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2019 MLB Draft Day 2 Thread

The Minnesota Twins did a good job adding to their farm system with three picks on Day One of the Draft. With their first pick they took Keoni Cavaco, a high school third baseman from California. They then added a couple of Matts with the 39th and 54th overall picks. The first Matt being Matt Wallner, a Minnesota native who is a right fielder for Southern Mississippi. The second Matt was Matt Canterino, who is a right-handed pitcher from Rice University.
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From Yesterday
Twins Select Keoni Cavaco with 13th Overall Pick
Twins Select Minnesotan Matt Wallner with 39th Overall Pick
Twins Select Matt Canterino with 54th Overall Pick

The Twins are back in action with eight more picks today in rounds three through ten. Here is a breakdown what picks those are, and the bonus money attached to each pick.

3rd Round: 90th Overall - $657,600
4th Round: 119th Overall - $483,000
5th Round: 149th Overall - $360,800
6th Round: 179th Overall - $274,800
7th Round: 209th Overall - $214,900
8th Round: 239th Overall - $173,000
9th Round: 269th Overall - $154,100
10th Round: 299th Overall - $145,000

Please join in on the conversation and keep checking back, as this article will be updated each time the Twins make a selection.

Draft Picks

3rd Round: 90th Overall - Spencer Steer | Oregon | Pos: SS

Junior Oregon Shortstop Spencer Steer is a solid all-around player with no true standout tools. Steers best trait is probably his hit tool. Steer is a career .297 hitter with a .401 OBP, but hit just 12 home runs over three seasons for the Ducks.

It is unlikely that Steer will stay at short long-term, but he has the defensive ability to be a plus defender at second. He could also make the move to third, but I don’t think he will provide the thump in the bat for third.



4th Round: 119th Overall - Seth Gray | Wright State | Pos: 3B

Seth Gray will be reunited with his former Wright State teammate Gabe Snyder, who was the Twins 21st round pick in last year’s draft. Gray wasn’t a highly considered prospect entering this spring, but he broke out from a power standpoint this spring hitting 11 home runs, which more than doubled the total he hit in his freshman and sophomore years combined. This helped Gray raise his slugging percentage up from the roughly .410 he had in his first to seasons, up to .627 this year.



5th Round: 149th Overall - Will Holland | Auburn | Pos: SS

Holland entered this season with a profile that had him projected to possibly be drafted within the first 20 overall picks. His junior season didn’t go as well as expected. After hitting .313/.406/.530 as a sophomore, Holland dropped all the way down to .248/.378/.416 this season. Holland has picked it up as of late hitting .367 over his last 16 games leading into this weekends Super Regional against UNC.

On the MLB.com broadcast, Jim Callis called this pick “an absolute steal.” Hollad is another infielder who is known for his power. As you can see below, 2080 Baseball had Holland ranked as their No. 12 collegiate draft prospect back in February.



6th Round: 179th Overall - Sawyer Gipson | Mercer | Pos: RHP

Under the current regime, the Twins have shown an affinity to draft pitchers based mostly around advanced metrics, and Sawyer Gipson fits right into that mold.

At the face of it, you see Sawyer Gipson as a small school pitcher who has never had a season with an ERA below 5.20, but if you dive further into Gipson you can see what makes him so appealing is his excellent strikeout to walk ratio. In his three combined season at Mercer, Gipson has struck out 26.3% of opposing batters while only walking 5.9%.



7th Round: 209th Overall - Anthony Prato | UConn | Pos: SS

Believe it or not, the Twins just took another college shortstop, making Anthony Prato number three on the day. Prato could very well be the best pure hitter and best athlete of the group, though he has the least amount of power potential.

Prato is one of those players that knows his strengths, and tries to emphasize them on the baseball field. He is an on-base machine, having hit above .300 in all three years at UConn, with a career OBP of .401, including .441 this year. Prato also can do damage once he is on the base paths, stealing 47 bases in 178 career college games.



