Kyle Wright is the buzz of the draft lately.
After months of mock drafts wondering if the Twins would make Hunter Greene or Brendan McKay the first overall selection in this June’s draft, it’s another guy that has closed fast on the home stretch.
With less than two weeks to go before the draft, ESPN’s Keith Law published his latest mock draft. Sitting atop the board is Vanderbilt righty Kyle Wright, although Law notes that he’s heard the Twins are in on as many as four guys for the first pick.
This season Wright has a 2.91 ERA and 104:27 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 89 2/3 innings for the Commodores. The Alabama-native is listed at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds on the team’s website.
He was also the recent pick of Baseball America, who pegged him as the likeliest selection for the Twins.
Despite considerable hype for prep pitcher Hunter Greene, one recent report said the Twins are not considering making him their first selection. If that’s true, it would be strange that they reportedly plan to have him throw and work out in front of Twins evaluators on June 9 in Minnesota.
FanGraphs’ prospect analyst, Eric Longenhagen, recently put Wright atop his big board.
It’s hard to say that there’s a consensus, because so many people and publications weigh in with their own opinion on the top of the draft. But if there is such a thing, it appears that Wright would be that guy as the mid-June draft approaches.
As for ESPN’s Law, he writes that the Twins could be in on Wright, McKay, Greene and prep lefty MacKenzie Gore. (That would seem to be more in line with CBO Derek Falvey’s preference toward waiting to make decisions until they need to be made.)
Law said that “the current betting in the industry is that they will take Wright as the prospect with the best combination of floor and ceiling.”
That’s also in line with what Baseball America’s John Manuel wrote about Wright a couple weeks ago, when he called the pitcher “the best combination of upside and modest risk.” Manuel also said that Wright has shown up to “four plus pitches at times,” and he could wind up as the first player selected in June.