A recent history of Twins’ First-Round Picks
By Chris Schad
2018: OF Trevor Larnach (15th Overall)
In their most recent first round selection, the Twins once again went to the collegiate ranks. Instead of choosing a pitcher, Minnesota took outfielder Trevor Larnach, who garnered the nation’s attention with a scorching hot streak that helped Oregon State win the College World Series.
As noted previously on Puckett’s Pond by Martin Schlegel, Larnach was somewhat of a late bloomer in Corvallis, as his home run total jumped from three in his sophomore season to 17 in his junior season. While his power isn’t fueled by superb strength, he simply is a solid hitter that goes with the pitch and therefore hits for a high average.
So far in his Twins career, Larnach has hit .304 while climbing his way to High-A Fort Myers and while he only has nine home runs, keep in mind that he has yet to play a full year in professional baseball. As he begins to fill out his frame, he should develop into a steady hitter and be a strong piece at the top of the Twins’ order.