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Article: MIN 5, ARI 0: Berri-0s

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:26 PM
Jose Berrios was due for another phenomenal performance. He pitched seven shutout innings as the Twins beat the Diamondbacks 5-0 on the n...
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Upcoming Roster Moves + Roster Shuffle

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:16 PM
With the upcoming doubleheader on Monday and Grossman heading to the DL with a fractured finger, the Twins will need to make some moves....
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (8/19): Niko Goodrum H...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 10:16 PM
Niko Goodrum had a monster game for the IL Wild Card-leading Red Wings, driving in six runs. Also, the Kernels managed to win 1-0 behind...
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Top 100 Prospects

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 09:32 PM
After the trade deadline I had some time and ranked my top 100 Twins prospects. For references I used fangraphs, BA, MLB Pipeline, Twins...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (8/18): Grand Slams, S...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 09:32 PM
Twins affiliates were undefeated on Friday night, putting another exclamation point on an incredible display of power throughout the orga...
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Draft Board v.4.0 (5/22)

IT’S LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY! Are you excited?

This is version 4.0 of my “small board” as I am about to go on KFAN with John and Aaron to talk about… you guessed it… the MLB Draft. A quick reminder: The Twins first pick (fourth overall) has a draft slot value of around $4.5 million.

Attached Image: draft13.jpg JEREMY’S SMALL BOARD
Keep in mind, please, that this is not a “mock draft”. This is not a reflection of my top players. This is my attempt at stacking a “Twins Draft Board”, based on a number of things.

Also, it should be pointed out that the Twins very rarely deviate from their norm: in the last 20 years,[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK] the Twins have had 24 1st round draft picks (not counting supplemental picks). Of those 24 picks, 11 have been prep position players and eight have been college pitchers. The other two groups: college position players (4) and prep pitchers (1) have been much less represented.

1) Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford (previous: 2)

THE LATEST: If I had the first pick, I’d take Appel. If Appel drops to #4, the Twins will take him. But I don’t… and he won’t. I’m not sure that Houston has the cajones to make this pick, but I know the Cubs do.

2) Jonathan Gray, RHP, Oklahoma (previous: 1)

THE LATEST: Houston will have to weigh the pros and cons of taking Gray over Appel and trying to save a little bit of money. They just might be able to do it, even though the Astros are flirting with a lot of people right now. Unlike collegians, the Astros management won’t leave this party alone. I think they go with Gray, ultimately.

3) Kris Bryant, 3B, San Diego (previous: 8)

THE LATEST: I’ll come out and tell you that I’m not as sold on Bryant as many, but that’s not to say I wouldn’t take him at #3. He’s got legitimate power. He’s improved his overall hit tools as well. There’s just something that makes me leery; but you can’t ignore what he’s done this year, even though his defensive home remains in question.

4) Kohl Stewart, RHP, Texas HS (previous: 3)

THE LATEST: Probably the first place you saw Stewart tied to the Twins was here. Now you’re seeing it everywhere. But like all drafts, things change. Stewart will probably be the top name on the Twins board when their pick comes up. Stewart has been throwing out the “I’m going to Texas A&M” line lately. He isn’t. But he’s going to use it to get the most money possible. My sense is that the Red Sox are going to get creative and make Stewart an offer that the Twins won’t match.

5) Braden Shipley, P, Nevada (previous: NR)

THE LATEST: Shipley hit a bit of a rough patch earlier this season, but got it back together to pitch his best game of the year last week. He’s been compared a lot to Kyle Zimmer, who went 5th to the Royals last year and signed for $3 million. Shipley is a great athlete and has a plus changeup to go with a mid-90s fastball. Shipley is a name tied to many teams in the top 10 and as someone who might take a discount. Why not the Twins?

6) Reese McGuire, C, Washington HS (previous: NR)

THE LATEST: McGuire comes in a high-defensive, questionable-offensive package. The Twins have been tied to him and, even though he could easily head to San Diego, there are many who believe he would cut a deal if selected in the top 5-7 picks. Though I don’t think the Twins go that route, it is a card they’ll have in their pocket.

7) Clint Frazier, OF, Georgia HS (previous: 9)

THE LATEST: Both Frazier and Meadows have seen their stock drop as of late. The Twins are said to prefer Frazier to Meadows, but not nearly enough to pop him at #4.

8) Colin Moran, 3B, North Carolina (previous: 6)

THE LATEST: Moran, allegedly, is in the mix at #1. Only he isn’t. He’ll go to the Indians at #5, in all likelihood.

9) Ryne Stanek, RHP, Arkansas (previous: 7)

THE LATEST: Stanek still has time to move up the board. He’s someone the Twins would typically consider. The fact of the matter is, though, Shipley has had better results with similar upside.

10) Trey Ball (previous: NR)

THE LATEST: Ball is a hard-throwing, athletic lefty. The Twins are going to kick the tires on him and, if he’s interested in making a deal like McGuire is rumored to be considering, you might start to hear more steam on this. Ball is a guy who fits in the 8-11 range talent-wise, but could offer a huge reward based on upside.


Feel free to discuss. You can follow me on Twitter (@jeremynygaard) for draft updates.


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