Minnesota Twins' Draft Preview 2006

Draft day is just about upon us and, like every year, speculation is running wild. The Twins have expressed interest in various different options, including high school pitchers, high school position players, college pitchers, and even college hitters. Find out now who they are likely to take in the first round of the 2006 draft.

The Twins only have three picks in the first three rounds of the 2006 draft, which is down from the five selections they had in 2005. Still, in what has been called the weakest draft pool since 2000, the Twins will need to use their selections to strike gold. Here is a list of some of the players who could be chosen by the Twins with their first round pick, number 20 overall, on Tuesday.

Pedro Beato, RHP, St. Petersburg CC (FLA):
Beato did not sign with the Mets last season, and some teams took him off their radar because they figured he would go to them this season. The Twins are sitting pretty at number 20 to pick up the righty, who has a nice 96 miles per hour sinking fastball. If the Twins continue to go with pitching, Beato will be the best pitcher available at this spot.

Brett Anderson, LHP, Stillwater High School (OK):
Anderson may have the most polished arsenal in the draft, and has shown maturity beyond his age. He has great command, and already has a deadly three-pitch arsenal. He throws a nice hard curveball, has an above-average changeup, and his fastball sits in the low-90s. He is also a great commodity, as any team would love a polished left-handed pitcher to add to their Minor League depth.

Chris Marrero, INF, Monsignor Pace High School (FLA):
While he plays shortstop right now, Marrero should be slated to a move to third base in the future. He has the potential to be a five-tool type player, and would be an absolute gift if the Twins could pull off drafting him. Marrero has all the intangibles, and some scouts see him as a future Gold Glove caliber player at the hot corner. Add to that one of the better batting eyes in the draft, and Marrero could definitely help any organization he falls to.

Hank Conger, C, Huntington Beach High School (CA):
Conger is one of the top rated catchers in this year's draft, though he is another player who may be moved to third base in the future. He has great power, and as a switch hitter, is very polished at the plate. Most mock drafts have the Twins picking up Conger, but he could go earlier than the Twins #20 pick. Already committed to USC, it is going to take some money to get Conger to sign, and he would be worth it. He has a strong arm, and seems to hit every ball hard.

Travis Snider, OF, Jackson High School (WA):
Snider has great power, and is one of the better outfield prospects in the 2006 draft. He is the quintessential right field prospect, possessing a big power bat to go along with a rifle for an arm. He is the heart of a Jackson High School team that is one of the best teams in the nation. He also moves well despite having some size, and would no be a liability in the field if he stays in right field. Some thing he could move to first base, but that is down the road.

Chris Parmalee, OF/1B, Chino Hills High School (CA):
Parmalee is part of the cream of the crop, and aside from being the best prep hitter available in this year's draft, he is one of the top players overall. He has a sweet swing from the left side, and has power to all fields. He also has great plate discipline, and judging by how he pitched this spring, also has a great arm. He would be an steal if he fell to the Twins, but if he is signable, he could go in the first ten picks.

In other news, the Minnesota Twins signed three draft-and-follows before the deadline, picking up two pitchers and an outfielder. Those signing were Curtis Leavitt, a 22nd round pick, David Bromberg, a 32nd round pick, and Rene Tosoni, a 36th round left-handed first base prospect. All three players played junior college ball in 2005, and will report to Fort Myers.

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