Falvey to be involved in Draft process

Falvey to be involved in Draft process

CHICAGO -- With the Twins holding the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 Draft on June 12, chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said he plans to be heavily involved in the decision-making process and will help scout the top amateur prospects.

Falvey flew to Southern California on Friday to watch right-hander Hunter Greene, ranked as MLB.com's No. 1 amateur prospect, play for Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks. Greene, who also plays shortstop, struck out 12 batters while reportedly hitting 100 mph with his fastball.

"It was good," Falvey said. "I love seeing amateur players. It's hard not to love that part of it. It's how I got my start in baseball and it's what I still love to do. I've seen a lot of video of some guys and so being able to see them in person is good."

Falvey wouldn't comment on the specifics of what he saw from Greene, but noted that it's important to get a feel for more than just a player's baseball skills.

"You can do a lot with video, but when you get to meet somebody and interact and meet the parents, teammates and coaches it gives you a broader perspective," Falvey said. "I think our scouts are all doing that, too, but it's nice to have another set of eyes."

Falvey added that he and general manager Thad Levine will work with scouting director Sean Johnson on when and who to see in person. Other top amateur prospects include Louisville left-hander/first baseman Brendan McKay, Vanderbilt outfielder Jeren Kendall and North Carolina right-hander J.B. Bukauskas.

"I've worked with Sean a little bit where it makes sense for me and Thad to go out and see some of these guys," Falvey said. "I think over time help provide another perspective. It's an opportunity to do what we did the other day with a number of players. We're not going to cross anyone off the list at this stage. We're going to scout the entirety of the top of the draft because things change over the course of the year."

Worth noting

• Infielder Ehire Adrianza (oblique strain) has been throwing without any issues and progressed to hitting off a tee on Sunday. He'll need a rehab assignment before he's activated from the 10-day disabled list.

• Left-hander Ryan O'Rourke (forearm strain) has yet to start throwing, but Falvey said he's likely to start his throwing program in the next two to four days.

• Closer Glen Perkins (labrum surgery) threw a 25-pitch bullpen on Sunday at 80-90 percent intensity, Falvey said. He'll progress to a 30-pitch bullpen on Tuesday.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.