Twins Draft Blayne Enlow, Seven More
Round 3 (76, Slot $755,500) - Blayne Enlow, RHP (St. Amant HS, LA)
6'3" right-handed pitcher out of Louisiana high school. Ranked 33rd on Baseball America's board. Very projectable with a low-to-mid 90s fastball that scouts expect to tick upward in the coming years. Looks like this is a tumbler guy the Twins will use their saved-up slot money to sign. Jeremy had predicted Twins would take Enlow at #35.
Something else that should be noted, too, is that if Enlow was drafted at #37 and doesn't sign, the Twins lose $1.85 million from their bonus pool as opposed to only $755k if he doesn't sign as the 76th pick.
(Update: Rhett Bollinger is reporting that Enlow is expected to sign for $2M.)
Round 4 (106, Slot $507,000) - Charlie Barnes, LHP (Clemson)
Barnes won't overpower hitters, but is a crafty left-hander with a plus-changeup. Strictly speculation, but Barnes should come in a hair under slot and projects as a back-end starter. On the smaller end (6' 0", 175), Barnes also possesses a curveball and a slider and is smart on the mound, commanding all four pitches well.
Scout's take: Not just crafty. Up to 95. Mixes pitches and manipulates ball well. High-floor and could move fast.
Round 5 (136, Slot $378,700) - Andrew Bechtold, 3B (Chipola College)
A transfer from Maryland, Bechtold has developed a bat that projects for both average and power. He's got the arm to stick at the hot corner as well and also possesses pretty good speed. Bechtold is a third-year college player, but committed to LSU. Though both LEN3 and Doogie report he'll come in over-slot, signability shouldn't be an issue.
Round 6 (166, Slot $283,300) - Ricardo De La Torre, SS (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy)
Committed to Auburn, De La Torre had first-round buzz before a disappointing spring drop him down draft boards. Considered a solid defensive shortstop, De La Torre has a questionable hit tool. At 6' 2", 175 lbs, De La Torre could fill out and end up at third base, where his arm would play. More likely to stick at shortstop than Lewis, it shouldn't matter as De La Torre could follow in the last few Puerto Ricans' footsteps and get two seasons in the GCL.
Scout's take: Athletic, strong, exciting prospect. Skilled enough to play other positions if he grows out of SS, but hope he sticks.
Round 7 (196, Slot $220,700) - Ryley Widell, LHP (Central Arizona JC)
Widell had a very good season in the JC ranks after transferring from Washington State. He has a fastball that sits around 90 mph and a pretty good change-up. He'll need to continue to develop a breaking ball and refine his fastball. He's committed to UNC and offers some upside in his 6' 4", 205 lb frame.
Round 8 (226, Slot $174,400) - Bryan Sammons, LHP (Western Carolina U.)
A senior who has had success in the Cape Cod League, Sammons throws a variety of pitches though none are anything special. Senior signs help teams stay under their budget and Sammons was one of the better ones available.
Scout's take: Big-bodied, durable lefty. Easy and loose arm action. Sits 89-91 but has plenty of 92,93. Slider, cutter, curveball. All four pitches can be major-league average. Starter. Definite prospect despite being a senior.
Round 9 (256, Slot $148,000) - Mark Contreras, OF (UC Riverside)
Contreras is another senior and hit .366 in his final year in college. Very good athlete.
Round 10 (286, Slot $137,100) - Calvin Faucher, RHP (UC Irvine)
A third senior rounds out the top 10 rounds. Faucher is strictly a bullpen arm - with a 90 mph fastball and a nasty slider. If he can be a successful fastball/slider pitcher, there is a certain big league bullpen that could certainly use some help. (No, I'm not saying this year.)
That's it for Day 2. The Twins are, as one front office exec says, "all out of money", so it would appear they will play Wednesday relatively straight. Look for more college pitchers, catchers and guys who can hit.
Expect there to be a a few hard-to-sign guys drafted just in case money frees up as a backup plan.
Hope you enjoyed Day 2. See you for Day 3 tomorrow.
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