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  • Minnesota Twins Day 2 Draft Picks (Rounds 3-10)

    The MLB Draft resumes today at 12:00 (central time) with each organization making their 3rd round through 10th round draft picks. The Minnesota Twins will have the fifth pick in each round.

    Throughout the day, Twins Daily's draft guru, Jeremy Nygaard, will be here posting the Minnesota Twins draft picks and providing some analysis on the player and the selection. He'll also be in the forums answering other questions you may have.

    These picks are all important and there is a strategy to them. The Twins have about $7.5 million to spend on their first 10 draft picks and about $3.85 million is allotted to their top pick, Nick Gordon. What will they do? See below.

    3rd Round (79; $703,900) - RHP Michael Cederoth, San Diego State

    An interesting pick at #79, Cederoth started the season with mid-first round buzz. Hailing from the same school as Stephen Strasburg, there were some unfair comparisons, but the velocity is there (98-100 mph). The Twins seem poised to give Cederoth an opportunity to start. His slider is his strikeout pitch in the mid-80s. He also features an average changeup, which he didn't throw much this year, and a slower curveball.

    Cederoth is a big, lanky dude (6'6, 215) and has a violent delivery and a penchant for missing the strike zone - the difference between being a 3rd rounder and a 1st rounder.

    While the rumor had been that Cederoth was looking for a seven-figure deal, I've been assured that that is not accurate and my assumption is that he'll sign for slot.

    Pre-draft rankings: Baseball America, 45; MLB.com, 59; Perfect Game, 63; Scout, 75.

    4th Round (110; $476,100) - LHP Sam Clay, Georgia Tech

    Clay is a draft-eligible sophomore who projects as a reliever. Clay isn't as hard of a thrower as the previous two players who were selected, reaching the low-90's. He also has a slider, who some believe can be a plus pitch. Clay has a lot of raw ability, but will need to harness it and cut down on walks.

    Pre-draft rankings: Baseball America, 144; Perfect Game, 226; MLB.com, unranked; Scout, unranked.

    5th Round (140; $356,400) - RHP Jake Reed, Oregon

    Another reliever... well, Reed was a starter for two seasons, but was much better after being converted to a closing role. Reed features a three-pitch mix: low-90s fastball, a slurvy slider and a circle-change. Some consider him another guy that could move quick, though probably not as a closer.

    Pre-draft rankings: MLB.com, 123; Baseball America, 144; Perfect Game, 226; Scout, unranked.

    6th Round (170; $266,900) - RHP John Curtiss, Texas

    Unlike any of the previous picks, Curtiss projects to be a starter - even though he closed for the Longhorns in 2014 - with an upside of a #2. Despite being a redshirt sophomore - he missed 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery - Curtiss is already graduated and appears to be signable.

    Curtiss has a mid-90s fastball and three ordinary secondary pitches. There's still some projection based on the missed time. If his slider and change-up can develop, there's hope that Curtiss can stick in the rotation.

    Pre-draft rankings: MLB.com, 88; Perfect Game, 158; Baseball America, 159; Scout, 246.

    7th Round (200; $199,900) - RHP Andrew Cutura, SE Louisiana U

    Cutura is a junior. The short (6' 0) right-hander isn't on a lot of radars, but came as a recommendation of area scout Greg Runser, who has had his hand in drafting a lot of pitchers recently. Cutura was a three-year starter for SE Lousiana.

    Cutura is a bulldog. He has a 88-92 mph sinker, a hybrid breaking ball that sits in the mid-80s, and a changeup around 80 mph. He commands all three pitches well and knows how to put guys away.

    Pre-draft rankings: MLB.com, unranked; Perfect Game, unranked; Baseball America, unranked; Scout, unranked.

    8th Round (230; $161,300) - RHP Keaton Steele, Missouri

    Steele missed the 2011 season due to shoulder injuries. He's been a two-way player, but will pitch as a professional. Steele has another year of eligibility due to the injury, but has graduated and is signable as a redshirt-junior.

    Steele closed for Missouri this year and features a low-90s fastball and a mid-80s slider. It remains to be seen if he's viewed as a starter or reliever. He was moved to Missouri's rotation late in the year and had a couple complete games.

    Pre-draft rankings:
    Scout, 146; MLB.com, 177; Baseball America, 275; Perfect Game, 428.

    9th Round (260; $150,600) - OF Max Murphy, Bradley

    According to Chris Cotillo, Murphy and the Twins have agreed to a $130k deal.

    This is what I said about Murphy when I had him pegged for the 260th overall pick in my 10-round Twins mock: The organizational dearth of outfielders may have the Twins going to the college ranks to draft outfielders even earlier. Murphy is a guy who makes a ton of sense for the Twins, partially because he played his high school ball in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Murphy's best tool is he power. He's compact (only 5' 11"), runs well and has a clue in the outfield. While his arm could play in right (his current position), some think he could move to center. The question about Murphy is his hit-tool.

    Pre-draft rankings: Baseball America, 275; Perfect Game, 327; Scout, unranked; MLB.com, unranked.

