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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. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      Blake Schmit, U Maryland College Park, SS, R/R: .313/.421/.421, 19 BB, 27 K, 1 HR, 195 AB, 16/21 SB
    1. Lefty74's Avatar
      Lefty74 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Willihammer View Post
      Blake Schmit, U Maryland College Park, SS, R/R: .313/.421/.421, 19 BB, 27 K, 1 HR, 195 AB, 16/21 SB
      Blake attended Eden Prairie HS and now plays for Maryland. Outstanding SS and competitor. Played on EP's Legion World Series Champions team in 2011 and was named MVP of the tournament. Great pick!
    1. Tibs's Avatar
      Tibs -
      What are the chances we sign Pat Kelly?
    1. AM.'s Avatar
      AM. -
      It is insane that they draft over 1000 players.
    1. mlhouse's Avatar
      mlhouse -
      With the MLB Draft going on I put together a database of the Twins minor league system and wanted to see the impact the draft has had on the Twins organization. Some interesting (at least to me) notes.

      1. The oldest draft year still represented in the Twins organization is 2007, with Dan Rohfling a light hitting catcher drafted out of Missouri high school and playing in Rochester (AAA). The Twins top draft pick that year was Ben Revere.

      2. The oldest college players drafted that are still in the organization are from the 2008 draft. Mike Gonzales (9) and Nate Hanson (28) are still in the organization from the draft that yielded Aaron Hicks as a first round pick. Three HS players from that draft are still in the organization, Daniel Ortiz, BJ Hermsen, and Michael Tonkin (would be nice to see Ortiz get a shot in September call ups).

      3. Only one player from the 2009 draft is still in the organization, 6th round pick Chris Hermann. Kyle Gibson(1) and Brian Dozier(8) are two players on the major league team from that draft.

      4. The big cut for draft years is between the 2009 and 2010. While only 1 player from the 2009 draft still remains in the minor league system, 13 from the 2010 draft are still playing minor league ball. Only one has had a taste of the big leagues, 6th round pick Logan Darnell and only 46th round pick AJ Achter has joined Darnell at the AAA level. Most likely, only a couple of these guys will still be in the organization next year.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tibs View Post
      What are the chances we sign Pat Kelly?
      I know that the Twins really try hard to sign their top 12-15 picks... so I would think there would be a good chance, but you never know. They generally have a pretty good idea if they can sign a guy or not.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by mlhouse View Post
      With the MLB Draft going on I put together a database of the Twins minor league system and wanted to see the impact the draft has had on the Twins organization. Some interesting (at least to me) notes.

      1. The oldest draft year still represented in the Twins organization is 2007, with Dan Rohfling a light hitting catcher drafted out of Missouri high school and playing in Rochester (AAA). The Twins top draft pick that year was Ben Revere.

      2. The oldest college players drafted that are still in the organization are from the 2008 draft. Mike Gonzales (9) and Nate Hanson (28) are still in the organization from the draft that yielded Aaron Hicks as a first round pick. Three HS players from that draft are still in the organization, Daniel Ortiz, BJ Hermsen, and Michael Tonkin (would be nice to see Ortiz get a shot in September call ups).

      3. Only one player from the 2009 draft is still in the organization, 6th round pick Chris Hermann. Kyle Gibson(1) and Brian Dozier(8) are two players on the major league team from that draft.

      4. The big cut for draft years is between the 2009 and 2010. While only 1 player from the 2009 draft still remains in the minor league system, 13 from the 2010 draft are still playing minor league ball. Only one has had a taste of the big leagues, 6th round pick Logan Darnell and only 46th round pick AJ Achter has joined Darnell at the AAA level. Most likely, only a couple of these guys will still be in the organization next year.
      This is great stuff... nice work on your database... have you seen Jeremy's Rosters & Payrolls database here at Twins Daily?
    1. InfraRen's Avatar
      InfraRen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Willihammer View Post
      Pat Kelly, Nebraska, 2B, R/R: .311/.368/.410, 4 HR, 21 BB, 24 K, 244 AB, 5/8 SB
      Freaking love this pick. Hope they can sign him. Pat is from my hometown and was a water boy for the Varsity football team when I played as a senior. Dude was just a little guy. Now that Twins drafted him! And he's a heck of a player! Teammate of OF Ryan Boldt who almost went first round last year if not for injury. Both from Red Wing.
    1. InfraRen's Avatar
      InfraRen -
      Kelly sure seems to be loving up the pick. I am friends with his sisters on FB and they're celebrating at his house with family/friends. Here's a pic from it.
    1. InfraRen's Avatar
      InfraRen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I know that the Twins really try hard to sign their top 12-15 picks... so I would think there would be a good chance, but you never know. They generally have a pretty good idea if they can sign a guy or not.
      His family is having a draft party and he's in pictured wearing a Twins cap so I'd think signs are good. He also tweeted about how lucky he was being drafted by the hometown team. Hopefully they can get Boldt next year
    1. ScottyB's Avatar
      ScottyB -
      So here's the breakdown of the 40 rounds

