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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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