In a draft where the Minnesota Twins have already acquired eight pitchers after the first 250 picks, it was only natural that the organization acquired a catcher at some point. And with the 220th overall pick, the Twins did just that by nabbing 18-year-old catching prospect Jorge Fernandez from Puerto Rico.
Before Fernandez came a pair of, rather predictably, pitchers. The Twins locked up Rice junior pitcher Tyler Duffey at No. 160, college teammate of J.T. Chargois, who happened to be Minnesota's choice at No. 72 overall. With only one lefthander, Mason Melotakis of Northwestern State, drafted until that point, the Twins moved to the other side of the rubber and plucked lefty Andre Martinez from Archbishop McCarthy High School in Florida at No. 190.
To become the team's eighth pitcher drafted over just 11 picks, Minnesota wasted little time calling the name of College of Charleston's Christian Powell at No. 250. Powell went 9-4 with a 2.69 ERA over 16 starts for a 38-22 Cougars squad this past spring, and will join a growing list of a newcomers expected to infiltrate Minnesota's organization over the coming years.
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