• MLB Draft - Day 3 Rapid Fire

    On Saturday, MLB held its third day of the draft. It covered rounds 11 through 40 and lasted over six hours to complete. However, at the end of the day, the Minnesota Twins had made 40 picks this year.

    Day 3 was filled with a pitching-led theme again. The Twins drafted a bunch of power arms, looking to accumulate pitchers with velocity that they can work with on command and control. They took a couple of high-potential pitchers in Florida prep Taylor Blatch and Logan Shore although both are likely to go to college instead of signing. The Twins also accumulated plenty of talent to help fill their GCL and Elizabethton rosters. Below, you will find each of the Twins draft picks, and on many of them, Twins Daily's draft expert Jeremy Nygaard added some brief comments.

    It's taken two days to get through ten rounds of the MLB Draft. On Saturday, a conference call of 30 teams, each making 30 picks, will complete the 2013 draft. It'll be rapid fire throughout the day. As soon as one team makes a selection, the next will get about 5 seconds to make their pick. It's actually quite something to listen to.

    As Twins picks are made, we will continue to update the Twins selections below. Please comment throughout the day with your thoughts.

    The Twins have made ten picks through the first ten rounds. They have chosen six pitchers (4 college, 2 high school), three catchers (2 college, 1 high school) and a college third baseman.

    What will they do with their final 30 picks? Well, we can be assured that they will continue to find more pitching, but will they be able to find any hidden gems in the late rounds? Of course, only time will tell.

    Day 3

    40th Round (1190) - Kelly Starnes - OF - Los Medanos College (CA)

    39th Round (1160) - Seth Wagner - LHP - Mifflin County HS (PA)

    38th Round (1130) - Javier Salas - RHP - U of Miami

    37th Round (1100) - Julien Service - OF - Northeast Texas CC

    36th Round (1070) - Joe Greenfield - RHP - Eastern Illinois U

    35th Round (1040) - Nick Lemoncelli - LHP - Lower Columbia College (WA)

    34th Round (1010) - Ivory Thomas - CF - Cal St. Dominguez Hills

    33rd Round (980) - Stephen Stensley - OF - University HS (Louisiana)

    32nd Round (950) - Carlos Avila - SS - Cal St. Dominguez Hills

    31st Round (920) - AJ Bogucki - RHP - Boyertown HS (PA)

    30th Round (890) - Tanner Vavra - 2B - Valporaiso (3B Coach Joe's son)

    29th Round (860) - Logan Shore - RHP - Coon Rapids HS (MN)

    28th Round (830) - Chris Erwin - LHP - Grayson HS (GA)

    27th Round (800) - Tyler Blatch - RHP - Jensen Beach HS (FL)

    Blatch, who doesn't even check in at six feet, is going to tough to sign with his 95 mph fastball and two solid off-speed offerings.

    26th Round (770) - Ryan Halstead - P - Indiana

    25th Round (740) - Chad Christianson - OF - Nebraska

    Christianson started at SS for two years before moving to the outfield for his last two years. Showed more strength as a junior than he did as a senior.

    24th Round (710) - Brandon Easton - LHP - Lakeland CC

    Easton is also a high-K pitcher (78 in 59.2 IP) and big (6-6). Easton was the OCCAC Pitcher of the Year. (Easton is in MLB's database as a 1B, but he's a pitcher.)

    23rd Round (680) - Zach Hayden - RHP - South Carolina - Aiken

    Hayden struck out 41 in 21 innings for the Pacers this year. He also walked 23.

    22nd Round (650) - Alex Swim - C - Elon University

    Swim is a senior who stole 15-of-18 bases and started all 64 games.

    21st Round (620) - Tyler Stirewalt - RHP - Fresno State

    Stirewalt is a project. He walked-on the Fresno State football team for three years before switching over to baseball in 2012. Obviously athletic, Stirewalt can hit 94.

    20th Round (590) - Jason Kanzler - CF - Buffalo
    Fifth-year senior, batting .330 with some power (12 HRs) and speed (21 SBs).

    19th Round (560) - Jared Wilson - RHP - UC Santa Barbara

    A fifth-year senior with big arm strength and a lack of control. Good fastball and curve, but any success will depend on figuring out how to make it goes where he wants it to.