8th Round: 239th Overall - Casey Legumina | Gonzaga | Pos: RHP

Casey Legumina only made four starts in 2019 before getting shut down with a forearm strain. In those four starts Legumina was pretty sharp, striking out 29 batters and walking eight in 24 innings. Legumina was solid out of the Bulldogs pen in 2018, with an ERA of 2.77 and a strikeout to walk ratio of 52 to 7 over 48 and 2/3 innings.

Legumina has a strong fastball that he can pump up into the mid 90’s with a decent amount of arm side run. He also features a sharp breaking ball that can be an effective swing and miss pitch.



9th Round: 269th Overall - Brent Headrick | Illinois State | Pos: LHP

Brent Headrick was the Friday night ace of an Illinois State team that won the Missouri Valley Conference Championship this year, and fell a game shy of advancing to the Super Regionals this upcoming weekend.

Headrick was a three year starter for the Redbirds, but 2019 was easily his best of the three. In 96 innings pitched, across 16 starts, Headrick had a 3.47 ERA with a 115 to 31 strikeout to walk ratio. It should be noted that in three starts against NCAA tournament teams (Vanderbilt, Creighton & Indiana) Headrick gave up 21 runs (14 earned) in 14 and 1/3 innings pitched.



10th Round: 299th Overall - Ben Gross | Duke | Pos: RHP

Ben Gross completes a perfect 8 for 8 day for college players selected by the Twins. Gross played his first three seasons of college baseball at Princeton, before becoming a grad transfer to Duke for 2019.

Gross was a starter for the Princeton Tigers for two seasons, where he had a respectable 4.35 ERA while striking out just shy of a batter per inning. In his lone year at Duke Gross was inconsistent starting in the ACC, but managed to put together a 4.09 ERA while again striking out nearly a batter per inning.


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Hoping for some power arms. Maybe s guy with signability issues?
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diehardtwinsfan
Jun 04 2019 04:44 AM

presumably these guys will go under slot which should leave them with some room to grab some HS players... hoping for a couple of HS arms. 

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diehardtwinsfan
Jun 04 2019 07:09 AM

still some decent HS pitching on the board... hoping we can nab one of them.

 

https://www.mlb.com/...-2-of-mlb-draft

 

 

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MMMordabito
Jun 04 2019 07:40 AM

Allan will still be number 1 at the end of the day .... Happy Gators.

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MMMordabito
Jun 04 2019 07:48 AM

Also, taking this with a grain of salt, but Hunter Barco's mom apparently posted on Facebook that he's going to Florida after not being drafted on Day 1.

 

Also, taking this with a grain of salt, but Hunter Barco's mom apparently posted on Facebook that he's going to Florida after not being drafted on Day 1.

Mom's bringing the heat, signalling that he needs first-round money.Savvy veteran move by a parent.

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clutterheart
Jun 04 2019 08:14 AM

Hoping they can find some High upside HS arms down here

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MMMordabito
Jun 04 2019 08:15 AM

 

Mom's bringing the heat, signalling that he needs first-round money.Savvy veteran move by a parent.

 

I guess 2.4 mill was given to the 88th pick and 2 mill to the 109th pick last year, so there is precedent. 

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Does anyone know if the Twins are expected to be in position to offer 7 figures to anyone today?

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diehardtwinsfan
Jun 04 2019 08:32 AM

 

Does anyone know if the Twins are expected to be in position to offer 7 figures to anyone today?

they should be... Obviously, we don't know the handshake agreements, but it seems like all of their picks yesterday were the type to go under slot.

 

They could fork out 2M on someone.

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I think there's some underslot potential with the first few picks.I'm thinking maybe about $500K which would give them somewhere around $1.2 M with their 3rd round pick if they want to go after a tougher sign.That might be a little bit optimistic; it's hard for me to see them saving much more.

 

I've seen the Twins tied to HS C Ethan Hearn in a mock.Based on his ranking he probably wouldn't require a huge overslot bonus to sign in the 3rd round, but I have no idea how comitted he might be to going to college.

 

I liked what they did overall last year with a smaller pool and fewer picks.I'm not sure how I feel about this year yet, a lot will depend on what they do in the 3rd and 4th rounds.

