A complete listing of the Minnesota Twins’ 2014 MLB Draft picks with a capsule summary of each.
Round 1, pick 5 — SS Nick Gordon (6-2, 175), Olympia (Fla.) High School: The Twins were linked to Gordon for several days leading up to the draft, and they indeed got their guy with the No. 5 pick. Gordon has strong baseball bloodlines. His father, Tom, was a big league reliever for 21 seasons, and his brother, Dee, is currently the starting second baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Minnesota believes Gordon can eventually develop some power, and they love his defense at shortstop. FULL STORY
Round 2, pick — 46 — RHP Nick Burdi (6-4, 220), University of Louisville: Burdi could be one of the first pitchers taken in this draft to reach the majors. With a fastball that has been clocked at 103 mph, Burdi will give the Twins a hard-throwing right-hander in their bullpen. He was the closer at Louisville and had a 0.58 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings last season. Burdi also throws his slider 88-93 mph and mixes in a changeup. FULL STORY
Round 3, pick 79 — RHP Michael Cederoth (6-6, 220), San Diego State: One day after drafting Burdi — whose fastball can touch 103 mph — the Twins added another hard-throwing college pitcher by taking Cederoth. His fastball hits 98 mph on the radar gun, and he also mixes in a slider, curveball and changeup. During his junior season at San Diego State, Cederoth had a 2.28 ERA with 55 strikeouts and 28 walks in 32 appearances (just one start). He and Burdi could soon be a formidable tandem in the Twins bullpen.
Round 4, pick 110 — LHP Sam Clay (6-3, 208), Georgia Tech: Clay pitched in relief at Georgia Tech, making 31 relief appearances during his sophomore year. The Buford, Ga., native had a 1.26 ERA and struck out 64 batters in 57 innings while also recording a team-high eight saves. Opponents hit just .197 against him this past season. He’s the first left-handed pitcher the Twins have drafted this year after taking a pair of right-handers in rounds two and three. Clay took a big step forward from his freshman year, when he had a 6.94 ERA in just 23 1/3 innings for the Yellow Jackets.
Round 5, pick 140 — RHP Jake Reed (6-2, 190), University of Oregon: The Twins took yet another reliever with their fifth-round pick, meaning four of the first five picks Minnesota made were pitchers. Reed had a 1.95 ERA in 31 relief appearances this season for Oregon. He doesn’t rack up the strikeouts — he had just 34 in 37 innings — but opponents batted just .182 against him during his junior year. Reed was previously drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2011 out of Helix High School in La Mesa, Calif.
Round 6, pick 170 — RHP John Curtiss (6-4, 205), University of Texas: The run continues for the Twins taking college pitchers as Curtiss goes to Minnesota in the sixth round. The right-hander had Tommy John surgery on his elbow following his freshman year and didn’t pitch at all last season. In 2014, Curtiss had a 2.23 ERA and an opponent batting average of .200 in 36 1/3 innings. He did make several starts as a freshman and could be turned into a starter as a professional. The Rockies originally drafted Curtiss in the 30th round as a high schooler in 2011.
Round 7, pick 200 — RHP Andro Cutura (6-0, 195), Southeastern Louisiana University: Cutura was a starter in college, unlike most of the pitchers the Twins took before him in this draft. In 16 starts, Cutura was 10-2 with a 1.95 ERA, striking out 99 batters with 21 walks in 106 innings. He also tossed three complete games as a junior.
Round 8, pick 230 — RHP Keaton Steele (6-3, 225), University of Missouri: Steele started his college career at Western Community College before transferring to Mizzou. As a junior this year, he appeared in 25 games (including three starts) and had a 3.07 ERA. In 67 1/3 innings, Steele fanned 56 batters and walked 18. His fastball is typically in the low 90s but can reach 96 mph.
Round 9, pick 260 — CF Max Murphy (5-11, 195), Bradley University: The Twins’ streak of pitchers taken ends at seven with the selection of Murphy, a Robbinsdale, Minn., native. In 51 games this year for Bradley, he hit .314 with 12 homers and 10 stolen bases. Minnesota has had good luck in the past taking center fielders from Bradley — the Twins drafted Kirby Puckett from the school in 1982.
Round 10, pick 290 — RHP Randy LeBlanc (6-4, 200), Tulane University: Minnesota rounded out the second day of the draft by taking its eighth pitcher in 10 picks by selecting LeBlanc. Though he had a fastball in the mid-90s as a high schooler, LeBlanc eventually had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in 2011. He still touches 92-93 mph with the fastball and was 4-5 with a 2.46 ERA in 14 starts for Tulane this season. LeBlanc threw a team-high 91 1/3 innings and picked up 66 strikeouts.
