Minnesota Twins: Day 2 and notable Day 3 draft selections

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PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 02: Detail of baseballs during batting practice to the MLB opening day game between the San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 2, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 02: Detail of baseballs during batting practice to the MLB opening day game between the San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 2, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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7th Round: Josh Winder, RHP, Virginia Military Institute (VA)

The Twins chose a tall right-handed pitcher out of Virginia Military Institute in Josh Winder with their 7th round selection. Winder became the highest selected player out of VMA since 1995 when Ryan Glynn was selected in the fourth round. The 6’5″ pitcher had a record of 5-6 this past season with a 5.40 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 85 innings. In an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch it looks like Winder is “leaning toward” joining the Twins minor league system instead returning to VMA for his senior season.

8th Round: Chris Williams, Catcher, Clemson

The Twins went with another catcher who swings a bat with some power in Chris Williams out of Clemson. There is definite improvement that needs to happen with Williams’ swing in order for him to be a successful major leaguer. Mlb.com mentions some concern in his ability to recognize and hit breaking balls. 2018 was also Williams’ first season as a catcher for Clemson. The hope will be that the former utility infielder will be able to develop and grow in his ability to handle a pitching staff.

9th Round: Willie Joe Garry Jr., CF, Pascagoula HS

The Twins selection of high school outfielder Willie Joe Garry Jr was a bit of a surprise. Garry Jr’s name wasn’t present on ranking lists, not even the top 500 put out by Baseball America. His high school career and some strong performances with his Perfect Game team gave the Twins enough faith in Garry Jr’s ability to develop to take him here with the 274th overall pick. Andrew Thares at Twins Daily mentions that Garry Jr. has good bat speed and power could come as his body matures and fills out. Garry Jr’s first task after learning that he was drafted by the Twins? He was going to head out to purchase a Twins jersey and hat!

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