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2. Minnesota Twins- Carlos Correa SS Puerto Rico
3. Seattle Mariners- Byron Buxton OF HS Georgia
4. Baltimore Orioles- Kevin Gausman SP LSU
5. Kansas City Royals- Kyle Zimmer SP San Francisco
6. Chicago Cubs- Albert Almora OF HS Florida
7. San Diego Padres- Mike Zunino C Florida
8. Pittsburgh Pirates- Deven Marrero SS Arizona State
9. Miami Marlins- Max Fried SP HS California
10. Colorado Rockies- Andrew Heaney SP Oklahoma State
Posted 01 June 2012 - 02:43 PM
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 02:54 PM
I just don't want Appel. I got a bad feeling about him. I would like a pitcher so I hope gausman but hard to pass up buxton. Correa would be a nice pick if we didn't waste last years on micheal. It just doesn't make sense if you plan on them both panning out. You can't move one to 2B with Rosario looking like he will be moving up fairly fast.
I'm with you, really bad feeling about Appel. Even if he is ok I see his ceiling as Luke Hochevar, not terrible but not worth a #1 or #2 overall pick.
Posted 01 June 2012 - 04:51 PM
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 06:53 PM
I think that every single mock from the "Big Boys" out there has Appel going to Houston and Buxton to the Twins.
Meanwhile, Carlos Corea is leaving on a jet plane to MN to have a second private workout with the Twins this weekend. Read to that whatever you want... My take is that if he is able to sign for somethink like $5-5.5 instead of the alloted $6.2M, the Twins have a huge win, spending the extra in later picks
Yeah, I think signability will factor a lot into the Twins thinking. Another name to watch for the Twins at 32/42 would be Pierce Johnson. He had some minor arm issues this year but should be a fast to the majors type with modest (#3) upside but likely to reach it. Sorta like what we thought we'd get with Wimmers.
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maybe I am missing something becauase i have read a ton of scouting reports about Carlos Correa and I don't see anything special with him. He likely will end up at 3rd base and seems like a reach to me. There is nothing that he does that is exceptional and most drafts he would lucky to be a top 10 pick. I agree signability could be a factor with the pick and it shouldn't be. They should take whoever they feel will be the best player regardless of their price. For my money if you are looking for pure upside you take Buxton without giving it another thought. If you are looking for someone likely to reach their upside and bring something the twins org doesn't have and that is velo from a starter than the pick should be Gausman. In my mind the 2 choices that make sense to me are Buxton or Gausman.
I think you're selling Correa's upside short. He's been compared to Tulo. Here's Mayo's write up on him "Defensively, Correa is above average across the board -- range, arm and actions -- leaving no question about his ability to stay at short. He can swing the bat, too, with the potential to be an above-average hitter with outstanding power." Sickels wrote: "Excellent hitter, yet chronologically young for his class. Even if he moves to third base, he's elite. Stellar makeup." Goldstein wrote "A big athletic shortstop with remarkable presence at the plate, quick hands, outstanding bat control and the potential for plus power. He's a plus runner who is graceful in the field and has one of the best infielder arms in the draft. The only concern is with his size, as he’s already 6-foot-3 and approaching 200 pounds, but he has more than enough ability to be a star at third base as well, and one scout believes he'd actually get to the big leagues quicker at that position." Both Sickels and Goldstein rank him #1 in this draft.
Additionally, if you could get Correa for 4.5-5 million, you could use that extra million to sign some hard to sign players later in the draft. That said, I'd be happy with any of the names that have been branded about at #2.
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So, if we passed on Appel or Gausman, where is the pitching going to come from for this team while we wait 6 years for Correa or Buxton to move up the minors? Taking the high upside guy pretty much means we are going to be a 100+ loss team for quite some time.
No one is a sure thing but, yeah, Correa and Buxton are higher risk than others. Then again, how would we feel if we took Gausman at #2 and then his arm fell off while Correa goes on to become a multiple all-star? I'm also not sure it would take 6 years for Buxton/Correa to make the majors. Both of them would probably be a good fit in the upcoming Sano nucleus.
There are other places to get pitching. The Twins could take Brown and Pierce Johnson in the supplemental round. Both are solid pitching prospects, Johnson would be fairly quick to the majors. The Twins will also have a high pick in next years draft as well, so could get pitching there. Finally, they have money to spend on a free agent (yeah, probably not likely but it is a resource they have). I think the team is far enough away that they could take any of these five guys (Buxton, Correa and the three pitchers) and I'd be happy about it. My guess is the Twins take Buxton unless 1) Houston does or 2) Correa agrees to an underslot signing. If Houston takes Buxton and Correa and the Twins don't come to an agreement, I think they'll take Appel/Zimmer, whichever one they have ranked higher. And a draft of, say, Appel/Brown/Johnson would be pretty exciting.