On Day 1, the Minnesota Twins used their first round draft pick on prep shortstop Nick Gordon. They followed that by selecting flame-throwing Louisville closer Nick Burdi with their second round pick. On Day 2, the Twins made eight selections and seven of their were pitchers. All eight came from the college ranks.
So, what will the Twins do on Day 3? They will draft 30 more players. At noon, the draft will resume, and Twins Daily will continue to update you on the Twins selections.
Looking at the current Minnesota Twins roster, it becomes clear that although few from Day 3 will make it to the big leagues, it is where you can sometimes find a hidden gem. Jason Kubel was drafted out of high school by the Twins in the 12th round of the 2000 draft. He's had a very solid career. Twins cleanup hitter Josh Willingham was the 17th round pick of the Florida Marlins in 2000. Casey Fien was the Tigers 20th round pick in 2006. Caleb Thielbar was drafted by the Brewers in the 18th round of the 2009 draft. Michael Tonkin was a 30th round pick in 2008 by the Twins.
Of course, in the 17th round of the 1978 draft, the Twins took a kid from Bloomington. Kent Hrbek went on to have a Twins Hall of Fame career. Of course, a year earlier in the 17th round, the Twins selected Scott Ullger, and he's still in uniform with the team!
In all, 900 players will be drafted on Saturday. Which 30 will the Twins take?
11th Round (320) - Tanner English - CF - South Carolina
English has game-changing speed and top-flight defensive ability.
12th Round (350) - Pat Kelly - 2B - Nebraska (from Red Wing, MN)
Kelly helped recruit Ryan Boldt to Nebraska (and I thought for sure I had mentioned him in a draft story at some point, but can't find it) and now he's heading home. Eventually. Hopefully. He's homered at Target Field before, so there's that:
13th Round (380) - Zach Tillery - RHP - Florida Gulf Coast (Dunk City)
14th Round (410) - Tyler Mautner - 3B - U. of Buffalo
When I saw this name the first time, I thought for sure I read "Taylor Lautner", which, of course, would be pretty radical if you're into werewolves.
15th Round (440) - Roberto Gonzalez - RF - High School (!!)
My favorite Day 3 pick. I've heard great things about the Miami-Dade CC commit. He's almost like a Dominican guy, you're dreaming on him. He's raw, and that's an understatement. Has shown glimpses of plus power, speed and arm throughout the fall, but can't put them all together. Sounds like signing him could be an issue, but if that gets done, you're looking at a guy with all the tools.
16th Round (470) - Tyler Kuresa - 1B - UC-Santa Barbara (Twins drafted him in the 11th round in 2010) (Sr)
17th Round (500) - Mat Batts - LHP - UNC-Wilmington (5th-year Sr)
18th Round (530) - TJ White - 3B - UNLV
19th Round (560) - Jarrard Poteete - C - Connors State College (OK) - JC
20th Round (590) - McCarthy Tatum - 3B - Clovis (CA) high school
Tatum is committed to Fresno State and will likely end up there. High school teammate of Jacob Gatewood.
21st Round (620) - Onis Farfan - LHP - Ridgewater (MN) College - JC - He's from New Hope, MN.
22nd Round (650) - Trevor Hildenberger - RHP - Cal Berkeley (5th-year Sr)
23rd Round (680) - Miles Nordgren - RHP - Birmingham Southern (Sr)
24th Round (710) - Alex Real - C - New Mexico
25th Round (740) - Taylor Hearn - LHP - San Jacinto College North (JC)
26th Round (770) - Blake Schmit - SS - Maryland (Sr) (from Eden Prairie)
27th Round (800) - Gabriel Ojeda - C - Puerto Rico HS
28th Round (830) - Austin Diemer - CF - CS Fullerton
29th Round (860) - Cameron Avila-Leeper - LHP - California HS
30th Round (890) - Theo Theofanopoulos - LHP - Cal Berkeley
31st Round (920) - Sam Hilliard - LHP - Crowder College (Missouri)
32nd Round (950) - Orynn Veillon - RHP - High School in Lafayette, Louisiana
33rd Round (980) - Trey Vavra - 1B - Florida Southern U (Joe's son, Tanner's brother)
34th Round (1,010) - Mike Baumann - RHP - Mahtomedi (MN) High School
35th Round (1,040) - Brad Mathiowetz - C - Rochester Mayo High School (MN)
36th Round (1,070) - Kirvin Moesquit - SS - High School in Florida
37th Round (1,100) - Tyree Davis - CF - High School in California
38th Round (1,130) - Brett Doe - C - Baylor University
39th Round (1,160) - John Jones - C - High School in Florida (Orlando, again)
40th Round (1,190) - Dalton Guthrie - SS - High School in Florida. He is the son of former Twins pitcher Mark Guthrie.