• 2012 Minnesota Twins Draft Picks

    Below you will find the complete list of 2012 draft picks of the Minnesota Twins. Feel free to discuss.

    #40 (1210) - Brad Schreiber - RHP - COL - Purdue
    #39 (1180) - Steven Liquori - OF - HS - Georgia
    #38 (1150) - Austin Rei - C - HS - California (37/38, same HS)
    #37 (1120) - James Marvel - RHP - HS - California
    #36 (1090) - Brandon Bayardi - OF - COL - UNLV
    #35 (1060) - Jared Wilson - RHP - COL - UC-Santa Barbara
    #34 (1030) - Bryan Haar - OF - COL - U of San Diego
    #33 (1000) - Kaleb Merck - RHP - COL - Texas Christian U
    #32 (970) - Andrew Ferreira - LHP - COL - Harvard
    #31 (940) - Tim Robinson - LF - HS - California
    #30 (910) - Bryan Santy - C - COL - U of Washington
    #29 (880) - Sean Hagan - LHP - COL - St. John's U
    #28 (850) - Carson Goldsmith - RHP - COL - Northwestern State
    #27 (820) - Jared Grundy - LHP - COL - U of Kentucky
    #26 (790) - Justin Jones - LHP - COL - U of California
    #25 (760) - Joel Licon - SS - COL - Orange Coast College
    #24 (730) - Jose Favela - C - HS - Texas
    #23 (700) - Travis Huber - RHP - COL - Nebraska
    #22 (670) - Josh Graham - C - HS - Oregon
    #21 (640) - Bo Altobelli - C - COL - Texas Tech
    #20 (610) - Zach Larson - CF - HS - Florida
    #19 (580) - Jonathan Murphy - LF - COL - Jacksonville U.
    #18 (550) - William LaMarche - RHP - COL - Chabot College
    #17 (520) - Dalton Hicks - 1B - COL - Central Florida
    #16 (490) - Will Hurt - SS - HS - Kentucky (Ben Revere's HS)#15 (460) - Jarret Leverett - LHP - COL - Georgia Southern
    #14 (430) - Jake Proctor - CF - COL - Cincinnati
    #13 (400) - Erich Knab - RHP - HS - South Carolina
    #12 (370) - Alex Muren - RHP - COL - Cal St. Northridge
    #11 (340) - Taylor Rogers - LHP - COL - Kentucky
    #10 (310) - Doug (DJ) Baxendale - RHP - COL - Arkansas-Fayetteville
    #9 (280) - LJ Mazzilli - 2B - COL - U Connecticut (Lee Mazzilli's son)
    #8 (250) - Christian Powell - COL - RHP - College of Charleston
    #7 (220) - Jorge Fernandez - C - HS - Puerto Rico
    #6 (190) - Andre Martinez - LHP - HS - Florida
    #5 (160) - Tyler Duffey - RHP - COL - Rice U
    #4 (130) - Zach Jones - RHP - COL - San Jose State
    #3 (97) - Adam Walker - RF - COL - Jacksonville U
    #2 (72) - JT Chargois - RHP - COL - Rice U
    #2 (63) - Mason Melotakis - LHP - COL - Northwestern State (LA)
    #1S (42) - Luke Bard - RHP - COL - Georgia Tech
    #1S (32) - Jose Orlando Berrios - RHP - HS - Puerto Rico#
    #1 (2) - Byron Buxton - OF - HS - Georgia



    This article was originally published in blog: 2012 Minnesota Twins Draft Picks started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 42 Comments
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      I know projections for these players sometimes turn out to be untrue, but it seem like nearly every single pitcher the Twins have drafted has ties to the bullpen. They have said they will give some of them chances to start; although, I think it's strange they haven't really drafted a "true" starting pitcher. Maybe they are hoping some of these power arm guys can be dominant, successful starters?
    1. Dilligaf69's Avatar
      Dilligaf69 -
      Not a deep starting pitching draft from what i've heard outside the 1st round.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      YHIMH, it's not like the prospect ranks aren't full of middle relievers already! Oh wait . . . that is PRECISELY where the Twins have the most depth in the system.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      No kidding shanewahl! It doesn't help that relievers have zero value in rebuilding a franchise too. I can't complain about the Buxton pick, but this has me scratching my head.
    1. Jim Crikket's Avatar
      Jim Crikket -
      I honestly don't distinguish much between the value of guys projected to top out at a back of the rotation starter and a good bullpen arm. Given that this draft supposedly had few, if any, projected top of the rotation pitchers (and virtually none after the top 4-5 guys), I guess I don't have a problem with picking hard throwing guys with less milage on their arms, regardless of what role some college or HS coach has slotted them in to.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      They must be thinking of converting these comparatively underused arms into some starting pitching at the lower levels. Maybe a couple of them stick there.
    1. bulldogguy's Avatar
      bulldogguy -
      Agreed...like every major league baseball draft...let's evaluate this 3 years from now to see where these guys are going. I would be more interested in hearing from the Twins what their initial plan for these pitchers are...are they going to be starters out of the gate or right to the bullpen. Again, week starting pitching crop...why try to fit a square peg in a round hole if it doesn't make sense. Pick the guys that you think you might be able to develop. There is not going to be any immediate help to the Major League roster this year, next year or maybe even the year after that from this years crop. That's how it works in baseball.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by shanewahl View Post
      They must be thinking of converting these comparatively underused arms into some starting pitching at the lower levels. Maybe a couple of them stick there.
      Isn't there a new Twins Territory commercial already in production, the Big Hrbowski is bowling in the center lane, and suddenly all of those unused lanes to the left and right are anointed by Gardy, and then the new anonymous RPs are throwing strikes down the alleys.

