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Updated: June 6th, 2014 9:47pm
College relievers rule the day for Twins in Day 2 of MLB Draft

College relievers rule the day for Twins in Day 2 of MLB Draft

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS - Day 2 of the MLB Draft comprises eight rounds, and the Twins loaded up on college pitching.

After drafting high school shortstop Nick Gordon and college reliever Nick Burdi on the first day of the draft, Minnesota added seven more college arms and a college outfielder. Twins scouting director Deron Johnson said the team is not worried about being able to sign any of the players taken in the first two days of the MLB Draft.

Johnson said that the way Major League bullpens have evolved has changed the way scouts view and recommend college relievers.  

Here are the Twins picks from Friday:

Round

Name

Position

Level

School

3

Michael Cederoth

RHP

College junior

San Diego State

4

Sam Clay

LHP

College sophomore

Georgia Tech

5

Jake Reed

RHP

College junior

Oregon

6

John Curtiss

RHP

College RS sophomore

Texas

7

Andro Cutura

RHP

College junior

Southeastern Louisiana

8

Keaton Steel

RHP

College RS junior

Missouri

9

Max Murphy

OF

College junior

Bradley

10

Randy LeBlanc

RHP

College RS junior

Tulane

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Notes:

3. Baseball America pegged Cederoth the 46th overall prospect in the draft. The Twins took him 79 overall.

4. Clay was a draft-eligible sophomore. He turns 21 on June 21. Johnson said the Twins aren't worried that they won't be able to sign him. He had eight saves and made one start this season at Georgia Tech.

5. Reed served as the Ducks closer his junior year. Before that, he had made 34 starts.

6. Curtiss was primarily the Longhorns closer, but he also made one start. He's already had Tommy John surgery in the summer of 2012 and missed the entire 2013 season. The Twins think he could potentially be a starter.

7. Cutura struck out 99 batters in 106 innings with just 21 walks. Johnson said the Twins are less concerned about the stats than with scouting. That's especially true in high school, where it's hard to be certain of the level of competition a prospect faces, but it also applies to college.

8. Steele closed for the Tigers. He struck out 56 and walked 18 and converted nine saves in 67 1/3 innings pitched. He spent most of the season as the closer, but also made three starts at the end of 2014, two of which were complete game shutouts.

9. Murphy is from Robbinsdale, Minn., and went to Cooper High School from 2008-11. Kirby Puckett spent a year at Bradley University, where Murphy earned one of three All-Defensive outfielders for the Missouri Valley Conference.

10. LeBlanc was originally selected in the 16th round by the Marlins in the 2010 draft out of Covington High School in Louisiana. He decided to attend Tulane instead of signing with the Fish.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
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