Twins draft Gopher stars Derek McCallum and Eric Decker in second day of draft

Posted on June 10th, 2009 – 11:21 AM
By La Velle

The Twins have just selected Gophers second baseman Derek McCallum.

McCallum wass ranked as the 136th- best prospect by Baseball America. He hit .409 this year with 18 homers and 89 RBI.

The Twins have had their eye on McCallum, and have said many times that they want good players from this area in their system.  McCallum, who’s from Shoreview, certainly fits that description.

Update: The Twins have just selected Eric Decker in the 27th round. Decker is a better pro football prospects than the sweet science, but you never know how things will shake out.

I’ll have more later….

Update: The Twins have selected catcher Tobias Streich, out of West Virginia Univ.., with their fifth round pick. Just found a recent story about him.

6th round: Christopher Herrmann, C, Miami: Interesting. Well, you can’t have enough good catching. And they can become tradeable commodities of they pan out.

7th round: Bradley Stillings, RHP, Kent State: Based on this story, Stillings is another pitcher with a pretty good fastball.

8th round: James Dozier, SS, So Miss: Isn’t So. Miss in the CWS? You all can size him up for yourselves…..

9th round: Nick Lockwood, SS, Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit High: Whew! Was worried for a minute that the Twins had totally forgotten that they are the team that drafts high schoolers. Just kidding! The Twins now are stocking up on shortstops, which isn’t a bad idea because you can move them anywhere if the bat is legit. Michael Cuddyer and Dan Gladden were drafted as shortstops, for example. I think this is Brad Radke’s old high school. Good program.

10th round: Michael Dean, OF, LSU: Batted .333. His 15 homers were second on the team. His 65 RBI led the Tigers. Second in walks. Strikeouts OK. Another kid to watch at the CWS. All these college players. What is going on with this organization!!!!

11th round: Ronnie Richardson, CF, Lake Region (Fla.) High: Listed at 5 feet, 6 inches, 171 pounds. Switch hitter. Sounds like another speed guy. BTW, has scouting videos of a lot of these picks, if you want to check some out.

12th round: Anthony Davis, LHP, Florida: Was 5-0 with a 2.25 ERA out of the bullpen for the Gators this season. Held opponents to a .190 batting average. Twins are pillaging the Gators bullpen, with Davis and first-day selection Billy Bullock.

13th round: Clarence Davis, SS, Campbell (Ga,) High: Another middle infielder.

14th round: Matt Tone, LHP, SUNY-Cortland: Was a D-III All-American after going 8-0 with a 3.07 ERA. Walked 32 and struck out 84 in 67.1 innings. Guess Cortland is small-school power.

15th round: Steven Liddle, OF, Vanderbilt: This should create some talk. He’s the nephew of the Twins’ bench coach.

16th round: Dakota Watts, RHP, California St.- Stanislaus:Was 8-4 with a 3.65 ERA.

Gotta work on a story now, so I won’t be able to keep up with the picks as soon as they are made. But will catch up later.

Catching up..

17th round: Nicholas Tindall, C, O’Fallon (Ill.) High: Good size,6-4, 190.

18th round: Beau Stoker, SS, Bishop Ward High, Kansas:

19th round:  John Stilson, RHP, Texarkana CC (Texas): 10-1, 2.15. Had 21 walks and 78 strikeouts in 75.1 innings.

20th round: Thomas Mackoul, LHP, UC Riverside: Stats say he only pitched two innings this year. Hmmmm.

21st round: David Holbrooks, RHP, Texas St: Looks like he prefers to be called Kane. Was the Southland pitcher of the year.

22nd round: Stewart Munroe, C, Florida: Wow. Gators West.

23th round: Eduardo Encinosa, RHP, Coral Park High (Miami, Fla.): Listed at 6-4, 210. Like his size. Check this out.

24th round: Mario Hollands, LHP, UC Santa Barbara: Went 6-6, 4.74 this season, was conference freshman pitcher of the year in 2008.

25th round: Anthony Bryant. RHP, Kennewick (Wash.) High:

26th round: Michael Giovenco, RHP North Park (Ill.) Univ.: Here’s some video of him.

27th round: Eric Decker, OF, Gophers: Decker hit .319 with 4 homers, 25 RBI and 11 stolen bases as a member of a pretty good Gophers offense. Decker is one of the best receivers in the Big Ten and, batting injury, shoulder get drafted much higher in the NFL draft than he did today.

28th round: Pat Light, RHP, Cristian Brothers Academy (NJ):

29th round: James Wright, LHP, Los Alomitos (Calif.) High:  Plenty of upside here. Has committed to Cal-Irvine. Throws 88-92 with a big curveball.

30th round: Trayvone Johnson. C, No school: The only things I could find are that he worked out at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, was drafted by the Phillies in 2006 (the same draft class as Kyle Gibson) didn’t sign was was playing junior college ball. The mystery continues….

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