With the 26th selection in the 2021 MLB Draft, the Twins selected RHP Chase Petty from Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, New Jersey.
Petty is a bit undersized for a right-handed starter at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, but he has elite fastball velocity, sitting in the upper 90s and reaching into triple digits, and also throws an impressive upper-80s slider. He also throws a changeup, though that pitch is still very raw. While his fastball gives him some leeway, it’s likely that he’ll need to add another pitch to succeed as a starter at the major league level.
There are a couple risks with Petty: That he’ll get injured over-exerting himself while throwing a massive fastball with a high-effort delivery and a smaller frame (especially at just 18 years old), and that he’ll end up as a reliever because his repertoire isn’t expansive enough. But even if he ends up as a reliever, he’ll be a real weapon — provided he can stay healthy, of course — because of his overpowering fastball, which could make him a candidate to close if starting doesn’t work out.