The Twins received damaged goods when they made their 24th-round selection in the 2015 draft, but they didn’t mind. It might be the only way they could have wound up with Jaylin Davis.
“He would have gone in the top 10 rounds for sure,” vice president for player personnel Mike Radcliff said, “except for that.”
“That” is an unfortunate dive for a fly ball just a month into Davis’ junior year at Appalachian State, an admirable effort that wound up tearing the labrum in his right shoulder. He needed surgery, ending his season and hampering his draft prospects.
But the Twins had scouted Davis for two years already and chose him anyway, figuring that surgically repaired shoulders heal, albeit slowly.