      1B (2) Rounds 16, 33
      2B (1) Round 12
      3B (3) Rounds 14, 18, 20
      SS (4) Rounds 1, 26, 36, 40
      LF (0)
      CF (4) Rounds 9. 11, 28, 37
      RF (1) Round 15
      C (6) Rounds 19, 24, 27, 35, 38, 39
      RHP (12) Rounds 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 22, 23, 32, 34
      LHP (7) Rounds 4, 17, 21, 25, 29, 30, 31

      Trey Vavra (Joe's kid - Round 33 (1B)
      Favorite Name - Round 30 - Theo Theofanopolous (LHP)
    1. Twinsoholic's Avatar
      Twinsoholic -
      The son of former Twin's relief pitcher Mark Guthrie was the Twins' last selection. He is a ss, and he has a commitment to U of Florida.
    1. iastfan112's Avatar
      iastfan112 -
      Went heavy on hs players to wrap up the draft, wonder how many are signable.
    1. InfraRen's Avatar
      InfraRen -
      @asmiff: #MNTwins director of scouting Deron Johnson expects to sign at least 25 of 40 draft picks, "Maybe a few more."

      Also From Deron Johnson
    1. Danchat's Avatar
      Danchat -
      Believe it or not, I just graduated today with the Twins 34th round pick, Michael Baumann. It was really cool that the Twins picked him, but I doubt he will sign. Just throwing that out there.
    1. DocBauer's Avatar
      DocBauer -
      Amazing catch by Tanner English on the highlight video. Any chance he could be signed and ready to play Sunday? LOL

      Really happy to see the Twins draft 2B Pat Kelly. Gotta be team leader and MVP for the Huskers. Batted cleanup this past season. Very solid and clutch. Very much the
      "gamer" type. Not as versatile as Christensen, also from the Huskers, who I'm thinking might be the real deal as an eventual super-utility type capable of helping at 6 positions. But Kelly is a really nice ball player and a great pick. Kind of torn about him signing though, I admit, as I want him with the Twins but also want home back with Erstad and my Big Red next season.

      You have me intrigued by Roberto Gonzalez. Really like to know more about him. Is this a potential steal?

      Late picks, I think the Twins should consider going over any normal slot value for #20 pick 3B McCarthy Tatum. Don't know a thing about him, but Fresno State is a top power who doesn't recruit slouches. Wondering if this might be the kind of kid, who if he doesn't sign, might be a top 10 round pick in a few years.

      Like the Vavra pick but it was also expected. The Guthrie pick is also neat.

      Thank you Willihammer for your notes! Very appreciated.

      No offense to Buxton, Sano, Meyer, May or anyone else in the Twins minor leagues, but the minute he is hopefully signed, my most favorite Twins minor leaguer will be Theo Theofanopoulos. This kid absolutely has to make the show!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Danchat View Post
      Believe it or not, I just graduated today with the Twins 34th round pick, Michael Baumann. It was really cool that the Twins picked him, but I doubt he will sign. Just throwing that out there.
      Yeah, I would assume he wouldn't drafted at that point. Might as well go to college and be great and sign in the Top few rounds in 3 years.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by iastfan112 View Post
      Went heavy on hs players to wrap up the draft, wonder how many are signable.
      Greatly depends on how many of the Top 10 picks are willing to take below slot, and by how much.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      DocBauer -Gonzalez if very intriguing. Very fast runner - 6.6 60 - hits 94, so a great arm! Very much a toolsy type. Would move very slowly, but I like that upside!
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      More catchers than outfielders. ... is that normal?
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