La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

MLB Draft Day Three: Rapid fire picks

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 7, 2014 - 1:02 PM

Phil is covering the game today, but I'm here to wrap up the final day of the draft.

Today is rapid fire day, as there's no time between picks. So I'll post updates when I can.

So far...

In the 11th round, the Twins selected CF Tanner English from the University of South Carlolina.

Apparently, this kid has game-changing speed. Here's what Baseball America wrote about him:

One of the better athletes in the college game, English was an immediate two-way contributor for the Gamecocks. He features three plus tools but has not developed his all-around game as scouts had hoped. A plus-plus runner with range to the gaps, he is one of the best defensive center fielders in the draft, and some evaluators he could handle center field in the big leagues right now. He also brandishes a true plus arm that is among the best in the college game. He has drawn comparisons to Shane Robinson as a righthanded hitter who is a lean 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds with true center-field tools, but his bat is falls short of Robinson's. Although he has a short, quick stroke with some bat speed, English projects as a below-average hitter with bottom-of-the-scale power. He too often tries to hit for power and strikes out at a 23 percent clip. When he does make contact, English's speed and athleticism play out of the box with a .385 career BABIP.

In the 12th round, they took Nebraska 2B Pat Kelly.

Here's his bio. From Red Wing

In the 13th round, they selected RHP Zach Tillery from Florida Gulf Coast University.

Tillery also plays third base fort the Eagles, but the Twins want him as a pitcher. He's included in this story about Eagles in the draft.


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