Twins 2013 Mock MLB Draft: Rounds 2 to 5
Round 2, (43 overall): Hunter Dozier, SS, Stephen F. Austin State
Will history repeat itself and have the Twins will select another college SS (and their second Dozier) in the high draft rounds, though their previous selections have not moved with the speed the they had hoped? We shall see, but Hunter Dozier is unlike previous college shortstops they have selected. He is Cal Ripken-sized (6-4, 220) with a lot of pop. He bats right handed. He is among the top three college sluggers with seventeen homers, is hitting .394 and has 12 SBs. His arm is very strong and he has good hands. Range is an issue (and this, with his size, makes some think that he projects as a 3B at the next level) but likely very workable at that next level. I think he has the tools to stick at short and this is a huge position of need in the Twins' organization. He was named Southland conference player of the year and hitter of the year. His up to date 2013 stats are here.
~~~ Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch ~~~
Round 3, (78 overall) Andrew Knapp, C, Berkley
Catcher is another position of need in the Twins' organization, with no clear replacement for Joe Mauer down the line, though Josmil Pinto has potential. Knapp is not mentioned as one of the top catchers on the draft (that would be a trifecta of high school kids) but he might as well be. He calls an excellent game (he goes to Berkley for a reason) and has a strong bat that projects, but he will require a bit of work with his receiving skills and foot work. He hits left-handed and is 6'1" and weighs about 200 lbs. He is currently a line drive and doubles machine who likes to use the whole field (sound like another Twins' catcher?) but projects to have home run power. He can run a bit, too. His Dad was a catcher at Berkley.
Round 4 (110 overall) Edwin Diaz, SS, Ladislau Martinez Otero HS, Puerto Rico.
From Jose Morales to Eddie Rosario to Jose Berrios, the Twins have been scouting and drafting high school kids from Puerto Rico in the early rounds and they will likely do it again this season. Diaz is close to the top of the 2013 draft class in Puerto Rico. He is a tall (6'2", 180#) kid who is still growing. Diaz is a lot like Pedro Florimon, but a bit more advanced than Floriman was at this stage of his career. He is good with the bat, hits line drives to all fields. Right handed. Slick fielder. I think he will be one of the first Puerto Ricans on the board. The 2013 draft class is not that great there.
Round 5 (140 overall) DJ Snelten, LHP, Minnesota
The Twins usually make a point of selecting several players from the University of Minnesota. The ones that they have selected in the high rounds (the jury is still out for players like AJ Pettersen who were selected in lower rounds) have not worked out, other than a certain LHP; I think they'll take another. He is the lesser known of the two best U of M starters and somewhat in the shadow of Tom Windle, but Snelton might be the better pitcher. He is 6'7" and 230 lbs. He has a plus 91-93 mph fastball that peaks at 95 with great command, control, movement and positioning; his curve and change-up are works in progress but improving. He mostly pitched out of the pen his first 2 seasons. He could be a dominant reliever if his secondary offerings do not improve.
Here are highlights of his complete game one hitter this season against Ohio State (you can read about it here ) :
(EDIT: I cannot embedded here, please go to the original post if you would like to see the video)
Next: Rounds 6-12. As a reminder, you can find all 2013 MLB draft related posts the Tenth Inning Stretch.