Twins go pitcher-heavy on Day 2
Overall, Minnesota selects 26 hurlers over two days of Draft
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins wrapped up Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft on Friday night, using all 50 of their Draft picks, something director of scouting Mike Radcliff had not expected.
"We did draft all 50 rounds, which was a bit of a surprise," he said. "We found enough players that we wanted to get and watch over the summer. That's a testament to our staff coming up with the right players and enough players to go all that way. We're happy with that."
With their first pick of the day, the Twins took right-handed pitcher Mike McCardell from Kutztown University. McCardell, the 212th pick overall, was 7-3 this season with five saves and a 2.00 ERA. He struck out 86 while walking just 11 in 67 1/3 innings.
"He's from a small school and he's a guy that we really didn't know that much about until this year," Radcliff said. "We're happy with being able to get him in the sixth round. We think that he's got a high ceiling. He's got a chance to throw hard and a chance to be a starter, and those are things we look for."
The Twins chose to address mostly offensive needs on Day 1, not drafting a pitcher until the fifth round. But on Day 2, they quickly snatched up four pitchers with their first five picks. Of the 26 pitchers the Twins selected in the Draft, 22 were right-handed, which at first glance looks disparate -- but only 190 southpaws were drafted as opposed to 563 right-handers.
"The left-handers this year went quick," Radcliff said. "There was actually one left-hander that almost got to us at pick 28, but he didn't make it."
A trend overall in this year's Draft was the selection of big pitchers. The Twins grabbed up nine pitchers who listed at 6-foot-5 or taller. Included in that group is their 33rd round pick, Evan Danieli, who tops the charts at 6-foot-8. Danieli, an AFLAC All-American last summer, is from Seton Hall Prep School in New Jersey. The right-hander has potential, but hasn't been able to find consistency.
"That's something we look for in the amateur market, 'bigness,' that's a positive," Radcliff said.
|28||Revere, Ben||Lexington Catholic HS||CF|
|92||Rams, Daniel||Gulliver Preparatory||C|
|122||Morales, Angel||Puerto Rico BB Academy HS||CF|
|152||Williams, Reginald||Bellflower HS||SS|
|182||Striz, Nathan||Santa Fe Catholic HS||RHP|
On the other side of the height spectrum, the Twins drafted the shortest player in Division I baseball, selecting University of Louisville senior Christopher Cates in the 38th round of the Draft. Cates, a shortstop, stands at just 5-foot-3 and weighs 150 pounds.
"He's actually a very good player," Radcliff said. "He can really play defense. We needed a defensive player, for Elizabethton and that's what he is."
The Twins drafted three players from the state of Minnesota -- outfielder Andrew Schmiesing from Stillwater, right-hander Seth Rosin from Mounds View and catcher Michael Kvasnicka from Lakeville. Schmiesing was drafted in the 11th round out of St. Olaf College, where he was a three-year standout in both football and baseball.
Out of the 50 players drafted, 28 were high schoolers and 22 came from college.
Thursday, in the first televised airing of the Draft, the Twins selected Ben Revere with their first-round pick. Revere, a speedy center fielder out of Lexington (Ky.) Catholic High School, stands at only 5-foot-9. But Revere's size never worried the Twins, who see him as a player who could develop into a leadoff man.
Since the first round was televised, only five rounds were held on Thursday -- leaving 45 rounds for Friday. But Radcliff said Day 2 was not as hurried as he expected.
"Surprisingly, it went without a hitch," he said. "We were done two or three hours earlier than we anticipated. Everybody was prepared. There weren't any glitches or time outs or anybody slowing it up so it was much more efficient than we thought."
Leslie Parker is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.