With the 20th pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, the Minnesota Twins selected Oregon State outfielder Trevor Larnach. In recent mock drafts, Larnach was unmocked by Keith Law of ESPN and mocked 14th by Baseball America.
Larnach is a fascinating prospect because he has been one of the better hitters in college despite the fact that he has been overshadowed a bit by the presence of top 5 pick talent Nick Madrigal. Larnach carried Oregon State during Madrigal’s absence due to injury and has posted a .324/.447/.637 line in 2018 with 17 home runs and 64 RBIs in 55 games.
With Larnach, you are getting a polished college bat with an advanced approach that will allow him to be productive on the field even when he is hitting bombs even though he will hit his fair share of those. He hits the ball hard and being from Oregon State where there is a plethora of Trackman data available, it is well-known just how hard his contact is even when he is making outs or it isn’t readily known just how well he has performed. His power has taken a big step forward this year and he is particularly adept going the opposite way. Left-handed college hitters with a track record of performance, good on-base skills, and that use the whole field are generally a pretty good bet come draft day.
The bat is really going to play because a lot of scouts think that he is destined for left field. He has a decent arm, but he isn’t a particularly fast guy which may limit his position options as a pro. However, if he continues to show the same feel for hitting and turning on the pitches he is supposed to, his bat will certainly play there. It certainly didn’t hurt his cause that he has a good history swinging a wood bat as he was outstanding in his last stint in the Cape Cod League.