Draft Report Cards: Minnesota Twins
BEST PURE HITTER
|Wimmers is a tailor-made draft pick for the Twins, as is polished LHP Pat Dean (3). Goodrum and Rosario bring the kind of upside the Twins got internationally, rather than in the draft, in 2009.
Bonus Spending: $3.5 million
: Minnesota found three hitters it likes in OFs Nate Roberts (5), who has a solid, strong swing; Eddie Rosario (4), an athletic, potential five-tool player with a polished approach; and smooth swinging Lance Ray (8), who may be more of a first baseman eventually and reminds the club of ex-big leaguer Mike Aldrete. » BEST POWER HITTER
: Rosario has average power. Eventually, SS Niko Goodrum (2), who has the highest ceiling of the Twins' draftees, could surpass him. His father stands 6-foot-4, 275 pounds, so the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Goodrum could wind up a big, fast-twitch athlete with big power. » FASTEST RUNNER
: INF J.D. Williams (10), who probably will wind up in the outfield, should cover plenty of ground with his 6.5-second speed in the 60. » BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER
: Rosario has a solid arm and all-around ability in center field.
: RHP Matt Hauser (7) touched 95 mph at times, striking out 17, walking three and allowing just one earned run in 16 innings between Rookie-level Elizabethton and low Class A Beloit. » BEST SECONDARY PITCH
: RHP Alex Wimmers (1) has excellent arm speed on his changeup, which is a plus pitch now and could be better if it gains a bit more movement. RHP Dallas Gallant (23) slumped in the spring, but the Twins believe in their Cape Cod League reports from 2009 and have seen his true, hard curve return to form.
ODDS AND ENDS
BEST PRO DEBUT
: Wimmers pitched four gems at high Class A Fort Myers, giving up just six hits and striking out 23 in 16 innings. Rosario tired at season's end but still hit .294/.343/.438 with five homers and 22 stolen bases in 27 tries to earn a spot on the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League all-star team. » BEST ATHLETE
: Williams and Goodrum are the best athletes the Twins have drafted since 2008 first-rounder Aaron Hicks. Goodrum has size, speed and 70 arm strength on the 20-80 scouting scale, his best present tool. » MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND
: Williams' brother Reggie was picked four spots behind him; their father Reggie spent parts of four seasons in the majors. SS Dillon Moyer (22) is the son of ageless Phillies lefty Jamie Moyer, while OF Brandon Henderson (27) is a cousin of former Red Sox playoff hero Dave Henderson. » CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS
: Wimmers. » BEST LATE-ROUND PICK
: Gallant, who has a chance to move quickly. » THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY
: The Twins and Braves were the only two teams that didn't go above slot to sign any of their picks. They liked both sweet-swinging 1B Tyler Kuresa (11) and quick-armed RHP DeAndre Smelter (14), who was set on attending Georgia Tech. They even sent their area scout to Hawaii to follow Kuresa in the Hawaii Collegiate League, but they could not sway him from attending Oregon.