect with a very high power potential. He has a strong commitment to a scholarship from USC, and when the Twins drafted him, it was known that it would be a difficult signing. It is no surprise at all that Harrison has not signed yet. Here is a look at the players drafted before and after Harrison: 

  • 44th pick, Michael Fulner (Mets), a high school RHP from Oklahoma, signed for $937,500.
  • 45th pick, Trevor Story (Rockies), a high school shortstop from Texas, signed for $915,000.
  • 46th pick, Joe Musgrove (Blue Jays), high school RHP from California, signed for $500,000.
  • 47th pick, Kennyn Walker (White Sox), a high school outfielder from Utah, signed for $795,000.
  • 48th pick, Michael Kelly (Padres), a high school RHP from Florida, has not signed.
  • 49th pick, Kyle Crick (Giants), a high school RHP from Texas, signed for $900,000.
  • 50th pick, Travis Harrison (Twins), a high school hitter from California, has not signed.
  • 51st pick, Dante Bichette (Yankees), a high school 3B from Florida, signed for $750,000.
  • 52nd pick, Blake Snell (Rays), a high school LHP from Washington, signed for $684,000.

By looking at that list, the Twins should be offering Harrison somewhere between $800,000 and $900,000. And they certainly have. But because a high school player, especially one with a full scholarship to a baseball powerhouse, does have the power because they can go to college, play for three years and still be drafted after their junior season. So high school players do have the power. However, there is also risk in that because how they will perform in college is not a given. Unless a player becomes a very high pick, the value of the signing bonus will only be a little bit higher.

However, let’s take a look at the 2010 draft. With the 44th pick, the Tigers took a high school 3B named Nick Castellanos. The four picks before him signed for bonuses between $800,000 and $845,000. Castellanos signed for a $3.45 million. Castellanos is currently playing for West Michigan, the Tigers Low A affiliate. Is it possible that Harrison is looking at that signing bonus as an indicator of what he should get? If so, Travis, enjoy your time at USC and good luck in the 2014 draft. I do think that the Twins should be willing to go up to $1.5 million to sign him because of his tremendous power potential.

PREDICTION: I figured all along that this would be a difficult signing for the Twins. I sense that it will take right up to the final hours before the deadline. I think the odds of him signing are 50/50 at best, and that is if the Twins are willing to approach that $1.5 to $1.8 million level. If it takes more than that, especially if he wants that Castellanos money, the Twins shouldn’t go there.   

HUDSON BOYD

Then with the 55th overall pick (received for the loss of Type B free agent Orlando Hudson), the Twins selected a right-handed pitcher from Bishop Verot high school in Ft. Myers by the name of Hudson Boyd. In his junior season, he became friends with Twins prospect Max Kepler. Obviously much is made out of Boyd being from Ft. Myers and thinking that it somehow means that he will give the Twins some sort of home town discount because their minor league and spring training facilities are in Ft. Myers. That is not even close to the case. Boyd is a very good pitching prospect. He has a fastball that sits between 93 and 95 mph, and when he came to the Twins facilities days before the draft, he even touched 97 mph. He is a big, strong guy, and there is some question of whether he will be a starter or a reliever long term, but with an 18 year old with a 97 mph fastball, I think you take that risk. Again, here are some of the picks before and after Boyd, starting where I left off above: 

  • 53rd pick, Dwight Smith (Blue Jays), a high school outfielder from Georgia, has not signed.
  • 54th pick, Brett Austin (Padres), a high school catcher from North Carolina, has not signed.
  • 55th pick, Hudson Boyd (Twins), a high school pitcher from Florida, has not signed.
  • 56th pick, Kes Carter (Rays), a high school outfielder from Kentucky, signed for $625,000.
  • 57th pick, Kevin Comer (Blue Jays), a high school RHP from New Jersey, has not signed.
  • 58th pick, Jace Peterson (Padres), a shortstop from high school in Louisiana, signed for $624,600.

So again, the Twins should be offering Boyd a signing bonus just north of $625,000. I have been told that Boyd would sign immediately if the Twins offer up a $1 million bonus. For a player with his upside and that fastball, I can’t imagine that $350,000 would be significant enough. In fact, if I look back at the 2010 supplemental first-round picks, two of them signed for more than $1 million. The Rangers signed the 45th pick, Luke Jackson, a RHP from Miami, for $1.557 million. The Cardinals signed Tyrell Jenkins, a high school pitcher from  Texas for $1.3 million. The Rockies signed the 47th overall pick, Peter Tago, for $982,000.

There definitely is precedent for the Twins to go over-slot, especially for pitchers. Kyle Gibson signed for about $500,000 over slot in 2009. BJ Hermsen signed for 2nd round money even though the Twins drafted him in the 6th round. Jeff Manship got fourth round money even though he was taken in the 14th round in 2006.

