Now that the first month of the season is out of the way, we can start turning out attention to what the Minnesota Twins are going to do in the upcoming 2023 MLB Draft which will take place on July 9-11, 2023.
Just as a quick primer, the Twins pick fifth overall in this year's draft which is the highest they have picked since they took Royce Lewis first overall back in 2017. Considering how well the team is playing right now, it is far from a guarantee that they will get a pick this high anytime soon. As a result, there is a certain amount of added pressure to make the most of the opportunity they are presented with.
Here are some of the guys that COULD be available when the Twins pick at five and would be interesting picks.
2023 MLB Mock Draft: Players Minnesota Twins need to target
Chase Dollander - RHP, Tennessee
Chase Dollander was one of the favorites to be the first overall selection in the 2023 draft early on in the process, but has seemingly been passed by guys like Paul Skenes (LSU), Dylan Crews (LSU), and Wyatt Langford (Florida) in the rankings of late. Dollander features a high octane fastball, a slider that reaches the low 90's, as well as a curve and changeup that lag behind. The stuff is that of a #1 or #2 starter IF he can learn to command his pitches better, but it would be hard to lay off this kind of arm talent if he is there.
Max Clark - OF, HS
This is another guy that might not make it to the Twins at five as he has solidified himself at the top of the prep bat ranks along with Walker Jenkins. On top of elite athleticism that gives him loads of tools to play with, he has really good bat-to-ball skills especially for a prep bat. He should stick in center field, he can run, he can hit, and he has some real pop although his approach is more to hit hard line drives at the moment.