    18th Round (530) - Ryan Walker - SS - Texas-Arlington

    Walker will be a solid shortstop for the E-town Twins, batted .304 in 58 games for the Mavericks.

    17th Round (500) - Tanner Mendonca - RHP - Sacremento State

    Good body with a fastball up to 94 and a decent breaking ball.

    16th Round (470) - Brandon Bixler - LHP - Florida Gulf Coast

    Bixler offers two pretty significant pieces: first, his ability to miss bats - a good fastball with two solid secondary pitches (curveball and change-up). Secondly, he doesn't always throw it in - or near - the strike zone. Bixler is also about 5-10, 160.

    15th Round (440) - Derrick Penilla - LHP - Mt San Antonio College

    Not a lot of info out there on Penilla, a lefty. Started for MSAC and averaged over a strikeout per inning.

    14th Round (410) - Zack Granite - CF - Seton Hall

    Three-year starter and leadoff centerfielder for the Pirates. Granite is small, but gets on base and has good speed.

    13th Round (380) - Brandon Peterson - PHP - Wichita State

    Stop me if you've heard this: A college reliever who should get a shot to start in pro ball. Features a low-90s fastball and a slider. Was successful as Wichita State's closer with a ceiling as a set-up man if the starter thing doesn't work.

    12th Round (350) - Ethan Mildren - RHP - Pittsburgh

    A tall, groundball pitcher who throws four pitches, including a low-90s fastball.

    11th Round (320) – Nelson Molina - SS - Puerto Rico HS

    6-3, 170, skinny and weak but very projectable. A scout's dream that could stick at shortstop with soft hands, quick release, but lacks the cannon arm.

    Day 2

    10th Round (290) - C.K. Irby - RHP - Samford University
    9th Round (260) - Mitchell Garver - C - U of New Mexico
    8th Round (230) - Dustin DeMuth - 3B - U of Indiana
    7th Round (200) - Brian Gilbert - RHP - Seton Hall University
    6th Round (170) - Brian Navarretto - C - Florida (High School)
    5th Round (140) - Aaron Slegers - RHP - U of Indiana
    4th Round (110) - Stephen Gonsalves - LHP - California (High School)
    3rd Round (78) - Stuart Turner - C - U. of Mississippi

    Day 1

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

    This article was originally published in blog: MLB Draft - Day 3 Rapid Fire started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 38 Comments
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      There are a few interesting names still on the board, but pretty much unsignable at this point. It's mostly org filler, but it would be nice to see them grab a tough sign and try to make it work...
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Something to keep in mind as the draft progresses: The Twins currently only have five 2B, 3B, SS-type players in EST. They have eight OFs and five catchers (not counting yesterdays). I would expect a few extra infield bodies to be taken.

      Pitching-wise they could already fill out both staffs, but they'll obviously continue to add arms as well.

      It should be an interesting day draft-wise, not to mention both Ryan Eades and Aaron Slegers are on the mound in their regional games today.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Yeah I'm sure here wll be a few gambles. Not signing these guys won't count against the draft pool. I'm sure there are some HS kids available who appear to be tough signs but in fact never intended to go to college.

      No surprise, I see last year only three HS players were selected in the 10th round. That number jumped to 12 in round 11. Similarly only four HS players were taken this year in the 10th round. I'd assume more gambles on HS players will start right away today.
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      it's not just about name tough to sign players. There are a lot of guys that have always signed in the 100-250K range. I could easily see the Twins going after 1-2 of these guys.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Is Boldt worth a shot at this point? Could the Twins make it work?
    1. Ryan Buckingham's Avatar
      Ryan Buckingham -
      I'd love to see the Twins spend a pick on Boldt, but I'm guessing teams all know that unless he went quite early, he's going to Nebraska to play baseball. Otherwise he would have been picked a long time ago. Top 50 draft prospect and he gets passed on 300+ times? If ANY team were going to get him, it would be the Twins, so maybe there is a small shot.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Boldt's rumored price is $1.5m. I don't see any way they make it happen...