PREDICTION: I think that the Twins will come to a deal with Boyd, but I do think that it will be right around $1 million. It is also possible that he will wait a long time to see what the Twins do with Harrison and try to get something close to that number.

TOP TEN PICKS SIGNED

2nd round pick – Eden Prairie native Madison Boer was selected with the 87th overall pick and signed pretty quickly for $405,000, a value very near slot. He began his career in the Elizabethton bullpen before recently being promoted to the Beloit bullpen. The Twins will have him start beginning next year and determine later whether his future is as a starter or a reliever.

3rd round pick – The Twins drafted Corey Williams, a hard-throwing left-hander from Vanderbilt with the 117th overall pick. He signed late in July for $575,000, approximately double the slot value. When he was drafted, it was known that he would require more than slot, but he and the Twins got it done, and he has begun his career in the Elizabethton bullpen.

4th round pick – The Twins selected UC-Irvine ace (and Big West Pitcher of the Year) Matt Summers with the 147th overall pick. He signed pretty quickly as well for $171,900, very near (if not exactly) the slot value. He too began his career in the Elizabethton bullpen, but he will also be a starting pitcher.  

5th round pick – Tyler Grimes signed quickly out of Wichita State for $132,900  and began his career in the Beloit infield.

6th round pick – The Twins used this selection on the son of future Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez. Dereck Rodriguez signed in late June for $130,000.

7th round pick – The Twins drafted Steven Gruver, a LHP from the University of Tennessee and signed him for $125,000.

9th round pick – Adam Bryant, a shortstop, was drafted out of Troy University. As a four-year college senior, he had absolutely no leverage and signed very quickly for $25,000, well under slot.

STILL UNSIGNED

8th round pick Jason Wheeler, a 6-8, 265 pound left-hander from Loyola Marymount still has not signed. He pitched last summer for the St. Cloud River Bats of the Northwoods League where he was named Pitcher of the Year after going 8-1 with a 1.35 ERA. He was 6-4 with a 3.84 ERA in his junior year at Loyola Marymount. Here’s a look at the picks around him: 

  • 266th pick, Thomas LaStella (Braves), 2B, signed for $105,000.
  • 267th pick, Jean Delgado (Giants), IF, has not signed.
  • 268th pick, Jason Wheeler (Twins), LHP, has not signed.
  • 269th pick, Phil Wetherell (Yankees), RHP, signed for $122,500.
  • 270th pick, John Alexander (Rays), 1B, signed for $323,500

So as you can see, the pattern here is actually a little backwards. I would guess the Twins would like to sign him for somewhere between $100,000 and $120,000. I can’t imagine that Wheeler would expect the Twins to go much higher than that and yet, he hasn’t signed yet. He does still have college as leverage, but at the same time, unless he is a first-round pick in 2012, he won’t make more than what the Twins are likely offering.

10th round pick Brett Lee, a left-handed pitcher from St. Petersburg JC, is yet to sign. He posted a 5.06 ERA in 80 innings this past season. He struck out 75 and walked 25. Here is a look at those drafted around him: 

  • 325th pick, Ronald Brooks Pinckard (Reds), SS, signed for $125,000.
  • 326th pick, Logan Robbins (Braves), IF, signed for $100,000.
  • 327th pick, Kentrell Hill (Giants), OF, signed for $100,000.
  • 328th pick, Brett Lee (Twins), LHP, has not signed.
  • 329th pick, John Gray (Yankees), RHP, has not signed

Again, the Twins are probably offering about $100,000 and leaving it up to Lee. I can’t imagine the Twins quibbling over $20,000 or $25,000, but there is little reason to go much beyond that. Again, if the Twins don’t sign Lee, there is another $100,000 that can go to Harrison or Boyd.

16th round pick Austin Malinowski was the Mr. Baseball winner in Minnesota this year. The Twins like the left-handed pitcher, but he has a scholarship to the University of Arizona. Last week, I asked him if he was signing. He told me he thought he was going to college. That is understandable because with his potential, in three years, he could be drafted significantly higher than this. My guess is that the  Twins will have another discussion with him and his advisor before the deadline, but he will likely pitch in college for three years.

Obviously there are a lot more draft picks that the Twins have not signed. As of this writing, the Twins have signed 23 of their 52 draft picks. That is a good number, a pretty standard number for the Twins or any team. However, the value of the draft is in those three first round picks. If they can sign the top three picks, it will be a very successful draft. If they can sign two of them, it will be a good draft. If they sign one, it will be frustrating. If then sign none, it will really, really hurt.

