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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. ALessKosherScott's Avatar
      ALessKosherScott -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eric R Pleiss View Post
      What are the criteria to become draft eligible sophomore? Redshirt year?
      You have to turn 21 at a point before the draft.
    1. Vervehound's Avatar
      Vervehound -
      Quote Originally Posted by rickyriolo View Post
      Demuth drafted in 2013 by the Twins in the 8th round. So looks like he improved his draft stock
      but as a 23 y.o. college senior, he significantly lowered his leverage and will likely wind up signing for what he was offered last year.
    1. Vervehound's Avatar
      Vervehound -
      twins need to take some high ceiling prepsters in rounds 6-10 or this draft is subpar, imo.
    1. Jaykay's Avatar
      Jaykay -
      Curtiss, another closer/hopeful starter.
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      Curtiss, John Texas (TX) RHP R/R JR 6'4" 205lbs DOB: 04/05/93 | Scouting videoCurtiss could have been a third-round pick out of a Texas high school in 2011 had he been willing to turn pro, but he was set on becoming a Longhorn. The most highly regarded arm in a deep Texas recruiting class, he had Tommy John surgery after his freshman season and missed all of 2013, when he also had a rib removed to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome. He has come back strong as a closer as a redshirt sophomore this spring and should return to starting again in 2015. Curtiss has regained the velocity on his fastball, which sits at 92-94 mph and peaks at 96, and he uses his 6-foot-5 frame to throw his heater on a steep downhill plane. He still can run his slider up into the 80s, though it can get slurvy and he battles his command with it. Pitchers who have their elbows reconstructed often need time to get back their consistency and command of their secondary pitches, so his slider should get better. Because he's working in relief, Curtiss hasn't found much need for a changeup, which will require plenty of work when he joins the rotation. A potential No. 2 or 3 starter if everything comes together, he's also highly intelligent and graduated from Texas in three years with a double major in English and history
    1. benji21's Avatar
      benji21 -
      Sometimes I feel like its hard to be a fan of twins drafting. Climbing aboard the relief pitching train again in a deep HS start in pitchers draft?? Right.... Of coarse I'm not privy to their info bit sometimes you don't need to be. I disliked it when they did this last time and that strategy proved awful. Looking at you chargois, bard et al. Oh well that's the Twins
    1. Brandon's Avatar
      Brandon -
      So far I like the odds of us getting 3 players to the majors from this draft and contributing.
    1. twinsfanstreif's Avatar
      twinsfanstreif -
      So rounds 2-6 we have 2 definite relievers and 3 maybe starters but could end up relievers? Eh, not too bad, I wish we would get some position players though or high upside high schoolers although those guys rarely amount to much if they sign
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      I like the academics for Curtiss at least. And he is the one who might truly be able to start. The rest . . . not likely.
    1. SarasotaBill's Avatar
      SarasotaBill -
      I know I'll be in the minority but I love the Twins draft.

      Big time arms
    1. Buxtano Meywart's Avatar
      Buxtano Meywart -
      Quote Originally Posted by SarasotaBill View Post
      I know I'll be in the minority but I love the Twins draft.

      Big time arms
      I'm with you, I like the Twins draft for the most part except for the Clay pick. It'll be a really nice draft if both Cederoth and Curtiss can make it as starters. If not, then we're going to have a hell of a bullpen in a few years!
    1. mlhouse's Avatar
      mlhouse -
      The Twins certainly do seem to run their drafts based on a "theme". I guess there is some argument to the quantity theory of drafting.
    1. drivlikejehu's Avatar
      drivlikejehu -
      Quote Originally Posted by Buxtano Meywart View Post
      I'm with you, I like the Twins draft for the most part except for the Clay pick. It'll be a really nice draft if both Cederoth and Curtiss can make it as starters. If not, then we're going to have a hell of a bullpen in a few years!
      Yep, they can join Bullock, Tootle, Bard, Chargois....
    1. SarasotaBill's Avatar
      SarasotaBill -
      Do you want "pitch to contact with better control" or "higher velocity but more risk"?

      I'll take the higher potential with higher risk in rounds 3 to 10.
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      Round7

      Cutura, Andro Southeastern Louisiana University (LA) RHP R/R JR 6'0" 195lbs DOB: 08/22/93
    1. ALessKosherScott's Avatar
      ALessKosherScott -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vervehound View Post
      but as a 23 y.o. college senior, he significantly lowered his leverage and will likely wind up signing for what he was offered last year.
      As a redraft though, he has to give permission to the team to pick him again. Can't see that happening.
    1. HansGruber's Avatar
      HansGruber -
      The Twins scouts need to start showing up earlier to games.
    1. Monkeypaws's Avatar
      Monkeypaws -
      I liked the first 3 picks, but his draft is getting a bit one-dimensional for my tastes....
    1. gil4's Avatar
      gil4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by HansGruber View Post
      The Twins scouts need to start showing up earlier to games.
      I can't find the like button, but that's the best comment of the thread.
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      Quote Originally Posted by HansGruber View Post
      The Twins scouts need to start showing up earlier to games.
      I appreciated the good chuckle this gave me. Thanks
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