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    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. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Twins pick #78- Freddie Freeman, Ryan Garko, Ryan Theriot, Steve Busby.
      The 4 picks surround it on each side yielded: Chase Utley, Gicarlo Stanton, Marquis Grissom, Zack Cozart, John Olerud, Shaun Marcum, Curtis Granderson, Todd Hollandsworth.

      Next pick at #110- Players drafted 110: Ianetta, Jeff Bagwell,
      Within 2 picks: Brett Gardner, Dwight Evans, Chad Krueter, Nolasco, Scott Erickson, Paul Byrd,
    1. Smcginnity's Avatar
      Smcginnity -
      Here's an impressive ranking by USA Today on Eades:

      MLB draft: Top 20 pitching prospects
    1. cmb0252's Avatar
      cmb0252 -
      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?
      Eades should be a slot signing. Never know with Boras though. If Eades has a long productive tourney he might pull a Gausman.
    1. Vervehound's Avatar
      Vervehound -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      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.
      what "stuff" does wahl have that eades doesn't? he's another mid-rotation starter from the sec. good prospect but to differentiate between a couple of third-tier college starters is going to be scouts' work.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vervehound View Post
      what "stuff" does wahl have that eades doesn't? he's another mid-rotation starter from the sec. good prospect but to differentiate between a couple of third-tier college starters is going to be scouts' work.
      I guess I just like starters with 96 MPH fastballs.
    1. Vervehound's Avatar
      Vervehound -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      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...
      5% of $14 million would be $700k. twins bonus pool is a bit over $8 mil.
    1. Twins Twerp's Avatar
      Twins Twerp -
      I've heard from my sources that Wahl is destined for late reliever, which in round 3 as a worst case scenerio, doesn't hurt my feelings.

      BTW my sources are random scouting reports and my almost null knowledge of scouting and baseball.
    1. Vervehound's Avatar
      Vervehound -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      I guess I just like starters with 96 MPH fastballs.
      that'd be his peak, then, which is the same for eades. wahl sits 90-94 and wasn't anything near that at the end of the year. he's harder to square up than eades, though, and throws a slider to eades' curve.
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      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...
      5% of 8.2M is 410k. If the Twins are going to get one of the tough signs then I think they will need to punt their 4th and/or 5th rd picks to do it.

      I doubt Stewart signs for underslot and I wouldn't be surprised if he snagged a little of the extra 5%. You can make a solid argument that he needs to sign but there is an even better argument that the Twins need to sign him.

      I would be very surprised if the Twins took any tough to sign picks from here on out. I'm interested in which guy will be this year's Rosario, Walker, Goodrum or Morales though. At this point I don't even care what position they take. I will take anyone that has a shot at working out since 3rd+ rd picks are longshots.
    1. InfraRen's Avatar
      InfraRen -
      I'd punt my 4th or 5th for Boldt.
    1. Smcginnity's Avatar
      Smcginnity -
      I say just keep going pitching. We need it so bad! Otherwise, Boldt may be a good get with the local ties.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vervehound View Post
      that'd be his peak, then, which is the same for eades. wahl sits 90-94 and wasn't anything near that at the end of the year. he's harder to square up than eades, though, and throws a slider to eades' curve.
      So they're not the same pitcher then?
    1. golfboy1's Avatar
      golfboy1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by InfraRen View Post
      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.
      Bolt's injury could work either way. He could go to Nebraska & improve his stock or he could decide to take the money & not risk getting hurt @ collage & end up with nothing.

      I imagine the Twins have some idea what his thinking is but if they have a reasonable chance at him I hope they go for it. Maybe being from Minnesota will give them a slight edge.

      Tyler O'Neill might be a good pick if they want to add a catcher. I don't believe he would be a hard sign.
    1. Vervehound's Avatar
      Vervehound -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      So they're not the same pitcher than?
      eades is every bit the prospect that wahl is. if anything, eades has a slightly better arm while wahl is grittier.
    1. cmb0252's Avatar
      cmb0252 -
      Denney or Boldt would be nice. Very weak draft bat wise so grabbing one of these guys now might be our last chance to grab a big bat. Plenty of arms later.
    1. cmb0252's Avatar
      cmb0252 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Vervehound View Post
      eades is every bit the prospect that wahl is. if anything, eades has a slightly better arm while wahl is grittier.
      I prefer Eades to Wahl. Eades will be a starter but I'm not sure 100% sold on Wahl being a starter. In the third round might not be a bad grab if you think you Wahl is a starter.
    1. InfraRen's Avatar
      InfraRen -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmb0252 View Post
      Denney or Boldt would be nice. Very weak draft bat wise so grabbing one of these guys now might be our last chance to grab a big bat. Plenty of arms later.
      Exactly. How about Cavan Biggio?
    1. golfboy1's Avatar
      golfboy1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmb0252 View Post
      Denney or Boldt would be nice. Very weak draft bat wise so grabbing one of these guys now might be our last chance to grab a big bat. Plenty of arms later.
      I have a feeling Denney is close to unsignable at this point. I think I'd prefer Bolt.
    1. InfraRen's Avatar
      InfraRen -
      Chris Crawford@CrawfordChrisV51s
      I'll go with Boldt, Denney a close second RT @colbobr highest ceiling guy you think will get drafted today?

      Kiley McDaniel@kileymcd52s
      Hearing there may be a deal in place with Jon Denney & Royals if he gets to the 9th pick of the 3rd round. Will be above the $660,900 slot.
    1. cmb0252's Avatar
      cmb0252 -
      Quote Originally Posted by InfraRen View Post
      Exactly. How about Cavan Biggio?
      Kid can rake! Would love him too. Some people have suggested the Astros might grab him to start the day. Main question, like many of HS guys left, will he sign?
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