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Article: Coming Soon: Starting Pitching (But How Soon?)

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 03:02 AM
Anyone who is reading this site is a big Minnesota Twins fan. Anyone who is a big Twins fan realizes that this team needs pitching. A lot...
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Article: Searching For Relief

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:02 AM
"The two most important things in life are good friends and a strong bullpen."--- Bob Lemon, Hall of Fame PitcherThe Twins bullpen would...
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Article: Red Sox 4, Twins 1: Sale Outduels Berrios

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:45 AM
Jose Berrios pitched much better than the box score suggests, as he went blow-for-blow with Chris Sale before the Twins bullpen allowed a...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (6/26): Lewis Homers,...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 02:27 AM
The Twins opened a series in Boston on Monday night and the affiliates played eight games, six of which will be profiled here. (The two D...
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Examining the Twins Position Player-wise

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:20 AM
Can we just get this out of the way? I know...you know...we ALL know the Twins need pitching help. Were it possible to drain internet ink...
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TwinsDaily Mock Draft v.1.0

The people have spoken. If it's mock drafts you want... well, that's what you're going to get.
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1. Houston - Carlos Rodon, LHP, NC State - The Astros have employed two very different strategies the last two years: They drafted Carlos Correa who wasn't perceived to be the top prospect to save money to draft guys who dropped later. Last year they took the #1 talent in Mark Appel. If they choose to go with the talent - which they should because the drop off to get a savings is significant - Rodon is the answer.

[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]2. Miami - Brady Aiken, LHP, California prep - Aiken is a fine consolation prize for a team who hoped to draft Rodon. Aiken is the safer of the two high school picks and could ascend through the minors much like Dylan Bundy did recently.

3. Chicago White Sox - Tyler Kolek, RHP, Texas prep - This pick was a slam-dunk for Jeff Hoffman before he got hurt. Now the White Sox are left to choose between Kolek and Alex Jackson. For now, it's Kolek.

4. Chicago Cubs - Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina - Stay with me here. The Cubs desperately want a pitcher. But why a pitcher that's out for a year? Hoffman still might be the guy that provides front-of-the-rotation ability the soonest (and by that I mean 2017). Tyler Beede might enter the discussion, based on the history he has with their minor league pitching coordinator.

5. Minnesota - Alex Jackson, C/OF, California prep - The Twins stay true to their board and take Jackson. For the record, I currently have their board as 1) Rodon 2) Aiken 3) Jackson 4) Kolek 5) Gordon. Jackson will likely tie up the entire slot ($3.851m). I would also anticipate the Twins having Jackson continue to catch (while also playing RF) a few times a week in Cedar Rapids next year.

6. Seattle - Aaron Nola, RHP, LSU - Nola's not going to be a front-end guy, but he'll move quickly. So give him a year or so and he'll make a nice #3 behind King Felix and Taijuan Walker.

7. Philadelphia - Nick Gordon, SS, Florida prep - While it seems silly to take a prep shortstop in consecutive drafts (especially after hitting on J.P. Crawford last year), Gordon is the exact type of player (see: crazy athletic) that the Phillies love.

8. Colorado - Kyle Freeland, LHP, Evansville - Freeland could be in play at #6. I mean, the Phillies did draft him out of high school. Freeland grew up in Denver, so no doubt there is some familiarity both ways.

9. Toronto - Trea Turner, SS, NC State - Turner seems like a relatively safe pick here for a team that comes back on the board at #11.

10. New York Mets - Sean Newcomb, LHP, Hartford - Newcomb has solidified his spot in the Top 15 and the Mets are in need of a pitcher. But, they also need hitting too and that could lead them to Michael Conforto or Bradley Zimmer.

11. Toronto - Touki Toussaint, RHP, Florida prep - Touki might not be the easiest guy to sign, but when you flash $3m at him. I bet he takes it.

12. Milwaukee - Grant Holmes, RHP, Sout Carolina prep - The Crew could go many directions, but Holmes is the choice over Beede and Finnegan.

13. San Diego - Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State - The Padres would likely prefer a player with a higher-ceiling, but getting a guy who has been rumored as high as #6 is not a bad second choice.

14. San Francisco - Tyler Beede, RHP, Vanderbilt - It would be such a Giants thing to do to get a polarizing figure like Beede and turn him into Cy Young.

15. LA Angels - Max Pentecost, C, Kennesaw State - This might turn out to be the steal of the draft.

16. Arizona - Brandon Finnegan, RHP, TCU - How far does the short righty drop? For today, it's to Arizona.

17. Kansas City - Bradley Zimmer, OF, San Francisco - Zimmer could go higher (or lower) but going to KC would be cute for the Zimmer parents.

18. Washington - Erick Fedde, RHP, UNLV - The Nats go ahead and snap up an injured pitcher because they have stock in cadaver ligaments or because they are good at rehabbing them back to health.

19. Cincinnati - Sean Reid-Foley, RHP, Florida prep

20. Tampa Bay - Kyle Schwarber, C, Indiana

21. Cleveland - Nick Burdi, RHP, Louisville

22. LA Dodgers - Derek Hill, OF, California prep

23. Detroit - Michael Chavis, 3B, Georgia prep

24. Pittsburgh - AJ Reed, 1B, Kentucky

25. Oakland - Monte Harrison, OF, Missouri prep

26. Boston - Derek Fisher, OF, Virginia

27. St. Louis - Kodi Medeiros, LHP, Hawaii prep

Next Thursday, I will project the Top 34 picks. And the morning of the draft, I will go through the top 46.

If you'd like a taste of other mock drafts, check out Baseball America, Scout.com, MLB.com and ESPN. If you do compare my final mocks to those that are more prominent, please come up with a scoring system so you can tell me how I rank when it's all said and done.

Rip apart, discuss, debate... or do all of them.


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