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Twins Add Talent On Day Three Of MLB Draft

The Minnesota Twins have picked up a bevy of pitching prospects since landing high school OF Byron Buxton at No. 2 overall.

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2012 MLB Draft Picks: Minnesota Twins Take Jacksonville's Adam Walker

The Minnesota Twins went away from pitching for the first time since the second overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft with 97th overall pick. They went with someone they probably watched in high school, too, as Wisconsin native Adam Walker heard his name called with the Twins first pick in the third round.

Walker, a 21-year-old junior from Jacksonville University, was announced as a right fielder. That surprised the folks on the draft telecast with good reason, too, considering he's been more of a first baseman thus far in his career. Either way, it's likely the Twins drafted him for his bat rather than his fielding if MLB.com's scouting report is any indication.

The son of a former NFL running back, Walker looks the part of a future slugger. The question is if he has the baseball skills to get there. There's no question about his pop at the plate. He might have as much raw power as anyone in the Draft class, with some scouts giving him an 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He also has a very good approach to hitting, though his hitting instincts lag behind. That leaves some wondering if he'll learn to tap into that power consistently enough against advanced pitching.

A big, physical specimen, Walker has played both first base and the outfield. His arm is well below average, and while some think he could handle playing left field, his defensive home is up in the air. He draws comparisons to Giancarlo Stanton, both in body type and power potential, but there is some concern that he's a Ferrari with a VW engine.

Lord knows the Twins need bats, but hopefully Walker's fielding improves as he moves his way through the minors.

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MLB Draft Results: Cleveland Indians Select Minnesota High Schooler Mitch Brown

The Cleveland Indians made an interesting move on Tuesday in the 2012 MLB Draft, selecting Rochester, Minn., high school pitcher Mitch Brown. There was a lot of speculation that Brown might end up with the Twins, but after they went with college arms, Brown fell to Cleveland.

Brown is an interesting player simply because he's the latest high school player from Minnesota to be selected high in the MLB Draft. As we've written about before, MLB.com's scouting report indicates that Brown should have probably expected to be selected higher than the 79th overall pick.

It's not uncommon for players who play in colder climates to be late risers as scouts get to see them as the weather changes. That definitely has been the case for Brown this spring. While not the biggest guy in the world, he is strong and durably built. He also has a good idea of what he's doing on the mound.

The right-hander can run his fastball up to 94 mph. He can spin a breaking ball pretty well, throws a good cutter and even shows a feel for the changeup. That gives him the chance to have four Major League average or well above offerings in the future. While Brown can struggle with his overall command at times, it's not a long-term concern.

There was little doubt he was the best player in the state of Minnesota as the Draft approached, one who was creeping up higher on Draft boards.

It'll be interesting to follow Brown make his way through the Indians system ... though a bit unfortunate he won't be coming up with the hometown Twins.

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MLB Draft 2012: J.T. Chargois Selected By Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins apparently decided to focus on college pitchers on Day of the 2012 MLB Draft. After picking Mason Melotakis with the 63rd pick, Minnesota went back to the college ranks to grab J.T. Chargois with the 73rd overall pick.

Chargois, a 21-year-old righty out of Rice University, seems to project as a closer or set-up guy ... which isn't exactly ideal, but should make his trek to the big leagues go a little bit quicker. Chargois' scouting report on the MLB website makes it seem like the Twins might have either picked up a steal or a bust because of the lack of scouting teams were able to do.

Rice has had some success with first basemen-pitchers (see Savery, Joe) and Chargois is the next in line, playing first every day for the Owls while also serving as the team's hard-throwing closer. Chargois' dual roles have made it difficult in the past to evaluate him properly. His future is on the mound and scouts haven't always been able to see him consistently enough to know what he brings to the table.

His fastball is a plus pitch, up to 95 mph and it has above-average movement. Chargois combines that with a spiked curveball that can be above-average to plus when his mechanics are right. He doesn't have tremendous command, but is around the strike zone enough for short relief work.

College closer types tend to do well on Draft Day and even if Chargois is a bit of a wild card, his potential as a future big league setup man or closer should have him off the board fairly early.

It'll be interesting to see what the Twins picked up in Chargois, won't it?

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MLB Draft 2012: Scouting Report On Twins Pick Jose Berrios

The Minnesota Twins had three picks on the first day of the 2012 MLB Draft and, fortunately, they all seem to be fairly promising. The most random selection may have been their first pick in the compensation round, however, as Jose Berrios wasn't ranked quite as high as the Twins picked him.

