Minnesota Twins

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 30 Levi Michael SS North Carolina N.C. $1,175,000
Michael was a solid high school prospect in Lexington, N.C., but he graduated early in order to join the Tar Heels for the 2009 season. He has played a new position each season, moving from second base as a freshman to third base as a sophomore, before settling in at shortstop this year. He's been a reliable defender at all three spots, and scouts are warming up to the idea that he could stay at shortstop at the pro level. He missed a couple of games with an ankle injury and was still getting back to 100 percent, but he still showed ability in all facets of the game and was hitting .311/.461/.464 with 14 stolen bases in 15 attempts in 196 at-bats. He is a patient hitter with a good eye for the strike zone from both sides of the plate, with a 43-27 walk-strikeout ratio. He hits to all fields and could hit at the top of the batting order, though he shows pop and is naturally stronger from the right side. He's an above-average runner, though he hadn't quite returned to that level since the injury. Scouts don't view the ankle as a long-term concern. Defensively, he has good actions and enough arm strength for shortstop. The only concern is his range, but he'll get every chance to prove himself before potentially sliding to second base.
1s 50 Travis Harrison 3B Tustin (Calif.) HS Calif. $1,050,000
Harrison established himself as one of the top power hitters in Southern California early, homering off future Rockies first-rounder Tyler Matzek with a wood bat as a freshman in scout ball. He easily rates as the region's best high school bat this year. Harrison has a physical 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame and above-average righthanded power potential. Some scouts think he could be an above-average hitter, too, if he does a better job protecting the outer half and adjusting to breaking balls. He can make loud contact, but he centers balls on the barrel inconsistently, and other scouts see him as just an average hitter. It's unclear where he'll play on the diamond. His arm has improved to the point that some scouts now consider it average, but his actions at third base are stiff and his range and footwork are fringy. He'll get a chance to stay at the hot corner, however, before falling back to first. He's a below-average runner with solid instincts on the basepaths. Harrison plays hard and loves to compete, and scouts expect a club to buy him out of his commitment to Southern California.
1s 55 Hudson Boyd RHP Bishop Verot HS, Fort Myers, Fla. Fla. $1,000,000
Boyd transferred from South Fort Myers High to Bishop Verot as he teamed with similarly beefy first baseman Dan Vogelbach. Together, they led their team to a state 3-A championship with Boyd 10-0 with 112 strikeouts through early May. His delivery and 6-foot-3, 235-pound frame have elicited comparisons to Jonathan Broxton and Bartolo Colon, and scouts intend those as positives. Boyd projects as a mid-rotation workhorse who will work with two plus pitches. He maintains the velocity on his fastball deep into games, topping out at 95-96 mph and sitting in the 90-94 range. His breaking ball also is plus, a power curve that scrapes 80 mph with tight rotation and sharp break. Boyd's changeup can be too firm at times, but he hasn't needed it much in high school.
2 87 Madison Boer RHP Oregon Ore. $405,000
Boer has the type of frame scouts look for in starting pitchers. He's big and strong at 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds and he's a good athlete that ran a 6.7-second 60-yard dash for scouts in the fall. The athleticism helps give Boer a clean and efficient delivery and helps him maintain stamina throughout game. His fastball sits in the 90-93 mph range, but there could be more in there--he's touched 96 before in relief stints and moved back to the bullpen late this spring as he tired out. Boer has a good slider, but it's the splitter he added to this year that has helped the most. He throws the pitch with two different grips. If he needs to throw it for a strike, he'll keep the ball closer to his fingertips, throwing it like a changeup. But he can also put the ball deeper into his hand to get more depth on the pitch if he's trying to get a hitter to chase.
3 117 Corey Williams LHP Vanderbilt Tenn. $575,000
Corey Williams is a 6-foot-2, 195-pounder who was thought to be a tough sign as a redshirt sophomore. Vanderbilt's deep staff meant Williams was limited to a relief role in 2011, and he had the staff's highest ERA. However, he has a live arm, pitching with an average fastball and at times hitting 93-94 with regularity. He has recovered fully from a knee injury that sidelined him in 2010, when he broke his kneecap when he was struck by a line drive. He showed his makeup and competitiveness by getting up and still throwing the runner out on the play that broke his kneecap.
