Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Draft post follow up

In my morning post today I predicted that the Twins would sign supplemental round pick Luke Bard.

Tonight, the Twins announced that they had done so.

Bard was part of an intriguing approach taken by the Twins in this draft: In search of power arms, they loaded up with hard-throwing collegiate relievers, with the stated intent of converting many, if not all, to starters.

I expressed some doubts about this approach at the time, but as I said, if the Twins are successful in turning one of these guys into a quality major league starter, it justifies the strategy. (Particularly so if some of those who don't make it as starters remain healthy enough to be effective bullpenners in the majors.)

Bard might be the best bet of the collegians to make it as a starter.

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