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The immediate future of MLB couldn’t be more in question. However, attention around the league, at least momentarily, turned to the game’s next wave at the MLB Draft.
Twins fans, specifically, are excited for what is to come. 90 percent of Twins fans gave the team an A or B-grade for their first-round selection of first baseman Aaron Sabato out of North Carolina. Minnesota selected the righty slugger with the 27th pick in the first round.
The Twins made four selections during the truncated five-round draft, selecting one infielder, two outfielders and a pitcher.
In addition to Sabato, a first baseman from UNC, the Twins selected Alerick Soularie, a college outfielder from Tennessee in the second round. With no third round pick, their fourth and fifth round selections were both high schoolers. Marco Raya, their fourth rounder, is a high school pitcher from Texas, and Kala’i Rosario is an outfielder from Hawaii.
As a class, 70 percent of Twins fans gave the team a B.
Despite the excitement now, most fans don’t think any of the newly-drafted players will make an impact on the big-league team for a few seasons. More than 90 percent of fans don’t expect a player to break through until at least next season – assuming there is a 2020 season – with the highest percentage looking to 2022. Given the guys the Twins drafted, and the similar players in the organization, it will be a long road to the majors for any of these guys.
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