Minnesota Twins

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 21 Alex Wimmers RHP Ohio State Ohio $1,332,000
Only a hamstring injury has been able to stop Wimmers this spring, as he won each of his first nine starts for the Buckeyes before missing the first three weekends in May. He also starred in 2009, sharing Big Ten Conference pitcher-of-the-year honors before leading Bourne to its first-ever Cape Cod League championship. Scouts said Wimmers had the most polished arsenal on the Cape, and few pitchers in this draft can match the depth of his repertoire. He has the best changeup in the 2010 draft crop, and one area scout said it's the best he has ever seen from an amateur. His fastball sits at 90-92 mph and touches 94, and he could add a little more velocity if he builds arm strength by using it more in pro ball. His third pitch is a curveball that he easily throws for strikes. He's an athletic, 6-foot-2, 195-pounder who holds the record for career batting average (.457) at Cincinnati's storied Moeller High--the alma mater of Buddy Bell, Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Larkin.
2 71 Niko Goodrum SS Fayette County HS, Fayetteville, Ga. Ga. $514,800
Goodrum is part of the deep class of Georgia prep players who are viewed as future outfielders, a list that includes Delino Deshields Jr., Chevez Clarke, Aaron Shipman and Chris Hawkins. Goodrum, like Hawkins, played shortstop in high school but probably will move out of the infield as a pro because he lacks the pure infield actions most scouts look for at short. He has excellent quickness and well-above-average arm strength and is a 60 runner on the 20-80 scale, though he should slow down as he bulks up. Goodrum was committed to Kennesaw State, and despite the Owls' recent track record of success, he is considered signable. Goodrum is a switch-hitter who got off to a slower start with the bat, thanks in part to him pressing on a modestly talented high school team. As the weather heated up, though, so did Goodrum's bat and he made more contact. He's long and lean at 6-foot-3, 175 pounds, and his swing has holes as a result of his long arms. He also has surprising raw power, as his swing has leverage and he has good hands. Scouts like Goodrum's makeup, and he's an easy player to dream on. He could wind up at third base, center field or even right and should go out in the first four rounds.
3 102 Pat Dean LHP Boston College Mass. $319,500
Like Virginia Tech's Jesse Hahn, Dean was a skinny, projectable Connecticut prepster in 2007, and like Hahn he blossomed in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Dean's fastball sat in the 84-88 mph range in high school, but he touched 93 mph and held his velocity deep into games as a sophomore at BC last spring. Dean has not been at his best this spring due to elbow inflammation, which caused him to miss a start in mid-March and another three weeks later. But MRIs and X-rays revealed no structural damage, and the Eagles eased him back into action. Through 67 innings, he was 5-1, 3.76 with 51 strikeouts and 10 walks, demonstrating his outstanding control. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Dean is a competitive lefthander with excellent feel for pitching, earning comparisons to Glen Perkins. He settled into the 88-91 mph range with his fastball this spring and has topped out at 92 on occasion. He has good command of a four-pitch mix, but his solid-average changeup is his best pitch. His slider and curveball both rate as fringe-average offerings. Dean's frame gives scouts pause, but his polish gives him a good chance to reach the big leagues as a back-end starter.
4 135 Eddie Rosario OF Rafael Lopez Landron HS, Guayama, P.R. P.R. $200,000
Outfielder Rosario is the best pure hitter on the island. Rosario, who is 6 feet, 170 pounds, will get a shot to go out as a center fielder, but profiles better in a corner. He's an average runner with a strong arm, and his lefthanded bat will play enough for right field. He has a sound approach at the plate, drawing one comparison to Bobby Abreu. Rosario won't be a huge power hitter, but could hit 12-15 home runs a year when he fills out and gets stronger.
5 165 Nate Roberts OF High Point N.C. $149,400
Roberts had a big junior season, earning All-America honors while batting .416/.573/.746 with 19 home runs and 36 stolen bases. Scouts were concerned that he lacks a standout tool and for some teams he was considered more of a senior sign. Others saw four solid-average tools, with an arm that could play in right, with only a vulnerability to velocity inside to be most concerned about.
6 195 Logan Darnell LHP Kentucky Ky. $125,000
After 2009 sandwich pick James Paxton ran afoul of the NCAA and left for an independent league, Kentucky hoped fellow lefthander Darnell would assume his role as No. 1 starter. That didn't go as well as planned, as Darnell went 5-3, 5.62, missed two weeks with shoulder tendinitis and eventually returned to the bullpen. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder profiles better as a reliever because he has one plus pitch, and his arm action and the effort in his delivery are better suited for shorter stints. As a reliever, Darnell works at 91-93 mph with his fastball. He'll flash a sharp slider intermittently, and his changeup is more effective. Projected as a top-five-round pick coming into the season, he now figures to go between the sixth and 10th rounds.