It seems signability might have been taken into concern, though, and even then SB Nation's John Sickels writes about him as a pretty promising player.

Listed at 6-2, 180, Berrios added 20 pounds to his frame in the last 12 months, boosting his fastball as high as 97-98MPH. He also has a very good slider and changeup, and should be easily signable away from Miami Dade JC in this slot.

Berrios was born in 1994 and will be coming to the Twins organization straight of the Bayamon, Puerto Rico high school leagues if Minnesota's able to sign him easy as it sounds like they should be.

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MLB Draft Results: Jose Berrios Selected By Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins took outfielder Byron Buxton in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft, according to what we've learned from the SB Nation experts. The team followed the Buxton pick up with another promising player in the compensation round, selecting Puerto Rican pitcher Jose Berrios.

Berrios, a 6-foot-1 righty out of Papa Juan XXIII High School, was ranked as 73rd best prospect by ESPN's Keith Law so it's a bit surprising that he was selected by the Twins with the 32nd pick. Law's analysis on the ESPN Insider page paints a prettier picture of Berrios, however.

Berrios was on the radar all spring but saw his stock spike when he threw a no-hitter against Carlos Correa's team in April (the only baserunner reached on a passed ball third strike). He'll touch 96 and works at 92-94 with a hard downward-breaking curveball at 80-82 and a straight change in the same range, enough of an arsenal to see him as a potential starter.

He appears a couple inches shorter than his listed 6-foot-1 and doesn't get plane on the fastball; that plus a rough arm action with very late elbow pronation in back has a lot of scouts pegging him as a reliever down the road. He's seen as signable without a college commitment and could go in the sandwich round, even in the higher part, to a team looking to overdraft a kid and sign him quickly.

If they are indeed able to sign him Berrios quickly, that should certainly help make this pick be a prettier one.

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Byron Buxton Selected By Twins In 2012 MLB Draft; SB Nation Provides Promising Scouting Report

Byron Buxton was selected by the Minnesota Twins with the second overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft on Monday night. It wasn't surprising considering the majority of the mock drafts had the team and player linked, but there was quite a bit of speculation it wouldn't end up like this when the Houston Astros opted for Carlos Correa instead of Mark Appel.

The Twins stuck to their guns, however and went with the high school phenom from Georgia. It's difficult to project exactly when and what kind of impact he'll have in the majors, but SB Nation's John Sickels seems to think he'll be a solid player judging by his scouting report on Minnesota's newest prospect.

Byron Buxton, OF, Appling County HS, Baxley, GA: Listed at 6-1, 175, Buxton is a spectacular athlete with blazing speed and an outstanding throwing arm. Opinions differ about his bat; he's strong enough to hit for considerable power, but his swing is still a work in progress and his plate discipline needs improvement. He is a prototype high-risk/high-reward player who could develop into a superstar, a bust, or anything in between. Buxton is committed to the University of Georgia.

The Twins need pitching in the system, but this multi-tooled talent was too much to pass up. He will need considerable development time, particularly with the bat, but he has the physical ability to be an All-Star.

It should be fun watching him come up, along with fellow top prospect Miguel Sano, through the minors. Hopefully Minnesota is able to add a few more potential-laden players with their other two picks on Monday night.

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MLB Draft 2012: Byron Buxton Selected By Minnesota Twins With Second Overall Pick

The Minnesota Twins are certainly not the best team in baseball this season, but with the help of the 2012 MLB Draft, the team might be on its way to getting better. It's difficult to judge picks in baseball, but the Twins seem to have made a solid pick with new second overall pick Byron Buxton.


Related: Byron Buxton Scouting Report From John Sickels

The Twins had everyone but first overall pick Carlos Correa available on the board -- even Mark Appel, who was expected to be the top pick -- but, in a move that shouldn't be shocking, they decided to take the high school outfielder from Georgia. The most recent mock drafts indicated this would be the case and, although SB Nation's Minor League Ball ranked him as the fifth best prospect, Buxton seems to have plenty of tools.

Blazing fast, cannon arm, grade A tools but I have enough questions about his bat to put him behind Correa. University of Georgia commitment.

The Twins also have two other picks on Monday night, but neither will be scrutinized as much as Buxton is with the second overall pick.

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MLB Draft 2012: Rumors Indicate Minnesota Twins Have Settled On Byron Buxton

The Minnesota Twins are essentially on the clock in the 2012 MLB Draft considering the Houston Astros are likely to take Mark Appel. Rumors have been swirling all of Monday regarding what the Twins are going to do with the second overall pick, but the latest news indicates that the team is going to go with the consensus and draft Byron Buxton.


