Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Feeling a draft, Day 2

The Twins took, as noted in Tuesday's post, a pair of collegiate hitters with their first two picks in the amateur draft.

Round 3-10 were held Tuesday, and the focus remained on hitters. The Twins forfeit their third-round pick to sign Lance Lynn, and they used their fourth-rounder to take a centerfielder from the University of Utah, DaShawn Keirsey. Keirsey hits and throws left-handed and is described as having a leadoff hitter profile.

Fifth round was a pitcher, Florida State right-hander Cole Sands. Their first prep of any sort was sixth-rounder Charles Mack, who got some enthusiasm from a former Baseball America guy who is now with Prep Baseball Report:

And from BA's Carlos Collazo:

Mack is apparently a Clemson commit, and I'm guessing the Twins will have to go over slot ($254 K) to sign him. If so, that might explain the Jeffers pick in the second round.

The Twins drafted just three pitchers on Day 2, and added a second catcher in Clemson senior Chris Williams. He too is likely to be a below-slot signing. 

The Twins are really stockpiling catching prospects these days. They drafted Ben Rortvelt in the second round in 2016 and traded for David Baneulos from Seattle during the offseason; those two are both at Cedar Rapids now. They got a catcher out of the Padres in the Phil Hughes deal as well; Janigson Villalobos hasn't been assigned to a roster yet.

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