Twins Insider special guest: Reusse on the draft

Posted on June 26th, 2007 – 11:34 AM
By La Velle

Patrick Reusse’s column for Tuesday’s early editions concerned the Twins’ June draft. Here’s a condensed version:

The Twins stuck around for all 50 rounds of this month’s first-year player draft. They have signed 16 of those players and scouting director Mike Radcliff said the final number doesn’t figure to be more than 20.
The Twins currently have signed seven of the their top 12:
1-Ben Revere, cf; 3-Angel Morales, cf; 6-Mike McCardell, rhp; 7-Dan Berlind, rhp; 9-Steven Hirschfield, rhp; 11-Andrew Schmiesing, rf; and 12-Michael Tarsi, lhp.
Radcliff said that eighth-rounder Daniel Lehmann, a catcher from Rice, and 10th-rounder Blair Erickson, a righthanded pitcher from Cal-Irvine, also will sign soon.
Radcliff is optimistic about signing second-rounder Daniel Rams and fourth-rounder Reggie Williams. Rams is a catcher and Williams is a shortstop. They are both high schoolers.
“I think we will get them both done,’’ Radcliff said. “The kid that’s going to be tough is the fifth-rounder.’’
Nathan Stritz, a righthanded pitcher from New Mexico, has a scholarship to North Carolina. If Radcliff’s current read on the situation remains correct, that would leave Stritz as the only draftee in the Twins’ top 12 not to sign.
Right now, there’s only one player signed after 21st-rounder Ozzie Lewis, and that’s a Chris Cates, the 5-3 shortstop from Louisville’s team in the College World Series. Cates was selected in the 38th round.
The Twins also went short in the first round with Ben Revere, the 5-9 outfielder from Lexington, Ky. He was rated much lower by most teams. Radcliff and the Twins have been getting hammered by draft wonks who insist it was only cheapness that caused the team to take an undersized outfielder with the 28th overall pick.
Revere signed quickly for an $800,000 bonus. The main knock against Revere is that he has a bad swing.
“We’ll see, I guess,’’ Radcliff said. “One thing I can say is this wasn’t a financial decision. We had no limit placed on us in advance.
“We just really like this guy as a player. We think he can hit.’’

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