Kansas City’s David Lough doubled in a pair of runs during a three-run first inning as the Royals topped the Twins 4-1 in the middle of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium. The Twins won the opener on Tuesday 3-0. Salvador Perez and Billy Butler also plated a run each for KC, which has split the first two games and snapped an 11-game losing streak at home. Jeremy Guthrie tossed six innings of one-run ball to improve to 6-and-3. Greg Holland closed it out for his 10th save. Josh Willingham drove in the lone run in the first inning for the Twins, who had won three in-a-row and seven of their previous eight. P.J. Walters allowed three unearned runs in six frames as he fell to 2-and-1. The same two teams play tonight to conclude their three-game set.
The Twins hold the fourth overall pick in the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft tonight. The Twins also hold the 43rd overall pick in the second round. The first two rounds will take place tonight, rounds three-through-10 will be Friday and rounds 11-through-40 are on Saturday. Minnesota vice president of player personnel Mike Radcliffe says he does not believe this is a tremendously deep draft, so the early picks will be extra important for the Twins.
Minnesotans Could Get Drafted
There are several Minnesota-based players who could hear their name called over the next few days as part of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Red Wing senior outfielder Ryan Boldt is considered to be the top high school prospect in the state. He has signed to play college baseball at Nebraska, but could bypass that chance if the right offer comes in after the draft. High school pitchers Max Knutson of Mounds View and Logan Shore of Coon Rapids are also expected to be chosen in the first ten rounds of the draft. Knutson is also signed with Nebraska, while Shore is set to play for Florida. Golden Gopher junior pitchers Tom Windle of Maple Grove and D.J. Snelton of Ingelside, Illinois are also likely draftees.