Minnesota Twins

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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 2 Byron Buxton OF Appling County HS, Baxley, Ga. Ga. $6,000,000
Buxton emerged last summer and fall as the top position player in the 2012 draft class, first with his premium, athletic body and blazing speed, then with his emerging power potential and intriguing bat. Buxton has a chance to be a true five-tool player if his bat develops as hoped. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder has a high-waisted frame that oozes projection. He hasn't hit for big power this spring, with just two home runs, though he flashes plus raw power in batting practice and was runner-up (to Lewis Brinson) in last year's home run derby prior to the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field. Buxton's speed plays more presently, as he steals bases easily and covers acres of ground in center field. Some scouts have given him top-of-the-scale grades for both his speed (others call it well above-average) and at times for his throwing arm. He's shown a low-maintenance swing with a good path and premium bat speed that should allow him to hit for both average and power. Buxton will have to adjust to quality pitching, especially breaking balls. But as an amateur, he's shown the ability to sit back on offspeed pitches and hit them with authority the other way. Comparisons for Buxton range from Matt Kemp to a hybrid of brothers B.J. and Justin. Like Justin Upton, and he ranks as the top talent in his draft class.
1s 32 Jose Berrios RHP Papa Juan XXIII HS, Bayamon, P.R. P.R. $1,550,000
In the history of the draft, only two pitchers from Puerto Rico have been drafted in the top two rounds--Jorge Lopez, who went in the second round to the Brewers last year and Luis Atilano, a Braves supplemental first-round pick from 2003. This year, there may be two more on that list and Berrios will likely be the first off the board. Berrios worked with a conditioning coach this fall and spring and added 20-25 pounds to his frame since the summer and now has a muscular, athletic 6-foot-1, 180-pound physique. The added muscle has allowed him to smooth things out and has boosted his fastball velocity. His fastball now sits in the 93-95 mph range and some scouts have seen him touch 98. He throws his fastball down in the zone, mixes in a sharp, 80-81 mph slider and shows the makings of a solid changeup with fading action. Berrios is getting buzz as high as the back of the first round, and it's unlikely he'll wind up honoring his commitment to Miami Dade JC.
1s 42 Luke Bard RHP Georgia Tech Ga. $1,227,000
Bard's older brother Daniel attended North Carolina and was a 2006 first-round pick prior to reaching the major leagues with the Red Sox. Boston also drafted Luke out of high school, in the 16th round in 2009, but he didn't sign and attended Georgia Tech. Like his older brother, Bard has excellent arm strength and an iffy breaking ball. He's not as explosive as his brother but has plenty of power in his fastball, at times sitting 93-95 mph. He also flashed a power breaking ball with depth and late bite. Injuries and ineffective freshmen led Georgia Tech to give Bard a couple of starts, and he was effective while sticking to two pitches. He left a start against Duke on March 31 after 4 1/3 innings, however, and has not pitched since then. Doctors since diagnosed a torn lat muscle, and Bard isn't expected to return this season. At his best, he had a classic college reliever profile and big league bloodlines, so his injury probably will not be a long-term concern.
2 63 Mason Melotakis LHP Northwestern State La. $750,000
A Grapevine, Texas, product, Melotakis slipped out of Texas to play at Northwestern State in Louisiana. He touched 90 mph at times in high school but has filled out physically and become a true power relief arm in his college career. He emerged as a prospect with 10 strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings against Louisiana State as a sophomore and threw plenty of strikes in the Cape Cod League last summer, posting a 22-2 strikeout-walk ratio in 19 innings. The Blue Demons have used him as a starter at times, including a heavily scouted outing May 4 against Central Arkansas. His high-effort delivery wore him out after four innings and he got only one out in the fifth, but he sat at 94-96 mph with his fastball for three innings, typical of his velocity at his best. Melotakis's slider remains inconsistent but flashes above-average. His short arm action is another factor in making the bullpen his likely big league destination. Melotakis has the mentality for it, going after hitters with his power stuff, and should go out in the first three rounds.