Related: Twins Make It Official, Select Byron Buxton

Buxton, a high school outfielder from Georgia, has been projected to the Twins in the majority of the mock drafts. The Pioneer Press says not to be surprised if the Twins go with Kevin Gausman, but the Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal posted Monday evening that Buxton is apparently Minnesota's top option.

Twins director of player personnel Mike Radcliff said they have yet to confirm what Houston's intentions are and will be prepared for any scenario when it's their turn to pick.

The Twins have narrowed their choices to Appel and Buxton. They worked out shortstop Carlos Correa in recent weeks, but he apparently isn't worth that high of a pick in their eyes. They apparently have backed off of USF righthander Kyle Zimmer, a pitcher they scouted extensively this year.

It is interesting that Gausman wasn't even mentioned by Neal considering the Press and ESPN's Keith Law both mentioned him earlier in the day. Luckily the draft begins soon and we'll all be able to hear the pick right from the horse's mouth.

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MLB Draft Rumors: Kevin Gausman Could Be Minnesota Twins' Favorite

The Minnesota Twins have been linked with Byron Buxton for awhile now, but the latest MLB draft rumors heading into Monday night seem to believe that the team playing its home games at Target Field is ready to go in a different direction. It shouldn't be a surprise when it happens, either, according to one local report.

Charley Waters of the Pioneer Press wrote on Monday that the team is apparently leaning toward LSU Tigers pitcher Kevin Gausman when their turn comes up following the first pick from the Houston Astros.

The Minnesota Twins have the No. 2 overall pick in Major League Baseball's amateur draft Monday evening, June 4. Don't be surprised if they choose 6-foot-4, 190-pound right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman and his 94-mph fastball from Louisiana State.

Gausman seems to be gaining steam on Monday afternoon considering ESPN's Keith Law mentioned his name as one of the possibilities the Twins could look at on Monday night.

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MLB Mock Draft 2012: Minnesota Twins Could Create Controversy With Second Pick

The Minnesota Twins have the second overall pick in the 2012 MLB draft and, according to reports, they've settled in on high school shortstop Byron Buxton. That might not necessarily be the case, however, judging by ESPN's final mock draft.

It sounds pretty set in stone that the Houston Astros are going to select Mark Appel, leaving the Twins the ability to pick anyone else. That choice apparently hasn't been easy for them, however, as the dreaded dollar factor seems to have come into play.

The latest word in ESPN Insider Keith Law's final mock draft is that the Twins will pick between either Buxton or pitcher Kevin Gausman, a player he has pegged for the fourth slot. The reasoning might actually be more interesting than the pick itself.

There's a late rumor that has them taking right-hander Kevin Gausman and possibly saving a little money to go after some prep righties with their extra picks. I also wouldn't rule out Carlos Correa, who returned to Minnesota last week for a second pre-draft workout.

Either Mr. Law is not very good at his job -- considering he gave three options less than eight hours before a draft that has already had the top pick determined -- or the Twins are waffling on whether they want to save some money while hoping that the scouting department can make the right decision.

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2012 MLB Draft: Twins To Draft Byron Buxton With Mark Appel Going To Astros, According To Report

It was reported on Sunday that the Houston Astros had already made a decision on the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, with multiple reports suggesting that Stanford's Mark Appel is the guy. That was widely assumed prior to there ever being reports of it, but there's even more now.

Jon Heyman of CBS is reporting (via Twitter) that, by all accounts, Appel is indeed the pick by the Astros and on top of that, he suggests that the Minnesota Twins have already made their decision on their selection as well. He says they're planning on taking Byron Buxton:

The fact that he has Buxton going to Minnesota is significant because it means he's heard something from the Twins, which seems to imply that they know Appel is going to be gone. It's not a certainty that Appel was going to go to Minnesota if Houston didn't take him, but it's difficult to think of somebody they'd take over him.

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MLB Draft: Minnesota Twins Have Plenty Of Options

Even though the current baseball season might not exactly be going the way the Minnesota Twins expected, the franchise is hoping to uncover a future All-Star in June's 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Owner's of the No. 2 overall pick with Houston in the top spot, the Twins automatically benefit from a solid draft class that includes a handful of elite prospects. The player currently projected to head to the Astros at No. 1, high school five-tool outfielder Byron Buxton, could very well prove to be a once-in-a-generation type prospect if he came to Minnesota. But for a Twins organization that remains desperate for top-end starting pitching, it's hard to believe they could pass up on a possible front-of-the-rotation ace atop the draft.

