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  • Minnesota Twins Day 3 Draft Picks (Rounds 11-40)

    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:



    And defense:



    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.
    Comments 49 Comments
    1. pierre75275's Avatar
      pierre75275 -
      I was looking for this. Are you going to b posting slot bonuses and mumbers of who they pick throughout the day?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      There are no slot bonuses for rounds after 10...
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      Tanner English, South Carolina, CF, R/R: .284/.349/.349, 1 HR, 18 BB, 46 K, 215 AB, 21/24 SB
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      Willihammer -
      Pat Kelly, Nebraska, 2B, R/R: .311/.368/.410, 4 HR, 21 BB, 24 K, 244 AB, 5/8 SB
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      Zach Tillery, Florida Gulf Coast U, RHP: 35.2 IP, 39 h, 16 ER, 14 BB, 28 K, 2 HR, .285 BAA
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      Willihammer -
      Tyler Mautner, U Buffalo, 3B, R/R: .337/.444/.508, 4 HR, 38 bb, 38 k, 193 AB, 3/3 SB
    1. Twinsoholic's Avatar
      Twinsoholic -
      One thing I have noticed so far is that the Twins have yet to draft a catcher. Normally that position is a priority with the Twins on draft day, but they have a backlog at the position. Have they still only drafted one lefty pitcher? I like the pitcher-heavy strategy in that the team is much closer to competing above the .500 level, and you can trade pitching to get players, and any players they shed later this season (Willingham, Duensing, Suzuki, all possibilities) can be dealt for position players in the minors (the low minors, most likely).
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      Tyler Kuresa, UC-SB, 1B, L/L: .287/.351/.495, 9 HR, 14 bb, 18 k, 202 AB, 4/6 SB
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      Mat Batts, UNC-Wilmington, LHP: 103.2 IP, 91 h, 18 bb, 105 k, 1 HR, .235 BAA
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      You're right. They do like to accumulate catchers because it is a natural position of attrition. Guys get hurt. Guys that hit, get so tired and stop hitting. Etc. I'd think they'll still get one, maybe two... but they've got Swim (in FM now again) and three guys in EST.
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      T.J. White, UNLV, 3B, R/R: .318/.395/.424, 2 HR, 26 BB, 31 K, 236 AB, 18/19 SB
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      Jarrard Poteete, Connors St College, C, L/R: .390 BA, 4 HR, 55 RBI, 3 SB, 58 GP
    1. pierre75275's Avatar
      pierre75275 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      There are no slot bonuses for rounds after 10...
      So what is to keep a team from drafting a hard to sign player and offering them several million dollars in rd 11?
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      I like the Pat Kelly pick a lot.
    1. pierre75275's Avatar
      pierre75275 -
      @ willihammer. thank you very very much sir.
    1. twinsfanstreif's Avatar
      twinsfanstreif -
      Quote Originally Posted by pierre75275 View Post
      So what is to keep a team from drafting a hard to sign player and offering them several million dollars in rd 11?
      I think anything over $100,000 costs against their bonus pool if I'm not mistaken
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      Trevor Hildenberger, UC Berkeley, RHP: 47.2 IP, 41 H, 15 ER, 11 BB, 48 K, 1 HR, .228 BAA
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      Willihammer -
      Miles Nordgren, Birmingham-Southern College, RHP: 78.2 IP, 53 H, 11 BB 62 K, 0 HR, .188 BAA
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      Alex Real, New Mexico, C, R/R: .320/.391/.465, 21 BB, 40 K, 2 HR, 228 AB, 3/3 SB
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      Taylor Hearn, San Jacinto College North (TX), LHP: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 2 K
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