Twins Select Two More in First Round
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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 didnt 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 Im 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, its 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.coms 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, Im not going to bash any of their picks. The reality, as we have said here for years, is that we wont 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 here at SethSpeaks.net, so be sure to check back throughout the day for more. Here will be the Twins draft tracker with minimal thoughts:
· 1 Levi Mitchell (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 catchers son.
· 7 Steven Gruver (238) LHP University of Tennessee Its one of those names that just isnt 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 U.
· 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 ONeill (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.