2012 Draft revisited
Checking in on the Twins’ top five picks from last year’s draft; they had two supplemental picks following the first round and one following the second:
1. Byron Buxton, OF, Class A Cedar Rapids: Batting .341 with seven homers and 41 RBI in 54 games. The adjustments have come faster than anyone expected after he hit .248 in two short-season leagues last year. What does it take to get promoted?
1a. Jose Berrios, RHP, Cedar Rapids: 4-3 with a 3.61 ERA. He has quality stuff and a good feel for pitching but has struggled with his command in his past two starts. Like Buxton, he’s 19 and already in a full-season league.
1b. Luke Bard, RHP, extended spring training: Bard was drafted despite having a sore shoulder but recovered and pitched seven innings last season. Shoulder problems returned this year, but he has avoided surgery and has started a throwing program. Has a mid-90s fastball with a good, hard slider.
2. Mason Melotakis, LHP, Cedar Rapids: 5-2, 3.68 ERA. Probably would move faster through the system if he were a reliever, but the Twins are giving him a chance to start. As a reliever, he hit 97 mph on radar gun. As a starter, 92-94 mph with a developing changeup.
2a. J. T. Chargois, RHP, extended spring training: Was impressive at Elizabethton last year, posting a 1.69 ERA in 12 games (16 innings). But he came down with elbow problems this season and needed rehab. Now on a throwing program. Fastball has touched 97 mph.
La VELLE E. NEAL III
|Atlanta - LP: J. Johnson||0||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: K. Giles||1|
|NY Mets - LP: J. deGrom||1||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - WP: M. Pineda||6|
|Boston - WP: A. Ogando||7||FINAL|
|Baltimore - LP: B. Matusz||5|
|Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar||13||FINAL|
|Detroit - LP: S. Greene||1|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Motte||7||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - LP: B. Badenhop||3|
|Washington - LP: T. Roark||2||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: B. Morris||3|
|Toronto - LP: R. Dickey||3||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: J. Dominguez||12|
|St. Louis - WP: C. Martinez||3||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: M. Garza||0|
|San Francisco - LP: C. Heston||4||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: E. Butler||6|
|Pittsburgh - WP: G. Cole||4||FINAL|
|Arizona - LP: J. Collmenter||1|
|Houston - WP: L. Gregerson||5||FINAL|
|Oakland - LP: E. O`Flaherty||4|
|Texas - LP: K. Kela||2||FINAL|
|LA Angels - WP: G. Richards||3|
|Los Angeles - WP: Z. Greinke||3||FINAL|
|San Diego - LP: A. Cashner||0|
|Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes||0||FINAL|
|Seattle - WP: F. Hernandez||2|
|New York City||0||FINAL|