      Text I got about Boldt, "wants a bunch of money and the medical is risky, doesn't add up to a sign." At this point, though, the picks aren't tied to any specific amount of money, so they could draft him, offer him as much as they can and see him again three years from now. That would also prevent someone else from getting him, if the Twins have interest in him. We will see some high-demand guys come off the board early today.
    1. maxisagod's Avatar
      maxisagod -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      Boldt's rumored price is $1.5m. I don't see any way they make it happen...
      At 1.5m the only way to make that work is to forfeit next year 1st round pick or to have picked McGuire over Stewart.
    1. ScottyB's Avatar
      ScottyB -
      What time does today start?
    1. birdwatcher's Avatar
      birdwatcher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      Something to keep in mind as the draft progresses: The Twins currently only have five 2B, 3B, SS-type players in EST. They have eight OFs and five catchers (not counting yesterdays). I would expect a few extra infield bodies to be taken.

      Pitching-wise they could already fill out both staffs, but they'll obviously continue to add arms as well.

      It should be an interesting day draft-wise, not to mention both Ryan Eades and Aaron Slegers are on the mound in their regional games today.
      This EST list: is this AFTER players have been assigned to the ETon and GCL rosters?


      Isn't it true that the Twins are xcited about the talent level internationally this year? They have a big budget. Hopefully, they'll find a SS!
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Stewart will probably eat up more of the pool than a few other 1st rounders but the Twins have taken a lot of college guys. They might have some money to offer today.
    1. howieramone's Avatar
      howieramone -
      Quote Originally Posted by birdwatcher View Post
      This EST list: is this AFTER players have been assigned to the ETon and GCL rosters?


      Isn't it true that the Twins are xcited about the talent level internationally this year? They have a big budget. Hopefully, they'll find a SS!
      IMHO that is the remaining black hole in the organization. Believe they will take a SS with some pop with a future 1st pick. Until then go with International prospects.
    1. gerg311's Avatar
      gerg311 -
      Hope LSU and Indiana both win their Super Regionals this weekend so I can watch Ryan Eades and Aaron Slegers both pitch in Omaha in the College World Series (and DeMuth at 3rd). It's been a while since hte B1G Ten had a team in the CWS. I was hoping it would be Nebraska but I'll take a team with a couple high Twins draft picks.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by ScottyB View Post
      What time does today start?
      Noon.
    1. boney's Avatar
      boney -
      Quote Originally Posted by gerg311 View Post
      Hope LSU and Indiana both win their Super Regionals this weekend so I can watch Ryan Eades and Aaron Slegers both pitch in Omaha in the College World Series (and DeMuth at 3rd). It's been a while since hte B1G Ten had a team in the CWS. I was hoping it would be Nebraska but I'll take a team with a couple high Twins draft picks.

      If Eades is LSU's #2 and Slegers IU's #1 you should be able to see all 3 today on espn or espn2 I believe.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      The EST list is w/o the draft picks. But really the only addition to the position player is the IU 3B.

      International signings from this class aren't eligible to play until next season. The only one who will play in the States this year from the 2012 class is Minier (3B for GCL... although he might be given a shot at SS, due to the numbers).
    1. gerg311's Avatar
      gerg311 -
      Quote Originally Posted by boney View Post
      If Eades is LSU's #2 and Slegers IU's #1 you should be able to see all 3 today on espn or espn2 I believe.
      Thats what I was thinking but Indiana has someone else pitching in game one against Florida State for some reason.
    1. boney's Avatar
      boney -
      Quote Originally Posted by gerg311 View Post
      Thats what I was thinking but Indiana has someone else pitching in game one against Florida State for some reason.

      Bummer, maybe tomorrow
    1. maxisagod's Avatar
      maxisagod -
      SS Nelson Molina goes 11th.
    1. old nurse's Avatar
      old nurse -
      Quote Originally Posted by maxisagod View Post
      At 1.5m the only way to make that work is to forfeit next year 1st round pick or to have picked McGuire over Stewart.
      Interesting concept to forfeit next year's first round draft pick. If the brass figures that a player would be a upper first round pick that they can get for 1.5 million they would be saving some money. If they claw their way to .500, their first round pick would be in the middle of the first round. It could be a good way for a team to get a better player for their draft pick.
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