• 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. jorgenswest's Avatar
      jorgenswest -
      I hope the Twins are willing to use the 5%. The overage of $420,000 will be taxed at 75%.
    1. cmb0252's Avatar
      cmb0252 -
      From Kiley McDaniels:

      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 -
      Almost draft time!
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by InfraRen View Post
      I'd punt my 4th or 5th for Boldt.
      Considering how much of a longshot these guys are it is tempting to take all of that money and pile it into one prospect. Especially one that is a late first rd talent.

      note for others - to make it happen they have to draft a player and sign them way underslot (like 50K). One team did this last for several picks.
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmb0252 View Post
      From Kiley McDaniels:

      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.
      It will be interesting to see how much money they saved with their first pick (Dozier) but if they were also able to sign Manaea, Reed and Denney it would be a very good draft.
    1. InfraRen's Avatar
      InfraRen -
      Kiley McDaniel chat:

      Scout.com: 2013 MLB Draft Chat: Day Two
    1. cmb0252's Avatar
      cmb0252 -
      Twins up!
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Stuart Turner, C, U Miss BAs 110 spec
    1. Twins Twerp's Avatar
      Twins Twerp -
      Catcher, Stewart to stewart...i like it
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Defensive catcher. Ugh.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Stuart Turner:

      urner played his first two years at LSU-Eunice, helping the Bengals win the 2012 Division II junior college national championship. In just one season at Mississippi, Turner has established himself as the best catcher in the SEC. He excels defensively, earning high marks for his plus arm and receiving skills. Turner won the Gold Glove for Division II junior colleges last year. His offense, however, is not as well regarded. Turner regularly puts the ball in play, but scouts worry he doesn't make hard contact consistently enough. Turner's defense and makeup will make him a high pick despite his current offensive shortcomings, with a future as a backup his floor.

      We def need catching depth, hopefully his bat can come around a bit, but in the third round if you find a legit back up catcher I think that is a win.
    1. InfraRen's Avatar
      InfraRen -
      Boo
    1. cmb0252's Avatar
      cmb0252 -
      Defensive catcher....

      From Law:
      Turner is the best catch-and-throw guy in this abysmal crop of college catchers, so even with concerns about his bat translating in pro ball he's among the best catchers on the board and should go in the top hundred picks. Turner's bat speed is adequate for pro ball and he's got enough recognition of the zone that he should be able to keep his average in the .240-.260 range at least, with enough hip rotation to hit 10-15 homers, although he loads his hands so deep that his contact rate may be low.

      As a receiver, Turner has outstanding hands, receiving smoothly without moving the glove, and a plus arm that has helped him nail half of opposing basestealers this year (heading into the SEC tournament). He has a high floor as a backup with at least a 25 percent chance of becoming good enough to be one of MLB's 30 starting catchers.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Good bye Butera...
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      This pick makes me think the Reece McGuire bluff perhaps was not a bluff after all.

      Anyone unhappy with picking Eades in round 2 due to lack of upside is probably going to throw a fit about this one.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      25% chance to be a starter? Wow, that is actually pretty encouraging
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Comment From RS
      Why did the Twins draft a catcher that can't hit in the high 3rd round?




      10:18 Kiley McDaniel:
      I bet they think he can hit. Also, I think he can hit. Just doesn't look great but many cachers don't.

    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      They consider his floor​ to be a backup catcher? I'll take that in the third round.
    1. cmb0252's Avatar
      cmb0252 -
      After taking Stewart at #4 I'm not sure why I'm surprised that they have gone two "safe" college guys in a row.
    1. jorgenswest's Avatar
      jorgenswest -
      The Twins need catchers with good receiving skills at all levels. It helps the pitchers and their development. Turner wasn't going to last until their next pick. The catching pool is very small as is the middle infield pool. Hopefully they will use their international budget to sign some middle infielders.
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