With the 20th overall pick, the Twins selected OF Trevor Larnach, 21, in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft. The Twins will now need to sign him in order to earn their $3,120,000 signing bonus pool slot allotment for the 20th pick. (If you’re not sure how the draft bonus pools work, you can read our MLB Draft overview for this year, or our post on bonus pool strategies from last year.)
These are his scouting grades according to MLB.com:
Hit: 55 | Power: 55 | Run : 40 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50
Larnach, a left-handed batter, hit .324/.447/.637 with 17 homers in 204 plate appearances as a Junior for the Oregon State University Beavers this year. He developed significant power over the last year, and scouts believe he profiles as a corner outfielder in the pros who will both strike out and walk. He does have the ability to hit the ball the other way, so he should keep defenses honest. Reports on his defense vary, and he’s definitely an offense-first kind of player.
With his advanced college bat he could move through the system quickly, either replacing one of the team’s current outfielders or working as trade bait if he succeeds in his first few years.
Here’s a bit of Larnach in action:
The Twins will make their next selection later tonight with the 59th overall pick in the second round of the draft.