4 148 Matt Summers RHP UC Irvine Calif. $171,900
Summers arrived at UC Irvine as a center fielder with a strong arm, throwing just 38 innings (and posting an 8.36 ERA) over his first two college seasons. He hit even more sparingly, though, and made the decision to focus on his pitching last summer in the Cape Cod League, where he ran his fastball up to 96-97 mph in a relief role. He has taken a dramatic step forward on the mound as a junior, taking over as Irvine's Friday starter and ranking second in the Big West in ERA and opponent average and third in strikeouts. Summers still looks like a position player on the mound. He pitches exclusively from the stretch and has an extremely short arm action that makes his stuff hard to pick up and leads scouts to project him as a reliever in pro ball. He holds the velocity on his 90-93 mph fastball and will occasionally run it up to 94-95. His second pitch is a power curveball that projects as a solid-average offering, and he dabbles with a changeup but throws it sparingly. Summers is an excellent athlete with a durable 6-foot-1, 205-pound frame. Scouts believe his fastball will play up in a relief role in pro ball, and he has shown excellent aptitude since switching to a full-time pitching role, which is also encouraging.
5 178 Tyler Grimes SS Wichita State Kan. $132,900
Grimes has better all-around tools than most college shortstops, and a club that thinks he can improve his consistency may be tempted to pop him as early as the second or third round. He excels at getting on base, ranking among the NCAA Division I leaders in both walks (49, 10th in the nation) and getting hit by pitches (19, 13th) during the regular season. The 5-foot-11, 181-pounder also has more bat speed than most middle infielders, though that can work against him. He takes a huge cut from the right side of the plate, leading to too many strikeouts (57 in 227 at-bats) and lower batting averages (he's a career .283 hitter at Wichita State). Grimes has plus speed and uses it well on the bases in the field. He also has a strong arm and can make nifty plays at shortstop, but he also plays out of control at times. He committed 28 errors in 60 regular-season games after making a total of 25 in his first two years with the Shockers.
6 208 Dereck Rodriguez OF Pace (Fla.) HS Fla. $130,000
Ivan Rodriguez's son has a wiry, athletic frame that attracted scouts, as well as an above-average arm and average to a tick-above average speed. Scouts were divided on whether his bat was ready for pro ball.
7 238 Steven Gruver LHP Tennessee Tenn. $125,000
Tennessee's disappointing season should still end with a few players getting drafted, starting with lefthander Steven Gruver, a 6-foot-1, 200-pounder. Gruver excited scouts by touching 93 mph in fall practice, then deflated them by sitting in the 84-88 mph range all spring. He also throws strikes with his curveball, slider and changeup. None of them is above-average, and Gruver's control is better than his command. If his fastball were firmer or his command more precise, he could move into the first five rounds; instead, he's more likely to go from rounds 10-15.
8 268 Jason Wheeler LHP Loyola Marymount Calif. $132,500
The younger brother of former Loyola Marymount slugger and current Diamondbacks Double-A third baseman Ryan Wheeler, Jason was hampered by poor command of his secondary stuff during his first two college seasons. He turned a corner in the Northwoods League last summer, winning the circuit's pitching triple crown and ranking as its No. 13 prospect. The hulking 6-foot-6, 260-pound lefty dominated hitters with an 88-93 mph fastball with good downward angle last summer, but he pitched mostly at 88-91 as LMU's Friday starter this spring. His changeup has developed into an average second pitch, but he's never shown the ability to consistently throw a quality breaking ball. He tinkered with it over the fall and spring and at his best he flashed a decent slider, but it needs refinement.
9 298 Adam Bryant SS Troy Ala. $25,000
Teammate Adam Bryant is already a senior and was better defensively as a junior but has good hands and quick feet. He could stay at shortstop as a pro if he can make the most of his fringe-average arm, but he fits better at second base for most scouts. At 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, he is only a fair runner. A grinder who can hit, Bryant dipped from 25 to 11 home runs but his 25 doubles ranked among the nation's top 10 in 2011. He should go out between round 10 and 20.
10 328 Brett Lee LHP St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC Fla. $150,000
Brett Lee was drafted in 2010 by the Dodgers in the 33rd round out of Bishop State (Ala.), then transferred to St. Petersburg JC in an attempt to improve his draft stock. It worked, even though he went just 4-8, 5.06. He has good size at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds and flashed an above-average slider to go with a fastball with average velocity.
11 358 Tyler Jones RHP Louisiana State La. $105,000
Louisiana State's problems this season started on the mound, where the team wound up with an all-freshman rotation. That was due in part to a rough season by junior righty Tyler Jones, who had the best arm among LSU's veterans. He pushes his fastball up to 95-96 mph out of the bullpen, and he maintains a plus fastball when he starts. Command of both his heater and his pedestrian secondary stuff is the issue.
12 388 Matt Koch C Loyola Marymount Calif.
In a world where catchers are always in demand, Matt Koch has a chance to be drafted between the sixth and 10th rounds. A fourth-year junior, Koch has two carrying tools: an above-average arm and raw power that he's still learning to tap into. He hit 15 homers in 2010, and though he has just four with the new bats in 2011, his doubles total has spiked from 13 to 22. Loyola Marymount coach Jason Gill says the 6-foot, 210-pound Koch has some of the best raw power he's ever seen, and he puts on an impressive display in batting practice, regularly launching balls way over LMU's Blue Monster in left field. Scouts aren't convinced he'll hit for enough average to be an everyday catcher, as his plate discipline needs considerable improvement (he has 118 strikeouts and 37 walks in his college career). His receiving needs polish, but he projects as an average defender with his plus arm.
