First off, unless Appel drops to 4th there is no player that's going to help the twins in 2014 so pick the best player.
Kohl Stewart. HS pitchers are notorious draft washouts. Scouts love the power but they tend not to polish up as they finish filling out. I disagree that he is any more muscular than the typical HS pitcher. He weights the same as Berrios and Berrios is the smallest looking 6-0 in person that I've ever seen.
The scouting video I've seen shows he looks at his feet mid-motion on every pitch and picks up the target late. His release point is very inconsistent and his pitches wander all over the plate area as a result. Whether the Twins can convince him that his feet aren't going anywhere I don't know. I've never seen coaches use a dog funnel but he needs it. A lot of kids can't break this habit.
On the flip side is that he throws some REALLY sweet pitches.
Reese McGuire. Defensively he's the real deal. I agree with the comments that he's almost major league ready although no idea how he would be at calling a game. Got the arm, catches the ball, frames well and throws down to 2nd well.
Batting he needs to work at getting his arms better extended/hitting the ball out in front of him a bit better. Quiet swing, loads up and moves towards the ball with a little leg lift/step. He's seen Puckett video. I agree that he doesn't seem like he'll hit got a lot of power but I think he makes much better contact than he has been given credit for.
Bottom line, take McQuire if he'll go under slot and see if the Twins can pick up a hard to sign HS arm with a protected pick. Or even a draft end pick. This strategy makes more sense if the Astros are successful in hinting to HS players they will do the same with a 1-1 Moran pick.
Edited by boylan, 30 May 2013 - 04:35 PM.