Twins use 7 of 8 picks on pitchers and catchers on Day 2 of draft
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It was all about pitchers and catchers for the Minnesota Twins on the second day of the MLB first-year player draft.
Starting in the third round with Ole Miss catcher Stuart Turner, the Twins selected either a pitcher or catcher with seven of their eight picks on Friday.
Turner, one of three catchers grabbed by Minnesota on Day 2, was the Twins' first position player taken in the draft after they picked up right-handed pitchers Kohl Stewart and Ryan Eades in the first and second rounds on Thursday.
Turner played for LSU-Eunice junior college for two years before joining Ole Miss for his last season. Known more as a sound defensive prospect, the right-handed Louisiana native still put up notable offensive numbers, leading the Rebels as a junior with a .374 batting average (83-for-222), 51 RBIs and five home runs.
MLB.com's prospect report on Turner: "He excels defensively, earning high marks for his plus arm and receiving skills ... His offense, however, is not as well regarded. Turner regularly puts the ball in play, but scouts worry he doesn't make hard contact consistently enough"
One round later, the Twins went back to their focus on pitching. They took left-hander Stephen Gonsalves out of Cathedral Catholic High School (Calif.) in the fourth round and brought in Indiana University right-handed pitcher Aaron Slegers in the fifth round.
"This is a pretty decent class for prep southpaws, and with his size and projectability, Gonsalves has the upside to be the best of the lot," MLB.com's scouting report noted about Gonsalves. "He uses a full overhand delivery to fire 88-91 mph fastballs, though he was up to 93 mph at the Perfect Game Classic. He'll throw a plus changeup at times to go along with a slurve, which is a bit of a concern to scouts."
Slegers has used a 9-1 record and 1.94 ERA to help anchor Indiana's impressive run to this weekend's Super Regional round of the NCAA baseball tournament. Slegers surrendered one run in seven innings in the Big Ten baseball tourney on May 23 against the University of Minnesota at Target Field. Twins general manager Terry Ryan was in attendance.
Third baseman Dustin DeMuth, who is Slegers teammate at Indiana, is the only non-pitcher or catcher taken by the Twins so far in the draft.
The draft concludes on Saturday with rounds 11-40 (12 p.m. CT).
UPDATE: The following is the complete list of the Twins' 2013 draft picks, which will continue to be updated throughout the day. Rounds three through 10 take place Friday, with rounds 11 through 40 being held Saturday.
Rd. (Pick) Pos. Player, B/T, School (Ht, Wt)
1. (4) RHP Kohl Stewart, R/R, St. Pius X High School (6-3, 210)
2. (43) RHP Ryan Eades, S/R, Louisiana State University (6-3, 200)
3. (78) C Stuart Turner, R/R, Ole Miss (6-2, 220)
4. (110) LHP Stephen Gonsalves, L/L, Cathedral Catholic High School (6-5, 190)
5. (140) RHP Aaron Slegers, R/R, Indiana University (6-10, 250)
6. (170) C Brian Navarreto, R/R, Arlington Country Day School (6-2, 200)
7. (200) RHP Brian Gilbert, R/R, Seton Hall University (6-1, 215)
8. (230) 3B Dustin DeMuth, L/R, Indiana University (6-2, 190)
9. (260) C Mitchell Garver, R/R, University of New Mexico (6-1, 200)
10. (290) RHP Charles Irby, R/R, Samford University (6-1, 200)