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    by 06-07-2014, 07:38 AM
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    On Day 1, the Minnesota Twins used their first round draft pick on prep shortstop Nick Gordon. They followed that by selecting flame-throwing Louisville closer Nick Burdi with their second round pick. On Day 2, the Twins made eight selections and seven of their were pitchers. All eight came from the college ranks.

    So, what will the Twins do on Day 3? They will draft 30 more players. At noon, the draft will resume, and Twins Daily will continue to update you on the Twins selections.

    Looking at the current Minnesota Twins roster, it becomes clear that although few from Day 3 will make it to the big leagues, it is where you can sometimes find a hidden gem. Jason Kubel was drafted out of high school by the Twins in the 12th round of the 2000 draft. He's had a very solid career. Twins cleanup hitter Josh Willingham was the 17th round pick of the Florida Marlins in 2000. Casey Fien was the Tigers 20th round pick in 2006. Caleb Thielbar was drafted by the Brewers in the 18th round
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    by 06-06-2014, 11:28 AM
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    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
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    by 06-06-2014, 06:54 AM
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    “We got our man!”

    Those were the words of Minnesota Twins scouting director Deron Johnson talking about the team’s first round pick, Nick Gordon.

    “Just to be picked by Minnesota, it’s the greatest feeling in the world.”

    That is how Nick Gordon described his emotions upon being selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft.


    It seems like a match made in heaven. The Twins are a team always looking for athleticism, and Gordon provides that. There is a lot to like about the young shortstop from Orlando, Florida.

    “(We liked) his ability to play shortstop. We think he’s offensive. He’s got a really good swing. I think he’s going to have power down the road. He’s going to stay at shortstop, in my mind. He’s
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    by 06-05-2014, 10:12 PM
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    With their 2nd round pick, 46th overall, the Twins selected someone they had drafted before. They drafted RHP Nick Burdi, a relief pitcher from Louisville that they selected in the 24th round in the 2011 draft out of high school. They couldn't convince him to sign then, but he should certainly sign this time around.

    Burdi throws serious heat, occasionally touching 100 mph on a radar gun. He immediately takes over the spot as the top-rated reliever in the Twins organization.



    Prior to the 2011 draft, many projected Burdi to be a 2nd or 3rd round pick,
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    by 06-05-2014, 06:44 PM
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    With the number five pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Minnesota Twins selected Nick Gordon, a high school shortstop from Florida. This is the pick most people expected the Twins to make especially with word coming out that the team's top brass had seen him in person more than any other draft prospect. To read more about Gordon, check out his Twins Daily pre-draft profile.

    Leading up to the Twins fifth pick, the Houston Astros had the first overall pick for the third straight season. Houston took high school left-handed pitcher
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    by 06-05-2014, 06:14 AM
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    Good morning, Twins fans!! Today is the day we have been thinking about since the end of the 2013 season when the Minnesota Twins finished with the fifth-worst record in baseball. That means the Twins have the fifth pick in each round of the MLB Draft. On Thursday evening, we will know who the Twins selected with the #5 overall pick, but we'll also find out who they took with their second round pick (#46) later in the evening.

    One of the "positives" of playing so poorly is a high draft choice the next season. Twins fans, we're used to that as the Twins have had a high draft choice the past two years too. Of course, two years ago, it meant they were able to draft outfielder Byron Buxton from a rural Georgia high school with
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    by 06-04-2014, 11:02 PM
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    This is the third and final (as of now) mock draft in advance of this weekend's MLB draft. You can view the first mock and second mock as well.

    Before I get into it, I'm going to post what I believe is the Twins draft board (explanation to follow):

    1) Brady Aiken, LHP, California prep
    2) Nick Gordon, SS, Florida prep
    3) Alex Jackson, C/OF, California prep
    4) Tyler Kolek, RHP, Texas prep
    5) Sean Newcomb, LHP, Hartford

    I think, talent-wise, that Carlos Rodon, LHP, NC State should be included, but I don't get the feeling that the Twins are confident they could fit Rodon into their budget. While Boras represents Rodon, I don't think that really matters; Rodon doesn't appear to be willing to settle for anything less than Top 2 money.

    I'm also not entirely confident that Kolek, Newcomb and Aaron Nola, RHP, LSU (who would be #6) are in the correct order. In essence, any one of those guys could be #4 on their board. As it is, if the Top 3 (plus Rodon) are off the board when the Twins go on the clock, they might just pull the trigger on Newcomb, who could be #1 on their board
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    by 06-04-2014, 08:43 PM
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    IF YOU MISSED EITHER OF THE HANGOUT (6-7pm) OR THE KFAN SHOW (9-10pm), YOU CAN LISTEN TO THEM HERE OR DOWNLOAD THEM HERE.

    Jeremy and Seth will be covering the draft live via Google Hangouts tomorrow night. The duo will be joined by The Twins Geek himself for this show, so be sure to come back tonight to watch.

    Our show will start right at 6:00 as we preview the Twins selection, which should happen around 6:30. We'll recap that selection and, potentially, preview the 2nd round selection before signing off at 7pm.


