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  • Twins Select Nick Burdi in the 2nd round

    With their 2nd round pick, 46th overall, the Twins selected someone they had drafted before. They drafted RHP Nick Burdi, a relief pitcher from Louisville that they selected in the 24th round in the 2011 draft out of high school. They couldn't convince him to sign then, but he should certainly sign this time around.

    Burdi throws serious heat, occasionally touching 100 mph on a radar gun. He immediately takes over the spot as the top-rated reliever in the Twins organization.



    Prior to the 2011 draft, many projected Burdi to be a 2nd or 3rd round pick, though he had committed to Louisville. Because teams knew he was unlikely to sign, he fell. He was happy that the Twins drafted him, but he wanted to honor his commitment to the Cardinals.

    He has been one of the most dominant relievers in the college ranks since his freshman year. He is blessed with an arm that reaches 100 mph regularly, and even touched 103 at one point.

    There is a fair question of what is too early to select a relief pitcher, but Burdi may be an exception. He was projected to be a mid-to-late first round pick this year and fell to the Twins.

    He immediately becomes the #1 relief pitching prospect in the organization, far ahead of Zach Jones or Michael Tonkin. He is the type who could move very quickly. In fact, he could probably (in theory) pitch for the Twins right now.

    The Twins will likely, and wisely, be more patient, protecting such a valuable arm.

    At 6-4 and 215, pounds, he was ranked the #31 prospect by MLB.com and #36 by Baseball America, so getting him at #46 would appear to be a great deal. In 33.1 innings for Louisville (so far) this season, he had 58 strikeouts and just ten walks. Opponents hit just .125 against him.
    Comments 124 Comments
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      You can view the page at http://www.twinsdaily.com/content.ph...-the-2nd-round
    1. Trevor0333's Avatar
      Trevor0333 -
      Don't follow the college ranks enough to have known him before this but after reading up on him a little like the pick. I guarantee they start him out as a starter and see if he sticks while giving him an opportunity to work on his breaking stuff.
    1. gunnarthor's Avatar
      gunnarthor -
      I like this pick. Gordon and Burdi both probably slot in the Twins top 10. Burdi sets up Perkins for a few years and then replaces him. Not a bad second round pick.

      Also, I totally called it in the run up threads - constantly saying we'd take him if he were to fall to 46.
    1. Vervehound's Avatar
      Vervehound -
      Quote Originally Posted by Trevor0333 View Post
      Don't follow the college ranks enough to have known him before this but after reading up on him a little like the pick. I guarantee they start him out as a starter and see if he sticks while giving him an opportunity to work on his breaking stuff.
      no way he starts.
    1. HansGruber's Avatar
      HansGruber -
      I really like this pick. While relievers do not have the same value as position players or starters, Burdi has a pretty decent chance to be an electric reliever with a 90's fastball and a slider in the high 80's. Could be a very valuable piece in the BP.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      And other orgs would move him quickly before he gets hurt, when he is ready, he would be up.....I hope they keep him as a reliver, and put him right in Ft. Meyers.
    1. boney's Avatar
      boney -
      I was hoping they'd take him in the 2nd after watching him last weekend. His slider looked nasty.
    1. drock2190's Avatar
      drock2190 -
      If the Twins try to convert him to SP it will be a mistake.

      Hopefully he will be setting up Glen Perkins sometime next year
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I really like the pick as well. I'm easy to keep happy though. If it makes any sense, I'm good with it because there is zero way to predict what will happen on any of the picks from 1 through 1,300 (or however many).

      And, yeah, there's no way that Burdi will get starts.
    1. tobi0040's Avatar
      tobi0040 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I really like the pick as well. I'm easy to keep happy though. If it makes any sense, I'm good with it because there is zero way to predict what will happen on any of the picks from 1 through 1,300 (or however many).

      And, yeah, there's no way that Burdi will get starts.
      I read he has an 80 fastball. A 60 slider. I would absolutely have him focus on a change and try to start him. The upside here is very high as a starter. If the fastball drops velo and is a 70 pitch. 70 fb. 60 sl and an average change would be a coup here
    1. Brandon's Avatar
      Brandon -
      Seth's first comment in the mock 3.0 article

      17 Comments

      1. Seth Stohs - Yesterday, 11:28 PM




        I wonder if the Twins would be willing to draft Nick Burdi again if they fell to them at 46. Part of me thinks so, and part of me just wonders if they would go for a non-reliever.


    1. Brandon's Avatar
      Brandon -
      Quote Originally Posted by tobi0040 View Post
      I read he has an 80 fastball. A 60 slider. I would absolutely have him focus on a change and try to start him. The upside here is very high as a starter. If the fastball drops velo and is a 70 pitch. 70 fb. 60 sl and an average change would be a coup here
      So would having an overpowering RH and LH reliever tandem to set up and close out games when were competitive again with Fien, Zach Jones, Deunsing and Thielbar and Tonkin. Now that's a pen.
    1. Beezer07's Avatar
      Beezer07 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      And other orgs would move him quickly before he gets hurt, when he is ready, he would be up.....I hope they keep him as a reliver, and put him right in Ft. Meyers.
      What other orgs would do this?
    1. Beezer07's Avatar
      Beezer07 -
      I don't follow the draft closely at all...but I'm not wild about using a 2nd round pick on a guy whose ceiling is being really good for 50 innings per year. On second thought, though, how often to 2nd round guys even contribute meaningful innings at the ML level?
    1. MichiganTwins's Avatar
      MichiganTwins -
      No tobi0040. He is going to be a reliever. After another night of Jared Burton, Twins fans should be happy about having a quality reliever not to mention more in AAA right now. Seth, this makes me think that Fien might be available if the Twins drop out of contention. What think you?
    1. jorgenswest's Avatar
      jorgenswest -
      Would you trade him for Stephen Drew? I prefer Escobar and his high 90s heat. Good pick.
    1. halfchest's Avatar
      halfchest -
      I'm not going to claim to know anything about anything. It just seems like the Twins have a recent history of drafting relievers to switch them to starters. So why is this guy not possible for that?

      I do find it strange, if a guy is that good why didn't he start in college? But they've been trying it now for a couple of years. Either way, seems like a nice value pick when looking at the pre draft rankings.
    1. Tecmo's Avatar
      Tecmo -
      It sounds like he wants to be a closer, not a starter. Hopefully they won't waste their time starting him. A bullpen of Perkins, Tonkin and Burdi could be fun.

      http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/0...ick-burdi.html
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Beezer07 View Post
      What other orgs would do this?
      Seattle, for one...
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jorgenswest View Post
      Would you trade him for Stephen Drew? I prefer Escobar and his high 90s heat. Good pick.
      I would trade him for Ervin Santana since you asked.
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