8:37 Update: The Twins select RH Yancarlos Baez from the Yankees roster in the AAA Rule 5. Baez was signed by the Yankees as a shortstop, but in 2017, he transitioned to pitching in the GCL. Interesting gamble.
8:43 Update: The Twins selected Sandy Lugo, a 22-year-old RHP from the Dominican, and from the Reds organization. In 2017, he split the year before Low-A Dayton (2 games) and High-A Daytona (4-6, 5.32 ERA in 42 relief games). In 64 innings, he had 40 walks but he struck out 82.
I didn't see any further discussion of these picks. Probably not worth starting a whole new thread for them.
Baez is at least worth my time to keep tabs on, just as a novelty. I wouldn't call him a "gamble", more just a $12,000 "flyer" (quibble quibble), and the Twins will likely need to put him on an accelerated development pace going into his age-21 season, given that he's eligible to be drafted away from us the same way next year. An infielder who couldn't hit, he's giving it a try on the mound. He struck out few, and the only scouting report I found with a few moments of searching indicates an 87-MPH heater when he was first signed as a 17-year old. As I understand it, the AAA phase of the draft doesn't put any requirement on where the draftee actually plays, which is good since he's surely not prepared to face AAA batters yet. I would try him at Cedar Rapids and then bump him up to Ft Myers mid-season if he shows any promise.
Lugo would seem to throw smoke if his K/9 numbers are to be believed, but the scouting report I found on him shows only a 91-94 fastball and he probably gets his Ks via the curveball. Until 2017 he had mediocre-to-decent control, but this year he fell - both "apart" in the control department, and apparently "out of Cincinnati's plans" at least as far a protecting him from the draft goes. He's already 23 and didn't succeed at high-A, meaning he's close to knocking around the independent leagues for a few years IMO if he can't harness his stuff real soon, but apparently the Twins see something they think they can work with.
Maybe I'll take these as Adopt-A-Prospect guys next year, if no one else does. I've already done half the work I do for those, anyway.