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In seventh round, Twins take Cutura

In seventh round, Twins take Cutura

The Twins went with a college pitcher for a sixth consecutive pick, taking right-hander Andro Cutura from Southeastern Louisiana University as the No. 200 overall pick in the seventh round of Friday's First-Year Player Draft.

Cutura is the first of those six picks to work exclusively as a starter this season, and he was impressive as a junior, going 10-2 with a 1.95 ERA with 99 strikeouts and 21 walks over 106 innings in 16 starts.

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"This was a guy we almost put on the MLB.com Top 200 list," MLB.com Draft expert Jim Callis said. "He dropped off at the end. He is smaller guy but is up to 93-94 [mph]. He has a changeup he knows how to use. His breaking ball is more of a cutter."

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 12 p.m. CT.

Cutura, 20, has been used primarily as a starter throughout his three years at Southeastern Louisiana. He's 17-7 with a 3.01 ERA with 159 strikeouts and 54 walks in 215 innings over three seasons.

The 6-foot, 195-pounder is a native of Pearl River, La. He was named a semifinalist for the 2014 Gregg Olson Award, which honors college baseball's breakout player of the year.

"He's kind of a bulldog," Twins scouting director Deron Johnson said about Cutura, whose parents are from Bosnia. "He's a starter. He has a good mix and throws strikes. He doesn't throw as hard as the other guys. But we like his makeup and his pitches."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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