Saturday, May 16, 2015

Notes, quotes and comment

Baseball America on Friday released its second try at a mock draft. It had considerable movement at the top, but stuck to the same pick for the Twins at No. 6, high school outfielder Dez Cameron.

BA's comment:

If (Dillon) Tate keeps falling, he’ll stop here. Minnesota remains linked to Cameron, but if the Twins want a college pitcher, they’re said to be intrigued by (Walker) Buehler, who throws harder than UCLA’s James Karpielian and Missouri State’s Jon Harris. The Twins also will scrutinize (Tyler) Jay here.

Dillon Tate is a right-handed pitcher from UC Santa Barbara who's been in the running for the top overall pick. Right now BA has him going fourth (to the Rangers. Buehler is a right-handed pitcher from Vanderbilt; BA currently has him going 10th. And Jay is a lefty from Illinois who is said by BA to be rising; this mock draft has him going eighth, but warns that he might be destined for the bullpen.


This tweet Friday afternoon from AP's Dave Campbell:

And now you can make the numbers in the last sentence 18-9 and 139-106, but ... to call it the "rest of the AL" is misleading. The Twins have played almost all their games against the AL Central. One series versus Seattle, one with Oakland, and now one game against Tampa Bay.


Miguel Sano homered twice Friday for Double A Chattanooga. The slugger is hitting a mere .231, but he has eight homers and seven doubles plus 18 walks, so his OPS is .831. That's not a player being overwhelmed by the competition.

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