    10th Round (290; $140,700) - RHP Randy LeBlanc, Tulane

    LeBlanc missed his freshman year with an elbow injury that resulted in Tommy John surgery. Highly touted out of high school, LeBlanc has spent four years at Tulane and still has one year of eligibility left. He's back healthy ago and hitting 95 with ease. His breaking ball and change-up are below-average pitches, but, even at 22, still has some projection left. His got a good pitcher's body too (6' 4, 200).

    The Twins hope that with advanced instruction, he can turn his curveball and change-up into above-average offerings.

    Pre-draft rankings: MLB.com, 188; Baseball America, 236; Perfect Game, 327; Scout, unranked.
    Comments 122 Comments
    1. Eric R Pleiss's Avatar
      Eric R Pleiss -
      More pitching!
    1. Eric R Pleiss's Avatar
      Eric R Pleiss -
      Powerful right hander. Get it, Twins!
    1. Monkeypaws's Avatar
      Monkeypaws -
      I see the bullpen in the Buxton Sano years ahead, and it looks hard throwing. More good value. Liking this draft a lot so far.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Just a heads-up, I'll continue to modify as I get more information. For example, my outlook on Cederoth's future has changed based on what I've been told.
    1. Monkeypaws's Avatar
      Monkeypaws -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      Just a heads-up, I'll continue to modify as I get more information. For example, my outlook on Cederoth's future has changed based on what I've been told.
      Oooh, do tell us more!
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Monkeypaws View Post
      Oooh, do tell us more!
      Just that being a starter is not an impossibility.
    1. gunnarthor's Avatar
      gunnarthor -
      The Clay pick surprises me. In some ways it seems it could be to save money but he's a sophomore so he has a lot of leverage if he wants to go back to school.

      I'm ok with the Cederoth pick even with Burdi.
    1. Buxtano Meywart's Avatar
      Buxtano Meywart -
      Wow! Not liking that 4th round pick one bit. Was a 2 sport athlete who didn't focus on baseball until college and really raw because of it, doesn't have overpowering stuff and is most likely a reliever who has 2 years of eligibility left and may not even sign to begin with. Although, being taken at least 50 spots sooner than he should have may help... *rolls eyes* there's the typical Twins pick we're all used to!
    1. Eric R Pleiss's Avatar
      Eric R Pleiss -
      Clay seems like a reach, based on the rankings he's a round early. Twins saving dollars or just like the guy, or think someone behind them likes him?
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eric R Pleiss View Post
      Clay seems like a reach, based on the rankings he's a round early. Twins saving dollars or just like the guy, or think someone behind them likes him?
      I'm working on this one....
    1. SarasotaBill's Avatar
      SarasotaBill -
      Ryan said they needed LHP.

      Hopefully their GA scout does better here than with Bard.
    1. Brandon's Avatar
      Brandon -
      MLB.com has more info on the players in their draft section.

      http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/draft/...#ft=round&fv=3
    1. Brandon's Avatar
      Brandon -
      on sam clay this is what MLB.com had to say

      6'3" 208lbs DOB: 06/21/93Clay was a two-sport star in high school and didn’t pitch much for the Yellow Jackets as a freshman, as he began concentrating on baseball for the first time. He took on a larger role in the bullpen this spring, becoming one of their most important relievers. Clay’s fastball typically sits in the low-90s and touches a bit higher. He complements it with a hard slider that flashes above-average potential. Primarily, Clay is a two-pitch pitcher, but he also throws a curveball and changeup at times. Though he has enough stuff to start, he is still somewhat raw and will need to improve his control. Clay is a Draft-eligible sophomore and would have two more years of eligibility if he chooses to return to school.
    1. Eric R Pleiss's Avatar
      Eric R Pleiss -
      What are the criteria to become draft eligible sophomore? Redshirt year?
    1. HansGruber's Avatar
      HansGruber -
      Another reliever? Hope the Twins know what they are doing but seems very odd for the team to invest 4 of its top five picks on likely relievers.
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      Another reliever from college in round 5

      Reed, Jake Oregon (OR) RHP R/R JR 6'2" 190lbs DOB: 09/29/92 | Scouting videoA starter during his first two years at Oregon, Reed moved into the closer role in 2014 and really took off. The right-handed reliever has a ton of arm strength and can crank it up into the mid 90s with plus life, coming in on the hands of right-handed hitters. His slider is a hard slurve that is a strikeout pitch when Reed commands it well. He has a below-average changeup, but in short relief, he doesn't really need it. Considering he's new at the gig, Reed has adjusted to it seamlessly, showing the kind of aggressive mindset you like from closers. All things point to him being a quick-to-the-big-leagues-type reliever.
    1. rickyriolo's Avatar
      rickyriolo -
      Looks like we have enough closers now. Can we draft some LH starting pitchers please?
    1. Brandon's Avatar
      Brandon -
      I know this was talked about in another thread but Demuth a top 10 Twins pick from a year or two ago that didn't sign was drafted in the 5th round by the Mariners
    1. rickyriolo's Avatar
      rickyriolo -
      Demuth drafted in 2013 by the Twins in the 8th round. So looks like he improved his draft stock
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      How many of these hard-throwers get moved to starters, and waste 2-3 years in the minors THIS time?
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