2019 MLB Draft Day 2 Thread
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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.
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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