Twins Select Trevor Larnach in the First Round of the 2018 Draft
There were a lot of rumors that the Twins were going to take a college pitcher in this draft, and when they had their selection at pick 20 they had plenty of college pitchers to choose from in guys like Shane McClanahan, Jackson Kowar and Ryan Rolison.
However, the Twins ended up going with a college bat in Oregon State right-fielder Trevor Larnach (pronounced LAR-nick). How much of this pick was centered around the Twins limited bonus pool will remain to be seen, but it can be assumed that Larnach won’t be as expensive of a player as some of the other names that were available for the Twins to choose from.
Entering the draft, I had Larnach ranked as my 23rd best prospect available, so it is not like the Twins are settling by any stretch of the imagination. Here is what I had to say about Larnach as part of my pre-draft scouting report.
“Oregon State has had one of the most successful baseball programs over the last couple of years, and a big part of that has been on the bat of outfielder Trevor Larnach. Much like Virginia outfielder Adam Haseley did in last year’s draft, Larnach has shot up the draft boards upon seeing big improvements in his production in each of his three years in college.
Larnach’s best tool going away is his bat. He has shown the ability to hit for average and get on base in the past, but this spring Larnach has finally shown the ability to hit for power that his body has suggested he has. So far this season, Larnach has belted 17 home runs after hitting just three combined in his first two seasons at Oregon State.
In the outfield, Larnach projects as a right fielder. He isn’t the greatest athlete in the world and will most likely never best a plus defensive outfielder, but he does have a big arm that should allow him to make it as a right fielder.”
As I mentioned Larnach is a player who has developed nicely during his three-year career at Oregon State. Here are his stat lines from each of his three college seasons.
Freshman: 59 PA; .157 AVG; .271 OBP; .176 SLG; 15 K; 7 BB; 1 2B; 0 HR
Sophomore: 248 PA; .303 AVG; .421 OBP; .429 SLG; 53 K; 39 BB; 16 2B; 3 HR
Junior: 268 PA; .327 AVG; .455 OBP; .626 SLG; 53 K; 45 BB; 13 2B; 17 HR
Here's some video of Larnach via the Pac-12 Networks YouTube account:
As I mentioned previously, the Twins limitations with their bonus pool probably hand a big had in this pick. From the sounds of it the Twins already have a deal in place with Trevor Larnach and his agent. To me this suggests that the money was a driving factor in this pick.
Another thing this pick does is it adds depth to the top of the Twins farm system that is currently loaded. Right now, Larnach would slide in nicely alongside Alex Krilloff and Brent Rooker as one of the best outfield prospects in the organization.
Larnach reminds me a lot of the Rooker pick from last season. Like Rooker, Larnach is a college hitter whose value is mostly tied up in his bat and not as much so in his fielding ability. Of the two, I believe that Larnach has a much better chance to stick as a corner outfielder.
Here's some more video via Prospect Pipeline:
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