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MLB draft round two: Twins go for bullpen fixes with two picks

Jun 5, 2012, 1:17 PM EDT

J.T. Chargois AP

Notes from round two of the MLB draft…

- The Twins spent both of their picks on likely relievers, taking Northwestern State’s Mason Melotakis at No. 63 and Rice’s J.T. Chargois at No. 72.  Melotakis has uncommon velocity for a left-hander, reaching the mid-90s, but he lacks the plus second pitch that would have made him a higher pick. Chargois also lacks polish, having served as Rice’s first baseman in addition to his closing duties. Neither pitcher figures to make the quick impact one would typically want from a reliever drafted this high.

- The Yankees also had two picks, but they mixed it up, going for very different players. No. 89 overall selection Austin Aune is a shortstop/quarterback committed to TCU. The Yankees announced him as an outfielder, suggesting they see him fitting best in center field. At No. 94, they went with Miami’s offensive-minded catcher, Peter O’Brien. O’Brien was the Rockies’ third-round pick last year as a junior, but didn’t sign. He should be an easier get this time.

- Cincinnati grabbed the player the Baseball America rated as the top left on the board headed into round two, picking prep shortstop Tanner Rahier with the 78th selection. He figures to be a difficult sign after slipping, but if the Reds can lock him up, it’d be a nice get. Rahier projects as a third baseman, but he has nice power potential.

- Brenden Kline, who went No. 65 overall to the Orioles, projects to be the first player to reach the majors from the second round. A closer at Virginia, he projects as a setup man in the bigs, but he should be able to move very quickly.

- The Cardinals took their third third baseman of the draft already, grabbing high school product Carson Kelly out of Oregon. Supplemental first-round picks Stephen Piscotty and Patrick Wisdom were also labeled third basemen upon being drafted. The Cards are going to have quite a logjam at that position in the low minors next year, and while they’re certainly focusing more on talent than need, it makes one wonder if they think David Freese‘s injuries will prevent him from being their long-term solution at the hot corner.

  1. thekcubrats - Jun 5, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    “…it makes one wonder if they think David Freese‘s injuries will prevent him from being their long-term solution at the hot corner.”
    Wow. How did you get this gig?
    1. Freese is closing in on 30. By the time any of those kids hit the bigs he’ll be what? 34?
    2. Just about no team drafts for positional need up top. You take the best talent you can find. Period.

    • paperlions - Jun 5, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Plus, if a guy is a 3B in college/HS….there is a good chance he’ll be moved to a corner OF spot or 1B in the pros….most players move down the defensive spectrum when going pro…Piscotty seems likely to move to the OF soon, Wisdom is said to have the defensive chops to stick at 3B….and, of course, Kelly is only 17 yrs old.

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