The MLB Draft consists of 40 rounds, and a couple of bonus rounds. Let’s take a look at who the Twins drafted this weekend. Note that, as we move into the later rounds, the volume of information on each player tends to shrink. Some Hank Morrison won’t have any kind of analysis because it wouldn’t be fair with so little info.
By The Numbers
Total = 17 (40.5%)
LHP/RHP = 3/14 (7.1%/33.3%)
Total = 25 (59.5%)
Outfielders = 10 (23.8%)
Infielders = 15 (35.7%)
Round 1 (15): Alex Kirilloff, OF, Plum Senior HS
Toolsy outfielder who projects to have a good bat with some pop. Seems to be more of a corner outfielder with his speed being his main weakness. Could end up in RF at some point.
Round 2 (56): Ben Rortvedt, C, Verona Area HS
Bat first catcher whose defense should be enough to let him stay there. One of the better bats in the “high school catcher” class.
Lottery Round B (73) – Jose Miranda, SS, Leadership Christian Academy
This is a pick they got for not signing Kyle Cody last year. Solid all around prospect with good hands and a nice bat. Could move to 3B at some point because of his build, but right now has a SS body.
Lottery Round B (74) – Akil Baddoo, OF, Salem HS
I’ve heard comps to Rondell White and also Jacque Jones. He seems to be a bat first outfielder with some decent speed. Perhaps a corner outfielder in the future.
Round 3 (93): Griffin Jax, RHP, Air Force
Being in the Air Force will make signability an interesting matter for Jax. Number 82 on MLB’s top 100, appears to be a good value pick.
Round 4 (123): Thomas Hackimer, RHP, St Johns
He’s a sidearmer, so he’s the reincarnation of Pat Neshek. His twitter profile reads
St. Johns Baseball #17, drafted by the Mets one time, said no and then they got really good, sidewinding since 2012, very opinionated about Game Of Thrones
Round 5 (153): Jordan Balazovic, RHP, St Martin Secondary School
Fastball at 88-92, also features an average changeup, a curveball that needs some work, and plus control.
Round 6 (183): Alex Schick, RHP, UC Berkeley
Apparently they call him “The Blade”. If he signs, he’ll likely be a starter. His fastball is a plus pitch, and he has a nice 12-6 curve to go along with it.
Round 7 (213): Matt Albanese, CF, Bryant University
The Twins must think his bat will play at the pro level, as he had good college numbers.
Round 8 (243): Shane Carrier, OF, Fullerton College
Starting a trend of California players, Shane Carrier has a lot of pop in his bat, not sure about his other tools though.
Round 9 (273): Mitchell Kranson, C, UC Berkeley
Although he played most of his games this year at third base, Kranson caught all of the pitches in the College Station Regional last year, and worked out for many teams as a catcher. His left-handed bat plays up, but the power is mostly in the gap. Hank Morrison Quick but not fast. Full report here.
Also, look at this freakin’ stash:
The @Twins draft Mitchell “El Gaucho” Kranson from Cal in the 9th round. Easily the best ‘stache in the class.
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That is near Carl Pavano levels of awesome.
Round 10 (303): Brandon Lopez, SS, Miami
Semifinalist in the Brooks Wallace award for the best shortstop in the nation. He has a .392 batting average this season, but is known primarily for his glove in Miami.
Round 11 (333): Tyler Beninghoff, RHP, Rockhurst HS (In Kansas City)
Really all I know is that he throws hard, and is coming off of some injuries. Sign-ability may be an issue.
Round 12 (363): Zach Featherstone, LF, Tallahassee CC
Very cool name, but could be a reach in the 12th round.
Round 13 (393): Ryan Mason, RHP, UC Berkeley
I found an interesting article on Mason. It’s a good read. Apparently he’s crazy?
Round 14 (423): Andre Jernigan, SS, Xavier U
Hit .252 for Xavier last year, and stole 16 bases. Named the Big East player of the year.
Round 15 (453): Tyler Wells, RHP, Cal St. San Bernardino
In 2015 he had 74 strikeouts with 29 walks in 65.2 innings as a starter for Cal State.
Round 16 (483): Tyler Beardsley, RHP, Cal St. Sacramento
Round 17 (513): Kidany Salva, C, Klein Forest HS
Here’s a video of Salva running, throwing, and hitting.
Has a very high Henry Blanco potential, I’d say 90.
Round 18 (543): Tim Richards, SS, Cal St. Fullerton
Ranked as the 321st best prospect on Minor League Ball’s top 650 draft prospects list.
Round 19 (573): Sean Poppen, RHP, Harvard U
Struck out 48 and walked just 13 over 50.2 innings of work last year for Harvard. Majoring in chemistry and physics, and engineering sciences. He’s probably the smartest player we’ve taken.
Round 20 (603): Shamoy Christopher, C, Roane State CC
Round 21 (633): Domenick Carlinii, LHP, Southeastern Louisiana U
Looks to be mostly a relief pitcher. Struck out 30 in 24 innings of work last year. He’s left handed, breathing, and can strike some people out, looks pretty good to me.