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

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Ozaukee senior Noah Miller takes off on a base hit during a game on May 18, 2021. /

Minnesota Twins Draft Choice No. 2: Noah Miller, SS, Ozaukee HS (WI)

Round/Pick: Compensation Round A, Pick No. 36

MLB.com Pre-Draft Prospect Rankings: No. 62

Pros: Strong Defender, High Contact Switch-Hitter, No Major Holes

Cons: Lack of Elite Skills

After going after a high end player in the first round, the Minnesota Twins opted for a safer choice just 10 picks later in Noah Miller. The brother Owen Miller, the No. 16 prospect in the Cleveland system, the two share similar hitting abilities, but not much else.

Noah is six years younger, and already seems to have better offensive and defensive skills. He’s a very solid hitter from both sides of the plate, and while his power is probably his biggest issue, he still has the potential to be a 15-20 homer type guy if developed properly.

He isn’t the fastest shortstop prospect, but his speed is solid, his arm is good, and his baseball instincts are excellent. If he moved to second, he might have elite defensive potential. He reminds me A LOT of Jorge Polanco.

The only issue with Miller is there isn’t really a lot of A+ skill. His hitting is his most attractive ability, and everything else is good, but nothing really stands out. For a Twins system that needs flashy, that’s not perfect, but given who was available, this is a really solid pick. Grade: B+

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