Twins select Mason Melotakis, 10 other pitchers in draft's second day
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Pitching remained a primary emphasis for the Minnesota Twins as the MLB Draft continued Tuesday.
After selecting pitchers J.O. Berrios and Luke Bard with compensatory picks in the first round on Monday, the Twins proceeded to obtan pitchers with 11 of their 15 picks during the second day of the draft.
The Twins began Day 2 by taking Northwestern State left-hander Mason Melotakis (63rd overall) and right-hander J.T. Chargois out of Rice University (72nd overall) with their pair of second round picks.
Melotakis was used mainly in a closer role for Northwestern State. With a mid-90s fastball, Melotakis appeared in 23 games this year as a junior, striking out 70 batters and recording a 3.63 ERA.
Chargois, who also plays first base, put up impressive numbers in his junior season with Rice with a 2.15 ERA, 32 strikeouts and a .211 opponent batting average. . The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Louisiana native has had his fastball clock in up to 95 mph. Like Melotakis, Chargois sporadically served as Rice's closer this season. At the plate, Chargois posted a .323 batting average, with 61 hits and 31 RBI.
Of the Twins' first five selections, outfielder Byron Buxton -- the No. 2 overall pick -- is the only non-pitcher. Berrios, Bard, Melotakis and Chargois were all among Baseball America's top 60 pitchers available in this year's draft.
The draft concludes Wednesday, starting at 11 a.m., with rounds 16 through 40.
UPDATE: The following is the complete list of the Twins' 2012 draft picks, which will continue to be updated throughout the day. Rounds two through 15 take place Tuesday, with rounds 16 through 40 being held Wednesday.
Rd. (Pick) Pos. Player, B/T, School (Ht, Wt)
1. (2) OF Byron Buxton, R/R, Appling County High School (6-2, 190)
1A. (32) RHP Jose Orlando Berrios, R/R, Papa Juan XXIII High School (6-0, 190)
1A. (42) RHP Luke Bard, R/R, Georgia Tech (6-3, 195)
2. (63) LHP Mason Melotakis, R/L, Northwestern State University (6-3, 190)
2. (72) RHP J.T. Chargois, S/R, Rice University (6-3, 200)
3. (97) RF Adam Walker, R/R, Jacksonville University (6-4, 225)
4. (130) RHP Zach Jones, R/R, San Jose State (6-1, 195)
5. (160) RHP Tyler Duffey, R/R, Rice University (6-3, 210)
6. (190) LHP Andre Martinez, L/L, Archbishop McCarthy high school (6-0, 185)
7. (220) C Jorge Fernandez, S/R, Colegio Hector Urdaneta (6-3, 188)
8. (250) RHP Christian Powell, L/R, College of Charleston (6-4, 220)
9. (290) 2B L.J. Mazzilli, R/R, University of Connecticut (6-0, 190)
10. (310) RHP D.J. Baxendale, R/R, University of Arkansas (6-2, 190)
11. (340) LHP Taylor Rogers, L/L, University of Kentucky (6-3, 175)
12. (370) RHP Alexander Muren, R/R, Cal State - Northridge (6-3, 195)
13. (400) RHP Erich Knab, R/R, Carolina Forest high school (6-3, 175)
14. (430) CF Jake Proctor, R/R, University of Cincinnati (6-2, 215)
15. (460) LHP Jarret Leverett, R/L, Georgia Southern (6-3)
Adam Walker II (RF, Jacksonville University, third round pick -- 97th overall)
Standing at 6-foot-4, 225-pounds, Walker has the build of a power hitter. The 20-year-old Walker entered his junior season in 2012 with a slew of accolades, including being named the Atlantic Sun Conference's preseason player of the year and ESPN and Collegebaseballinsider.com preseason first team All-America honors. He followed by leading the Dolphins with a .343 batting average (72-for-210) and 12 home runs. Walker, who grew up in Milwaukee, Wisc., is the son of former Minnesota Vikings running back Adam Walker.
Zach Jones (RHP, San Jose State, fourth round pick -- 130th overall)
Originally recruited to San Jose State in 2010 as both a pitcher and infielder, Jones' focus has shifted primarily to honing his presence on the mound. Jones has a 4.10 career, ERA and 152 strikeouts in three seasons with the Spartans. He struck out 60 batters in 54 innings pitched this season and surrendered 27 earned runs. The native of San Jose, Calif., was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 24th round of the 2009 draft, but chose not to sign.
Tyler Duffey (LHP, Rice University, fifth round pick - 190th overall)
Duffey became the second player out of Rice to be selected by the Twins, joining teammate J.T. Chargois. The 20-year-old left-handed reliever appeared in 36 games this season, allowing only 11 runs in 51.1 innings pitched (1.93 ERA). Duffey was the fifth pitcher taken by the Twins in the 2012 Draft.