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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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171 Comments

 

Widely viewed that this was a very weak draft for college pitchers. Am guessing that they are simply loading up on position players with upside in the early rounds, with plans on snagging some cheaper arms in later rounds. 

 

welcome to the site!

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MMMordabito
Jun 04 2019 12:34 PM

 

Kind of impressive that the Twins have such a good record under the leadership of a front office that's apparently worse at drafting than the majority of Twins Daily users.

 

It's just questioning the lack of pitchers drafted so far .... I tend to lean toward watching videos of pitchers myself, so I have an idea of who I liked (none were drafted) ... I'm not going to call out a pick, because obviously I don't know jack $*#.I think it's just fine to wonder where the pitching is going to come from .... The IFA comment definitely seems to be in play

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Bob Sacamento
Jun 04 2019 12:38 PM
Here's what Baseball America had to say about Steer:

A solid all-around player with Oregon, Steer is a hit-over-power, utility-type player with impressive defensive ability. Standing at just 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, Steer isn’t physically imposing and doesn’t have many loud tools, but he does everything on the field well. This spring, he hit .356/.460/.510 through his first 54 games—leading the team in average and RBIs—and has consistently put together good at-bats going back to his freshman year. Over his first 160 games at Oregon, Steer struck out 86 times (12.1 percent) compared to 70 walks (9.9 percent). He performed well in the Cape Cod League last summer as well, where his Orleans teammates voted him co-MVP (along with Vanderbilt outfielder J.J. Bleday) thanks to a .304/.351/.481 line and outstanding defense at both second and third base. Steer has a strong, accurate arm with good footwork at both positions and does an excellent job charging the baseball and gaining ground. Steer projects as a utility-type player at the next level who could hit for a high average

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MMMordabito
Jun 04 2019 12:41 PM

 

Here's what Baseball America had to say about Steer:
 

Steer has a strong, accurate arm with good footwork at both positions and does an excellent job charging the baseball and gaining ground. Steer projects as a utility-type player at the next level who could hit for a high average

 

Sounds like he gets after it! 

 

Snagged him before Gardy could get him!

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Bob Sacamento
Jun 04 2019 12:43 PM
What Baseball America says about Seth Gray

Gray was Wright State’s starting third baseman from the first game of his freshman year. And in his first series, he announced his arrival by doubling twice and homering to help the Raiders win a series opener against Clemson. Gray has been a key to the team ever since, but as a junior he’s started to drive the ball for the first time after settling for spraying line drives from the lefthanded batter’s box in the past. He’s a future fringe-average hitter in pro ball, so the team drafting him is eyeing his power potential. Gray has the frame to potentially get stronger and find plus power. He is an above-average defender at third base with an above-average arm who should be able to say at the hot corner

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RaymondLuxuryYacht
Jun 04 2019 12:43 PM

 

No one said that, and if we can't discuss con and conner feelings about moves, why come here at all?

 

FIFY

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Various posters are directly stating or heavily implying that the Twins should be making different picks (i.e., 'I'm no expert, but the Twins are screwing up.')

 

Opinions can be informed or uninformed. We know a lot more about MLB players and can have informed opinions about them. Most TD users have virtually no real knowledge about amateur scouting or specific amateur players . . . your opinions in this case are uninformed.

I stated I'm no expert. And I'm underwhelmed by the Twins picks. They just picked a guy in the third round who is projected to perhaps be a utility player.

 

It's an uninformed opinion, but I offer it anyway. 

 

For the record, you haven't changed my opinion.

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NapoleonComplex
Jun 04 2019 12:43 PM

 

Various posters are directly stating or heavily implying that the Twins should be making different picks (i.e., 'I'm no expert, but the Twins are screwing up.')

 

Opinions can be informed or uninformed. We know a lot more about MLB players and can have informed opinions about them. Most TD users have virtually no real knowledge about amateur scouting or specific amateur players . . . your opinions in this case are uninformed.

 

This confuses me. Are you saying uninformed opinions shouldn't be expressed? Should opinions only be reserved for those more informed? Because I like to learn and become more informed on topics, especially when it comes to our MN Twins, I express uninformed opinions. Responses to my opinions are how I become more informed. Now my head hurts.

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He battles his tail off😀

another IF! 

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MMMordabito
Jun 04 2019 12:45 PM

inb4 pitchforks

 

Another infielder

Wonder if the draft strategy has anything to do with expecting that they will be trading from our high end SS depth for bullpen help for the playoff run. Need to restock as it is always a valuable position group.
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diehardtwinsfan
Jun 04 2019 12:48 PM

Will Holland, Auburn, SS.

 

Yeah, this is definitely interesting. Perhaps they see a weakness on the hitting side in the lower minors? Lots of MIs... 

 

Still want to see some high schoolers. I've got to think these guys will be going under slot. 

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operation mindcrime
Jun 04 2019 12:49 PM
Back to the shortstops!!!! :) Jim Callis said this guy is an absolute steal here!!!! Congrats to Will Holland!!! Go Twins!!!!! :)
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Fangraphs has this guy highly ranked....

 

TLDR
Holland is a 70 runner with 50 raw power that can passably play all three positions up the middle but his swing mechanics and skills can't match his tools.

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ChrisKnutson
Jun 04 2019 12:53 PM
Perhaps they’re loading up on infielders because they plan on dealing 2-3 of the upper level guys at the deadline.
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As I've pointed out... I'm a big fan of drafting guys who played high school ball in Georgia... Will Holland could be a steal!

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Perhaps they’re loading up on infielders because they plan on dealing 2-3 of the upper level guys at the deadline.

 

they still need a couple dozen new arms to fill out rosters......

 

they still need a couple dozen new arms to fill out rosters......

 

Isn't the draft 40 rounds long?I'd like to see some pitching soon too, but we are barely even 15% thru this thing.

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MMMordabito
Jun 04 2019 12:57 PM

 

they still need a couple dozen new arms to fill out rosters......

 

Rounds 17-40?We're winning every game 11-10?

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Grabbing too many guys with potential hit tool problems.To me that doesn't bode well as those guys typically can't do well enough to make it to MLB.I liked the past two drafts better when they went for players with good hit tools and more average to slightly above average measurables.If you can't hit the best you can be is a utlity player.Not getting a good vibe from this draft so far.Too much risk for me.

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I’m guessing we will hear shortly that Steer and to some extent Gray signed for below slot. Then the Twins will use that extra money to grab a few guys who slip. Then some of the Twins fans who can’t help but see the sky falling can take a breath.
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Holland is more intriguing to me than the last two.Seems like a good pick in the 5th round.

 

Sounds like he's a bit of a reclamation project that they'll need to work on mechanically.But it's hard to find tools like his in the 5th round.

 

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Isn't the draft 40 rounds long?I'd like to see some pitching soon too, but we are barely even 15% thru this thing.

 

How many good/great pitchers do you think get drafted around round 5? 

 

I guess I should bail on the thread, it seems like people only want positive, gushing, posts. 

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operation mindcrime
Jun 04 2019 01:05 PM
For whatever reason I'm unable to quote or like anyone's comment's !!!! This happens a lot and it's incredibly frustrating!!!!!! I agree with Rcrose29 about trading some prospects especially Nick Gordon!!! I think Brent Rooker will be traded now that we drafted Matt Wallner.

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