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A familiar name pops up in draft
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06/05/2002 9:04 pm ET 
A familiar name pops up in draft
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Sticking with the usual tradition, not many standout players were selected in Day Two of the First Year Player Draft.

But Twins observers should be pretty familiar with the last name of Minnesota's 38th round pick.

Shortstop Toby Gardenhire of Roseville, Minn. was the 1,142th overall pick in the draft. He currently plays collegiate baseball with Westark Community College in Arkansas.

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His father, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, could not have been happier about the choice.

"That's exciting," Ron Gardenhire said. "He's fired up."

Twins Scouting Director Mike Radcliff called the 19-year-old Gardenhire a good player that the organization has kept an eye on in high school and college, regardless of his last name.

"He's earned the right to be a draft pick," Radcliff said. "He has some abilities and tools and we're going to be watching. At some point, we'd like to try and sign him. It wasn't just because Ron is our manager."

Radcliff provided an honest scouting report about the draftee.

"He can really play. He probably doesn't run as good as a middle infield guy," Radcliff said. "Other than that, this guy can pick it up, throw it and put his bat on the ball. (Running) might be his true lacking tool."

It's still a little premature to expect the Gardenhires to follow the father-son Major League traditions of the Bells, Boones and Ripkens. Radcliff said that Toby isn't expected to sign with the organization, at least not right away. He will be playing in a summer baseball league and then still has another year of junior college eligibility remaining.

Other than the 38th round pick, Radcliff considered the draft's second day to be typical.

"The second day is all about projection," Radcliff said. "We filled some organizational needs for the lower minor league clubs, position wise. If we get any value from the draft, it will be the high school pitchers -- if they're bigger, stronger and throw it harder."

Minnesota has had some second day pitching selections pay dividends for the organization. Two current examples with the Twins are Eddie Guardado and J.C. Romero. Guardado was a 21st round pick in 1990 and Romero was a 21st round pick in 1997.

While the chances of second-day picks making the Major Leagues are slim, there's still a chance that some rough talent can be harvested.

"We're trying to find a guy that's going to turn into something he isn't now," Radcliff said. "Take guys who don't throw it hard right now. Because of maturity and coaching and experience, maybe they'll turn into somebody that throws harder."

Mark Sheldon covers the Twins for MLB.com and can be reached at marksheldon@twinsbaseball.com. This article was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

TWINS 2002 DRAFT PICKS
20 KEIUNTA D SPAN CF TAMPA CATHOLIC HS
61 JESSE A CRAIN RHP U HOUSTON
92 MARK A SAULS RHP BAY HS
122 ALEXANDER E MERRICKS LHP OXNARD HS
152 MICHAEL C THOMAS CF A CRAWFORD MOSLEY HS
182 PATRICK J NESHEK RHP BUTLER U
212 WILLIAM D BARRETT LHP CF U SAN DIEGO
242 ADAM A LIND 1B HIGHLAND HS
272 DOUG D DEEDS OF OHIO ST U
302 KYLE R PHILLIPS C EL CAPITAN HS
332 EVAN D MEEK RHP INGLEMOOR HS
362 JEFFREY B CLEMENT C MARSHALLTOWN HS
392 WILLIAM C PETTIT RHP LOUISIANA ST U
422 GARRETT L MOCK RHP GRAYSON COUNTY COL
452 ADAM B HARBEN RHP U ARKANSAS FT SMITH JC
482 KC J JONES RHP EATONVILLE HS
512 ADAM T HAWES RHP ST THERESA'S CATHOLIC HS
542 JAVIER R LOPEZ RF GALVESTON JC
572 ADAM L DANIELS LHP NO SCHOOL
602 RYAN G SCHREPPEL LHP LINCOLN HS
632 THOMAS J PRUNTY RHP U MIAMI
662 MICHAEL J SIMS LF MIDDLE TENNESSEE ST U
692 DANIEL MATIENZO C U MIAMI
722 JOSHUA C PETERSEN 1B JUPITER COMMUNITY HS
752 JUSTIN A KEELING LHP CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN U
782 JARED K JOHNSON RHP CIMARRON-MEMORIAL HS
812 RONALD PERODIN CF EL CAMINO COL
842 HASAN K RASHEED CF WHITES CREEK HS
872 JAMES B AVERY RHP CENTRAL COLLEGIATE HS
902 ROBERTO MARTINEZ RHP ST PETERSBURG JC
932 TERRY S KILLION RHP BOWIE HS
962 JONATHON W KOCH RHP LAKE CITY CC
992 THOMAS J FERRARA RHP BREVARD CC
1022 CHRISTIAN A CASTORRI RHP THOMAS COUNTY CENTRAL HS
1052 TARRENCE T PATTERSON CF BARTOW HS
1082 JOHN B CAHILL RHP LAKEWOOD HS
1112 MICHAEL A COSTANTINO 3B SOMERSET HS
1142 TOBY J GARDENHIRE SS WESTARK CC
1172 BRANDON P DODDO C COOPER CITY HS
1202 RODNEY A STORY LHP GULF COAST CC
1232 CHRISTOPHER T BROWN 2B COOPER CITY HS
1262 KYLE Z GEIGER C REND LAKE
1291 JACOB B JEAN LHP COSUMNES RIVER COL
1319 CHRISTOPHER A BEATTY LHP KOKOMO HS
1346 JOHN P STOCCO RHP HOLY ANGELS HS
1373 WAYNE C RENFROW RHP KELLAM HS
1399 BRANDON CARLTON LHP BAY HS
1425 BRANDON J COHEN CF RIVER DELL HS
1450 BROCK A PETERSON 3B W F WEST HS
1474 MICHAEL A BALLARD LHP OCEAN LAKES HS




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