SethSpeaks Podcast (Episode 2) Features 1st-Rounders Lewis, Rooker, Kirilloff
Image courtesy of Steve Buhr (photo of Royce Lewis)Twins first-round draft picks highlight tonight's podcast. Seth will be joined by 2016 top pick Alex Kirilloff, and 2017 first-round picks Royce Lewis and Brent Rooker. Also, Aaron Slegers will discuss his major league debut, and Gophers senior Toby Hanson will talk about their upcoming season.
The Minnesota Gophers have their first practice of the 2018 season today. Toby Hanson is a senior on the University of Minnesota baseball team. He went to high school at Delano. As a junior in 2017, he hit .319/.350/.477 (.827) with 14 doubles, four triples and five home runs.
Aaron Slegers made his Major League debut with a strong game against Cleveland. The lanky right-handed pitcher has moved up one level each season since being drafted. He'll join the show and we'll talk about his debut, being in the Twins clubhouse down the stretch, and look forward to 2018.
Alex Kirilloff was the Twins first-round pick in 2016. He debuted in Elizabethton where he hit .306 with seven homers in 55 games. Unfortunately, he missed the 2017 season after having Tommy John surgery in March. We'll discuss the injury, rehab and his hopes and goals for 2018.
Brent Rooker was the Twins 38th round pick in 2016, but he returned to Mississippi State where he won the SEC's Triple Crown in 2017. The Twins selected him again in 2017, but this time as a Comp pick after the first round. He split his pro debut between Elizabethton and Ft. Myers and hit a combined 18 HRs. We'll discuss his debut and his goals for 2018.
Royce Lewis was the first overall pick in the 2017 draft out of high school. He debuted in thet GCL but moved up to Cedar Rapids. He's the top Twins prospect and we'll find out what that means to him. We'll look back at the draft and his debut season, but we'll also look to 2018 and beyond.
Tune in live tonight at 8:00 central time to listen. You can also listen to it later. Also, search "Minnesota Sports Weekly" on iTunes and you'll be able to listen to it there too. Subscribe to it!