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Shadow Twins complete draft list, 2007 to 2012

Twenty years of imagination Part Three

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Per a request from a reader, I am posting the complete Minnesota Twins Shadow Draft list dating back to 1996. We posted 1996 through 2001 first then 2002 through 2006 second. Today we have 2007 through 2012. Players in bold made the major leagues. In the early years most of the later round picks were just whoever the real Twins went with but that has evolved over time as the two universes continue to diverge.

One thing that has happened a few times: I draft some guy who the Twins don’t really draft but ends up with them anyway in a few years due to trade or free agency.

PART ONE 1996 to 2001

PART TWO 2002 to 2006

2007 (A total disaster, no one made the majors and few got close)

1) Nevin Griffith, RHP, Middleton HS, Tampa, Florida
2) Brian Friday, SS, Rice University
3) David Newmann, LHP, Texas A&M University
4) Tim Smith, OF, Arizona State University
5) Marcus Davis, OF, Alcorn State University
6) Damon Sublett, 2B, Wichita State University
7) Wynn Pelzer, RHP, University of South Carolina
8) Chris Kissock, RHP, Lewis Clark State College
9) Austin Krum, OF, Dallas Baptist University
10) Eamon Portice, RHP, High Point College
11) Andrew Schmiesing, OF, St. Olaf College
12) Josh Oslin, RHP, University of Minnesota
13) Keith Conlon, OF, Texas Christian
15) Daniel Latham, RHP, Tulane
18) Dusty Napoleon, C, University of Iowa
19) Kenny Smith, 2B, Western Carolina University
20) Aaron Jenkins, LHP, University of Northern Iowa
21) Tyler Rhoden, RHP, Vanderbilt
25) Spencer Steedley, LHP, UNC Charlotte
27) Nick Derba, C, Manhattan College
28) Roydrick Merritt, LHP, Southern University

2008 (As bad as 2007 was, 2008 removed the bad taste with the top six all making the majors. Ironic that Odorizzi is now with the Real Twins)

1) Brett Lawrie, OF, Brookswood SS, Langley BC
1) Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Highland (Illinois) HS
1S) Conor Gillaspie, 3B, Wichita State University
2) Tyler Ladendorf, SS, Howard CC (Texas)
3) Eric Thames, OF, Pepperdine University
4) Scott Barnes, LHP, St. John’s University
5) Ben Petralli, C, Oral Roberts University
6) Josh Satin, 2B, University of California
7) Dan Osterbrock, LHP, University of Cincinnati
8) Brett Moorhouse, RHP, Indian River CC (Fl)
9) Jay Jackson, RHP, Furman University
10) J.J. Hoover, RHP, Calhoun CC (Al)
11) Dominic De la Osa, OF, Vanderbilt University
12) Kyle Carr, LHP, University of Minnesota
13) Erik Davis, RHP, Stanford University
14) Rob Musgrave, LHP, Wichita State University
17) Dwayne Bailey, 2B, University of Central Florida
18) Brian Van Kirk, OF, Oral Roberts University
19) Pat Venditte, RHP-LHP, Creighton University
21) Erich Diedrich, C, Youngstown State University
23) Zach Pitts, RHP, University of Louisville
26) Jake Stewart, OF, University of Houston
27) Blake Murphy, C, Western Carolina
28) Nathan Hanson, 3B, University of Minnesota
30) Tyler Cox, LHP, Illinois State University
31) Sam Freeman, LHP, University of Kansas

2009 (bust at the top, but the decision to stay with Real Twins pick Dozier went well and Mike Fiers in the 21st was a steal)