      The tag line going out:


      "The Minnesota Twins- Less is More"
    1. DaTwins's Avatar
      DaTwins -
      Quote Originally Posted by shanewahl View Post
      YHIMH, it's not like the prospect ranks aren't full of middle relievers already! Oh wait . . . that is PRECISELY where the Twins have the most depth in the system.

      Not sure what exactly you're talking about here. How much depth to do the Twins have in bullpen prospects? There's a handful of guys, Slama, Waldrop, Guerra, Albers etc. that are putting up good numbers in the minors. But nobody thinks any of them will be elite relievers (or really even close to that). Of all the guys the Twins grabbed this year, there's a chance they may have found a future 'ace' reliever.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by DaTwins View Post
      Not sure what exactly you're talking about here. How much depth to do the Twins have in bullpen prospects? There's a handful of guys, Slama, Waldrop, Guerra, Albers etc. that are putting up good numbers in the minors. But nobody thinks any of them will be elite relievers (or really even close to that). Of all the guys the Twins grabbed this year, there's a chance they may have found a future 'ace' reliever.
      I agree with the first part, but the "future ace' sounds a bit like a "wild thing" without the high strike out rate. Again, confounding.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      My hope is that they are picking guys who can throw 95-99 (most of these relievers can) as relievers can move to starters next spring and be able to throw 93-95 as a starter.
    1. boney's Avatar
      boney -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      My hope is that they are picking guys who can throw 95-99 (most of these relievers can) as relievers can move to starters next spring and be able to throw 93-95 as a starter.
      You may be forgetting that as Twins prospects they will be asked to back off a little in order to have better control. Leaving them between 89-92 :-).
    1. SweetOne69's Avatar
      SweetOne69 -
      I'm guessing Slama is gone after this year unless he is promoted to the Twins. I believe that he can become a 6-year minor league free agent after this season and will elect to do so and who can blame him.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Quote Originally Posted by DaTwins View Post
      Not sure what exactly you're talking about here. How much depth to do the Twins have in bullpen prospects? There's a handful of guys, Slama, Waldrop, Guerra, Albers etc. that are putting up good numbers in the minors. But nobody thinks any of them will be elite relievers (or really even close to that). Of all the guys the Twins grabbed this year, there's a chance they may have found a future 'ace' reliever.
      There are a dozen guys you didn't mention at least. Oliveros, Robertson, Williams, Hauser, Achter, Bowen, Watts, Pugh, etc. And the general movement is from starter to reliever when guys can't cut it as starters. The point is that it is truly the one area with a lot of depth, at least compared to everything else besides OF.
    1. DaTwins's Avatar
      DaTwins -
      I suppose there is minor league depth in relievers. But IMO I don't see any who could be an 'ace' reliever. Not saying any of the new draft picks do, I don't know any more about them than their BA and MLB.com scouting reports, but they could move up fast and provide actual major league production. Just like anybody, I'd rather they be solid starters than solid relievers. But looking around the MLB right now, there's a ton of value in having young, cost-controlled guys filling up the bullpen.
    1. DaTwins's Avatar
      DaTwins -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      I agree with the first part, but the "future ace' sounds a bit like a "wild thing" without the high strike out rate. Again, confounding.
      For the record, I'm not specifically suggesting anyone of these guys is future 'ace' relievers. Though MLB.com and BA scouting reports suggested a couple have that ceiling.
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      I think the draft goes through Rd. 15 today, Seth, but don't quote me on that
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Yeah, it goes through 15 today.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      I"ve updated 11 thru 15.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      After today, I can't imagine that in Rounds 16 and beyond there's anybody that's really signable. I read all the time about players who were formerly drafted in these rounds that re-enter as higher picks in the next rule 4 draft.
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