Minnesota Twins: A late August look at notable performances of 2018 draft selections

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 24: Mascot T.C. of the Minnesota Twins during the pre-game against the Oakland Athletics at Target Field on August 24, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 24: Mascot T.C. of the Minnesota Twins during the pre-game against the Oakland Athletics at Target Field on August 24, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) /
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Round 11, Pick 334: 2B Michael Helman 

Cedar Rapids A-Level, Age 22,  6′ 1″, 190 lbs

Signed For $220,000

Michael Helman made quick work of the rookie Appalachian League posting a line of .375/.435/.575. an OPS of 1.010,  with two home runs, seven RBI’s, four strikeouts, three walks, six steals on seven attempts, in 40 at-bats.

Promoted to Class-A Cedar Rapids in early August, Helman continued his hot hitting. In 83 at-bats through 21 games, the slick second baseman sports a line of .361/.396/.506 and an OPS of .902. He has struck out 11 times against four walks, with three steals in seven attempts.

On defense, he has had problems during very short stints at shortstop and the outfield. He has committed three errors in nine total innings playing out of position. At second base, Helman has strong numbers. The right-hander has committed just two errors in 149 total chances for a .987 fielding percentage this season.

Round 13, Pick 394: C Trevor Casanova

Elizabethton Rookie League, Age 22, 6′ 0″, 200 lbs

Signed For $100,000

Trevor Casanova is a catching prospect worth watching. He is hitting  .331/.389/.490 and an OPS of .879, with 14 doubles, three home runs, and 17 RBI’s in 145 at-bats. The left-handed batter has drawn 13 walks to go along with 38 K’s. On defense, Casanova has allowed three passed balls in 202.2 innings behind the plate, with two errors committed, and he has thrown out 16 of 32 attempted base stealers.

Previously drafted in 14th round by Seattle in 2017.

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