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    Terry Ryan: We have a half dozen candidates for 2nd overall draft pick

    On KFAN this morning, Terry Ryan said that they have whittled down the second overall pick to a half dozen guys. Let the speculation begin....

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    Appel, Marrero, Zunino, Fried... Maybe Giolito is still an option.

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    What Seth said + Byron Buxton.

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    Hard to imagine Giolito is still on the table. Big risk, but big reward I guess.
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    yep. That's the right half dozen. If Giolito is out, I'd probably throw​Kevin Gausman.
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    Got to be a pitcher but still I think that Ryan was just yaking... way too early too even start thinking about the draft yet.

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    I will be bummed if it is not a pitcher.
    Lighten up Francis....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
    I will be bummed if it is not a pitcher.
    Ditto.

    Appel, Gausman, Kyle Zimmer, Buxton, Zunino...

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    I think with Lucas, you still have time to see how he rebounds from the injury. I'd certainly have scouts on hand for that. If he falls, I could see burning a supplemental pick on him and hoping he signs, but if he doesn't you'd get that pick back next year in a deeper draft.

    I've been reading about Zimmer quite a bit at minorleageball. In some cases, he wows and in others he looks more like supplemental material. That will be interesting. Unless he puts things together, I'm not sure you take him 2 overall. I suspect Houston takes Appel.

    My biggest fear is that the Twins go with a toolsy OF.

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    diehardtwinsfan,

    I agree with you. It probably will be another outfielder.

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    I really hope it's a pitcher mostly because of the lack of top-of-the-rotation starters in the system, but it's been mentioned before: the Twins just haven't had the opportunity to take a lot of those types of guys at the bottom of the first round. Kyle Gibson, because of the injury concern, is the lone exception that pops into my head.

    Kyle Zimmer just threw a complete game, 3 hit, 11 K, 4 BB shutout over the weekend. He's relatively new to pitching, so his upside is incredible.

    Byron Buxton isn't just "another" OF though. The Twins haven't had a lot of chances to draft "Justin Upton-types" either.

    Regardless, when June rolls around, we'll have our opinions, but it's going to be hard for the Twins to screw it up. In five years, we may disagree.

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    Byron Buxton isn't just "another" OF though. The Twins haven't had a lot of chances to draft "Justin Upton-types" either.

    Uhh...Aaron Hicks ring a bell??

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    Uhh...Aaron Hicks ring a bell??
    Aaron Hicks was not even close to Buxton's class when he was drafted. A lot of teams liked him better as a pitcher and frankly he was expected to take as long as he's taken or longer to develop at that time. His expectations were increased quite a bit when he surprised everyone with much more advanced plate discipline then expected.

    The reports on Buxton are that he's the ideal combination of the Upton brothers, Justin's bat and makeup with Bossman Jr's speed, arm and outfield range. That's a very impressive package and worthy of top 2 consideration in pretty much any draft. To me, unless a pitcher seriously steps up between now and the draft you HAVE to take Buxton if he's available, regardless of the glut of outfielders the Twins already have. He's the best talent available and you don't pass that up for need with pick #2.

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    Hicks was the 14th pick. Huge huge difference. I'd be delighted if they decided on Buxton if he's the best available prospect. Like everyone else, I hope one of the pitchers stands out though.

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    I doubt the Twins are willing to take the risk on Giolito, so he doesn't make my list. Put me in the camp that doubts they'd go after Buxton if he's available. I know you should take the best player available when picking that high, but I think the Twins are hell bent on adding a pitcher. If I'm wrong and they go position player my gut tells me they'd pick one of the top two SS available or Zuzino, who should be ready when Mauer is ready to give up catching for good.

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    Mark Appel (P), Deven Marrero (SS), Carlos Correa (SS), Mike Zuzino (C), Kevin Gausman (P), Lance McCullers (P)
    Most project McCullers as a closer. I don't see the Twins targeting him.

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    McCullers was the last on my list and I agree he's not likely. It was between him and Zimmer for my final slot, and I went with McCullers because the Twins love "bloodline" guys and his dad is a former MLer.

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    Most project McCullers as a closer. I don't see the Twins targeting him.
    Not at the #2 pick, but most mock drafts I've seen have him going closer to 20, and although it's unlikely he'd fall to the Twins supp 1st round pick, if he's there, I think they'd be all over him there.

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    Not at the #2 pick, but most mock drafts I've seen have him going closer to 20, and although it's unlikely he'd fall to the Twins supp 1st round pick, if he's there, I think they'd be all over him there.
    Yeah, that's a different horse. Specifically regarding the number two pick, no, the Twins will not take McCullers. If he's available later on, it's a possibility.

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    They will never trade for or sign a guy that might be an ACE. So, if you pass on one here, when/how will you ever get a shot at one w/o great luck?
    Lighten up Francis....

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