WIth the Twins up at #62, #73, and #97 yet in the top 100 overall picks, Minnesota will be making selections early and often today. We'll update picks as information comes in, but in the mean time we hope you'll join us for some discussion in the comments.
Have a good Tuesday, people. Today is about a bright future! #optimism
Pick #62: Mason Melotakis, LHP
The combination of left-handedness and plus velocity will always draw interested parties. That's why this Northwestern State closer is this high on Draft boards. Melotakis has grown into the closer role over the last two years using a fastball-curve combination to finish games. He can dial the fastball up to 96 mph with good arm side tail when he keeps it down in the strike zone. His curve ball is fringy average, but it's enough to keep hitters from sitting on the heater. He commands his fastball very well and has the kind of mentality teams look for in a short reliever. Even if Melotakis doesn't have the stuff to close at the Major League level, the combination of plus fastball and command should make him an effective setup man at the very least.
Pick #72: J.T. Chargois, RHP
Rice has had some success with first basemen-pitchers (see Savery, Joe) and Chargois is the next in line, playing first every day for the Owls while also serving as the team’s hard-throwing closer. Chargois' dual roles have made it difficult in the past to evaluate him properly. His future is on the mound and scouts haven’t always been able to see him consistently enough to know what he brings to the table. His fastball is a plus pitch, up to 95 mph and it has above-average movement. Chargois combines that with a spiked curveball that can be above-average to plus when his mechanics are right. He doesn’t have tremendous command, but is around the strike zone enough for short relief work. College closer types tend to do well on Draft Day and even if Chargois is a bit of a wild card, his potential as a future big league setup man or closer should have him off the board fairly early.
Pick #97: Adam Walker, RF
The son of a former NFL running back, Walker looks the part of a future slugger. The question is if he has the baseball skills to get there. There's no question about his pop at the plate. He might have as much raw power as anyone in the Draft class, with some scouts giving him an 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He also has a very good approach to hitting, though his hitting instincts lag behind. That leaves some wondering if he'll learn to tap into that power consistently enough against advanced pitching. A big, physical specimen, Walker has played both first base and the outfield. His arm is well below average, and while some think he could handle playing left field, his defensive home is up in the air. He draws comparisons to Giancarlo Stanton, both in body type and power potential, but there is some concern that he's a Ferrari with a VW engine.