Twins nab four pitchers on second day of draft

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After selecting a pair of shortstops and a left-handed pitcher during the first day of the amateur draft, the Twins added four more pitchers and a trio of middle infielders to the draft class on Monday.

The Twins started their day by nabbing Texas Tech righty Andrew Morris in the fourth round. They added pitchers Kyle Jones, Zebby Matthews and Cory Lewis in the seventh through ninth rounds, respectively.

“We were still targeting pitchers that can hopefully start for a while in the minor leagues and maybe make their way up to the major leagues as a starter. That’s always the goal,” vice president of amateur scouting Sean Johnson said. “But in these rounds, you’re looking for, maybe it’s a unique pitch profile, or one special pitch where … maybe some of the things come together as far as an uptick in velocity. And that’s one of the things that we have grown to trust with our player development and our pitching people.”

The Twins also selected shortstops Ben Ross (fifth round) and Dalton Shuffield (10th) and grabbed Jorel Ortega, a second baseman from the University of Tennessee, with their sixth-round pick. The three infielders are in addition to Brooks Lee, whom the Twins took eighth overall on Sunday and Tanner Schobel, selected 68th overall on Sunday.

The Major League Baseball draft will conclude on Tuesday with rounds 11-20.

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