I have no doubt that a lot will happen over the next two days. I do think that the Twins will sign at least two of those first round picks, and probably another pick or two from later in the draft.

We shall see! It will be very interesting!

 MINOR LEAGUE NOTES

  • Rochester 3, Columbus 4 – The Red Wings and Columbus completed a game started in June, with the Clippers winning that game 6-3. Then they played a seven innings game. The Wings scored three in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough. Dennis Suarez made his first start and gave up three runs on six hits in 5.1 innings. He did not walk or strike out a batter. Dusty Hughes gave up one run on one hit. In 1.2 innings, he walked one and struck out three. Brandon Roberts was 2-4 with his seventh double. Luke Hughes was 2-4 and drove in two runs.   
  • New Britain 4, Bowie 3 – Logan Darnell made his first AA start. The lefty went 7.2 innings and gave up three unearned runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out six to record the Win. Steve Hirschfeld got the final four outs for his first save. Chris Parmelee went 3-4 with his 26th double. Chris Herrmann was 1-2 with two walks.
  • Ft. Myers 2, Palm Beach 10 – Edgar Ibarra started and gave up just one run on four hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out four. Alex Wimmers gave up three runs (1 earned) on two hits and a walk. He walked one and struck out one. Clinton Dempster gave up five runs (4 earned) on four hits in 1.1 innings. Matt Tone gave up one run on one hit and before getting the final two outs. The Miracle managed just three hits.
  • Beloit 4, Wisconsin 1 – Weather affected this game. They were delayed to start and got through just seven innings before it was called. Manuel Soliman pitched all seven innings for the Win. He gave up one run on three hits and a walk. He struck out three. Adam Bryant went 2-3. Nate Roberts was 1-1 with a walk and his 11th double before leaving the game.  
  • Elizabethton 7, Johnson City 6 – It was a big day for Miguel Sano. After striking out nine times and going 0-11 in his past three games, Sano went 3-4 with his 12th double and his 11th and 12th home runs in this game. AJ Pettersen went 2-3 with a walk and his first professional home run. Rory Rhodes was 2-3 with a walk and his eighth double. Tim Atherton got the start and gave up two runs on three hits in four innings. He walked none and struck out six. Todd Van Steensel gave up three runs (1 earned) on three hits in 3.1 innings. He walked none and struck out seven. Corey Williams recorded his first save. He gave up one run on two hits in 1.2 innings.  
  • GCL Twins 4, GCL Red Sox 1 – Bobby O’Neill started and gave up just two hits in five scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out five. Kyle Wahl then struck out three in two shutout frames. Luis Nunez then gave up one run on one hit in two innings. He struck out three. The Twins had just three hits. Jacob Younis went 1-2 with two walks.
  • Twins Minor League Weekly from Thursday night is chock full with information from the Twins minor league system from score updates, to transactions and much more.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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Twins Select Two More in First Round

7 Jun

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The Twins drafted Levi Michael, a shortstop from the University of North Carolina believed to be the college position player closest to being ready for the big leagues, with the 30th pick in the first round. But they didn’t stop there. The Twins had two more picks in the supplemental first round, compensation for losing Orlando Hudson and Jesse Crain via free agency.

With the 50th overall selection, the Twins drafted Travis Harrison, a high school third baseman from California. He is committed to USC, but I’m sure a little money could convince him to forgo that opportunity. At 6-2 and 215 pounds, he is a power hitter. He was a preseason high school All-American and during the season, he hit 13 home runs. He was up and down during the season which may have dropped him down the draft to some degree. But when a guy has that kind of power potential, it’s never a bad pick.

Soon after, the Twins used the 55th overall pick to take Hudson Boyd, a stocky, right-handed pitcher from Ft. Myers. He is committed to the University of Florida, but he could see the Twins training facility location as a good reason (along with the near-million dollar signing bonus he would get) to sign with the Twins. He is about 6-3 and 235 pounds, not exactly what you would call projectable at this point. In his analysis, mlb.com’s Jonathan Mayo said that he may end up as a reliever. He already throws into the mid-90s, so that is a positive. The Twins, as any smart team would, will have him work as a starter first.

No, I’m not going to bash any of their picks. The reality, as we have said here for years, is that we won’t be able to judge this draft for six to eight years, maybe longer. What looks like a questionable pick now may prove to be great, and what people think might be a great pick may prove not to be.

