Many expected the Twins (39-34) to be heavy sellers while occupying the cellar of the mediocre AL Central. Instead, the young Twins have rallied together to become postseason contenders.
Ervin Santana continued his masterful season by tossing six shutout innings with seven strikeouts. The surprise Cy Young candidate improved to 10-4 with a 2.80 ERA this season.
And, to end the suspense quickly, every team that didn’t get an A gets a B. The Twins, Reds and Padres were always going to have only great choices with the top three picks. The A’s had scouted the state of North Carolina heavily this spring, and they chose Austin Beck, a prep outfielder from Lexington, N.C. At 8 and 9, the Diamondbacks and Phillies were fortunate enough to be able to choose polished hitters from the University Cheap Jackie Robinson Jerseys of Virginia. The Brewers were criticized a bit for taking a hitter without a position but with injury concerns (Keston Hiura), but it’s not like he has a hole in both of his knees. His injuries will heal at some point, and the Brewers are happy.
We considered giving the Orioles an A, because their pick; prep pitcher D.L. Hall has Cheap Jerseys And Sunglasses nasty stuff, and most mocks had him going seven or eight picks higher than No. 21, where Baltimore selected the lefty from Georgia. The first round was full of college pitchers, and nobody knew exactly what order they’d be drafted in; after Wright and Bukauskas went off the board, the Yankees (Clarke Schmidt at No. 16), Tigers (Alex Faedo at 18), Mets (David Peterson at 20), Red Sox (Tanner Houck at 24) and Cubs (Alex Lange at 30, after taking juco lefty Brendon Little at 27) all snagged college arms. Will Faedo really have a career that’s six picks better than Houck or 12 picks better than Lange? That’s impossible to know, of course.