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still some decent HS pitching on the board... hoping we can nab one of them.

 

https://www.mlb.com/...-2-of-mlb-draft

 

Allan is almost certainly going to college after dropping out of the first round.Leiter was probably never going to sign for the Twins; he reportedly was only ever considering signing with a select handful of teams which probably didn't include the Twins.Barco seems to be out.I don't know what the ask for Osmond might be.Seems like the only real possibility of those listed in the article.

 

I think If the Twins get a HS arm it'll be someone else that we're not really expecting.

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Andrew Thares
Jun 04 2019 10:00 AM

 

I think there's some underslot potential with the first few picks.I'm thinking maybe about $500K which would give them somewhere around $1.2 M with their 3rd round pick if they want to go after a tougher sign.That might be a little bit optimistic; it's hard for me to see them saving much more.

 

I've seen the Twins tied to HS C Ethan Hearn in a mock.Based on his ranking he probably wouldn't require a huge overslot bonus to sign in the 3rd round, but I have no idea how comitted he might be to going to college.

 

I liked what they did overall last year with a smaller pool and fewer picks.I'm not sure how I feel about this year yet, a lot will depend on what they do in the 3rd and 4th rounds.

The Twins could also be looking to save money in the later rounds today to help add to the pool for a well above slot pick in the 3rd or 4th rounds. The still have roughly $2.5 M to play with for their picks today, in addition to any savings they had on their picks from last night.

 

If they can take a college senior or two in the top 10 rounds (like they did with Chris Williams last year) that could save them a lot of money below slot value.

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MMMordabito
Jun 04 2019 10:09 AM

It's been awhile since we've regularly had to say and spell Mientkiewicz.Maybe the Twins should draft Jack Kochanowicz and eventually pair him in the rotation with Jordan Balazovic.

 

Also, I see at least three ranked prep players from Puerto Rico.I hope they keep that funnel alive as well. The current Twins wouldn't be who they are without that pipeline.

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operation mindcrime
Jun 04 2019 10:36 AM
I'd be happy with Ethan hearn as 2wins87 posted on him above!!! I'd also be happy if we took Jerion Ealy with our 3rd rounder also!!!! Go Twins!!!!!!!! :)
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diehardtwinsfan
Jun 04 2019 11:24 AM

 

Allan will still be number 1 at the end of the day .... Happy Gators.

Nope... he got drafted right before us... guessing he's going pro. 

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diehardtwinsfan
Jun 04 2019 11:24 AM

Spencer Steer, 3B Oregon. 

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MMMordabito
Jun 04 2019 11:25 AM

Wow, the Mets took Allan.Be interesting to see if he signs.I'm guessing not.

 

They better be great at developing pitching......

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MMMordabito
Jun 04 2019 11:27 AM

 

Spencer Steer, 3B Oregon. 

 

Cool name

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MMMordabito
Jun 04 2019 11:28 AM

They just switched Steer to SS. I guess they want to give Cavaco some competition.

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operation mindcrime
Jun 04 2019 11:30 AM
Congrats to Spencer Steer!!! Fear the Steer!!! Go Twins!!!!! :)
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I give up, man.The guy is not even in the top 200.Not sure why he had to be picked there.Well I am usually wrong about these picks so will just hope it is a good pick.

 

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Tom Froemming
Jun 04 2019 11:36 AM

It's starting to feel like the Twins are going to spread their bonus pool around pretty evenly, much like they did last year. Jeffers, Keirsey, Sands and Mack all got between $800k-$500k. Grace, Garry, Helman and Winder all got between $350k-$198k.

 

Different circumstances this time around, still lots of draft to go, but that's just my guess at this time.

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BTW, easiest way to find Fangraph's player by player thoughts for MN:

 

https://www.fangraph...m=min&pagenum=0

 

Note, as of now, they have not added their third rounder.....

 

actually, I don't think their 3rd round pick is even in their list, now that I look for SS and 3B.....hmmmm.


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