Behind the Fence: GCL Twins 7/1/2016 - 2016 Draftees on Display Rortvedt, Baddoo, Miranda, Featherstone

Bob Sacamento

On Friday, I went to the GCL game and came away impressed with a few of the new draftees. Namely, second round pick Ben Rortvedt - kid has Popeye forearms, good bat control and an advanced approach for his age. Last I saw Ben was at the 2015 WWBA Championship in Jupiter, FL in October, in that time he's bulked up adding more muscle. You can definitely see what the Twins scouts saw in him. I was more impressed with his defensive abilities. He was considered raw but made a few good blocks and saved Beeker on two would be wild pitches as well as De Jesus. Here is video on Rortvedt collecting on his two hits:

Akil Baddoo looks lightening quick and showed off some good range in RF in his two putouts. At the dish, he did strike out three times in the game but worked a couple of decent at bats.

Jose Miranda showed off plus range and a plus arm at shortstop, in made in a play in the whole that should have had the runner if Zach Featherstone was properly positioned at first. Miranda also showed the workings of good bat control, with quick wrists.

Zach Featherstone, 12th rounder, looks like he should be in Etown shortly, his ability to foul off pitches, take borderline pitches, and work counts is more advanced than his competition. His defense at first looks like it could use some work though.

Dane Hutcheon played a quality second base, making a diving stop to his glove side early on. Covers enough ground to stay there but doubtful if he could move over to SS consistently. He doesn't try to over do it at the plate, looks for his pitch and pokes it thru the holes. If you want to go cliche, Hutcheon is a grinder.

Clark Beeker pitched well, after inheriting two runners when he entered the game and threw a wild pitch, he struck out the batter to retire the side. Beeker induced three ground balls with his slider that registered 78-82 mph that was complemented by a sinking fastball that he posted at 88-90 mph and struck out three in his 2 and a third.

Local SWFL product Brady Anderson came on and got the final three outs, giving up a weak single to the left side of the infield, and walking a batter, but he also induced two groundouts and a flyball. Anderson's fastball was 89-91 mph with a good breaking ball 81-83 mph

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