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In seventh round, Twins take Cutura

The Twins went with a college pitcher for a sixth consecutive pick, taking right-hander Andro Cutura from Southeastern Louisiana University as the No. 200 overall pick in the seventh round of Friday's First-Year Player Draft.

Cutura is the first of those six picks to work exclusively as a starter this season, and he was impressive as a junior, going 10-2 with a 1.95 ERA with 99 strikeouts and 21 walks over 106 innings in 16 starts.

"This was a guy we almost put on the Top 200 list," Draft expert Jim Callis said. "He dropped off at the end. He is smaller guy but is up to 93-94 [mph]. He has a changeup he knows how to use. His breaking ball is more of a cutter."

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on at 12 p.m. CT.

Cutura, 20, has been used primarily as a starter throughout his three years at Southeastern Louisiana. He's 17-7 with a 3.01 ERA with 159 strikeouts and 54 walks in 215 innings over three seasons.

The 6-foot, 195-pounder is a native of Pearl River, La. He was named a semifinalist for the 2014 Gregg Olson Award, which honors college baseball's breakout player of the year.

"He's kind of a bulldog," Twins scouting director Deron Johnson said about Cutura, whose parents are from Bosnia. "He's a starter. He has a good mix and throws strikes. He doesn't throw as hard as the other guys. But we like his makeup and his pitches."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger.
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