1) Jared Mitchell, OF, Louisiana State University
1S) Matt Bashore, LHP, Indiana University
3) Ben Tootle, RHP, Jacksonville State University
4) Derek McCallum, 2B, University of Minnesota
5) Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, Zachary HS, Zachary, Louisiana
6) Carlos Ramirez, C, Arizona State University
7) D’Angelo Mack, OF, University of South Carolina
8) Brian Dozier, SS, University of Southern Mississippi
9) Charlie Ruiz, RHP, Long Beach State University
11) Alex Koronis, RHP, University of Tampa
12) Pat Lehman, RHP, George Washington University
13) Nick Greenwood, LHP, University of Rhode Island
14) Ryan Robowski, LHP, Ohio Dominican University
15) David Sever, RHP, St. Louis University
16) Dakota Watts, RHP, Cal State Stanislas
17) Scott Krieger, OF, George Mason University
18) Luke Murton, 1B, Georgia Tech
19) Devin Goodwin, SS, Delta State University
20) Sean Killeen, C, Trinity College (Conn)
21) Michael Fiers, RHP, Nova Southeastern University
22) Zack Von Tersch, RHP, Georgia Tech
23) Kevin Mahoney, 3B, Canisius
30) Trayvon Johnson, C, Los Angeles
33) Nick Freitas, OF, Southern Utah
38) Pete Kennelly, RHP, Fordham
44) Tyler Herr, RHP, Chaparral HS, Scottsdale, AZ
45) Eddie Ahorrio, RHP, Jesus Silverio Delgado HS, Arecibo, PR
47) Richard Calcano, RHP, Dr. Jose M. Lazaro HS, Carolina, PR
49) Paul-Michael Klingsberg, 1B, Cal State Dominguez Hills

2010 (this went pretty well, with regular outfielder Rosario plus Addison Reed, yet another guy the Real Twins picked up this year)

1) Alex Wimmers, RHP, Ohio State University
2) Addison Reed, RHP, San Diego State University
2) Niko Goodrum, SS, Fayette County HS, Fayetteville, Georgia
3) Donn Roach, RHP, College of Southern Nevada
4) Eddie Rosario, OF, Rafael Lopez Ladron HS, Guayama, Puerto Rico
5) Nate Roberts, OF, High Point University
6) Rett Varner, RHP, University of Texas-Arlington
8) Thomas Shirley, LHP, Xavier University
9) Aaron Senne, 1B, University of Missouri
10) Danny Lopez, SS, University of Pittsburgh
11) Derrick Poppert, SS, University of San Francisco
12) Tyler Knigge, RHP, Lewis-Clark State University
13) Ryan O’Rourke, LHP, Merrimack College
14) Jamaine Cotton, RHP, Western Oklahoma Junior College
15) Chase Whitley, RHP, Troy University
16) Clint Dempster, LHP, Nicholls State University
17) Mike Nesseth, RHP, University of Nebraska
19) Carlos Alonso, 3B, University of Delaware
20) Alfredo Lopez, SS, Compton Community College
21) Chris Duffy, OF, University of Central Florida
22) Patrick Farrell, C, Regis University
23) Jamaal Hollis, RHP, University of Miami-Ohio
24) Jay Johnson, LHP, Texas Tech University
25) Austin Goolsby, C, Embry-Riddle University
26) Seth Frankoff, RHP, UNC Wilmington
27) Brandon Henderson, OF, Fresno Community College
28) Jamaal Hawkins, SS, Jacksonville University
29) Brian Burke, 3B, Lewis-Clark State
30) Zach Robertson, LHP, University of Iowa
31) Victor Lara, RHP, Keystone College (Pennsylvania)
33) Justin Parker, LHP, Consumnes River CC
34) Kyle Necke, RHP, UC Irvine
35) Robert Gariano, RHP, Fairfield University (Connecticut)
36) Kelvin Mention, OF, Brooks-DeBartolo HS, Tampa, FL
39) Bart Carter, LHP, Western Kentucky University
41) Sam Spangler, LHP, University of Hawaii
42) Brett Carroll, LHP, William Patterson
43) Derek Christensen, RHP, Salt Lake CC
44) David Deminsky, LHP, St. Cloud State University
45) Henry Dunn, OF, Binghamton University
47) Rashad Hatcher, OF, Patrick Henry Community College

2011 (Mahtook and Miller have had their moments)

