Twins get college speedster Granite in 14th

Twins get college speedster Granite in 14th

In the 14th round of the First-Year Player Draft, the Twins selected outfielder Zack Granite at No. 410 overall.

A junior out of Seton Hall, Granite led his team with 35 stolen bases in 2013 -- second in the Big East and eighth nationally. Over the season, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound center fielder posted a .990 fielding percentage and a .304 average at the plate. He had 21 multihit games and 30 RBIs.

"He can really run," scouting director Deron Johnson said. "He's a plus runner, not a lot of power, but he's got good bat control. He plays a small man's game. He's a good bunter and he can spray the ball around; he's a gap-type hitter."

Granite earned First-team All Big East honors in 2013 and is the second Pirate to be drafted by the Twins this year -- righty Brian Gilbert was taken in the seventh round.

Kelly Erickson is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.