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2011 Major League Baseball Draft: So What Is The Twins' Drafting Philosophy?

With the Major League Baseball Draft often being a mystery, there are probably a lot of people out there that aren't terribly sure of what, exactly, the Twins' drafting philosophy is.

The Minnesota Twins' director of college scouting in Deron Johnson, and this is his fourth season with the team. Under Johnson, the Twins have taken a lot of high-probability, strike-throwing pitchers early on in drafts. Examples of this would be Kyle Gibson, who is now regarded as the best prospect in the Twins' system, and one of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball, and Alex Wimmers, their first-round pick in 2010, whose 2011 season got off to a bit of a rocky start prior to being shut down.

That's why it's not terribly surprising to see so many pitchers that are regarded as "safe" being attributed to the Minnesota Twins early in the 2011 MLB Draft. We are getting closer to Minnesota's pick at number 30, and they'll have selections at 50 and 55 after that before tonight's action is over. We shall see if the Twins stay true to their recent form, or if they go in a different direction.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.