Official Day 3 Draft Thread
The Twins don't have a lot of wiggle room in their draft pool, so this will be a day where they look to fill organizational needs. To me, that means lots of (probably left-handed) pitchers, catchers and versatile hitters.
Round 11 - Gabriel Rodriguez, OF (Colegio Angel David HS, Puerto Rico)
An outfielder with a big arm and power in his bat, there are questions about his overall hit tool. Some scouts foresee a move to the mound if the bat doesn't develop, where he possesses a fastball in the 90s.
Scout's take: Left-handed power bat. Performed well all spring.
Round 12 - Bailey Ober, RHP (College of Charleston)
Tall right-handed pitcher (6' 8", 200) who missed 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Conference player of the year as a freshman in 2014, but has struggled to regain that form in the two years of playing since. Only threw 56 innings in 2017, but had 73/11 K/BB, missing time with a back injury.
Scout's take: Tall, but athletic. Plus changeup. Four pitch mix. Fastball jumps on hitters, has deception. Velocity was down after back injury, but when he is completely recovered will have big velocity. Starter.
Round 13 - Jared Akins, OF (Fresno State)
Long, athletic corner outfielder with a solid hit tool that shows power.
Scout's take: Raw, toolsy athlete. Former football player. Skills translate to the outfield. 55 runner. 55 arm. Lots of swing-and-miss.
Round 14 - Derek Molina, P (Merced College)
Molina was a two-way player at Merced and only threw 28.1 innings. He had a 43/8 K/BB.
Scout's take: Fresh arm. Repeatable delivery with smooth arm stroke. Throws strikes. 91-93. Flashes 50 curve. Feel for a changeup. Young. High upside.
Round 15 - Ricky Ramirez, P (Fresno State)
Smallish right-hander who has both started and relieved for the Bulldogs.
Scout's take: Big arm out of a small frame. Showed 93-95 with 50 slider in short stints. Live stuff. May be reliever.
Round 16 - Cade Smith, P (Mennonite Educational Institute, Canada)
Committed to Hawaii. Long-levered pitcher who is highly projectable.
Round 17 - Andy Cosgrove, C (North Carolina State)
Backstop who started his career at Washington before transferring. Has a chance to stick defensively.
Scout's take: Lean and athletic. Can really throw and is a good receiver. Not an easy out, aggressive at the plate.
Round 18 - Colton Burns, CF (UC - Santa Barbara)
Spent two years at a JUCO before playing in the Cape and one year with UCSB, where he hit .309 and got on base over 42% of the time, though he doesn't have a lot of power. Has a lot of speed and also has experience at second base.
Scout's take: 70 runner, but below average fielder. Great discipline at the plate results in high-OBP.
Round 19 - Jordan Gore, SS (Coastal Carolina)
Transferred to Coastal Carolina after two years at South Carolina. Had Tommy John surgery in 2016 and sat out the year as a transfer. In 2017, Gore hit .318 as Coastal's everyday shortstop.
Scout's take: Special defender. Switch-hitter. Big arm strength.
Round 20 - Tyler Gray, P (Central Arkansas)
Predominantly a reliever in college, Gray struck out more than a batter per inning in 2017 but has always struggled with command.
Round 21 - Colton Waltner, C (San Diego)
Waltner caught and played outfield. Has very little pop in his bat, but has a good plate approach and uses his speed well (14/14 SBA)
Round 22 - Christian Broussard, P (CS - Los Angeles)
Huge-bodied (6' 3", 270) pitcher who also played first base.
Scout's take: Four-pitch starter who has above-average raw power with the bat. Conditioning will play a large role in his development. Has the makings of a legit prospect.
Round 23 - Jared Finkel, P (Iona)
Closer who was nearly unhittable, but didn't strike out a ton and walked nearly 4.5 batters per nine.
Scout's take: Took off this season after dropping his arm slot. Athletic body. Has a fastball (86-93 mph) with good sink.
Round 24 - T.J. Dixon, CF (Samford)
L/L centerfielder with speed, batted .326 but shows little power. Stole 23 bases as a senior.
Scout's take: Plus defender with average arm. Line drive hitter who can spray the ball to all fields. A slightly above-average runner, but not a leadoff type bat. Plus make-up.
Round 25 - Carson Crites, 2B (SE Louisiana)
Senior who batted .299 and showed power (14 home runs). Crites walked (29) almost as much as he struck out (38) and swiped 15 of 17 bases.
Round 26 - Jordan Spicer, P (Polk State College)
Projectable pitcher who struck out 71 in 69 2/3 innings has a mid-90s fastball, a very good slider and a curveball. Not likely to sign as he was considered a Day 2 pick. Committed to Central Florida.
Round 27 - Chandler Taylor, RF (Alabama)
Left-handed hitting, draft-eligible sophomore. Strikes out a lot; hits bombs. Likely to head back to Alabama.
Round 28 - Joe Record, P (UC-Santa Barbara)
Only threw nine innings as a redshirt junior after being a weekend starter in 2016.
Scout's take: Needs Tommy John. Was 93-97 with an 85-87 slider in the fall.
Round 29 - Griffin Roberts, P (Wake Forest)
Draft-eligible sophomore who was closer at Wake Forest. Has a mid-90s fastball and a slider. Walked too many. Probably goes back to college.
Scout's take: Electric arm. Fastball up to 97. Special slider. Added strength this year, but is not likely to sign.
Round 30 - Alex Robles, P (Austin Peay)
Very good two-way player. 84 Ks in 72 innings as a senior.
Scout's take: Fastball 88-92 with sink, slider and changeup. Good hitter with gap-to-gap approach who could play 2B or 3B.
Round 31 - Luke Miller, 3B (Indiana)
Draft-eligible sophomore who hit 10 home runs for the Hoosiers. Likely returns to Indiana for his junior season.
Round 32 - Nick Brown, P (William & Mary)
Smallish senior who used a good summer in the Cape Cod League to put himself on the radar to be drafted as a reliever with a 94 mph fastball.
Round 33 - J.J. Robinson, 1B (Lewis and Clark State College)
Big-bodied senior who mashes, doesn't walk much, but doesn't strike out a ton either.
Round 34 - Max Meyer, P (Woodbury HS)
Round 35 - Adam Oviedo, SS (Alvarado HS, Texas)
One of the top-ranked prep shortstops, but will continue baseball career at TCU and will re-enter the draft in the three years.
Round 36 - Josh McMinn , P (Oral Roberts)
Another draft-eligible sophomore, McMinn is 6' 4" and pitched 91 innings in 2017, striking out 75.
Round 37 - Patrick Bailey, C (Wesleyan Christian Academy, NC)
Committed to NC State, Bailey will need to prove he can hit over the next three years. He's got the skills to stick behind the plate though.
Scout's take: Plus defender. Switch-hitter. Will add strength at NC State.
Round 38 - Ben Rodriguez, C (Pepperdine)
Announced as a catcher, Rodriguez is a 6' 6", 240 lb monster who strikes out a ton.
Scout's take: 70 raw power, elite ISO. Has caught in the past, will try again. Lots of swing-and-miss, but chance for power-hitting catcher.
Round 39 - Jonny DeLuca, OF (Agoura HS, CA)
Fantastic athlete who can hit... and will hit at Oregon for the next three years.
Scout's take: Smaller but similar to Adam Eaton. Playing in the West Coast League. Will pursue if there is money available.
Round 40 - Austin Bizzle, P (Alabama State)
The junior was dominant as a reliever, striking out 78 in 74 innings.
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