7 225 Matt Hauser RHP San Diego Calif. $45,000
A senior, Hauser shared USD's closing duties this year with Matt Thomson. Hauser posted a 4-3 mark with 8 saves and a 3.67 ERA. He is stingy with walks, allowing only 9 in 41 innings of work. Hauser tosses an 89-92 fastball, adds a nice slider and an excellent spilt fingered fastball which acts as his change. He profiles as a strike throwing set up man in pro ball.
8 255 Lance Ray OF Kentucky Ky. $125,000
First baseman Lance Ray had offseason wrist surgery that initially limited his effectiveness after transferring from Western Nevada CC to Kentucky. He was hitting just .182 before delivering a game-winning pinch-single against Alabama on April, and he finished the season on a .424 tear with nine homers in his final 26 games. Six-foot-1 and 200 pounds, he's a pure lefthanded hitter with some pull-side power. He's a good athlete for a first baseman and a smart baserunner.
9 285 Kyle Knudson C Minnesota Minn. $25,000
Though Mike Kvasnicka's catching potential got him drafted 33rd overall by the Astros, it's actually Kyle Knudson who was Minnesota's regular backstop for most of the season. After recovering from offseason surgery to repair the labrums in both of his hips, Knudson had easily the best season of his four-year college career, batting .342 with six homers and throwing out 40 percent of basestealers. The 2010 Big Ten Conference tournament MVP, Knudson is more advanced defensively than offensively. He has a strong, accurate arm and good leadership skills, and even calls his own pitches behind the plate. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder has will have to make more consistent contact to make the most of his righthanded power potential.
10 315 J.D. Williams SS Brooks-DeBartolo HS, Tampa Fla. $125,000
His younger brother J.D. Williams isn't quite as fast as his brother, more of an above-average runner than a true burner, and has a chance to stay in the infield. He has more feel for hitting as well, and some scouts believe he can stay at shortstop. Others see him at second base and like his power potential. He's a better prospect than his brother, who was overrated her a year ago, but is also already 19. The 6-foot, 185-pounder signed with Maryland.
11 345 Tyler Kuresa 1B Oakmont HS, Roseville, Calif. Calif.
Elite first basemen affect big league games with power bats as well as strong glovework, while players like James Loney and Casey Kotchman are impact defensive players but average offensive players because they do not provide the power expected in the first-base profile. Kuresa falls into the Loney/Kotchman category, or perhaps an Ike Davis type if he adds power. At 6-foot-4, 190-pounds, Kuresa is a lanky, athletically built player with plenty of projection left. He has a smooth lefthanded stroke and can occasionally drive the ball to the pull side, but does not project to have plus future power. Defensively he moves around the bag well, has soft hands and plays with passion in the field. His arm is an asset at the position as well. If all goes well, look for him to develop into a player similar to Loney or Kotchman, or at least Travis Ishikawa of the Giants. Kuresa has committed to Oregon.
12 375 Steven Maxwell RHP Texas Christian Texas
Righthander Steven Maxwell is another Tommy John survivor, having had the surgery in 2008. Texas Christian has three double-digit winners this spring, and while Matt Purke and Kyle Winkler are better prospects, Maxwell has the best ERA (10-1, 2.73 entering regional play) and is the lone draft-eligible member of the group. A redshirt junior, he has fringy to average stuff (88-90 mph fastball, slurvy slider, changeup) and lacks projection at 6 feet and 180 pounds, but he really knows how to pitch.
13 405 Ryan O'Rourke LHP Merrimack (Mass.) Mass.
O'Rourke went 5-2, 1.25 with 93 strikeouts and 14 walks in 79 innings as a senior for Division II Merrimack. O'Rourke played baseball, football and hockey his first two years at Merrimack before cutting a tendon on his left thumb and missing all of 2009. He brings an aggressive football/hockey mentality to the mound, where he attacks hitters with an 87-91 mph fastball and touches 93 in short stints. His best secondary pitch is a 77-78 mph slurve that can be average at times, and he mixes in a below-average curveball in the low 70s. He rarely throws a changeup. O'Rourke has a strong, physical 6-foot-3, 215-pound build. His delivery has some effort and some stiffness, but it also gives him deception. He figures to be drafted between the 10th and 15th round.
14 435 DeAndre Smelter RHP Tattnall Square Academy, Macon, Ga. Ga.
