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Twins poised to make Draft splash at No. 1

June 8, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins, under the new leadership of chief baseball officer Derek Falvey, have a chance to add impact talent to their organization with the No. 1 overall pick and three of the first 37 selections in the Draft.The 2017 Draft will take place from Monday through Wednesday, beginning

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins, under the new leadership of chief baseball officer Derek Falvey, have a chance to add impact talent to their organization with the No. 1 overall pick and three of the first 37 selections in the Draft.
The 2017 Draft will take place from Monday through Wednesday, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and at 6 p.m. ET. MLB Network will broadcast the first 36 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while will stream all 75 picks on Day 1. will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, starting at 1 p.m. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on on Day 3, beginning at noon.
Go to to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from 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.
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Here's how the Draft is shaping up for the Twins, whose first selection is the No. 1 overall pick.
In about 50 words
The Twins have the No. 1 overall pick for the first time since 2001, and also received a competitive balance lottery selection, giving them three of the first 37 picks in the Draft, and five of the first 106 selections. It's the first Draft for the Twins' new regime and scouting director Sean Johnson, who replaced long-time scouting director Deron Johnson, who moved into a senior advisor role.
The scoop
It's also the first Draft under the leadership of Falvey and general manager Thad Levine. It will likely take a year or so to see if there are any philosophical changes from what the organization was known for under former general manager Terry Ryan. The Twins were known for taking athletic outfielders and command-and-control pitchers under Ryan, but had started taking high-velocity pitchers in recent years.
First-round buzz
With the No. 1 overall pick, the Twins have the chance to set the tone atop the Draft, and Falvey said the club is looking at six players for the top spot. But the players who are getting the most buzz are Vanderbilt right-hander Kyle Wright, Louisville left-hander/first baseman Brendan McKay and Southern California prep star Hunter Greene. McKay and Greene, who plays shortstop and pitches, are both two-way players, although the Twins see both as pitchers.
Money matters
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team has an allotted bonus pool equal to the sum of the values of that club's selections in the first 10 rounds of the Draft. The more picks a team has, and the earlier it picks, the larger the pool. The signing bonuses for a team's selections in the first 10 rounds, plus any bonus greater than $125,000 for a player taken after the 10th round, will apply toward the bonus-pool total.
Any team going up to five percent over its allotted pool will be taxed at a 75-percent rate on the overage. A team that overspends by 5-10 percent gets a 75-percent tax plus the loss of a first-round pick. A team that goes 10-15 percent over its pool amount will be hit with a 100-percent penalty on the overage and the loss of a first- and second-round pick. Any overage of 15 percent or more gets a 100-percent tax, plus the loss of first-round picks in the next two Drafts.
This year, the Twins have MLB's biggest pool at $14,156,800. Their first pick is valued at $7,770,700, down from $9,015,000 a year ago.
Shopping list
Falvey said he doesn't believe in the term pitching depth because you can never have too much pitching in an organization. He said he estimates that roughly half of the club's selections will be pitchers. The Twins could also look to add another catcher early in the Draft.
Trend watch
The Twins have been stockpiling hard-throwers in recent Drafts, marking a change from the pitch-to-contact philosophy they were known for. Left-hander Tyler Jay, their first pick in 2015, was the club's first college pitcher taken in the first round since Alex Wimmers in 2010. The Twins are expected to go with a pitcher with the No. 1 pick, and Falvey was known for his work in developing pitchers with the Indians.
Recent Draft History
Rising fast
Shortstop Nick Gordon, the club's No. 1 overall prospect by, has been impressive at Double-A Chattanooga, hitting .305/.374/.477 and was named a Southern League All-Star. He could be promoted to Triple-A Rochester later in the season, and is considered the club's shortstop of the future.
Cinderella story
Right-handed reliever Trevor Hildenberger was a 22nd-round Draft pick in 2014, but has been solid at Triple-A Rochester, posting a 2.01 ERA with 25 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings. The side-armer could join Minnesota's bullpen as early as this season.
In The Show
Byron Buxton, the No. 2 overall pick in 2012, has established himself as the club's starting center fielder, while right-hander Jose Berrios, the No. 32 pick in the '12 Draft, is off to an impressive start since getting called up by the Twins in mid-May. Wimmers, a first-rounder in '10, also was recalled recently, joining 2012 fifth-rounder Tyler Duffey in the bullpen.
The Twins' recent top picks
2016: Alex Kirilloff, OF, Tommy John surgery
2015: Tyler Jay, LHP, Double-A Chattanooga
2014: Nick Gordon, SS, Double-A Chattanooga
2013: Kohl Stewart, RHP, Double-A Chattanooga
2012: Byron Buxton, OF, Twins

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