It was a long process for many Twins fans to wait until the 30th pick in the first round to hear who the Twins would select. The Twins would also make two other picks on the opening night of the draft. The 50th and 55th picks in the Comp Round of the draft were for losing type-A free agents, Jesse Crain and Orlando Hudson.
The Twins needs entering the draft were to add:
1. Pitching depth
2. Middle infield depth
3. Power bats
The Twins were able to address all of these needs in the first night of the draft. They picked a middle infielder, a corner infielder that can hit for power, and power throwing high school pitcher. There are still many picks left over the next two days so the Twins still have plenty of time to continue to address their needs
Pick #30: Levi Michael - Shortstop - University of North Carolina
|Michael as a second baseman for UNC (Photo: AP)|
Fast Facts: The last two shortstops the Twins took in the first round were Trevor Plouffe in 2004 and Michael Cuddyer in 1997.
Pick #50: Travis Harrison - Third Baseman - Tustin High School (California)He even hit a HR 504 feet in high school. In his younger playing career, he was compared to last year's first pick in the draft, Bryce Harper. Like Harper, Harrison will most likely be asked to make the transition to another position (either OF or 1B). The Twins would be more than happy to have Harrison develop into the kind of talent that Harper has shown in his first minor league season. Harrison is committed to USC so it will be imperative for the Twins to strike a deal in the coming weeks.
Fast Facts: The Twins last 3B picked in the first round was Matt Moses in 2003. Moses never made it higher than AA and left the Twins organization in 2009.
Pick #55: Hudson Boyd - Pitcher - Bishop Verot High School (Florida)
Fast Facts: Boyd is the third pitcher the Twins have taken in the first round since 2009, but he is the first high school pitcher in that group.