2 72 J.T. Chargois RHP Rice Texas $712,600
In his first two seasons at Rice, Chargois pitched a total of 34 innings and saw most of his action at first base, where he became a regular as a sophomore. The Cape Cod League's Brewster Whitecaps recruited him primarily as a hitter but wound up needing him on the mound and he blossomed as a closer, saving seven games and allowing one earned run in 17 appearances. Chargois is serving the Owls in both roles this spring but will give up hitting as a pro. His fastball usually operates from 93-95 mph and reaches 98 with some armside run and sink, though it dips to 90-92 when he works on consecutive days. His hard curveball creeps into the low 80s and grades as a plus pitch at times. Despite demonstrating some feel for a changeup in bullpen sessions, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder profiles strictly as a reliever. Scouts don't like his arm action or the effort in his delivery, which limits him to average command and fringy control. He should develop more consistency once he focuses on pitching, and a team looking for a fast-track reliever could consider him in the sandwich round.
3 97 Adam Brett Walker 1B Jacksonville Fla. $490,400
A Wisconsin native, Walker comes from an athletic family, as his father (also Adam Brett) was an NFL replacement player in 1987 and a longtime football and track coach, while his mother was a college high jumper and volleyball player. Walker chose baseball and went South to play in college, helping lead Jacksonville to regionals in 2011 as the Atlantic Sun Conference player of the year. He hit .409/.486/.682 with 13 home runs and ranked in the top 10 in the nation in hits, RBIs and total bases. He also struck out 63 times, and then hit .216/.269/.336 with 56 strikeouts in 134 Cape Cod League at-bats last summer. Jacksonville has had a dreadful season with injuries but Walker has produced, though not quite as well as last season when the whole team was going well. Walker is an above-average runner who could move to the outfield if necessary, despite fringe-average arm strength. His value is in his bat, though, and he struggles to lay off breaking pitches or fastballs up and out of the zone. While he has cut his strikeout rate from 26 to 22.5 percent, his propensity to swing and miss may have cost him a shot at the first round.
4 130 Zack Jones RHP San Jose State Calif. $356,700
Jones was a 24th-round pick out of high school in San Jose by the Royals in 2009, but chose to stay close to home instead of signing. He has pitched primarily out of the bullpen for the Spartans, though he has made eight starts this season, and scouts view him as a reliever because he has two pitches: a fastball that sits in the 94-96 mph range and tops out at 98 and a potentially above-average slider. He mixes in a curveball when he starts, but it's a soft, loopy pitch that probably won't work in pro ball. At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, Jones is more physical than Braves fourth-round pick J.R. Graham was last year coming out of Santa Clara, but Graham had a better feel for throwing strikes. Both pitchers lack plane on their fastballs at times, letting the pitch get flat. That's why Jones has never posted an ERA under 3.50, even with his electric arm. Jones came to San Jose State as a two-way player and is a good athlete, but his delivery is a little rough, which limits his ability to throw strikes.
5 160 Tyler Duffey RHP Rice Texas $267,100
J.T. Chargois is Rice's main closer and projects as a top-two-rounds selection, but it's Duffey who's having a better season in the Owls' bullpen. Entering the Conference USA tournament, Duffey had a superior ERA (1.84 to 2.27), strikeout rate (11.7 per nine innings to 8.8) and opponent average (.172 to .214). He doesn't have Chargois' pure stuff, but Duffey has an 88-92 mph fastball that touches 94 and backs it up with an average slider. He has the makings of a changeup and a durable 6-foot-3, 210-pound frame, so a pro team could give him a chance to start. Scouts also love the way he competes.
6 190 Andre Martinez LHP Archbishop McCarthy HS, Southwest Ranches, Fla. Fla. $80,000
Martinez was part of a loaded Archbishop McCarthy team that won three state championships. He did his part, going 36-6 in his prep career (including a win in the state title game this year), and the Florida State signee had some helium late. He's a 6-foot lefty with makeup, an above-average curveball, feel for a changeup and a fastball that is fairly true from his high arm slot but that was scraping the low 90s late in the season. Mostly, Martinez pitches in the mid-to-upper 80s. Scouts like his deception and downhill plane on the fastballl, which hitters don't square up despite often pedestrian velocity.
