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MLB Draft 2010: Your Minnesota Twins Open Thread

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Following Picks #1 - #20

  1. Washington Nationals:  Bryce Harper, OF, High School
  2. Pittsburgh Pirates:  Jameson Taillon, RHP, High School
  3. Baltimore Orioles:  Manny Machado, SS, High School
  4. Kansas City Royals:  Christian Colon, SS, College
  5. Cleveland Indians:  Drew Pomeranz, LHP, College
  6. Arizona Diaondbacks:  Barret Loux, RHP, College
  7. New York Mets:  Matt Harvey, RHP, College
  8. Houston Astros:  Delino Deshields Jr, CF, High School
  9. San Diego Padres:  Karsten Whitson, RHP, High School
  10. Oakland Athletics:  Michael Choice, CF, College
  11. Toronto Blue Jays:  Deck McGuire, RHP, College
  12. Cincinnati Reds:  Yasmani Grandal, C, College
  13. Chicago White Sox:  Chris Sale, LHP, College
  14. Milwaukee Brewers:  Dylan Covey, RHP, High School
  15. Texas Rangers:  Jake Skole, CF, High School
  16. Chicago Cubs:  Hayden Simpson, RHP, College
  17. Tampa Bay Rays:  Josh Sale, RF, High School
  18. Los Angeles Angels:  Kaleb Cowart, RHP, High School
  19. Houston Astros:  Mike Foltynewicz, RHP, High School
  20. Boston Red Sox:  Kolbrin Vitek, 2B, College
  21. Minnesota Twins:  Alex Wimmers, RHP, College

Update:  1:20 pm

Over at SB Nation's draft site MLB Bonus Baby, Andy Seiler's latest mock draft has the Twins taking outfielder Bryce Brentz at number 21.  Here's what he has to say on Minnesota's strategy:

The Twins are trying to find a polished pitcher or athlete here, but they don't necessarily want to pay out for a big athlete from the high school level. Brentz offers enough pop in his bat and athleticism to fit as a Minnesota pick. Other names being considered here are Brett Eibner and Asher Wojciechowski, either of which would make equal sense.

Be sure to periodically check out MLB Bonus Baby for draft coverage as well.

  • Meanwhile, over at Baseball Draft Report, you can see the top 200 collegiate players as well as the top 200 high school prospects.
  • My MLB Draft thinks RHP Alex Wimmers will drop to the Twins.
  • The Hardball Times lists the Top 40 draft day prospects on their Big Board.

It's not as hyped as the NFL draft, possibly because it can be six or seven years before you see results, but it's popularity as an "event" is still on the rise.  With that, be sure to check back periodically throughout the day as we lead up to the Twins' pick at number 21 tonight.

Mock Drafts

Over at Baseball America, Jim Calis has his fourth incarnation of his mock draft available for free viewing.  He has this to say about the Twins:

21. TWINS. Minnesota has a good shot at top target [Alex] Wimmers if he gets by the Reds. The Twins' short list also may include [Bryce] Brentz, [Reggie] Golden and Workman.
PROJECTED PICK: Brandon Workman.

Now, I won't lie.  I don't have a lot of insight into the MLB draft that I haven't read from elsewhere.  But there's little doubt that infield is still the biggest weakness of this organization.  It's certainly not as weak as it's been over the last 15 or 20 years, but the only regular player this farm system has produced in the last ten seasons (beween 3B, SS and 2B) is some guy by the name of Jason Bartlett.

And he wasn't drafted by the Twins.

Meanwhile, ESPN's Keith Law believes Alex Wimmers will drop to the Twins.  Like Calis, he lists Brentz as a target.  New names he mentions are Sammy Solis and Mike Kvasnicka.  I kind of like Kvasnicka, because it's been a while since we've had a last name Bert has trouble pronouncing.