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Jeremy Nygaard

Twins Draft Preview V - A Dozen Names to Know

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Originally posted at www.ManCenter.com

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Looking through names that expect to called next week, there are a few that seem to fit various patterns that the Twins have followed over the last handful of years. None of these names have appeared in any other preview that I've written.

Luke Anderson, RHP, North Dakota State - Anderson is originally from Prior Lake, MN, so there is a very good chance he's been on the Twins radar for awhile. A senior with local ties could be added late in the draft to provide organizational depth.

Kyle Cody, RHP, Chippewa Falls, WI - The Twins took a flier last year on J.J. Dettmann, a projectable pitcher from Western Wisconsin who ended up going to Connecticut. While Cody is very likely to head to Kentucky this fall, it wouldn't surprise anyone for them to take Cody to show their interest. Also of note, Chippewa Falls is Twins hitting coach Joe Vavra's birthplace.

Brian Hanson, OF, St. Cloud State - Another Minnesota native, Hanson was drafted by the Indians out of high school. Hanson does have another year of eligibility left, but the Twins have done a very thorough job of drafting players for the state of Minnesota.

McClendon Hill, SS, Georgia Perimeter JC - The Twins have taken a couple of players from this Junior College over the last few drafts. They also like to take athletic players from the state of Georgia.

Matt Milroy, RHP, Illinois - While Milroy's raw stuff is much better than his actual stuff, the Twins have drafted quite a few Big Ten pitchers. Milroy may be the best of the that lot this year.

Alec Rash, RHP, Adel, IA - Rash's build and scouting report reads almost identically to current farmhand and former Iowan B.J. Hermsen, a 2008 draft pick. Hermsen was given 2nd round money as a 6th round to buy him out of Oregon State. Could we see something similar with Rash and his commitment to Missouri?

Timmy Robinson, OF, Huntington Beach, CA - The Twins like prepsters from California. The Twins like relatives of current Twins. The brother of Alex Burnett figures to be on the radar in the first half-dozen rounds.

Wilfredo Rodriguez, C, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy - Rodriguez could continue the Twins run of getting the "bat tool" out of Puerto Rico. There are questions about whether he can stick at catcher... but if he can, the Twins would have added interest.

Dalton Sawyer, LHP, Waconia, MN and Brent Strong, LHP, Andover, MN - The top two prep lefties in the state are committed to Minnesota and Bradley, respectively. If the Twins find themselves with extra money to spend in the late teens, it wouldn't surprise anyone if one of these two (or both) was the recipient of it. Similar to how the Twins got Austin Malinowski under contract last year.

Julian Service, OF, Whitby, Ontario, Canada - The Twins have had past success in Canada with both Morneau and Rene Tosoni. Service is not the prototypical toolsy Twins outfielder, but he is slighty bigger, right-handed version of Tosoni.

Storm Throne, RHP, Morningside (IA) - Similar to Rash, the Twins have taken pitchers from Iowa. Throne, who also is a basketball player, figures to return to college to play both sports as a senior, but this big, projectable righty fits the profile the Twins often look for.

Updated 06-03-2012 at 01:33 PM by Jeremy Nygaard

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  1. gunnarthor's Avatar
    Nice write up.
  2. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    This is seriously terrific... I like the local look and also the look at guys from places the Twins have drafted before or with family or some previous relation to the Twins. Thank you for this!
  3. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
    Thanks guys! I'm just hoping I hit on at least a few of the names I've mentioned up to this point.
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