Twins Select Brent Rooker, Landon Leach On Day 1
Does either outfielder Brent Rooker or RHP Landon Leach equate to a "big plan?" Only time will tell. Here is a very brief description of each.
Comp Round A; 35th overall - Brent Rooker, OF, Mississippi State
Rooker put up video game numbers after re-entering the draft after not signing with the Twins last year. I'd expect Rooker to make his way to Cedar Rapids this year and could move relatively quickly. Not a pick that should command much of extra bonus money. Rooker reminds me a bit of a right-handed version of Daniel Palka.
2nd round; 37th overall - Landon Leach, RHP, Ontario (Canada) prep
A big-bodied (6' 4", 220 lb) prep, Leach is projectable and currently features a three-pitch mix which includes a low-90s fastball, a curveball and a changeup, Leach has had success while competing on a Canadian national team. Leach is committed to Texas.
Minnesota prep pitcher Sam Carlson has likely priced himself out of getting drafted in the Top 10 rounds. It appears likely that he'll head to Florida. (EDIT: Interestingly, Carlson was drafted by the Mariners 55th overall. This is a puzzling one... if he's signable here, what gives...?)
Greg Deichmann, who was drafted by the Twins last year but instead returned to LSU, was taken in the second round.
The Twins will be first on the clock tomorrow afternoon when the 3rd round starts with the 76th overall pick.
So what do you think after three picks?