7 220 Jorge Fernandez C International Baseball Academy, Ceiba, P.R. P.R. $150,000
Scouts believe Fernandez is a late bloomer who will add strength to his wiry, 6-foot-2, 185-pound build. He's an intriguing athlete because it's rare to see a player who plays center field and also catches. Fernandez runs well for his size, but isn't a burner and if he adds strength it would likely take away the option of playing center field. Going behind the plate full-time would require some work, but Fernandez obviously moves well and has at least an average arm. He's been switch-hitting for the past couple years and shows a smooth, handsy swing, especially from the left side, and could hit for average power once he matures. Fernandez is committed to Alabama State.
8 250 Christian Powell RHP College of Charleston S.C. $140,100
A 47th-round pick of the Indians in 2009, Powell's size and arm strength is lauded by scouts. He stands at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds and fires fastballs that sit 90-93 mph and touch 95-96 with sink. Powell has had success for the Cougars this season, and he was 8-3, 2.35 in 14 appearances (13 starts) and opponents were batting just .222 off of him. He throws strikes, but he doesn't have the strikeout numbers you would expect out of a hard thrower, with 66 in 80 innings. That is likely a product of his lack of command and secondary stuff. He has a questionable arm action that affects his velocity, command and breaking ball. His curveball is solid, but he doesn't command it and it's not an out pitch right now. He mixes in a hard changeup.
9 280 L.J. Mazzilli Jr. 2B Connecticut Conn.
The son of former major league player and manager Lee Mazzilli, L.J. has obvious bloodlines to go with his athleticism and offense. He has been a consistent hitter for the Huskies and was batting .325/.392/.557 with nine home runs in 212 at-bats this spring. He stands at a 6-foot-1, 190 pounds and has a good, balanced approach at the plate to go with a direct swing. He can hit to all fields and showed more pop this year, though he will have fringe-average power at best. He profiles best as an offensive-minded second baseman, if he can make the grade defensively. He had 17 errors in 51 games this season, but scouts say he could become passable with development. He tends to sit back on balls, which can cause hops to eat him up and force him to rush throws. His arm is average. He's an average runner and can swipe some bases, but it won't be a big part of his game.
10 310 D.J. Baxendale RHP Arkansas Ark. $125,000
Baxendale had come on strong down the stretch for Arkansas, which might mitigate an ugly start to a season that began with great expectations. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound righthander always has relied on an excellent curveball as his putaway pitch; it allowed him to thrive as a reliever as a freshman and post a 1.58 ERA as a sophomore starter. Baxendale was pitching at 88-90 mph with his fastball early in the season, while his breaking ball was down to the 69-72 mph range. He regained some zip later in the season, as he stopped overthrowing and trying to pitch to the radar gun. Baxendale figured to be picked later than his brother Blake, a prep catcher in Arkansas, but it's possible both players could suit up for the Razorbacks next season.
11 340 Taylor Rogers LHP Kentucky Ky. $100,000
Rogers won't blow up any radar guns, but his pitchability made him a weekend starter for three years at Kentucky and helped him earn the win at the Cape Cod League all-star game last summer. At 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, Rogers is more skinny than projectable, so his stuff isn't likely to get much better. He'll touch 90-91 mph with his fastball early in games but usually settles in at 87-88 mph. His curveball and changeup are effective, and he compensates for his lack of a plus pitch with outstanding command of his offerings. He has sound mechanics and repeats them well, though at times he's around the strike zone too much.
12 370 Alex Muren RHP Cal State Northridge Calif. $100,000
Like his older brother Drew, Muren is a quality athlete who split time between hitting and pitching for Northridge in 2010 and '11, before focusing on pitching as a junior this year. Muren caught scouts' attention by running his fastball up to 96-97 mph in the fall, but he has pitched in the 90-94 range this spring. Despite his power arm, Muren hasn't missed many bats this spring, posting a 43-26 strikeout-walk mark through 84 innings. Scouts like his 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame and athleticism, but he lacks deception and pitches on a flat plane. His below-average slider/cutter sometimes show depth in the 80-83 mph range and can reach 85-87. However, he doesn't run the pitch in against righthanders, instead leaving it in a hitters' comfort zone over the plate. He lacks feel for a changeup, despite the Matadors' efforts to teach him a circle change. Muren's body and pure arm strength make him an intriguing sleeper, but one scout referred to him as "a block of clay." Given his lack of polish and underdeveloped secondary stuff, he profiles best as a reliever.
