Minnesota Twins 2016 MLB Class Draft Recap

Jun 12, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (26) hits a three run walk off home run in the eleventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Target Field. It was his first major league home run. The Twins won 7-4 in 10 innings. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 12, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (26) hits a three run walk off home run in the eleventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Target Field. It was his first major league home run. The Twins won 7-4 in 10 innings. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /

Starting last week Thursday, the Minnesota Twins added a slew of new prospects to their farm system through the 2016 MLB Draft.

Over the weekend, the 2016 MLB Draft took place. The Minnesota Twins added a number of college and high school prospects to their farm system. It is hard to keep track of the prospects, as there were selections made in the 40th round.

Major League Baseball drafting strategies is unlike most other sports. Drafting for need will not pay dividends immediately as prospects take on average five years to make the jump to the major leagues, if they ever do make the jump. Most teams draft the best player available at their draft slot as they can not foresee what the team’s needs will be four to five years down the road. If a player ends up being a stud at a position that is already filled by a key franchise player, they can be used as a trade chip down the road.

As many analysts and fans thought the Twins would covet a Pitcher with their first round pick, they chose to select an Out Fielder. This selection left a lot of people scratching their heads in confusion, but as mentioned above most teams are drafting the best prospect available.

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That being said, the Twins who are known to have a strong farm system over the last few years, they do not have a very strong pitching group along their minor league affiliates. Last seasons first round pick, Tyler Jay number three prospect and left handed pitcher out of Illinois selected sixth overall, is having a good season in Fort Myers. The Twins also have Jose Berrios in Rochester after being sent back down after a bad outing in which he could not make it out of the first inning about a month ago.

The Twins first round pick(15), Alex Kirlloff of Plum High School in Pittsburgh, PA, is known to have a great swing. Kirlloff has been compared by one of the Twins scouting directors to Todd Helton. The Twins have had their eye on him for a while. There were a lot of beat writers who expected this pick while others thought the Twins would go for a pitcher.

With their second round pick(56), the Twins chose Ben Rortvedt, Catcher out of Verona Area High School in Wisconsin. Considered the top high school catcher in the draft, the Twins take another high schooler. A multi sport athlete, Rortvedt fills a huge need for the Twins in the Catcher position. Rortvedt is known for his defensive ability behind the plate.

In the Twins first pick of the Lottery Round B(73), they selected Jose Miranda, Short Stop from Leadership Christian Academy in Puerto Rico. Miranda who currently plays Short Stop is projected by the Twins scouting staff to make the jump to Third Base. Miranda projects to be a power hitting third baseman.

With their second pick of Lottery Round B(74), the Twins selected Akil Baddoo, Out Fielder from Salem High School in Georgia. Baddoo is known for his combination of speed and power. Twins scouting director Deron Johnson compared Baddoo to Jacque Jones.

Here is a full list and player analysis of the Twins draft picks put together by Fox Sports:

Round 1, pick 15 — OF Alex Kirilloff (6-2, 195), Plum HS (Pittsburgh): Kirilloff was rated as the 15th-best prospect in the draft by Baseball America. He hit .539 with 30 runs and three home runs in 21 games this year for Plum High School, primarily playing first base, earning 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game first-team All-America and Atlantic All-Region first-team honors. “He’s 100 percent baseball. We expect big things from Alex,” said Twins scouting director Deron Johnson.

Round 2, pick 56 — C Ben Rortvedt (5-10, 190), Verona (Wis.) Area High School: Rortvedt was ranked as the best offensive high school catcher and 52nd overall prospect in the draft by MLB.com, the 55th overall prospect in the draft by Baseball America and the second best catcher in the draft by Perfect Game. As a senior at Verona Area High School, the 18-year-old left-handed batter hit .406 with five doubles and three triples and 10 RBI. As a junior in 2015, he batted .437 with 10 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 29 runs batted in with a .770 slugging percentage.

Competitive Balance Round B, pick 73 — SS Jose Miranda (6-2, 180), Leadership Christian (P.R.) Academy: Miranda was ranked as the 113th best prospect from Puerto Rico. The Caguas, PR native was a commit to Broward Community College in Florida.

Competitive Balance Round B, pick 74 — OF Akil Baddoo (5-11, 200), Salem (Ga.) High School: Baddoo was rated the 63rd best prospect by Baseball America and the 72nd best prospect by MLB.com entering the draft. In 2015, the 17-year-old was a Perfect Game Underclass high honorable mention. In 2016, the Georgia native was named a Rawlings-Perfect Game second-team All-American, and named to the Southeast – All Region first-team.

Round 3, pick 95 — RHP Griffin Jax (6-2, 195), Air Force: No. 95 ranked prospect by Baseball America entering the draft and No. 75 by Perfect Game. Jax was 9-2 with a 2.05 ERA in 15 starts for air Force this season with 90 strikeouts in 105 1/3 innings. Was the Mountain West co-pitcher of the year and All-Mountain West first team. Son of former NFL offensive lineman Garth Jax.