Scouts who focus on what Smelter does have plenty to talk about. He's an exceptional athlete who turned down Division I offers in football (he was a wide receiver and defensive back) to sign with Georgia Tech to play baseball. He's a plus runner as well as a position player, but his arm strength sets him apart. Smelter has reached 95 mph with his fastball and has been up to 87 mph with a slider, which he doesn't throw often. His pitching coach is former big leaguer Kevin Brown, himself a Georgia Tech alumnus. Brown also has Smelter throwing a split-finger fastball with good action. Despite all those pluses, scouts see negatives on Smelter that have driven him down some boards. He's got big stuff, but he has below-average control and didn't throw a lot of quality strikes this spring. His delivery and arm action resemble those of Brown, complete with the hip turn and wrap in the back of his arm action. Even with his fast-twitch athleticism, it's a difficult delivery to repeat. Smelter's a wild card because of his Tech commitment, his erratic spring and the fact that his bonus can be spread over five years due to his two-sport ability.
15 465 Thomas Girdwood RHP Elon N.C.
Girdwood stands a good chance of being drafted in the first eight rounds after setting Elon and Southern Conference career saves records. He's a lower-slot righthander who has to stay on top of his slider and fastball to be effective. When he's too close to sidearm, his 91-93 mph heater flattens out and his 81-85 mph slider lacks depth, and he's prone to allowing home runs. When he's right, though, both pitches play as above-average offerings, and his fastball has touched 95. He added a changeup, which has made progress but is still a third offering. Girdwood wasn't throwing as well down the stretch, faltering in the Southern Conference tournament. He has plenty of mound presence and experience pitching in big situations and profiles as a set-up man.
16 495 Clint Dempster LHP Nicholls State La.
17 525 Devin Grigg RHP Cal State East Bay Calif.
18 555 David Gutierrez RHP Miami Fla.
Gutierrez, also a Tommy John alum, is the younger brother of Twins 2008 first-rounder Carlos Gutierrez and has a good sinker, though with considerably less power than his brother's.
19 585 Matt Arguello LHP Davidson HS, Mobile, Ala. Ala.
20 615 Cody Martin RHP Gonzaga Wash.
Righthander Cody Martin has a good frame and pitched well for the Bulldogs on Friday nights in his first year starting. His velocity took a step down from what he showed out of the bullpen and he pitched at 87-89 mph, touching 90 on occasion. He has a full arsenal of pitches and throws a lot of strikes.
21 645 Nathan Fawbush RHP Georgia Perimeter JC Ga.
Fawbush is the more conventional prospect and touched 90-91 mph after moving to the bullpen. He's projectable and skinny at 6-foot-7 and 185 pounds with wide shoulders. He wore down as a starter due to his lack of strength. He does throw strikes and did a better job of staying tall in his delivery after moving to relief than he did earlier in the season.
22 675 Dillon Moyer SS Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla.
23 705 Dallas Gallant RHP Sam Houston State Texas $122,500
Righthander Dallas Gallant had a breakout summer as a Cape Cod League reliever in 2009, showing a low-90s fastball and low-80s slider that figured to get him picked in the top five rounds of the 2010 draft. But when he returned to the Sam Houston State rotation this spring, he wasn't the same pitcher. He went 3-8, 4.82 and worked mostly with an upper-80s heater and a diminished slider. The 6-foot-3, 193-pounder throws across his body, which gives his pitches life but also makes them harder to control. A team that believes in what it saw in the Cape still could take him in the first 10 rounds and return him to the bullpen.
24 735 Michael Quesada C Sierra (Calif.) JC Calif.
Sierra JC catcher Quesada was considered a draftable prospect out of high school back in 2008 but decided to attend Arizona. Now draft-eligible again, Quesada will likely get a shot to sign. He is a defense-first catcher with good catch and throw skills and has flashed enough ability with the bat to think he can be at least a fair hitter.
25 765 Andy Leer SS Mary (N.D.) N.D.
26 795 Kelly Cross C Pearland (Texas) HS Texas $100,000
27 825 Brandon Henderson OF Fresno CC Calif.
28 855 Jamaal Hawkins SS Jacksonville Fla.
29 885 Brian Burke 3B Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
Senior first baseman Burke is regarded as one of the toughest players in the Northwest. Scouts love his makeup and retell the stories of him taking two years off between high school and college to work and help out his family. That makes him older, even for a college prospect, however. The Lancaster, Calif. native played two seasons at Cypress (Calif.) JC and spent last year at Kansas Wesleyan. He can also catch and play third base, so he has a little defensive versatility for a 6-foot-2, 215-pounder. Burke bats and throws righthanded and has some strength, but his swing is also a little stiff.