1) Mikie Mahtook, OF, Louisiana State University
1S) Travis Harrison, 3B, Trustin HS, Tustin, California
1S) Brad Miller, SS, Clemson University
2) Madison Boer, RHP, University of Oregon
3) Nick Rickles, C, Stetson University
4) Charlie Lowell, LHP, Wichita State University
6) Brian Dupra, RHP, Notre Dame
7) Kyle Hallock, LHP, Kent State University
8) Austin Wright, LHP, University of Mississippi
9) Adam Bryant, SS, Troy University
10) Colin Rea, RHP, Indiana State University
11) Tyler Jones, RHP, Louisiana State University
12) Matt Koch, C, Loyola Marymount University
13) Justin James, OF, Sacramento Community College
14) Jhiomar Veras, OF, Western Oklahoma State College
15) Josue Montanez, LHP, Miami Dade South Community College
16) Austin Malinowski, LHP, Centennial HS, Clino Lakes, Minnesota
18) Tyler Barrett, LHP, Lewis-Clark State College
19) Tyler Koelling, OF, Southern Mississippi University
20) Tyler Robbins, 2B, Dallas Baptist University
21) Derek Trent, C, East Tennessee State University
22) Khayyan Norfork, 2B, University of Tennessee
23) Tim Shibuya, RHP, UC San Diego
25) Casey Hauptmann, RHP, University of Nebraska
26) Michael Mergenthaler, OF, University of Richmond
27) Chad Zurcher, SS, University of Memphis
28) Matthew Neil, RHP, Brigham Young University
29) Sean Albury, RHP, Nova Southeastern University
31) Carlos Leyva, SS, Cal State Dominguez Hills
32) Sheldon McDonald, LHP, University of British Columbia
33) Ben Thomas, 1B, Xavier University
34) Shawn Payne, OF, Georgia Southern
35) Phillip Chapman, C, University of Memphis
36) Bradley Watson, RHP, Wartburg College
37) Andrew Leachman, OF, Birmingham Southern College
38) Brandon Choate, C, Southern Arkansas University
39) Cody Bartlett, SS, Washington State University
40) Shay Crawford, LHP, Lee University
42) Andre Kinder, LHP, Peru State University
43) Robert O’Neill, RHP, Biola
44) Cole Johnson, RHP, Notre Dame
46) Mike Francisco, LHP, Villanova
47) Ed Rohan, C, Winthrop

2012 (I went with Gausman instead of Byron Buxton. This was also my first international class, with rather blah results)

1) Kevin Gausman, RHP, Louisiana State University
1S) Jose Berrios, RHP, Papa Juan XXIII HS, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
1S) Mitchell Brown, RHP, Century HS, Rochester, Minnesota
2) Duane Underwood, RHP, Pope HS, Marietta, Georgia
2) Nolan Sanburn, RHP, University of Arkansas
3) Adam Brett Walker, OF, Jacksonville University
4) Christian Walker, 1B, University of South Carolina
5) Austin Nola, SS, Louisiana State University
6) Damion Carroll, RHP, King George HS, King George, VA
7) Wilfredo Rodriguez, C, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy
8) Luke Maile, C, University of Kentucky
9) Jamodrick McGruder, 2B, Texas Tech University
10) Danny Poma, OF, Hofstra University
11) T.J. Oakes, RHP, University of Minnesota
12) Jeremy Lucas, C, Indiana State University
13) Thomas Harlan, LHP, Fresno State University
14) Ben Klimesh, RHP, Trinity University (TX)
16) Ronnie Richardson, OF, University of Central Florida
17) Blake Schwartz, RHP, Oklahoma City University
18) Jeremy Schaffer, C, Tulane University
19) Jharel Cotton, RHP, East Carolina University
20) Jimmy Rider, SS, Kent State University
21) Mark Ginther, 3B, Oklahoma State University
22) Lance Breedlove, RHP, Purdue University
24) Lucas Herbst, OF, Santa Clara University
25) Josh Smith, LHP, Wichita State University
26) Mason McVay, LHP, Florida International University
27) Goose Kallunki, 3B, Utah Valley State University
28) Carson Goldsmith, RHP, Northwestern State University
30) Bryan Santy, C, University of Washingto
33) Kaleb Merck, RHP, Texas Christian University
34) Bryan Haar, OF, University of San Diego

2012 Top International Signees (pool 2,925,000 spent 2,925,000)

1) Frandy DelaRosa, SS, Dominican Republic (Cubs) $770,000
2) Lewis Thorpe, LHP, Australia (Twins) $500,000
3) Argenis Silva, RHP, Venezuela (Twins) $375,000
4) Starling Ynfante, RHP, Dominican Republic (Padres) $220,000
5) Chih-Wei Hu, RHP, Taiwan (Twins) $220,000
6) Crusito Mieses, RHP, Dominican Republic (Angels) $200,000
7) Rainis Silva, C, Venezuela (Twins) $175,000
8) Henry Alvarado, OF, Dominican Republic (Cardinals) $170,000
9) Johan Quezada, RHP, Dominican Republic (Twins) $150,000
10) Antonio Tovar, OF, Venezuela (Twins) $100,000
11) Jorge Parra, OF, Venezuela (Twins) $45,000