6:02 CST UPDATE: More Potential Twins Picks
Hey Twins Territory, Steve Adams here. We're almost to the start of the Draft, and as of this morning there have been three more names added to the mix since my post by some of the industry's experts, so let's take a look at pitchers Grayson Garvin, Andrew Chafin, and Kyle Winkler:
Grayson Garvin, LHP, Vanderbilt
ESPN's Keith Law predicted in his final mock draft this morning that the Twins would select this 6'6", 220-pound left hander at #30 overall. Garvin has taken a step forward this year with his velocity, upping it from the 87-91mph range to the 90-94mph range. Baseball America has his velocity occasionally touching 95mph. Garvin's second-best offering is a change-up that BA calls "solid-average" and Law says will develop to be average as well. Garvin is ranked 47th and 56th by Law and BA, respectively, but is considered to be a safe pick whose upside is a #3 starter. He's exhibited fantastic command, a must-have for Twins pitchers, and also features a slurve-type of slider that will require more work to generate swings and misses.
Draft is kicking off. I'll be watching on MLB Network and tweeting about it: @Adams_Steve.
[Game Thread is below.]
Is it just me, or does the MLB draft get more and more attention and hype every year? For the longest time I didn't care about what was happening in the farm system, much less the draft. And now we've got a three-day event, just like the NFL. Maybe I'm just growing as a person?
Minnesota Twins draft order
#30: First round selection
#50: Comp (for Orlando Hudson) selection 1
#55: Comp (for Jesse Crain) selection 2
It's a deep draft (so everyone tells me), so the Twins having three of the first 55 picks is an especially good thing this season. They're not the Rays, who are literally picking every-other-slot through the first two rounds, but they're doing better than most. And they're certainly doing better than the Tigers, who don't pick until tomorrow.