Round 4, pick 123 — RHP Thomas Hackimer (5-11, 190), St. John’s: A Golden Spikes semifinalist who was 7-3 with 8 saves and a 1.17 ERA as a junior, allowing just 24 hits in 53 2/3 innings with 71 strikeouts. Hackimer is St. John’s all-time leader in saves and appearances. Drafted by the Mets in the 15th round last year.

Round 5, pick 153 — RHP Jordan Balazovic (6-3, 170), St. Martin Secondary School (Ontario): Top-ranked Canadian player in draft by Baseball America. Committed to Auburn for Class of 2017. A 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game honorable mention All-American.

Round 6, pick 183 — RHP Alex Schick (6-7, 210), California: Knee injury sidelined him for part of the 2016 season. Appeared in seven games, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits in 13 1/3 innngs with 9 strikeouts. Schick was the No. 164th-ranked prospect for the 2016 draft according to D1Baseball’s Preseason College 300.

Round 7, pick 213 — OF Matt Albanese (6-2, 200), Bryant University: Right-handed batter hit .366 with 11 home runs and 15 steals in 49 games as a junior this past season. In three years at Bryant, has a .336 batting average with 18 homers and 35 steals in 142 games.

Round 8, pick 243 — OF Shane Carrier (6-2, 200), Fullerton College: Led Fullerton this past season with a .387 batting average, .694 slugging percentage, 17 doubles, 12 home runs and 59 RBI.

Round 9, pick 273 — C Mitchell Kranson (5-10, 205), UC Berkeley: Left-handed hitter, batted .343 as a senior with 15 doubles and 5 home runs.

Round 10, pick 303 — SS Brandon Lopez (6-1, 190), Miami: A four-year starter, was named third-team All-ACC. One of 11 semifinalists for Brooks Wallace Award honoring nation’s top shortstop. Batting team-best .392 entering NCAA Super Regionals. Lopez set career highs in 2016 in nearly every offensive category, including hits (76), runs (46), doubles (13), home runs (two), RBI (41), total bases (95), slugging percentage (.490) and on-base percentage (.467). Reportedly was suspended to start the season each of the past three years.

Round 11, pick 333 — RHP Tyler Benninghoff (6-4, 180), Rockhurst HS: Committed to Arkansas. Was named a 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game 2nd Team All-American. Dealt with a biceps injury in February. Projects as throwing around 88-92 mph with an above-average breaking ball.

Round 12, pick 363 — LF Zach Featherstone (6-2, 215), Tallahassee CC: Hit .345 (59 for 171) with .498 on-base percentage, 10 home runs, 46 RBI, 51 walks and 36 strikeouts in 2015-16. Transferred from North Carolina State, though he never played for the Wolfpack.

Round 13, pick 393 — RHP Ryan Mason (6-6, 220), UC Berkeley: Four-year pitcher for the Bears with a career 3.24 ERA in 263 2/3 innings (41 starts). Pitched in five games in 2016 with a 3.38 ERA, 19 strikeouts and seven walks in 26 2/3 innings.

Round 14, pick 423 — SS Andre Jernigan (6-0, 205), Xavier U: Named Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American and Big East Player of the Year in 2016, after batting .253 (56 for 221) with 14 home runs, 42 RBI, 26 walks and 59 strikeouts in 62 games. Xavier lost in the NCAA Tournament Nashville regional championship game

Round 15, pick 453 — RHP Tyler Wells (6-8, 265) Cal State San Bernardino: Started 15 games and posted a 2.84 ERA with a .221 batting average agains, 89 strikeouts and 38 walks in 92 innings. Named to the Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-West Region second team.

Round 16, pick 483 — RHP Tyler Beardsley (6-3, 210) Cal St Sacramento: A right hander, Beardsley posted a 1.71 ERA with 24 strikeouts and 16 walks and 11 saves in 30 appearances (47 1/3 innings).

Round 17, pick 513 — C Kidany Salva (5-11, 180) Klein Forest HS: Switched-hitting 17-year-old committed to Sam Houston State. Named 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American Texas – All Region 2nd Team.

Round 18, pick 543 — SS Tim Richards (6-0, 185), Cal State Fullerton: Batted .280 with .361 on-base percentage in 218 at-bats (55 games), hitting nine home runs, 31 RBI and 12 doubles while walking 24 times and striking out 52 times.

Round 19, pick 573 — RHP Sean Poppen (6-3, 200), Harvard U: Posted 3.07 ERA in nine starts (55 2/3 innings) with 47 strikeouts and 21 walks. Started for four years, posting 4.39 ERA in 211 1/3 innings with 175 strikeouts.

Round 20, pick 603 — C Shamoy Christopher (6-1, 205), Roane State CC: Hit .310 (36 for 116) with .448 on-base percentage, six home runs, 27 RBI. 25 walks and 22 strikeouts in 37 games this past season.

Round 21, pick 633 — LHP Domenick Carlini (6-2, 175), Southeastern Louisiana U: Posted 2.03 ERA in 16 starts (97 1/3 innings) with 63 strikeouts and 36 walks this past season, earning second team All-Southland Conference honors.