    We'll pick it
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    by 06-02-2014, 10:06 PM
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    As Twins fans have endured three straight 90-plus loss seasons, it’s been obvious that one of – and probably the biggest – roots of the problem is the lack of quality starters. Essentially, the Twins have employed a collection of #4 starters and have failed to draft or sign frontline starters. We saw the late 2012 trades to acquire Alex Meyer and Trevor May followed by the drafting of Texas prep hurler Kohl Stewart as signs that the Twins recognized this issue and have started to correct it.

    Yet in the back of every fan’s mind is the idea that the Twins can never have enough “toolsy” players in their system. (They might be right)... and that the Twins love to draft those players right out of high school. (Because they
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    by 06-02-2014, 03:39 AM
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    With the Houston Astros having the number one overall pick for the third year in a row, there is some question about who will be selected first overall. Two years ago it looked like Mark Appel would be a lock for the first pick. The Astros saved a little money by taking Carlos Correa and this looks like a great decision. Correa is blossoming into one of the best position players in the minors and Appel ended up in an Astros uniform in last year's draft.

    Will Houston go with an expected player at the top of the draft or will they surprise the baseball world for the second time in three years?

    Who is this guy?
    Carlos
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    by 06-01-2014, 11:32 PM
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    Arguably, it's been quite a long time since the Twins have employed a franchise-type player at the most important position on the diamond, shortstop (I'll leave J.J. Hardy out of this conversation). Since 2004 when Christian Guzman last manned the position, the Twins have sent players such as Jason Castro, Jason Bartlett, Nick Punto, Matt Tolbert, Adam Everett, Orlando Cabrera, Alexi Casilla, Trevor Plouffe, Brian Dozier, Pedro Florimon, and Eduardo Escobar out there for extended playing time,
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    by 06-01-2014, 09:21 PM
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    People love mock drafts. I think, mostly, so that you can mock the people that put some guesses down on paper for the world to scrutinize. I'm not above that.

    I regret not putting one together two years ago. Somewhere, on a message board on this site, I predicted that the Twins take Adam Brett Walker (though I had the round incorrect).

    Last year, I noted how much I liked Brian Navaretto, who the Twins also drafted. I was a big fan of Stephen Gonsalves (though I never saw him falling as far as he did) and pegged Kohl Stewart for the #4 pick pretty early in the whole process.

    I'm telling you that not for the virtual pats on the back. I'm simply preparing you for the fact that there is a very good chance that I go 0-for-10 and would like
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    by 05-30-2014, 12:32 AM
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    In each of the past two seasons, Twins pitchers have ranked dead last in the majors in strikeouts. They're on track to do so again this year.

    It's no coincidence that they've been extremely bad at preventing runs during that time. In today's MLB environment, where strikeouts are rapidly climbing league-wide, a "pitch-to-contact" staff profile doesn't fly.

    To their credit, the Twins seem to recognize this, and have recently made concerted efforts to add more power arms to the organization. In next Thursday's draft, they might have a chance to bring in the best high school power arm... ever?

    Who is this guy?

    Earlier this month, Baseball America's John Manuel put Tyler
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    by 05-28-2014, 10:47 PM
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    This is the second go-around at putting a mock draft together. The final installment will come on draft-day morning.

    In this installment, you will see that I also included where the players were listed in last week's mock draft (version 1.0). Please feel free to comment and ask questions below.

    1. Houston - Brady Aiken, LPH, California prep - It’s becoming more apparent that the Astros are looking to save some cash here. If they can do that and get the top pitcher in the draft, great. If they can do that and not take a pitcher, that might be better. But for now, it’s Aiken. (Last week: Carlos Rodon, LHP, NC State)

    2. Miami - Alex Jackson, C/OF, California prep - There’s some belief that the decision may be made solely by the owner - and that it will be Carlos Rodon - I’m going to stick with smarter heads prevailing. (Last week: Brady Aiken, LHP, California prep)
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    by 05-28-2014, 06:57 AM
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    In the past week, we have focused our Draft Preview attention to some of the top college players in next week’s MLB Draft. Starting today, we’re also going to look at a few high school players that could be selected by the Minnesota Twins with the fifth overall pick.

    We’ll start by learning a little about a left-handed pitcher who could be taken with the first overall pick in the draft, Brady Aiken. Of course, as we have seen in previous years, the top of the draft doesn’t always go as expected, so let’s get to know Aiken today.

    Brady Aiken Photo by Rinaldi Photos

    Who is this guy?

    Brady Aiken is a 6-4,
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    by 05-27-2014, 07:13 PM
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    The 2014 MLB First Year Amateur Player Draft is right around the corner and hundreds of high school and college ballplayers are counting the hours before the Houston Astros go on the clock with the first pick of the draft on Thursday, June 5.

    One year ago, Kohl Stewart was an 18 year-old pitcher anxiously awaiting the draft. Today, Stewart, who was selected by the Minnesota Twins with the fourth overall pick of the first round, is a couple of months in to his first full year of
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