13 400 Erich Knab RHP Carolina Forest HS, Myrtle Beach, S.C. S.C.
A Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) JC signee, Knab is considered signable, but he's a long-term project. He has a good frame at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, and arm strength with a low 90s fastball that touches 95 mph. However, he has a stiff delivery that he doesn't repeat well and poor command. His secondary stuff is a work-in-progress and he doesn't show much aptitude for pitching.
14 430 Jake Proctor OF Cincinnati Ohio
Proctor reminds scouts of former Louisville outfielder Josh Richmond, his former teammate at Oak Hills High in Cincinnati and a 12th-round pick of the Rangers in 2010. The two look alike and have similar builds and athleticism. Both also got hurt in their draft year, as Richmond had a hand injury and Proctor tore the meniscus in his left knee in late April. Arthroscopic surgery ended his season but won't prevent him from getting drafted. The 6-foot-2, 221-pounder's best tool is his plus-plus speed, though he could do a better job of using it. He has a lot of moving parts in his swing and doesn't control the strike zone, so he doesn't get on base or tap into his plus raw power as much as he should. He also doesn't take direct routes on flyballs in center field, though he does have a strong arm.
15 460 Jarret Leverett LHP Georgia Southern Ga.
16 490 Will Hurt SS Lexington (Ky.) Catholic HS Ky. $100,000
17 520 D.J. Hicks 1B Central Florida Fla.
Hicks took a medical redshirt in 2010 after an undiagnosed collapsed lung required two surgeries to repair. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder pitched and hit as a freshman but has focused on the bat since then, providing a reliable power bat in Central Florida's lineup. Scouts describe him as "lumbering" on defense, and he's too slow to move to the outfield, where his arm strength could be an asset. He's a first baseman/DH type with strength, plus raw power and some hittability whose overall package falls a bit shy compared to other big first basemen in the draft such as Ben Waldrip, Preston Tucker and Matt Snyder.
18 550 Will LaMarche RHP Chabot (Calif.) JC Calif.
LaMarche played in high school with Stanford third baseman Stephen Piscotty and started out his college career at Long Beach State in 2010 but never pitched for the Dirtbags because he needed Tommy John surgery. A workout monster, LaMarche came back strong and has powerful thighs and a barrel chest as part of his 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame. Coming out of the bullpen, his fastball sits in the 94-96 mph range and he runs it up as high as 98, but he's still learning to harness his stuff. He's been used sparingly this year and doesn't have much in the way of secondary stuff. He's added a cutter this year, but he mostly tries to just blow hitters away with his gas. LaMarche has some funk to his delivery--he separates early, but has a really quick arm. With the delivery issues, below-average control and lack of secondary stuff, LaMarche is certainly a project and is committed to Louisiana State for next year if he doesn't sign.
19 580 Jonathan Murphy OF Jacksonville Fla.
20 610 Zach Larson OF Lakewood Ranch HS, Bradenton, Fla. Fla. $190,000
21 640 Bo Altobelli C Texas Tech Texas
22 670 Josh Graham C Roseburg (Ore.) HS Ore.
Graham has scouts split on where he'll wind up. Some like him as a catcher, where he fits well with his 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame. He has some strength in his righthanded swing and arm strength--which also shows up on the mound, where he sits in the 90-92 mph range and tops out at 94. Graham was down in the 86-89 mph range late in the season and was pitching backward, and as a 6-foot, stocky righthander he has limited projection. Graham missed most of the summer showcase circuit with a broken hand and it's likely he'll wind up at Oregon.
23 700 Travis Huber RHP Nebraska Neb.
Huber is a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder with a 90-92 mph fastball that touches 95. He gets hit more than someone with that velocity should because he relies heavily on his fastball and his command wavers. Though he flashes a hard slider and show some feel for a changeup, he profiles as a reliever. He missed a month this spring with shoulder soreness. The Marlins selected Huber in each of the last two drafts out of the JC of Southern Idaho, in the 47th round in 2010 and in the 39th last year.