30 915 Sergio Perez (Dernal) SS Palmetto Ridge HS, Orangetree, Fla. Fla.
31 945 Mark Payton OF St. Rita HS, Chicago Ill.
Payton presents a quandary for scouts. They love his makeup and energy, and he's not short on tools. He has barreled balls and showed pop with wood bats on the showcase circuit, and he's an above-average runner who plays a fine center field and has a solid arm for the position. The downside is that he's 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, and there simply aren't many big leaguers who look like that. He'd profile better as a second baseman, but he throws lefthanded so that isn't an option. Payton originally committed to Arizona State, though there's a sense now that he'd rather play elsewhere after Sun Devils coach Pat Murphy resigned and the program faces possible NCAA sanctions. The Tigers are rumored to be the team most interested in Payton; Detroit scouting director David Chadd made the diminutive Dustin Pedroia a second-round pick when he worked for the Red Sox.
32 975 Tommy Toledo RHP Florida Fla.
Florida's talent was concentrated in its freshman and sophomore classes, and two intriguing sophomore righthanders are draft-eligible. Tommy Toledo was an unsigned third-round pick in 2007 and missed the 2009 season after reconstructive shoulder surgery. Then he missed nearly two months this season when he was struck in the face by a comeback liner in a game against Charleston Southern. He returned from a broken cheekbone and broken nose, impressing scouts with his toughness. His velocity had returned to the 89-92 mph range, though his fastball tends to be straight, and he competes well.
33 1005 Justin Parker LHP Consumnes River (Calif.) JC Calif.
The Red Sox took lefthander Justin Parker in the 25th round of the 2008 draft out of high school, but he went to Loyola Marymount instead before transferring to Cosumnes River JC. He is 6-foot-4, 235 pounds so scouts kept following him. Parker has been up to 90 mph this spring and went 5-1, 3.32 with 85 strikeouts in 65 innings, but the once-promising curveball he showed in high school has been below-average.
34 1035 Kyle Necke RHP UC Irvine Calif.
35 1065 Nick Alloway RHP Gloucester (N.J.) CC N.J.
36 1095 Kelvin Mention OF Brooks-DeBartolo HS, Tampa Fla.
37 1125 Grant Muncrief RHP Wichita State Kan.
38 1155 Jared Ray RHP Houston Texas
The state has several injured pitchers whom teams could gamble on this year. That group includes: Houston righthander Jared Ray (shoulder) and Texas Tech lefthander Robbie Kilcrease (Tommy John surgery) at the college level; Howard righty Damien Magnifico (elbow), San Jacinto righty Tommy Collier (elbow) and lefty David Rollins (non-throwing shoulder), who ranked as three of Texas' top five juco pitchers coming into the season; and Klein High (Spring) righty Clayton Crum (Tommy John surgery).
39 1185 Bart Carter LHP Western Kentucky Ky.
40 1215 Vance Woodruff RHP Grayson County (Texas) CC Texas
41 1245 Sam Spangler LHP Hawaii Hawaii
Lefthander Spangler has pitched at 86-89 mph most of the year. He is in his first year starting and could get back up to 92 mph if a team sticks him in the bullpen. He has shown a much better feel this season for his secondary pitches, a curveball and a changeup.
42 1275 Brett Carroll LHP William Paterson (N.J.) N.J.
43 1305 Derek Christensen RHP Salt Lake CC Utah
Righthander Christensen profiles as a reliever with his 90-92 mph fastball and fringy slider. He competes hard and is committed to Utah.
44 1335 David Deminsky LHP St. Cloud State (Minn.) Minn.
45 1365 James Buckelew LHP Collins Hills HS, Suwanee, Ga. Ga.
46 1395 A.J. Achter RHP Michigan State Mich.
Achter lacks a true plus pitch, but he does a nice job of mixing three offerings. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound righthander's best weapon is his changeup, and he sets it up with an 88-90 mph fastball that peaks at 92. His overhand curveball has its moments, but it got slurvy toward the end of the season. He did a much better job of throwing strikes this spring.
47 1425 Collin Reynolds RHP McLennan (Texas) CC Texas
48 1455 Troy Scott 1B Washington Wash.
49 1485 LeAndre Davis SS Georgia Perimeter JC Ga.
LeAndre Davis, who was drafted last year by the Twins, remains raw both at the plate, where he has bat speed both lacks plate discipline and pitch recognition, and on the mound, where he sits at 88-90 mph.
50 1515 James Harris 3B Etowah HS, Woodstock, Ga. Ga.