13 418 Steven Evans LHP Liberty Va.
14 448 Adam McCreery LHP Bonita HS, La Verne, Calif. Calif.
One of the region's biggest X-factors is lefthander Adam McCreery, an ultra-projectable 6-foot-8, 200-pounder with medical baggage. His fastball ranged from 84-88 mph in the Area Code tryouts last summer, and by the Jesse Flores All-Star Game in November his velocity had jumped into the 88-91 range, to go along with a promising slider, and his stock rose accordingly. He missed most of the spring with an elbow injury, and when he returned in May his stuff lacked crispness and his command was poor. He sat 84-86 mph and occasionally touched 90 in limited action, and he did not throw his breaking ball with conviction. Many scouts don't think he's ready for pro ball, but he'll get drafted as a summer follow and could get signed away from school if he returns to form.
15 478 Josue Montanez LHP Miami Dade JC Fla. $125,000
16 508 Austin Malinowski LHP Centennial HS, Circle Pines, Minn. Minn. $175,000
One area scout compared lefthander Austin Malinowski to Brad Hand, another Minnesota prep lefty who went in the second round to the Marlins three years ago. Malinowski hasn't gotten the same hype, but he's a projectable 6-foot-4, 205-pounder who works at 87-88 mph and touches 90 with his fastball. His secondary pitches need more work, but he may be willing to forgo his Arizona commitment and turn pro.
17 538 Josh Burris RHP Louisiana State-Eunice JC La.
Josh Burris worked out of the team's bullpen when he wasn't catching and had a pedestrian 1-1, 4.64 season, but he showed enough arm strength to merit interest, touching 92 mph and spinning a power breaking ball. He struggled to command either pitch.
18 568 Corey Kimes LHP Illinois Ill.
19 598 Tyler Koelling OF Southern Mississippi Miss.
More likely to go out early were senior outfielders Tyler Koelling, a 6-foot, 190-pounder, and Marc Bourgeois, a Quebec native. Bourgeois is more physical, showing more power and patience, and hits lefthanded, Koelling is more athletic, an average runner and solid defender with gap power and a grinder mindset. Koelling, who had just nine strikeouts heading into regional play, has a fourth-outfielder profile with the exception of his righthanded bat. Despite not having a great profile, he was expected to be the second Golden Eagle drafted, after Vollmuth.
20 628 Brian Anderson SS Deer Creek HS, Edmond, Okla. Okla.
Anderson is the best prep position player in Oklahoma, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound athlete with the actions and above-average arm to stay at shortstop. He runs well and could grow into righthanded power potential once he adds strength.
21 658 Michael Howard LHP Prescott (Ariz.) HS Ariz.
Lefthander Michael Howard generated buzz over the summer by touching 92 mph at the Area Code Games. He was inconsistent this spring, and most scouts felt he would be better off going to Baylor and polishing his arsenal and command.
22 688 James Ramsey OF Florida State Fla.
Florida State doesn't have a lot of draft prospects other than ace Sean Gilmartin, with the exception of outfielder James Ramsey, who has a chance to go in a single-digit round. He's a lefthanded hitter with an uppercut swing who has improved his hitting ability this season, using the whole field more while maintaining his solid raw power. The 6-foot, 190-pounder has solid-average tools across the board. He's an academic all-American who didn't play summer ball the last two years. His father played on Florida State's 1980 College World Series team and his mother played tennis there, so his signability could be tough.
23 718 Tim Shibuya RHP UC San Diego Calif.
Shibuya has good feel for pitching, working in the 86-91 mph range and mixing in a get-me-over curveball, a changeup and a usable slider.
24 748 Nick Burdi RHP Downers Grove (Ill.) South HS Ill.
Burdi has the best high school arm in the upper Midwest. He struck out the side in his inning of work at the Under Armour All-America Game last August, then showed an electric 93-95 mph fastball that topped out at 97 at the World Wood Bat Championship two months later. He showed similar arm strength in his first two starts this spring, then missed a month for a variety of reasons and hasn't been the same since. In May, his velocity ranged from 84-93 mph. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder slings the ball from a low three-quarters arm slot, and scouts already were worried about his delivery and projected him as a reliever. He doesn't repeat his mechanics, and sometimes his fastball gets flat and sits up in the zone. His No. 2 pitch is a hard slider that can be devastating at times but lacks consistency. Burdi's lackluster spring, commitment to Louisville and reported seven-figure price tag may cause him to slide in the draft. A team that considers him signable could pop him in the third or fourth round.
