• Pitcher And Catchers Report On Day 2

    The Minnesota Twins went heavy on pitchers and catchers on Day 2 of the 2013 MLB Draft. In fact, through 10 rounds, the Twins have added only one player to their ranks who was not a pitcher or a catcher.

    Of the eight picks on Day 2, three of them were catchers, two from college and one from the high school ranks. In addition, they chose four pitchers to add to the two they selected on Day 1. They also followed last year's trend of targeting college relievers in the middle rounds. Here are their profiles:

    Some notes on the selections of the first 10 rounds:

    *The Twins drafted three catchers today. While it's interesting, it should be noted that Navaretto is a high-upside pick while Garver is a senior (and will come in under slot) who was taken with Day 3 picks in mind. The Twins also felt that the "low level catching corps needed an upgrade."

    *None of the first ten selections appear to have signability issues. Some will come in over slot, some will come in under, but all are on track to come to terms.

    *Stewart will probably sign quickly for nearly the entire slot amount. I projected $4.25m last night and while I think the Twins will find a little savings when all is said and done, the final figure will probably come in a little higher.

    *The Twins think Gonsalves has a good changeup and the arm strength and slot to develop a slider. For a lefty that you can still dream on a little bit, this could turn out to be a steal. He could also be a dud. But that's what makes the draft so intriguing.

    Day 1

    1st Round (4) - Kohl Stewart - RHP - Texas (High School)
    2nd Round (43) - Ryan Eades - RHP - LSU (College)


    Day 2

    3rd Round (78) - Stuart Turner - C - U. of Mississippi


    Turner is a typical Twins selection. It happens nearly every year that the Twins take a solid defensive catcher and Turner fits that description. With an athletic and powerful body at 6-3, 220, Turner also has shown improvement at the plate. A right-handed bat, Turner is a junior and will likely come in right around slot value.

    4th Round (110) - Stephen Gonsalves - LHP - California (High School)

    The Twins went with a high-upside pick in the 4th round with Gonsalves. Gonsalves was once in the first-round discussion, but struggled early this spring before being suspended in April for “violating a team rule”. At 6-5 and left-handed, Gonsalves typically throws in the high-80s, but needs work on his secondary stuff. A pick that is an extremely “high-reward”, the Twins don’t feel like getting him to sign will be too difficult.

    5th Round (140) - Aaron Slegers - RHP - U of Indiana

    Aaron Slegers has dealt with injuries, but not to his arm. This year, his redshirt-sophomore season is really his first extended look and he has been dominant. At 6-10, there are going to have some question marks (and we’ll let Parker break those down), but Slegers with his mid-90s fastball is going to offer upside that not many others in the organization have. Slegers is looking to lead his team to the College World Series after leading the Hoosiers to the Big 10 Title.

    6th Round (170) - Brian Navarretto - C - Florida (High School)

    He's an athletic high school catcher who was a favorite of Twins Daily's draft expert Jeremy Nygaard.

    Navarreto is a pretty big dude (6’3, 220), but surprisingly athletic and, though raw, has all the stuff including agility and above-average arm strength to stay behind the plate. His big right-handed swing still has a ways to go, but, overall, Navarreto is a high-ceilling prospect.
    You can find the full profile right here.

    7th Round (200) - Brian Gilbert - RHP - Seton Hall University

    A college reliever, Gilbert has a plus fastball. He was viewed as a future reliever in the majors, but it is not known if the Twins plan to try and convert him to a starter in the minors, as they did with several college relievers from last year's draft.

    8th Round (230) - Dustin DeMuth - 3B - U of Indiana

    Big Ten baseball fans will be familiar with DeMuth, a solid gap hitter. He has the size and arm for third base but hasn't shown the power numbers one would like from the position. There is some thought that with some adjustment that could be developed. The bat will play immediately in the low-minors, but there is a question about his long-term defensive home.

    9th Round (260) - Mitchell Garver - C - U of New Mexico

    This is the 3rd catcher in the first nine rounds the Twins have selected. He varies from the others in that he posted excellent offensive numbers and has only recently quieted concerns about his defense. Those offensive numbers could also be inflated due to playing in Albequerque's hitting enironment. Garver has earned comps to Matt Koch, another west coast catcher, who signed for only $60K. Expect something similar with Garver.

    10th Round (290) - C.K. Irby - RHP - Samford Univesity

    Another college reliever - only this one was moved to a starter by his college team this year. Irby's fastball ranges from 88-95 with late bore and sink. He has shown flashes of a tight 71-75 mph curveball and fades his changeup. A fierce competitor will get the chance to be a starter, but has the pitches and make-up to be a closer. I've been told that "fans will love" Irby, who comes from the same high school as Josh Willingham.
    This article was originally published in blog: MLB Draft: Day 2 Thread started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 196 Comments
    1. cmb0252's Avatar
      cmb0252 -
      BA's best available:

      Best Available After First Day Of MLB Draft - BaseballAmerica.com

      Christopher Crawford's best available:
      1. Serrano (unsignable)
      2. Denney
      3. Conner Jones (unsignable)
      4. Brentz
      5. Andrew Mitchell
      6. Garret Williams
      7. Dustin Driver
      8. Myles Smith
      9. Will Crowe
      10. McPherson

      Keith Law's best available:
      1.Serrano
      2. Denney
      3. Conner Jones
      4. Andrew Mitchell
      5. Wil Crowe
      6. Boldt
      7. Bentz
      8. Williams
      9. Cord Sandberg
      10. Driver

