There's nothing wrong with drafting multiple shortstops. Those players can be more anywhere around the field. Dan Gladden, for instance, was drafted as a shortstop. Miguel Sano was signed as a shortstop.

So don't be puzzled by the Twins' selection of Ricardo De La Torre in the sixth round out of the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy. De La Torre is ranked as the 196th best prospect by Baseball America and 180th by The Twins took him 166th overall.

Here's BA's write up on him:

De La Torre is a solid all-around talent with the tools to stick at shortstop. He’s a near-average runner and shows smooth footwork in the infield. He flashes plus arm strength and can make the throw from deep in the hole, though his accuracy will need to improve as he climbs the ladder. He has quick hands and some loft in his swing and projects for average raw power. De La Torre competed on the national showcase circuit, and singled on a 97-mph fastball from Hunter Greene in the 2016 Under Armour All-America Game. While nothing about him jumps off the page, his ability to stick at shortstop and his projectable 6-foot-2 frame could appeal to teams in the fourth to sixth rounds. De La Torre is committed to Auburn.

The Twins might have to buy him out of his Auburn commit. Looks like the Twins aren't afraid of taking a few risks with this draft.

Headed down to the park now. Might be a little late with the 7th round pick.

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