• 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. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by 70charger View Post
      In round 10, I think he's clearly a reliever.
      Baxendale went in the 10th last year. But without a 3rd pitch, yes he's almost certainly a reliever.
    1. maxisagod's Avatar
      maxisagod -
      Quote Originally Posted by jerickasdad34 View Post
      So im guessing Red Wings Ryan Boldt hasnt got drafted yet because of his injury and the fact that after the first couple rounds, he has a zero signability?
      No one wants to spend the money or waste the pick on someone who's asking for 1st round cash without playing at all this season. Someone will pick him late, they'll watch him play summer ball, and see if they can find cash if his play is off the charts. But at this point there's a 98% chance he's Nebraska bound.
    1. Kwak's Avatar
      Kwak -
      None of the State of Minnesota High School players were drafted. Apparently, they all believe that they can improve "their slot" significantly.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      It would have been nice if the Twins had grabbed one or two more higher ceiling prep kids... would have thought they had the bonus money to snag someone.
    1. Vervehound's Avatar
      Vervehound -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      It would have been nice if the Twins had grabbed one or two more higher ceiling prep kids... would have thought they had the bonus money to snag someone.
      how would you define gonsalves and navaretto? I think they did a pretty good job - there is some meh here but even the seniors are semi-intriguing (garver/Demuth) so there's not a lot of guys that'll be relegated as org filler out of the chute. btw, I don't think it's unreasonable that we take a guy with major upside in round 11 - boldt would fit perfectly. if we have savings after the first ten rounds, this is where teams look to apply it.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      The original article has been going through updates throughout the day, so you should read that for additional information.

      Just a few things that were brought up in the forum that should be touched on:

      The Twins knew that Jon Denney had worked a deal with the Red Sox to sign for a bonus in the 800K range. They knew they didn't have that type of money to spend on him.

      There is no interest in Ryan Boldt. They have a figure and they aren't going to be able to give it to him. It will be interesting to see if he goes to Nebraska, or JCs it somewhere and re-enters the draft next year.

      Jan Hernandez was one Puerto Rican the Twins showed interest in, but he would have been moved to 3B immediately. There were five Puerto Ricans on their board with 10th round value (or higher). Only one is gone. Infielders Nelson Molina and Edwin Diaz remain, as well as catchers Rene Melendez and Xavier Fernandez. I really thought Melendez would be a guy the Twins took... but after taking three catchers so far, it's less likely.

      The Twins have a better 1-2 QB punch (Mauer/Stewart) than the Vikings (Ponder/Cassel).

      The Twins have a power forward (Slegers) the Wolves could have used last year.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      The original article has been going through updates throughout the day, so you should read that for additional information.

      Just a few things that were brought up in the forum that should be touched on:

      The Twins knew that Jon Denney had worked a deal with the Red Sox to sign for a bonus in the 800K range. They knew they didn't have that type of money to spend on him.

      There is no interest in Ryan Boldt. They have a figure and they aren't going to be able to give it to him. It will be interesting to see if he goes to Nebraska, or JCs it somewhere and re-enters the draft next year.

      Jan Hernandez was one Puerto Rican the Twins showed interest in, but he would have been moved to 3B immediately. There were five Puerto Ricans on their board with 10th round value (or higher). Only one is gone. Infielders Nelson Molina and Edwin Diaz remain, as well as catchers Rene Melendez and Xavier Fernandez. I really thought Melendez would be a guy the Twins took... but after taking three catchers so far, it's less likely.

      The Twins have a better 1-2 QB punch (Mauer/Stewart) than the Vikings (Ponder/Cassel).

      The Twins have a power forward (Slegers) the Wolves could have used last year.
      I am suprised by the lack of Puerto Ricans this year. Rosario & Berrios and a few others tell me the twins had a good bead on the island...But I read the scout who signed those two left the Twins, wonder if this had anything to do with them not drafting anyone from PR.
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      6 pitchers and 3 catchers? how long does rotten Ronnie plan on managing the Twins?
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      I am suprised by the lack of Puerto Ricans this year. Rosario & Berrios and a few others tell me the twins had a good bead on the island...But I read the scout who signed those two left the Twins, wonder if this had anything to do with them not drafting anyone from PR.
      It was a very down year. Hector Otero was a very successful scout and when you unearth guys, agencies take note. They're looking for talent too.

      I'm sure the Twins were disappointed that Otero left, but his replacement, Freddie Thon, is a guy the Twins have high hopes for - eye for talent, tireless worker, etc. I think we'll see Thon get a guy or two tomorrow.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vervehound View Post
      how would you define gonsalves and navaretto? I think they did a pretty good job - there is some meh here but even the seniors are semi-intriguing (garver/Demuth) so there's not a lot of guys that'll be relegated as org filler out of the chute. btw, I don't think it's unreasonable that we take a guy with major upside in round 11 - boldt would fit perfectly. if we have savings after the first ten rounds, this is where teams look to apply it.
      I liked those picks... would have liked one or two more prep kids... That said, if they do something like that in the 11th, I won't complain. I was hoping more for the Cerrano type, but truth be told, I doubt he signs... especially now when it's 100k + whatever extra slot/bonus money they can pony up.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      I expect the Twins to play it relatively straight tomorrow, especially for the next 6-8 rounds. They might slip a higher-upside/harder-sign guy in there... but for the most part tomorrow will be about organizational depth. The most they spent on a non-top 10 guy last year was $190,000 and that was with a bigger pool.

      Judging by what I've heard, Garver is going to to be the only one significantly higher or lower than slot, so we're talking about an extra $75,000 or so for tomorrow.
    1. InfraRen's Avatar
      InfraRen -
      In summary for me so far: LOVE Stewart. Like Eades. Intrigued by Gonsalves. The rest, "meh." Added 2 pitchers who will impact our rotation in the future for sure. That's good.
    1. maxisagod's Avatar
      maxisagod -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      T

      Jan Hernandez was one Puerto Rican the Twins showed interest in, but he would have been moved to 3B immediately. There were five Puerto Ricans on their board with 10th round value (or higher). Only one is gone. Infielders Nelson Molina and Edwin Diaz remain, as well as catchers Rene Melendez and Xavier Fernandez. I really thought Melendez would be a guy the Twins took... but after taking three catchers so far, it's less likely.
      Besides Hernandez the only one of those guys I've heard of is Shortstop Edwin Diaz... which isn't a surprise this low in the draft. To bad about no high bonus signings in the 11th. I would of love to see them take A.J. Puk.
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      :rudent knowledge, all around::
      Thanks, bud. It's so nice to have a dude like you put some of the speculation in perspective. Congrats at the privilege.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      I like what the Twins did yesterday, they solved the catching depth issue and they got 6 potential starting pitchers, much more happy about rounds 2-10 this year then last.

      As mentioned, all it takes for this to be a super successful draft is if Stewart lives up to expectations and the Twins can find another regular contributor or two.
    1. InfraRen's Avatar
      InfraRen -
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