With draft over, Twins sort through 52 picks

Gophers pitcher T.J. Oakes was among the 20 players chosen on the last day.

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Gophers righthander T.J. Oakes

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The Twins, on the third and final day of the Major League Baseball draft, selected 20 players on Wednesday, including two more local products.

Gophers righthander T.J. Oakes, from Jordan, was selected in the 41st round. Oakes, a sophomore, was 5-5 with a 3.26 ERA this season. The Twins will monitor his progress this summer in the Cape Cod League and decide if they will make him an offer.

In the 46th round, the Twins selected lefthander Jared Dettmann of Somerset (Wis.) High School. Dettmann posted a 2.75 ERA and was an honorable mention all-state selection. He has committed to the University of Connecticut.

Twins scouting director Deron Johnson said most of the players selected Wednesday will help fill openings in the lower levels of the minors.

Of the 52 players the Twins drafted overall, 35 were pitchers, including 17 lefthanders. They also satisfied their desire to add power to the organization.

Johnson was unsure how many players the team will sign. The deadline is Aug. 15.

"We'll see how they progress," he said. "It depends on how they do and, after we sign the guys up top, how much money we'll have left."

Serious negotiations with first-round pick Levi Michael, a shortstop, won't begin for a while. Michael's North Carolina team is still alive in the NCAA tournament.

A few other Twins draft picks also are with teams still alive in the tournament: Vanderbilt lefthanders Corey Williams (third-round pick) and Wil Clinard (30th round); Florida State center fielder James Ramsey (22nd round); and California-Irvine righthander Matt Summers (fourth round).

Once those teams complete their seasons, the Twins will move to sign those picks.

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