24 730 Jose Favela C Franklin (Texas) HS Texas
25 760 Joel Licon SS Orange Coast (Calif.) JC Calif.
26 790 Justin Jones LHP California Calif.
Jones was a seventh-round pick in 2009 out of high school by the White Sox and had a solid freshman year and an excellent sophomore campaign. He has a lanky, 6-foot-2, 188-pound build. But after not pitching in the fall because of a forearm strain, he's been a bit off this spring, going 4-8, 4.40 with just 46 strikeouts over 78 innings and the Bears' coaching staff is throwing him on Sundays. There's more effort to his delivery this year than there has been in the past and he's not pitching with as much poise, either. His fastball velocity fluctuates, sometimes in it's usual 88-91 mph range, while other times it will be in the mid-80s. He'll still flash an above-average curveball, which was his bread and butter, though the pitch has gone backwards this season and he's not throwing it with the consistency he used to. Jones has shown a good changeup in the past and added a cutter to his repertoire this year. He's been pitching backwards a lot and some scouts believe when he gets back to pitching off his fastball that he'll return to being the pitcher he was in high school and earlier in his career at Cal.
27 820 Jerad Grundy LHP Kentucky Ky.
Grundy pitched sparingly at Miami in 2010 before transferring to Heartland (Ill.) CC last year and moving on to Kentucky this spring. He's attractive as a lefthander who can maintain a 90-91 mph for five innings, though he hasn't topped out at 94 this season as often as he has in the past. He has added some fastball life, and he still gets swings and misses with his slider. Grundy has improved his sinking changeup to give him an effective third pitch, but most scouts think he'll be a pro reliever because he's not big (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) and has a lot of effort in his delivery. His command and feel for pitching are average at best.
28 850 Carson Goldsmith RHP Northwestern State La.
29 880 Sean Hagan LHP St. John's N.Y.
30 910 Bryan Santy C Washington Wash.
31 940 Timmy Robinson OF Ocean View HS, Huntington Beach, Calif. Calif.
Robinson is the half-brother of Twins righthanded reliever Alex Burnett, who was a 12th-round pick out of Ocean View High in 2005. Robinson flew under the radar for most of his prep career, but his numbers this spring (.518 with 11 homers and 34 RBIs in 83 at-bats) attracted flocks of scouts down the stretch. Robinson has a strong, thick build at 6-foot-1, 235 pounds, and the star quarterback for Ocean View's football team is more athletic than he looks at first glance. Scouts disagree on his present speed, but either way he projects as a below-average runner as he matures, and he'll be tied to left field. He has decent defensive instincts, but his arm is below-average. Robinson has a chance to hit enough to make that work, and his plus or better raw power translates well in games. While his swing isn't pretty, he has decent timing and pitch recognition, and he shows enough feel for hitting that his power should play. His offensive upside should get the Southern California commit drafted in the fourth or fifth round.
32 970 Andrew Ferreira LHP Harvard Mass.
33 1000 Kaleb Merck RHP Texas Christian Texas
34 1030 Bryan Haar OF San Diego Calif.
35 1060 Jared Wilson RHP UC Santa Barbara Calif.
36 1090 Brandon Bayardi OF Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
37 1120 James Marvel RHP Campolindo HS, Moraga, Calif. Calif.
Marvel has a professional build at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds. His fastball sits in the 90-92 mph range and he mixes in a curveball that has improved throughout the year and could be an above-average pitch in the future. He also has a developing changeup, though he hasn't needed a third pitch much in high school. Marvel has a good delivery and pitches with a quick tempo. He shows a good feel for pitching and scouts like him, but he's not likely to be drafted as high as his talent would dictate because of his solid commitment to Duke.
38 1150 Austin Rei C Campolindo HS, Moraga, Calif. Calif.
39 1180 Alex Liquori OF Whitewater HS, Fayetteville, Ga. Ga.
40 1210 Brad Schreiber RHP Purdue Ind.