      I predicted Andrew Mitchell at #78 before the draft and I'm sticking to it. While I prefer Denney/Boldt, Mitchell fits with what they Twins did last year.
    1. rickyhawaii's Avatar
      rickyhawaii -
      i would imagine some team will take Denney before the Twins ,but i'm hoping for him. Boldt would also be great.
    1. howieramone's Avatar
      howieramone -
      Good info. I just looked up Mitchell. Looks like a good get.
    1. AM.'s Avatar
      AM. -
      Wasn't Denney considered as a possible top-15 pick?
      I know nothing about these players, but having Boldt and Denney in the board with only three teams picking ahead of them...I'm guessing at least one of them will be there for the Twins taking.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      I kind of hope they make a play for Serrano. I suppose if he's unsignable, that won't work. Their second round pick is a college guy, so I'm not sure what leverage he has. He may be Boras represnted, but that doesn't mean nearly as much as he's lacking the top tier talent that other Boras clients have. The Twins have about 700k that they can add to any pick. If they can get their first two to go a bit under slot, then they can still throw well over a million at him... That's my hope at least.
    1. markos's Avatar
      markos -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      Their second round pick is a college guy, so I'm not sure what leverage he has. He may be Boras represnted, but that doesn't mean nearly as much as he's lacking the top tier talent that other Boras clients have.
      I think Eades is a junior, so he will have a little leverage with the fact that he can go back to college next year.
    1. InfraRen's Avatar
      InfraRen -
      Yeah I was looking at Mitchell last night too. Would be happy with him, Boldt or Denney.
    1. InfraRen's Avatar
      InfraRen -
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    1. InfraRen's Avatar
      InfraRen -
      How about Chandler Eden? On BA's best available list: RHP HS Yuba City (Calif.) HS 68 IP, 119 K's, 1.83 ERA.


    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      I'd like some athletic middle infielders, and more pitching. I'd be shocked if a catcher does not come to the Twins in the next three picks. I don't see them taking tough signs here, as they will want more depth, not one or two more good guys. But that's just a guess based on 1 year of data with this new system, and 1 year is not a trend.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Baseball America had Ryan Eades ranked 38th in their final Top 50 Draft Prospects list yesterday before the draft. The Twins got him at 43. Do we really think Boras is going to given sort of break below slot?
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Baseball America had Ryan Eades ranked 38th in their final Top 50 Draft Prospects list yesterday before the draft. The Twins got him at 43. Do we really think Boras is going to given sort of break below slot?
      No, he will sign for slot, which isn't a big deal anyways, its not like we will have to go over slot for Stewart anyways (in fact I think we can prob save a few bucks on him)

      Serrano and Boldt are going to cost too much anyways.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      I'd like to see Bobby Wahl though he's another RHP. He has the stuff Ryan Eades does not. His K numbers dropped off this year but they were pretty strong in 2012 so the ability is probably there.

      I'd also be interested in Ryon Healy, 1B/3B out of OR. Sounds like a pretty solid defender at either corner infield spot and he can hit. His power is in question though one guy at baseball prospectus who is in love with him says the power is there. Sounds like a poor man's Colin Moran to me.
    1. InfraRen's Avatar
      InfraRen -
      Chat going on at BaseballProspectus right now:

      Baseball Prospectus | Events | Chat with Nick Faleris on the MLB Draft
    1. InfraRen's Avatar
      InfraRen -
      Chris Crawford@CrawfordChrisV24s
      Good morning. My process grades -- pass/fail style -- are up for you to enjoy. http://bit.ly/1bbxA96 #mlbdraft

      Minnesota Twins — Kohl Stewart was the best player on the board, and Ryan Eades has shown No. 2 stuff at times. Pretty easy pass.
    1. CK's Avatar
      CK -
      Quote Originally Posted by InfraRen View Post
      Chris Crawford@CrawfordChrisV24s
      Good morning. My process grades -- pass/fail style -- are up for you to enjoy. http://bit.ly/1bbxA96 #mlbdraft

      Minnesota Twins — Kohl Stewart was the best player on the board, and Ryan Eades has shown No. 2 stuff at times. Pretty easy pass.
      Wow great to hear!
    1. InfraRen's Avatar
      InfraRen -
      InfraRen (Minny): Are Ryan Boldt or Jon Denney signable at this point?Nick Faleris on the MLB Draft: I think both would need to be tabbed pretty early today to give teams enough base slot allotment to work with in order to reach the money likely needed to buy them out from Nebraska and Arkansas, respectively. Tough spot for teams with Boldt, since they are working almost exclusively off of reports from last year. Speaking for myself, I'd give either one first round money without too much concern, provided I had risk appropriately allocated otherwise with my other selections.
    1. markos's Avatar
      markos -
      Does anyone know how much slot money the Twins have left, assuming both Stewart and Eades sign for slot? And how much can they go over before they hit the 5% limit?
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by CK View Post
      Wow great to hear!
      #2 stuff? pfffffftttttt thats clown talent bro, anything besides a guy who throws 110 MPH with a killer change or a sure bet to hit 40 HR a year is a terrible pick IMO.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by markos View Post
      Does anyone know how much slot money the Twins have left, assuming both Stewart and Eades sign for slot? And how much can they go over before they hit the 5% limit?
      The 5% is roughly 700k. Not sure what you mean on the first question... they have enough slot money left to sign everyone else at slot with an additional 700k to throw at someone. I for one would hope that their first two picks go under slot a bit so they could target a guy like Serrano, but from the sounds of it, he's going to play with his dad and come back in 3 years with a shot to be a top 5 guy...
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