Round 22, pick 663 — OF Hank Morrison (6-2, 225), Mercyhurst Col: Batted /415 (80 for 193) with 10 home runs, 53 RBI, 19 walks and 31 strikeouts this past season.

Round 23, pick 693 — SS Caleb Hamilton (6-0, 185), Oregon State: Played in 149 games over three seasons for the Beavers, starting 124. Batting just .185 (12 for 65) in 39 games this season. Started 53 games in 2015 and batting .229.

Round 24, pick 723 — C Matt Byars (6-1, 185), Michigan State: Wisconsin native batted .284 (58 for 204) with four home runs, 26 RBI, 15 walks and 35 strikeouts in 2016, starting 55 games. Played two seasons at Heartland Community College in Normal, Ill.

Round 25, pick 753 — RHP Colton Davis (6-1, 190), Western Carolina: A four-year reliever, Davis made 90 appearances (146 1/3 innings), compiling a 5.84 ERA with 177 strikeouts and 98 walks.

Round 26, pick 783 — 3B Greg Deichmann (6-2, 195), LSU: Batting .285 (65 for 228) with 10 home runs, 54 RBI, 17 walks and 41 strikeouts in 62 games this season. Named MVP of NCAA Baton Rouge Regional after going 9 for 15 with 10 RBI and two home runs in four-game tournament. Hit an inside-the-park grand slam in LSU’s win over Rice last week.

Round 27, pick 813 — LF Scott Ogrin (6-0, 200), Valencia HS: Hit .412 (40 for 97) with three home runs, 18 RBI, 25 walks, 11 strikeouts and a .547 on-base percentage this past season. Named 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American California – All Region 2nd Team.

Round 28, pick 843 — LHP Matt Jones (6-4, 190), Sinclair SS (Ontario): Signed with the University of Montevallo in Alabama

Round 29, pick 873 — SS Dane Hutcheon (5-9, 177), U Montevallo: Hit .365 (85 for 233) with 3 home runs, 43 RBI, 24 walks and 27 strikeouts in 2016.

Round 30, pick 903 — RHP Quin Grogan (6-2, 205), Lewis-Clark State: Posted 1.91 ERA in 12 starts (75 1/3 innings) with 83 strikeouts, 33 walks, .175 opponent batting average in 2016, improving upon a 5.50 ERA in 2015.

Round 31, pick 933 — C Juan Gamez (5-11, 220), North Dakota State U: Hit .197 in 142 at-bats in 2016 with 18 RBI, 12 walks and 28 strikeouts. Hit .266 in 143 at-bats in 2015 with eight home runs, 26 RBI, eight walks and 23 strikeouts.

Round 32, pick 963 — RHP Matt Wallner (6-4, 220), Forest Lake HS: Committed to the University of Southern Mississippi. High school team went 20-6 in 2016.

Round 33, pick 993 — RHP Clark Beeker (6-3, 205), Davidson Col: Four-year player, started 15 games (109 1/3 innings) with a 2.55 ERA, 73 strikeouts and 19 walks as a senior , earning first-team All-Atlantic 10 honors. Career 3.66 ERA in 302 1/3 innings (45 starts).

Round 34, pick 1023 — SS Joe Cronin (5-10, 185), Boston Col: Batting .271 (55 for 203) with four home runs, 36 RBI, 34 walks and 45 strikeouts in 55 games this season, helping the Eagles to the NCAA Super Regionals. Started mostly at first and third base this season.

Round 35, pick 1053 — LHP Austin Tribby (6-5, 225) U Missouri Columbia: A lefty, Tribby posted a 4.78 ERA over 52 2/3 innings (28 appearances, five starts) in 2016 with 54 strikeouts and .260 batting average against, his fourth year on the team.

Round 36, pick 1083 — RHP Patrick McGuff (6-2, 200) Morehead St U: 4.73 ERA in 59 innings (eight starts) with 63 strikeouts and 28 walks in 2015. Career 6.05 ERA in 99 2/3 innings for the school.

Round 37, pick 1113 — OF Danny Mayer (6-5, 245) U Pacific: Hit .314 (72 for 229) with 15 home runs, 40 RBI, eight walks and 52 strikeouts in 52 games in 2016.

Round 38, pick 1143 — RF Brent Rooker (6-4, 215) Mississippi State: One of Bulldogs’ team captains this season. Has hit .320 with nine home runs and 51 RBI, for Bulldogs, who were playing in NCAA Super Regionals this weekend.

Round 39, pick 1173 — CF Casey Scoggins (5-10, 185), U Tampa: Batted .348 (73 for 210) with four home runs, 33 RBI, 27 walks and 26 strikeouts as a senior this season after hitting .350 in 2015. Transferred from Santa Fe College.

Round 40, pick 1203 — C TJ Collett (6-0, 227) North Vigo HS: Left-handed power hitter who’s committed to Kentucky.

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So there is the full list of players drafted by the Minnesota Twins in this year’s MLB Draft. With the draft having so many more rounds compared to other professional sports, the scouting has to be a very difficult job. We will have to keep tabs on some of these prospects next season. Hopefully the Minnesota Twins get a star out of this year’s class.