Round 11, pick 320 — CF Tanner English (5-10, 165), South Carolina: English has some serious speed. He stole 21 bases in 24 attempts this year for the Gamecocks. By comparison, the rest of South Carolina’s roster had 26 combined stolen bases. English hit .284 with 25 RBI, but he also struck out 46 times in 215 at-bats. He earned SEC All-Defensive Team honors this season. Tampa Bay originally took English in the 13th round back in 2011.
Round 12, pick 350 — 2B Pat Kelly (5-11, 170), University of Nebraska: Back-to-back college position players for the Twins as they take Kelly in the 12th round. He’s also the second Minnesota native the Twins drafted; he played his high school ball in Red Wing. In 62 games for the Cornhuskers this season, Kelly hit .311 with a team-high 55 RBI and four home runs. He was named first-team All-Big Ten as both a sophomore and junior.
Round 13, pick 380 — RHP Zach Tillery (6-3, 210), Florida Gulf Coast University: Tillery played his college ball in the same town — Fort Myers, Fla. — as the Twins’ spring training facility is located. He was both a third baseman and pitcher in college. This past season he was 2-2 with a 4.04 ERA in 16 games on the mound while hitting .314 with six homers and 39 RBI in 50 games.
Round 14, pick 410 — 3B Tyler Mautner (6-2, 220), University of Buffalo: Mautner led Buffalo with a .337 average this year, and his four home runs, 17 doubles and 52 RBI were also team highs. He missed most of 2012 with a season-ending shoulder injury, so 2014 was his redshirt sophomore year.
Round 15, pick 440 — RF Roberto Gonzalez (6-0, 195), University (Fla.) High School: The Twins took a high school kid for the first time since taking shortstop Nick Gordon in the first round. The left-handed hitting Gonzalez is committed to play at Miami Dade Community College next season. Baseball America ranked him as the 61st-best prospect in the state of Florida.
Round 16, pick 470 — 1B Tyler Kuresa (6-4, 215), UC-Santa Barbara: Minnesota originally selected Kuresa out of high school in the 11th round back in 2010, but he opted to play college ball instead of turning pro. Kuresa began his college career at Oregon before transferring to UC-Santa Barbara. In 52 games this year, he hit .287 with nine homers and 44 RBI.
Round 17, pick 500 — LHP Mat Batts (5-11, 185), UNC-Wilmington: Despite his last name, Batts is a pitcher and not a position player. As a redshirt senior this year, Batts led UNC-Wilmington’s pitching staff with a 6-3 record and also posted a 2.69 ERA with 105 strikeouts and just 18 walks in 103 2/3 innings.
Round 18, pick 530 — 3B T.J. White (5-10, 200), UNLV: Yet another college player as Minnesota plucks White in the 18th round. He hit .318 this season for the Rebels with 15 doubles and 38 RBI in 60 games. White spent last summer playing in the Cape Cod League but hit just .203 in 40 games.
Round 19, pick 560 — C Jarrard Poteete (6-1, 200), Connors State College: Poteete previously played for Texas Tech. In 51 games for Texas Tech in 2013 he hit .280 with 25 RBI and 10 doubles. This year with Connors State College, Poteete batted .390 in 58 games with four homers and 55 RBI.
Round 20, pick 590 — 3B McCarthy Tatum (6-4, 205), Clovis (Calif.) High School: Tatum is a Fresno State commit who also pitched in high school. He was named to the National High School Invitational all-tournament team in April.
Round 21, pick 620 — LHP Onas Farfan (5-11, 185), Ridgewater (Minn.) College: The Twins took their third Minnesota native by selecting Farfan, who went to Cooper High School in Robbinsdale and now plays junior college ball in Minnesota. Farfan is the first product of the Minnesota RBI Program to get drafted.
Round 22, pick 650 — RHP Trevor Hildenberger (6-2, 200), UC-Berkeley: In 28 relief appearances this season, Hildenberger had a 2.83 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 11 walks in 47 2/3 innings. He was honorable mention All-Pac-12 this year as a senior.
Round 23, pick 680 — RHP Miles Nordgren (6-2, 190), Birmingham Southern College: Nordgren pitched in 14 games and made 11 starts this year as a senior, posting a 1.37 ERA and an 8-2 record while striking out 62 batters in 78 2/3 innings. He earned first-team all-conference honors this season.
