Twins load up with power arms in MLB draft

  • Article by: La VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 6, 2012 - 7:11 AM

Out of 18 picks thus far by the organization, 13 have been pitchers -- and most of them light up the radar gun with their fastballs.

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born2playJun. 6, 12 4:14 AM

Well, has Walker rated as the 50th overall prospect, noting "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." What round did they get him in and does he have signability issues?

shpadoinkleJun. 6, 12 4:39 AM

Why did the Twins pick so many relievers? They need starters as everybody knows!

voner26Jun. 6, 12 8:47 AM

Good grief its about time they woke up. Now if Gardy and crew doesn't try to change them to pitch to contact maybe they will succeed in striking out some of the power hitters they face. This is good news if they are allowed to air it out. They will throw harder as their arms matures unless they can only throw 100 pitches.

coreyallenJun. 6, 12 9:01 AM

Is anyone else bothered that they used 70 percent of their picks on one position. I know they need pitching but there are other means of acquiring pitching instead of drafting and developing them. I they would use free agency and pick-up quality arms when they need them, then they wouldn't need to focus solely on pitchers and uncrease their risk of losing a quality everyday player.

BeattieJun. 6, 12 9:27 AM

Coreyallen - one could definitely draw the conclusion that the large number of picks spent on pitchers is a knee jerk reaction. But the team's farm system really could use a infusion of pitchers, and in today's game it's becoming more difficult to get a "good" pitcher via trade or free agency when you have the budget that the Twins must live with (thank you M&M). A team like the Twins really needs to grow some quality pitching talent down on the farm. But time will tell in 3-6 yrs if we did ok.

drewb6911Jun. 6, 12 9:28 AM

So the Twins scout compared this guy to Terry Mulholland? Uh-oh.

bassillJun. 6, 12 9:35 AM

THE twins finally picked some power arms they should of done that years ago.IT really makes you wonder who is running the front office when it takes them years to figure it out.

boneyardJun. 6, 1210:25 AM

@drew6911: He said his DELIVERY looked like Mullholland's. Still, even if that's the comparison, that's not all bad. First of all, he was good enough to make the majors. You can't say that about the vast majority of draft picks. Second, Mullholland's career may have been that of a journeyman and his peripherals indicate he was roughly an average pitcher, but he lasted a long time in the game and had some very productive years as a starter in the early 90s. He also had a no hitter, if memory serves. Not every draft pick is going to be Cliff Lee.

n8conoclastJun. 6, 1210:46 AM

@drewb6911: If you're thinking of Terry Mulholland when he pitched with the Twins, I can understand why you're worried. But keep in mind that Mulholland was 41 years old when he came to Minnesota in 2004, well past his prime. Back in the early 90s, he was actually a very effective starting pitcher. If this kid has a Mulholland-like career (preferably with a few more Ks), that would be a huge draft success.

n8conoclastJun. 6, 1210:48 AM

All things considered, I'm happy with this draft. I wanted to see Mark Appel and Mitch Brown on the Twins, but I understand the decision to take Buxton, and I hope he becomes a superstar. And after years of wishing the Twins would stock up on hard throwers, they finally have done it. Some of these guys were relievers in college, but that doesn't mean they have to be relievers in pro ball. I'm excited to see where they end up.


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