The Twins will make their 2nd through 30th picks today, and then tomorrow they will make their final 20 picks. You can find a little information on each pick they make by going to SethSpeaks.net, so be sure to check there throughout the day for more. Here will be the Twins draft tracker with minimal thoughts:

  • 1 – Levi Michael (30) – SS – U. of North Carolina
  • 1s – Travis Harrison (50) – 3B from Tustin, CA (HS)
  • 1s – Hudson Boyd (55) – RHP from Ft. Myers (HS)
  • 2 – Madison Boer (87) – RHP from U. of Oregon – Eden Prairie native, good athlete.
  • 3 – Corey Williams (117) – LHP from Vanderbilt U.-
    •  From John Manuel of Baseball America (via Twitter) – “Ooh, #Twins take a tough sign in LHP Corey Williams, power reliever this year, redshirt soph., highest ERA on Vandy staff but touched 94-95”
    • From Jordan Schelling: Corey Williams had his knee cap shattered by a line drive last April. Got up, made throw to first.
  • 4 – Matthew Summers (148) – RHP from UC-Irvine (drafted in 43rd round by Yankees… was an OF, so arm may be fresh (via Jonathan Mayo).)
  • 5 – Tyler Grimes (178) – SS – Wichita State –
  • 6 – Ivan Rodriguez (208) – CF – High school in Florida – Yes, the Hall of Fame catcher’s son.  
  • 7 – Steven Gruver (238) – LHP University of Tennessee – It’s one of those names that just isn’t good for a pitcher. Like Balfour. Or Homer.
  • 8 – Jason Wheeler (268) – LHP – Loyola Marymount
  • 9 – Nick Bryant (298) – SS – Troy University
  • 10 – Brett Lee (328) – LHP – St. Petersburg JC    
  • 11 – Tyler Jones (358) – RHP – LSU    
  • 12 – Matthew Koch (388) – C – Loyola Marymount    
  • 13 – Steven Evans (418) – LHP – Liberty University    
  • 14 – Adam McCreery (448) – LHP from California    
  • 15 – Josue Montanez (478) – LHP from Miami-Dade CC   
  • 16 – Austin Malinowski (508) – LHP – from Centennial High School in Lino Lakes, MN.
  • 17 – Josh Burris (538) – RHP – from LSU-Eunice
  • 18 – Corey Kimes (568) – LHP – from U of Illinois    
  • 19 – Tyler Koelling (598) – CF – from U. of Southern Mississippi
  • 20 – Brian Anderson (628) – SS – from Deer Creek (OK) HS
  • 21 – Michael Howard (658) – LHP – from Prescott (AZ) HS
  • 22 – James Ramsey (688) – RF – from Florida State U.
  • 23 – Timothy Shibuya (718) – RHP – from UC-San Diego
  • 24 – Nick Burdi (748) – RHP – from Downers Grove South (HS) in Illinois
  • 25 – AJ Petterson (778) – SS – from the University of Minnesota
  • 26 – Trent Higginbothom (808) – RHP – from Clay Chalkville (AL) HS
  • 27 – Chris Mazza (838) – RHP – from Menlo College   
  • 28 – David Hurlbut (868) – LHP – from Cal State – Fullerton
  • 29 – Derek Thompson (898) – LHP – from Teutopolis (IL) HS
  • 30 – William Clinard (928) – RHP – from Vanderbilt
    • 31 – Garrett Jewell (958) – RHP – from Southern New Hampshire U
    • 32 – Dylan Chavez (988) – LHP – from American River College
    • 33 – Stephen Wickens (1018) – SS – from Florida Gulf Coast U
    • 34 – Ryan Tella (1048) – CF – from Ohlone College
    • 35 – Philip Chapman (1078) – C – from the University of Memphis
    • 36 – Austin Barrois (1108) – OF – from Belle Chasse HS in LA
    • 37 – Andrew Leachman (1138) – LF – from Birmingham Southern
    • 38 – Alexander Keudell (1168) – RHP – from U of Oregon
    • 39 – Edwin McCord (1198) – RHP – from Spanish Fort HS in AL
    • 40 – Kyle Barraclough (1228) – RHP – from St. Marys College (CA)
    • 41 – TJ Oakes (1258) – RHP – from U of Minnesota
    • 42 – Matthew Tomshaw (1288) – LHP – from Jacksonville U.
    • 43 – Robert O’Neill (1318) – RHP – from Biola University
    • 44 – Cole Johnson (1348) – RHP – from Notre Dame
    • 45 – Julio Torres (1378) – 2B – from Puerto Rico Baseball Academy
    • 46 – Jared Dettmann (1408) – LHP – from Somerset HS in Wisconsin
    • 47 – John Hochstatter (1438) – LHP – from San Ramon Valley HS (CA)
    • 48 – Garret Peterson (1468) – RHP – from Du Bois Area HS (PA)
    • 49 – Drake Roberts (1498) – 2B – from Brenham HS (TX)
    • 50 – Bryan Burgher (1527) – RHP – from Emerald Ridge HS (WA)     

Any thoughts on the picks, please feel free to comment