25 778 Adam Pettersen SS Minnesota Minn.
26 808 Trent Higginbotham RHP Clay-Chalkville HS, Trussville, Ala. Ala. $195,000
Higginbotham impressed the Twins as they followed his progress this summer, showing a fastball that sat in the 87-91 mph range and got as high as 94. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound righthander showed a lot of moxie, battling through seven innings in one outing where the temperature was 107 degrees. Higginbotham has present stuff with his four-pitch mix, but also has projection remaining, thanks to a slender frame and a loose arm action. Right now, his curveball is ahead of his slider and he also mixes in a changeup that is a work in progress.
27 838 Chris Mazza RHP Menlo (Calif.) Calif.
28 868 David Hurlbut LHP Cal State Fullerton Calif.
29 898 Derek Thompson LHP Teutopolis (Ill.) HS Ill.
30 928 Will Clinard RHP Vanderbilt Tenn.
31 958 Garrett Jewell RHP Southern New Hampshire N.H.
32 988 Dylan Chavez LHP American River (Calif.) JC Calif.
American River JC has produced major league lefthanders Dallas Braden and Manny Parra, and its best prospect this year is another southpaw, Dylan Chavez. He's 6-foot-3, 190 pounds and his mechanics are a little herky-jerky, which adds some deception, and he doesn't throw anything straight. His 88-91 mph fastball has some run to it, and he mixes in a curveball and a changeup. Chavez tries to be too fine with his breaking ball and needs to learn the difference between a curveball that he wants to throw early in the count for a strike and one he wants to use when he's ahead to put hitters away. Chavez is committed to Mississippi.
33 1018 Stephen Wickens SS Florida Gulf Coast Fla.
34 1048 Ryan Tella OF Ohlone (Calif.) JC Calif.
Outfielder Ryan Tella impressed scouts and opposing coaches with his high-octane style of play. He's a lefthanded leadoff hitter and center fielder who shows above-average speed, which helps him cover a lot of ground in the outfield and be a pest on the bases. Tella has an above-average arm and a short, efficient swing that produces a lot of doubles. If he doesn't sign, he's headed to Auburn.
35 1078 Phillip Chapman C Memphis Tenn.
36 1108 Austin Barrois OF Belle Chasse (La.) HS La.
37 1138 Drew Leachman OF Birmingham-Southern Ala.
38 1168 Alex Keudell RHP Oregon Ore.
39 1198 Rocky McCord RHP Spanish Fort (Ala.) HS Ala.
Righthander Rocky McCord emerged as the second-best pitcher in the state behind Clay Holmes, after Chris Ellis was injured this spring. McCord could be headed to college and could jump right into Auburn's weekend rotation. He's a winner, pitching atop Spanish Fort High's rotation the last two seasons and leading the team to back-to-back 5-A state championships, earning 10 wins this spring. His wiry build and quick arm produce a fastball with average velocity and above-average life, especially down in the zone. His changeup has similar life and has above-average potential. His slider was below-average early, then showed improvement, enough for scouts to see him as a three-pitch guy. None of his pitches is above-average, though, and some scouts aren't sure he'll have the durability to start long-term. He has deep ties to Auburn and will be a tough sign.
40 1228 Kyle Barraclough RHP St. Mary's Calif.
St. Mary's righthander Kyle Barraclough has a strapping, 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame with a barrel chest. He has shown good arm strength, touching 94 mph as late as the eighth inning of games. His secondary stuff comes and goes, and he shows a nasty slider on occasion. If he doesn't improve the consistency of those offerings, he may wind up in the bullpen, where he could add velocity in shorter stints.
41 1258 T.J. Oakes RHP Minnesota Minn.
Righthander T.J. Oakes is the Golden Gophers' top prospect, but he also may be one of their least signable, because he's a sophomore-eligible whose father Todd is the team's pitching coach. Not surprisingly, T.J. has a clean delivery and throws strikes. He works mostly with an 88-91 mph sinker and his slider, though he also has the makings of a changeup. At 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, he has room to add velocity.
42 1288 Matt Tomshaw LHP Jacksonville Fla.
43 1318 Bobby O'Neill RHP Biola (Calif.) Calif.
44 1348 Cole Johnson RHP Notre Dame Ind.
45 1378 Julio Torres 2B Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R.
46 1408 Jared Dettmann LHP Somerset (Wis.) HS Wis.
47 1438 John Hochstatter LHP San Ramon Valley HS, Danville, Calif. Calif.
48 1468 Garret Peterson RHP DuBois (Pa.) Area HS Pa.
49 1498 Drake Roberts 2B Brenham (Texas) HS Texas
50 1527 Bryan Burgher RHP Emerald Ridge HS, Puyallup, Wash. Wash.