Zach Strecker pitched at the University of Kentucky. The Twins have quite the pipeline through the college. In recent years, pitchers like Taylor Rogers, Alex Meyer, Logan Darnell and Andrew Albers all came to the Twins after spending time at Kentucky.
Strecker made 81 appearances over the last four years for the Wildcats. All of them came in relief. In the summer of 2015, he pitched for Willmar in the Northwoods League and pitched 57 innings over 10 games. Nine were starts. But in college, he was a reliever.
Following the draft, the Twins needed a couple more arms in the GCL, so they called on Strecker. He came in and pitched well in whatever role he was asked, usually working multiple innings out of the bullpen. Sometimes coming in to close out a game.