MLB Draft: 5 prospects Twins could target with No. 5 pick

  • Twins have 5th overall pick in this year's MLB Draft
  • MLB Draft will take place on Sunday, July 9th
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One of the very best prospects in this year's draft is Florida outfielder Wyatt Langford. Depending on who you talk to, he's the best prospect and could go No. 1 overall when Pittsburgh goes on the clock.

If he doesn't, which is a possibility, the question becomes whether or not he gets to the Twins four picks later? He's one the best hitters in the draft and one of the best in the entire nation when looking at other college hitters. He checks so many boxes for the Twins that it's hard to believe he wasn't some ChatGPT creation specifically designed for scouts in Minnesota.

The problem here is that Langford is projected to be a Top 3 pick in most mock drafts, which is bad news for the Twins. Earlier in the process it seemed like Langford might slip down to Minnesota at No. 5, which is still a possibility but there's now a higher chance he gets scooped before then.

Adding an extra twist of the knife is the fact that most MLB Mock Drafts have Langford penciled in to the Detroit Tigers at No. 3 overall.

. OF // RHP. . Dylan Crews // Paul Skenes. Dylan Crews // Paul Skenes. player. 529. Dylan Crews. . 2

Similar to Wyatt Langford, the stock for outfielder Dylan Crewes is impossibly high heading into Sunday's draft. When you're picking in the Top 5, though, you have to set your sights on the best prospects in the class otherwise what's the point?

Strange things have happened in other drafts where top-rated players slip a bit once the action begins, and that's something Minnesota is hoping happens with Crews. Typically that happens with guys who have some sort of asterisk, usually involving something with their medicals. For Crews, it's the record-breaking $10 million signing bonus he reportedly wants from the team that drafts him.

Could that scare the first four teams in the order? A better question is would the Twins front office take the gamble and call his bluff, or actually pay him a $10 million bonus? Crews is considered the No. 1 prospect in the draft by most experts and Minnesota landing him would be an absolute steal.

If we're talking LSU prospects, perhaps the name to keep an eye on for the Twins is Paul Skenes. He's a hard-throwing right-hander who showed he can live in pressure situations during the College World Series. Given how well-positioned the Twins starting rotation is for the next few years, having Skenes join Pablo Lopez and Joe Ryan a few years down the road feels like a pretty good spot for the team to be in.