The Twins made headlines by taking Royce Lewis with the first pick, but the rest of the division added talent in the draft, too. Here’s a look:
Indians: They forfeited their first-round pick by signing Edwin Encarnacion but still got first-round talent at pick No. 64 by choosing Quentin Holmes, a 17-year-old outfielder from Queens. Holmes was judged by many scouts as the fastest player in this year’s draft, though some question whether he will hit enough at the next level to use that speed.
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Royals: They already know their first-round pick, Nick Pratto of Huntington Beach, Calif., can come through in the clutch: He delivered the title-winning walkoff hit in the 2011 Little League World Series. The 17-year-old first baseman, taken 14th overall, is lefthanded and already displays good command of the strike zone, scouts say.
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Tigers: It’s no surprise they used the 18th pick on Alex Faedo, a righthanded pitcher with linebacker size — they have wanted him since he graduated from high school. The Tampa, Fla., native turned down Detroit three years ago in favor of the University of Florida, where he polished his mid-90s fastball and late-breaking slider.
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White Sox: Chicago fans figure to love Missouri State third baseman Jake Burger, taken with the 11th pick, especially if his 22-homer power for the Bears (the alma mater of Ryan Howard and Bill Mueller) transfers to the majors. According to the Chicago Tribune, Burger is an amateur hockey player and outspoken Blackhawks fan.