LSU right-hander Ryan Eades goes to Twins with second round pick
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Two picks in, it has been all about pitching for the Minnesota Twins in the 2013 MLB first-year player draft.
After taking hard-throwing right-hander Kohl Stewart with their fourth overall pick earlier Thursday evening, the Twins selected Louisiana State University pitcher Ryan Eades in the second round.
Eades has recorded an 8-1 record, 77 strikeouts and a 2.81 ERA as a junior starter for LSU. Eades and the Tigers are currently still alive as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA baseball tournament.
MLB.com's draft prospect report labeled Eades "everything you want from a pitcher: size, stuff and feel for pitching."
"He'll hit 94 mph with his fastball, and he has a good curve and changeup to go along with it to give him a good three-pitch mix that he knows how to use effectively. There is some question about his arm action, but the real concern might be about his medical record. Eades had labrum surgery as a senior in high school and any team interested in him in June will have to be convinced of his durability."
The Colorado Rockies chose Eades with their 19th round pick in 2010, but the now 21-year-old right-hander opted instead to go the college route first.
The draft continues Friday with Rounds 3-10, and concludes Saturday with Rounds 11-40.