The 2021 MLB draft is complete, and, just like any other league draft, there are many thoughts floating around the web.
We’ve compiled some grades and some analysis of the Minnesota Twins’ selections, on first-round pick Chase Petty and a few on the club’s overall draft performance.
Let’s get started:
Joel Reuter of Bleacher Report: A. “With his collection of tools and stellar performance this spring, Frelick looks like the best bargain of the top half of the first round. I didn't think he'd get past the Seattle Mariners at No. 12 overall, and he could team with 2020 first-round pick Garrett Mitchell to give Milwaukee a standout defensive outfield in the not-too-distant future.”
Keith Law of The Athletic: “Chase Petty is the now-stuff high school guy of this draft, up to 101 this spring with a power slider, coming from a high-effort delivery that is tough to repeat and makes him more likely to end up in the bullpen in the long term. The Twins haven't taken a high school pitcher in the first round since Kohl Stewart in 2013, and have had just one first-round high school pitcher turn into a successful big league starter -- Jose Berrios, 2012 -- in franchise history, so this was certainly a surprise. I do wonder if they'll leave his delivery alone or try to tone it down so he can repeat it better and throw more strikes.”
Jim Callis of MLB.com: “Petty has as much arm strength as any high school pitcher in this class, often topping 100 mph with his fastball. Not all scouts were in love with his delivery, but he throws his fastball and plus slider, as well as a changeup, for strikes. There is a chance he ends up as a reliever, but I think he has every chance to start.”
Augusta Stone of Sports Illustrated: “Petty impressed evaluators with his consistent fastball sitting in the upper 90s across the summer high school showcase circuit, and he recorded a 1.15 ERA in 48 2/3 innings in his senior season at Mainland High School. Petty’s mature presence on the mound sets him up for a solid future as a starter within the Twins organization.”
David Schoenfield of ESPN: “[Petty] throws REALLY hard. The Twins used to be known as an organization that loved finesse guys who throw strikes, but that has changed in recent years and now they chase velocity just like every other organization. As McDaniel warned during the broadcast, however, prep pitchers who throw 100 mph are big, big injury risks.”
Scott Polacek of Bleacher Report: B-.
Mike Axisa of CBS Sports: “Few player types are more likely to kindle a draft-room argument than a hard-throwing prep righty. Petty's expected landing range has fluctuated as a result; some envision him going in the crown-end of the first round, while others believe those individuals should be removed from their positions (and, perhaps, polite society). He has big-time arm strength, of course, with which he's broken the 100-mph mark in the past. His slider has also shown promise as a putaway pitch. The drawbacks begin with Petty's fastball shape (it doesn't fit the modern parameters) and extend to his delivery and the risk (of both, the bullpen and attrition variety) that comes with the type.”