Minnesota Twins Draft Prospect No. 3: Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech
The top catching prospect in this year’s draft, Kevin Parada has an elite bat that could lead to the 20-year-old flying through the Twins system if he lands here. In 112 college games, Parada slashed an incredible .341/.420/.636 with 68 XBH (35 homers) and greatly improved his walk and strikeout numbers in his second season.
The big question for Parada is if his glove will catch up to his bat. He’s solid at framing, but he’s not the most athletic, and his arm is iffy, leading some to wonder if he may end up at first instead of behind the plate. If the Twins believe they can work on that defense, Parada would immediately become the catcher of the future in Minnesota.
Minnesota Twins Draft Prospect No. 2: Jacob Berry, 3B/OF, Louisiana State
My favorite college bat in the draft, Jacob Berry has the bat to be a legitimate superstar once he reaches the pros and could soar through the system. If he fell to the Twins at No. 8, he’d be an incredible steal.
Berry slashed an unreal .360/.450/.655 with 32 homers and 118 RBI while playing 116 games for two college baseball powerhouses in Arizona and LSU (he transferred to follow his coach) and greatly improved his BB-K ratio in his second season.
Similar to Jace Jung, Berry’s only question mark is his defense. Berry doesn’t have a fantastic arm and doesn’t have a ton of speed. He looks like a so-so left fielder or third baseman, but first base seems like the best spot for him. Regardless of the defensive question, he’s a top player in this draft.
Minnesota Twins Draft Prospect No. 1: Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Tech
As good as Berry’s bat is, Brooks Lee is the whole package as a prospect. His hit tool is one of the best in the draft, and while he may not hit 40 homers a year, he definitely has enough power potential to be a 20 homer guy at the big league level.
On defense, scouts love to describe him as physical. He’s got a good arm, great instincts, and has all the tools you’d want a leader to have. He probably won’t stay at short, but he’s got a very high floor and the ceiling of a legitimate All-Star. If he slips out of the Top 5 and to Minnesota at 8, there shouldn’t be any hesitation.