The Twins added Oregon State outfielder Trevor Larnach in last week’s draft, while the rest of the AL Central teams addressed their own needs. Here’s a look:
Indians: Once the Indians, picking at No. 29, chose Canadian high schooler Noah Naylor, the debate began over whether he’s a catcher. For now, the Indians will keep him there, though his defensive skills need work. His status as an elite bat — the best hitter on the Canadian Junior National team — might move him to third base.
Royals: With a beleaguered pitching staff and a relatively thin farm system, the Royals’ plan was clear: They drafted nine college pitchers in the first 10 rounds. KC was delighted when Florida righthander Brady Singer was available at No. 18. With a fastball that can hit 96 mph and a high-80s slider, Singer figures to rise quickly.
Tigers: The only other time Detroit had the overall No. 1 pick, in 1997, the Tigers chose a college righthander, Matt Anderson, who never became a star. So the Tigers know well the risks. But Casey Mize’s command of four pitches, producing 151 strikeouts and only 12 walks at Auburn, convinced them he’s a far better bet.
White Sox: Though just 5-foot-7 and 165 pounds, many scouts rated Oregon State second baseman Nick Madrigal the top hitter and perhaps top overall prospect in the draft. It’s an odd fit, given that the Sox have young talents Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada in the infield, but Chicago couldn’t turn him down at fourth overall.