Minnesota Twins: Grading the Twins’ First 5 Picks the 2021 MLB Draft

Mainland's Chase Petty is the 2021 South Jersey Baseball Player of the Year.
Mainland's Chase Petty is the 2021 South Jersey Baseball Player of the Year. /
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Mainland’s Chase Petty (4) pitches against Cherokee Monday, May 17, 2021 in Linwood, N.J. (Jl Cherokee Mainland 51721 01) /

Minnesota Twins Draft Choice No. 1: Chase Petty, RHP, Mainland Regional HS (NJ)

Round/Pick: Round 1, Pick No. 26

MLB.com Pre-Draft Prospect Rankings: No. 27

Pros: High Upside, Triple-Digit Fastball, Wipeout Slider

Cons: Size and Durability Concerns, Low Floor

With the Twins sitting late in the first round, the team decided to pick a player with some of the best ability of any pitcher in the class in Chase Petty. Petty has a dominant fastball that has touched triple digits multiple times and is seen as one of the best offerings from any high school player.

He also offers a very good slider and while his changeup still needs work, it’s touched 90 MPH. He’s fearless on the mound, and while he goes after hitters well, there do appear to be a few concerns.

His throwing motion causes a little effort, and at only 6’2″, 190 LB, he has a small frame for a pitcher. This, coupled with the lack of a fourth pitch (or strong changeup), raises questions as to whether he will be a starter or a reliever, especially considering he’s only 18.

There are usually concerns about sign-ability with high schoolers, but Petty seems excited to be here and should sign shortly. If he can strengthen his changeup and adjust his motion slightly, this is an A+ pick. If he can’t, he could end up as a bust. Because of that uncertainty, this grade drops slightly. Grade: B.