June 7, 2007

Twins Pick Revere

The Minnesota Twins had the 28th pick in this year's first round of the Major League Baseball Draft, and they chose Ben Revere. Revere is an outfielder from Lexington Catholic High School, and one of the faster players in the draft.

Word is that Revere is just a smaller version of Denard Span, who like Span, doesn't have a lot of power. I was somewhat surprised by the pick, because I thought they would go with a more powerful hitter.

Revere was a two-sport athlete at Lexington Catholic High School, playing both baseball and football. He was expected to be drafted in the second round or later, but the Twins decided to make him a first rounder.

Many scouts aren't all that impressed with him, and think the Twins should have waited until the later rounds. Revere was named the Kentucky Player of the Year this past season, and batted .487 over his career with Lexington. He signed with Georgia to play baseball next year, but it was reported that there may have been a pre-draft deal in place with the Twins, and Revere said he would like to sign soon.

I'm not going to say this was a bad pick yet, because we just can't tell for a few years. However, I was a little disappointed that they didn't pick a higher touted prospect. Also, I should add that the first round doesn't mean the most to me. While many good players are drafted in the first round, a whole team isn't built off of first rounders, and unlike other sports drafts, the MLB draft is longer and many of the good players get drafted later.

The Rest:
The whole draft isn't over yet, but the first five rounds are, and here is who the Twins picked after Revere. These are the players, and the notes come from this story.

Round 2: Danny "Bam Bam" Rams, C, Gulliver Prepatory, Miami, FL
Rams began his senior season rated the nation's No. 1 catcher by Rise Magazine. Possessing raw power, good arm strength and big-time bat speed, Rams is the type of hitter that the Twins often seek in the early rounds. After hitting .372 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs in 2006, Rams was selected to the AFLAC All-American Baseball Classic. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound catcher has some skills behind the plate, as well. The worst-case scenario is that he could end up at first base.

Round 3: Angel Morales, CF, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Arroyo, Puerto Rico
A five-tool fast-footed outfielder, the hope is that Morales will carry that speed over to his offense, as well. Considered to be a premium athlete with a good package of tools, Morales' natural skills have been compared to Mike Cameron and Willy Tavarez. Besides his proven defensive prowess, Morales is considered to be more of a work in progress.

Round 4: Reggie Williams, INF, Bellflower (CA) High School
A player that has tools to play second base and third base, Williams also gives the Twins a bat with raw power potential. Described by scouts as very athlete with good makeup, the 6-foot-2 infielder has a bat that can drive the ball to the gaps. A really young kid that still has room to develop body wise, Williams is considered to have plenty of opportunity for growth in his skills as well.

Round 5: Nathan Striz, RHP, Santa Fe Catholic High School
A guy known best for his heavy sinker, Striz is being projected as either a reliever or a starter. He can throw anywhere from 87-94 mph and has the strength the club feels to be a durable arm.

I'll have more on tomorrow's picks when they happen, and may have more on Revere and the others as well.