Sunday, February 12, 2012

2012 Twins Draft Preview- Pick #63

We finally get to the 2nd round of the draft after only 60 first round and compensation picks and who might be available for the Twins as they continue to try and add impact prospects to a farm system that really could use a jolt in the arm.

James Ramsey- OF B/T: L/R School: Florida State Ht: 6'0" W: 190

The Twins picked Ramsey in the 22nd round of the 2011 draft and apparently he turned down a pretty significant bonus offer to return to FSU for his Sr. season. Baseball America in their draft recap last year said that the Twins view Ramsey as a Jason Kipnis type of player and were very disappointed that they could not sign him. I would not be surprised if the Twins grab him again if he is available here as he is the player they love to have. He is a high baseball IQ, high energy player whose dad coaches high school baseball. He does not project to have a single plus tool but does grade out as average in all 5 categories. He mashed all summer on the Cape hitting .313/.448/.571 with more walks then k's. Since he doesn't have have great range it may be tough for him to hold down CF long term and with out massive power projection he may struggle to be more then a fourth outfielder but if he continues to hit and get on base he may be able to be an average regular in one of the corners.

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Zach Eflin- RHP School: Hagerty HS, Oviedo, Fla Ht: 6'5" Wt: 180

Eflin is another intriguing high school power arm who has a big frame and the potential for 3 solid pitches. He already works 90-93 with a fastball that shows good sink, something the Twins love their pitchers to use as it helps generate ground balls. His best secondary pitch is a circle change that mimics the movement he gets on his fastball but with a good 10 mph gap sitting at 80-83. He also throws a 12-6 curve that is inconsistent but shows some promise and could be above average in the future. His size offers some more projectability with a chance to increase his velocity as he fills out.

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Video Analysis: He stands tall through out his delivery and comes nearly straight over the top creating a good downhill plane. He could get more out of his lower half and lands slightly on the third base side of the mound causing him to throw across his body. He has a bit of a head snap and effort in his delivery which are not always good as they can indicate future arm troubles as snapping the head can put undue stress on the shoulder and neck.

Brady Rogers RHP School: Arizona State Ht: 6'2" Wt: 190

Again Rogers is exactly the type of pitcher who the Twins typically draft, a polished college pitcher who pounds the strike zone and who actually had the same amount of walks as he did wins (9) as a soph. at ASU. He controls and commands his fastball to both sides of the plate and usually sits in the 88-90 range. He supplements that with 3 average secondary pitches a curveball, slider, and a changeup. If he is available it will be a good test of the Twins commitment to bring in more power arms.

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Video Analysis: Rogers has a compact delivery and seems to get the most out of his smaller frame. I wouldn't call him a max effort guy but it also isn't the smoothest delivery ever. There isn't a lot of projection in his frame and he is going to have to live off his impressive control in the big leagues and probably has a Kevin Slowey type of ceiling as a solid #4 starter at best.

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