While holding the first pick in the MLB Draft is a somewhat dubious honor, to quote Crash Davis from Bull Durham, it does provide a team ’ the Twins this year ’ the opportunity to help turn around their organization’s fortunes.
So far this spring, three names have been linked with the Twins’ top-pick: Hunter Greene, Kyle Wright, and Brendan McKay. The first two would be solid choices; the third would not. More on that in a bit.
He made seven All-Star teams with the Tigers before being traded to the Phillies following the 1963 season. He crafted a perfect game Father’s Day in 1964, the first perfect game for a National League pitcher in 84 years.
Or there’s the option for Harper to shine more brightly and end his career more spectacularly. Kevin Mitchell comes to mind, the bombastic star who won an MVP at 27 but played just 264 games in the majors after his 30th birthday. For peak value Hall of Fame candidates, Mitchell ranks among the best offensive ones in baseball history, though seemingly few people are making his case.
Similar things can be said about Fred Lynn, who had a .308 batting average through his age-28 season, but averaged 114 games thereafter. Every year where I (got) to 140 games, I had really good years, Lynn recently told Sporting News. I just needed to play more games. That’s all. I’ve never in my life done poorly if I played a lot, just never have.
Harper’s logged just 140 games in a season just twice so far, though he was an MVP one of those years.
Wright, a 6-4, 220-pound right-handed pitcher from Vanderbilt University, possesses some serious zip on his fastball as well, usually sitting in the 93-95 mph range, but showcases more refined secondary pitches than Greene. He is widely thought to be the safest pick near the top of the draft given his body of work. Either prospect would be a nice selection for the Twins, Greene for his age and enormous upside, or Wright for his track record and pedigree coming from an institution that has produced current MLB pitchers David Price, Sonny Gray and Mike Minor.
And then there’s McKay, the most intriguing prospect in the draft whose two-way stardom has situated him at the top of most analysts’ draft boards. The Darlington, Pa., native pairs a .333 career batting average and 25 home runs (15 this season and counting) with a 2.10 career-ERA in 291.1 innings pitched during his time at the University of Louisville.
McKay was the 2015 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award winner and was a standout this past summer with Team USA and will likely receive unanimous All-America honors when those teams are announced. However, even though most scouts’ only question regarding McKay is whether to draft him as a first baseman or as a left-handed pitcher, the Twins would be wise to pass on him altogether when the draft begins June 12.
The Giants activated closer Mark Melancon from the 10-day disabled list Wednesday ahead of the team’s clash against the Dodgers.
San Francisco originally planned on holding Melancon out until Friday, but the 32-year-old fared well after a 22-pitch bullpen session on Monday.
Prior to today’s game the #SFGiants have activated RHP Mark Melancon off the 10-day DL’IF Kelby Tomlinson was optioned to triple-A Sac.
Melancon will immediately resume his role as closer, which will force Derek Law back into a setup position.
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