UP: Keoni Cavaco
The Minnesota Twins didn’t play a game last Monday, but they were still in the news thanks to the MLB Draft. With the Twins selecting 13th overall, they got one of the guys they wanted all along when they drafted Keoni Cavaco out of East Lake High School in Chula Vista (CA).
If we’re talking about people who saw their stock rise, Cavaco fits the bill as a player that wasn’t even considered to be a Day 1 pick a year ago. After a summer in which he tore the cover off the ball, he continued to work out for teams and show that he was more than just a diamond in the rough. With his best asset being his athleticism and raw power, the Twins have to feel that they have another blue chip prospect for their farm system.
As for what this means for the rest of the system, it’s never a sure thing to hedge all of your bets on a prospect that just turned 18 last week. However, it is interesting that the Twins opted to draft Cavaco as a shortstop to add to a crowded middle infield situation.
With Royce Luis, Wander Javier, Luis Arraez and Nick Gordon all fighting for opportunities in the lower levels of the Twins organization, one has to wonder if someone is going to be shipped out if Minnesota hits the trade market to make enhancements in the coming months.
In any event, it will be interesting to see how the Twins’ newest prospect does when he signs later this summer.