Stanford righty Mark Appel appears to be at the top of Minnesota's wish list, even if the Astros know this all too well and could easily snatch him up to bolster their lackluster future rotation. The 6-foot-5 Appel is already capable of flirting with triple digits on his fastball, and worked with the pitching coach who trained No. 1 overall pick Stephen Strasburg during his time with Stanford. In many scouts' eyes he is the surest, most polished pitching prospect in the draft.

If Appel isn't the guy though, Minnesota could be tempted to look at University of San Francisco's Kyle Zimmer, another polished righthander projected to be selected near the top ten. Zimmer posted a 5-3 record and 2.85 ERA over 13 starts with the Dons this year, totaling 104 strikeouts in just 88 innings. He isn't expected to have quite the same upside as a kid like Harvard-Westlake High School's Lucas Giolito, however, who was a pitcher the Twins were absolutely smitten with until he injured his elbow recently and scared numerous scouts away.

Aside from taking a huge gamble on Giolito at No. 2, who still may need surgery down the line, it doesn't appear the Twins can go wrong with whoever they select in the second spot. Even catcher Mike Zunino from Florida could be the type of pick that sets a distinct tone for the franchise heading into the future. The flamethrowing Appel truly looks the part, though, and might be the smartest pick based on need assuming the organization opts to make pitching a priority.

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Reviewing MLB Mock Drafts: Who Will the Twins Take Second Overall?

MLB Mock Drafts are not as pundit-heavy as NFL Mock Drafts, but they still exist. Who do they believe the Twins will take with the second overall selection?

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MLB Mock Draft 2012: Byron Buxton Could Be Minnesota Twins Target

The Minnesota Twins essentially need all the help they can get so it'd be pretty easy to say the team should just take the best player available in the upcoming draft. Unfortunately it's a bit harder to tell the best available players in baseball as opposed to other sport so -- thankfully -- ESPN has released its first official 2012 MLB mock draft.

The Twins were said to be high on Kyle Zimmer when ESPN Insider Keith Law released his top prospects list last week, but that's apparently no longer the case. Now it seems as though Minnesota's either hoping Stanford pitcher Mark Appel falls to them or a different pitcher impresses them.

If neither of those options work out, it seems Minnesota is apparently ready to settle on Byron Buxton. Buxton, a 6-foot-1 senior at Appling County High School in Baxley, Ga., was described earlier this year as "by far the best upside prospect in this year's draft, as his body and off-the-charts athleticism have earned him comparisons to players from the Uptons to Matt Kemp to Eric Davis to Willie Mays."

Law's mock draft writeup on Buxton and the Twins doesn't include quite as much optimism, though, as he seems to indicate that the Twins would be better off falling in love with a pitcher.

They were presumed to be on San Francisco right-hander Kyle Zimmer until the past few weeks, when Zimmer's velocity slipped and he missed a start with a hamstring injury. Appel seems to be the other option here, or perhaps prep right-hander Lucas Giolito now that teams are getting more and more comfortable with reports on his elbow injury, which caused him to miss most of the year.

Starting pitching is certainly a problem, but if Buxton is as much of a prospect as advertised, it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to take a look at him -- the Twins can't get any worse, anyway, and at least it'd be exciting to have another high-caliber prospect in the minors.

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MLB Mock Draft 2012: Minnesota Twins Could Look At Kyle Zimmer

The Minnesota Twins obviously need quite a bit of help when considering how awful they've been this season and, as of now, it looks as though the answers aren't exactly at the minor league level. That could change, however, with the upcoming 2012 MLB Draft.

And since it's draft season, we figured this would be a good time to start taking a look at some of the MLB mock drafts, beginning with a gander at ESPN Insider Keith Law's look at the Top 100 prospects for this year. It isn't a mock draft, per se, but Law notes in the column that he would "have Byron Buxton going first overall to Houston, Kyle Zimmer second to Minnesota and Mike Zunino third to Seattle."

The majority of Twins fans probably aren't all that familiar with Zimmer, a 6-foot-4 pitcher pitcher from the University of San Francisco. That's because he was a bit under the radar, apparently, before busting out this spring.

Zimmer, a converted position player, exploded on to the scene this spring when he sat 94-98 in a three-inning stint on the season's first day, and then spent the next two months pitching at 92-97 with a hammer curveball at 79-82.

Seems a bit risky for the second overall pick, but if it works out, that might be a risk worth taking.

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