MLB Draft: Eight Names to Know
Alek Manoah, West Virginia, Right-handed pitcher
Rankings: MLB: 10 BA: 21 Law: 9
Mocks: MLB: 11 (Blue Jays) BA: 10 (Giants) Law: 11 (Blue Jays)
In the top tier of college pitchers available, Manoah could find himself off the board earlier. A really big dude with really big stuff, Manoah had a breakout summer in the Cape and has catapulted up draft boards.
Bryson Stott, UNLV, Shortstop
Rankings: MLB: 9 BA: 9 Law: 13
Mocks: MLB: 10 (Giants) BA: 11 (Blue Jays) Law: 20 (Mariners)
Many in the industry believe Stott is a top 10 pick, but if he were to fall to the Twins, there is a lot to like. Looking around the MLB, you don’t see a lot of shortstops who went the route of college ball, which is probably why Stott draws comparisons to Brandon Crawford. An all-round player, Stott would be another asset in the Twins middle infield drawer.
Shea Langeliers, Baylor, Catcher
Rankings: MLB: 11 BA: 17 Law: 12
Mocks: MLB: 14 (Phillies) BA: 9 (Braves) Law: 17 (Nationals)
For the first time in forever, Twins fans should feel good about both their catcher(s) and their catching depth. But Langeliers could be special. An elite defender, Langeliers missed a lot of time this year with a hamate injury. You’d know what you’re getting defensively, but there will be some questions about his bat.
Zack Thompson, Kentucky, Left-handed pitcher
Rankings: MLB: 15 BA: 14 Law: 22
Mocks: MLB: 12 (Mets) BA: 13 (Twins) Law: 14 (Phillies)
Thompson has the resume to go in the top half of the first round. He has a full arsenal that is backed up with good data. What might give teams pause, though, is a history of injury concerns that include both his shoulder and elbow.
Brennan Malone, IMG Academy (Florida), Right-handed pitcher
Rankings: MLB: 18 BA: 13 Law: 21
Mocks: MLB: 22 (Rays) BA: 14 (Phillies) Law: 21 (Braves)
A prepster with an full package of pitches. Malone has enough stuff to go in the first round now and enough projection left to be a top-of-the-rotation pitcher later. He’s got to learn how to be a better pitcher, but he’s plenty athletic.
Michael Busch, UNC, First baseman/outfielder/second baseman (?)
Rankings: MLB: 28 BA: 25 Law: 16
Mocks: MLB: 32 (Astros) BA: 24 (Indians) Law: 27 (Cubs)
Busch wouldn’t be an eye-catcher if you look only at rankings. But he checks a couple boxes: Big box - He’s high on a short list of best college bats in the draft and the new regime is valuing the ability to hit very highly (even though Busch doesn’t have a true defensive home). Medium box - He had success in the Cape League. Smaller box - He’s from Inver Grove Heights (Simley H.S.), so he’s got that going for him too.
Kameron Misner, Missouri, Outfielder
Rankings: MLB: 19 BA: 16 Law: 34
Mocks: MLB: 20 (Mariners) BA: 27 (Cubs) Law: 23 (Rockies)
Misner is less polished as a hitter than Busch, but more athletic and hits for more power. With Misner, it’s more about bat-speed and projectability (and, likely, impressive Trackman data).
Matthew Lugo, Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy (Puerto Rico), SS
Rankings: MLB: 36 BA: 76 Law: NR
Mocks: MLB: 34 (D-backs) BA: NL Law: 16 (D-backs)
Included because Keith Law connected the the Twins and Lugo. The Twins have had very good luck with Jose Berrios and Eddie Rosario when drafting in Puerto Rico. Lugo may also be a comp round target if the Twins are able to go under-slot with the 13th overall pick.
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