Michael Cederoth - RHP
Born: Nov 25, 1992 (22 years old) in El Cajón, CA
Height: 6'6", Weight: 195 lbs.
Drafted: 3rd Round (79th overall) of the 2014 draft as a Junior out of San Diego State
Signing Bonus: $704,000
With a fastball that can hit 100 mph (and sits in the upper 90s), Cederoth garnered a lot of attention in the 2014 draft. While projected by some as a first round talent, issues with control and mechanics (the much maligned "inverted-w"), and a consensus that he will end up as a reliever dropped him to the 3rd round, where the Twins were happy to add him to their growing legion of power arms.
While he excelled as a closer in his final year of college, the Twins have committed to try to bring him up as a starter, which was his role in his first two years of college. After signing he moved into the rotation at Elizabethton where he was pretty successful. He went 4-2 with a 3.55 ERA in 11 games, starting 10 of them. He struck out 42 in 45 and 2/3 innings, and his walk rate was reasonably good at 3.5 per 9 innings.
Cederoth will move up to A-ball this year where he will continue to work as a starter with the Kernels. He may not move quickly through the system if he remains a starter but the payoff could be quite good if he makes it. In addition to the previously noted fastball, Cederoth also has a slider which is unsurprisingly inconsistent, but flashes plus when it is on. He also throws a curveball and a changeup which he will need to refine to be effective against lefties. While the raw stuff to start is there, he will have to make a lot of adjustments. His walk rate was acceptable in the Appalachian league, but he noted that the hitters there were less disciplined than college hitters allowing him to be "effectively wild" against them. With his big frame, it'll be all about developing consistent mechanics. Pre-draft, most scouts saw him as a reliever due to his mechanics and control issues. However, he certainly has the stuff to be a #3 starter and possibly even a #2 if his command improves more than is generally expected.