Twins draft hard-throwing Illinois lefty Tyler Jay in the first round - Bring Me The News

Twins draft hard-throwing Illinois lefty Tyler Jay in the first round


The Minnesota Twins have selected left-handed pitcher Tyler Jay out of the University of Illinois in the MLB Draft.

Jay has been the closer for the Illini this season, where he was 5-1 and made 14 saves in 29 appearances. Jay pitched 60 1/3 innings, giving up four runs and allowing opponents to hit just .151 against him.

The Pioneer Press notes that Jay becomes just the second Illinois player drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft since it began 50 years ago.

Jay, who has already debuted at Target Field, last month, said he's delighted to be headed to the Twins organization.

There was some thought the Twins were going to take outfield prospect Dazmon Cameron – the son of former Major League outfielder Mike Cameron. But the Twins decided to go with Jay instead, who has been a hard-throwing left-handed reliever in college.

But Johnson believes Jay has the makeup to be a starter in the Majors, with a mid-90's fastball and a good breaking ball.

"We believe he has a legitimate chance to start," Johnson told the Star Tribune. "He throws strikes. He's athletic."

It was the fourth straight year the Twins have had a top 10 pick in the draft, and have had quite a bit of success with those picks – though none of the previous three have reached the Major League level yet.

  • 2014: – Nick Gordon SS – Olympia HS, Orlando, Florida
  • 2013: – Kohl Stewart RHP – St. Pius X HS, Houston, Texas
  • 2012: – Byron Buxton OF – Appling HS, Baxler, Georgia

The Twins' next pick is a compensatory pick at No. 73 overall later tonight.

Next Up

Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen

Vikings will face Everson Griffen twice after trade to Lions

The former Vikings star was traded to Detroit for a fifth-round pick.

Jordana Green

WCCO Radio's Jordana Green diagnosed with leukemia

"I got this," Green wrote on her Facebook page.


Minnesota-based Crisp & Green adds 20 locations in four states

The four-year-old local business says it's going national

victoria burrow pizza

Fair-inspired entertainment venue opening at Mall of America

Fair on 4 will feature axe throwing, go carts and more.


Canceled: The Halloween bar crawl that no bars knew about

The dubiously organized event was planned for this weekend in Minneapolis.

covid saliva test

St. Cloud gets Minnesota's 6th COVID-19 saliva testing site

Four more sites are expected to open in the Twin Cities in the coming weeks.

burnsville center

Part of Burnsville Center is being auctioned off

More than 500,000 square feet of the mall is being auctioned off.

State Capitol

Elections 2020: Control of Minnesota's divided Legislature is up for grabs

Redistricting and responding to COVID-19 are among the issues the new legislature will have to deal with.


Rochester woman found dead in the snow after leaving senior residence

The woman left the senior living center around 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Screen Shot 2020-10-27 at 10.43.19 AM

Investigation: Sprinklers could have saved 5 killed in Minneapolis high-rise fire

The deadly fire broke out at the Cedar-Riverside apartment block last November.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, October 27

Hospitalizations continue to rise quickly in Minnesota.