Round 24, pick 710 — C Alex Real (6-0, 205), University of New Mexico: Aside from catching, Real also played first base for the Lobos. As a junior, he batted .320 and drove in 47 runs in 57 games. He was the third New Mexico player drafted this year.
Round 25, pick 740 — LHP Taylor Hearn (6-5, 210), San Jacinto (Tex.) College: The 19-year-old Hearn was previously drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 22nd round in 2012 and again by the Cincinnati Reds in the 36th round of the 2013 draft.
Round 26, pick 770 — SS Blake Schmit (6-1, 185), University of Maryland: Schmit is another Minnesota native taken by the Twins, as he played high school baseball at Eden Prairie and won a state title with the Eagles in 2010. At Maryland this year, Schmit batted .313 with 16 stolen bases and 29 RBI in 57 games.
Round 27, pick 800 — C Gabriel Ojeda (6-0, 195), Colegio Hector Urdaneta (Puerto Rico): Ojeda participated in the International Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico.
Round 28, pick 830 — CF Austin Diemer (6-1, 180), Cal State-Fullerton: Diemer was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 26th round of the 2011 draft. He played in 57 of Cal State-Fullerton’s 58 games this year and hit .250 with 18 RBI. Prior to his junior season, Diemer played for the Wisconsin Woodchucks of the Northwoods League.
Round 29, pick 860 — LHP Cameron Avila-Leeper (5-11, 150), Grant (Calif.) High School: Avila-Leeper made national headlines as a sophomore back in 2012 when he struck out 17 batters in a seven-inning win. He’s committed to play at Arizona next year.
Round 30, pick 890 — LHP Michael Theofanopoulos (6-1, 185), Cal-Berkeley: Theofanopoulos is the second Golden Bear taken by the Twins on Saturday, along with 22nd-round pick Trevor Hildenberger. He pitched in just eight games this year, including six starts, and was 1-4 with a 4.62 ERA.
Round 31, pick 920 — LHP Sam Hilliard (6-5, 225), Crowder College (Mo.): In 58 games this season as a first baseman, Hilliard hit .290 and drove in 56 runs. As a pitcher, he had a 2.14 ERA in 42 innings. He’s committed to Wichita State next season.
Round 32, pick 950 — RHP Orynn Veillon (6-3, 180), St. Thomas More High School (La.): Veillon was both a pitcher and outfielder in high school. The Lafayette native is committed to play for the hometown Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns in 2015.
Round 33, pick 980 — 1B Trey Vavra (6-2, 185), Florida Southern College: The last name will sound familiar to Twins fans, as Vavra is the son of Minnesota third base coach Joe Vavra. Trey’s brother, Tanner, is also in the Twins’ system after Minnesota took him in the 30th round last year.
Round 34, pick 1010 — RHP Mike Baumann (6-4, 200), Mahtomedi (Minn.) High School: Another local product gets taken by the hometown Twins. He’s committed to Jacksonville University next season.
Round 35, pick 1040 — C Brad Mathiowetz (5-10, 180), Rochester (Minn.) Mayo High School: Back-to-back Minnesota prep players taken in the 34th and 35th rounds. A catcher in high school, Mathiowetz could be moved to third base. The Rochester native has committed to Des Moines Area Community College.
Round 36, pick 1070 — SS Kirvin Moesquit (5-8, 165), Highland Christian High School (Fla.): Moesquit has committed to the University of Miami Hurricanes for 2015. Primarily a shortstop, he was also a pitcher in high school.
Round 37, pick 1100 — CF Tyree Davis (6-3, 175), Centennial (Calif.) High School: Davis hit .351 in 28 games as a senior, including seven homers and 34 RBI. He also played football in high school.
Round 38, pick 1130 — C Brett Doe (5-10, 175), Baylor University: Doe began his college career at Navarro Junior College before transferring to Baylor. He played in 50 games this season, hitting .259 with 17 RBI as a senior.
Round 39, pick 1160 — C John Jones (5-10, 190), Orangewood Christian High School (Fla.): Jones is the third catcher taken in the last five rounds by the Twins. Like Moesquit three rounds earlier, Jones is also committed to play at Miami.
Round 40, pick 1190 — SS Dalton Guthrie (5-11, 160), Venice (Fla.) High School: He’s the son of former major league pitcher Mark Guthrie, who won a World Series with the Twins in 1991. Dalton is committed to the University of Florida.