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Falvey brings expertise to Twins' No. 1 pick

Minnesota likely to select a pitcher 1st overall in Draft
MLB.com @RhettBollinger

MINNEAPOLIS -- As an assistant general manager with the Indians, Derek Falvey had an extensive role in the organization's Draft preparation, assisting with scouting and helping to identify the kind of pitchers the club sought.

So even though his duties have expanded as the chief baseball officer of the Twins, Falvey plans to have plenty of say in this year's Draft, which begins on June 12, especially considering Minnesota holds the No. 1 overall pick. Falvey -- along with general manager Thad Levine, who came over from the Rangers -- has tried to implement his own Draft strategies under the leadership of new scouting director Sean Johnson, who was promoted in December.

MINNEAPOLIS -- As an assistant general manager with the Indians, Derek Falvey had an extensive role in the organization's Draft preparation, assisting with scouting and helping to identify the kind of pitchers the club sought.

So even though his duties have expanded as the chief baseball officer of the Twins, Falvey plans to have plenty of say in this year's Draft, which begins on June 12, especially considering Minnesota holds the No. 1 overall pick. Falvey -- along with general manager Thad Levine, who came over from the Rangers -- has tried to implement his own Draft strategies under the leadership of new scouting director Sean Johnson, who was promoted in December.

2017 MLB Draft

"I played a role in that in Cleveland, in creating that process there, and so we're adapting that process here," Falvey said. "I could see in the future that changing to some degree. But this year, I think I've been just as heavily involved as I was there."

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The Twins were known for taking athletic high schoolers under former scouting director Deron Johnson, selecting players in the first round such as Byron Buxton, Aaron Hicks and Nick Gordon. But they seem more likely to go with a pitcher with the No. 1 overall selection, with candidates including prep star Hunter Greene, Vanderbilt right-hander Kyle Wright and Louisville left-hander Brendan McKay.

Minnesota has had trouble developing pitching in recent years, and it's something that Falvey was known for during his time with Cleveland.

"It's important for us to identify a type of pitcher who we think we can grow and develop through our development system," Falvey said. "One of the things I felt was of benefit when I was working in Cleveland was matching up the type of player we wanted to select, both from the mindset, makeup, mechanical standpoint and otherwise, with what we felt we can develop and help change along the way. I think that's important, that alignment in how you're operating developmentally with what you're getting from the scouts."

While much of the club's scouting staff remains unchanged, including Johnson remaining in the organization as a senior advisor, Falvey has tried to analyze patterns to see what kind of players the Twins have excelled at uncovering and which kinds they struggled with. The club has full scouting reports going back to roughly 1999, and Falvey has not only spent time looking at this year's prospects, but he has also gone back and analyzed prospects from previous Drafts.

"I've read more than is probably appropriate," Falvey said with a laugh. "I've tried to just identify some trends, or we've had some of our guys look at reports and see things that maybe we've historically been really good at, or areas we've missed a bit in the Draft."

Since being hired in November, Falvey has maintained that much of his first year will be spent analyzing his own organization, and essentially scouting his own scouts isn't any different.

"Organization-wide we've been doing that," Falvey said. "We're trying to learn who people are, hoping that they embrace the idea of change and development. But we trust these guys. I'm confident in that."

The 2017 Draft will take place from Monday, June 12, through Wednesday, June 14, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m on the 12th. MLB Network will broadcast the first 36 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 75 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, starting at 1 p.m. ET. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on June 14, beginning at noon ET.

Go to MLB.com/draft to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from MLBPipeline.com analysts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, the complete order of selection and more. And follow @MLBDraft on Twitter to see what Draft hopefuls, clubs and experts are saying.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

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