Q&A: Former Twins 1B Doug Mientkiewicz loves Minnesota drafting OF Walker Jenkins

Former Twin Doug Mientkiewicz on 2023 draft picks Jenkins, Soto


Former Twins first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz helps coach with USA Baseball and had a chance to be around Twins 2023 draft picks OF Walker Jenkins and P Charlee Soto.

So, it was the perfect opportunity to catch up Mientkiewicz, via Zoom.

***Click the video box above to watch our conversation with Mientkiewicz***

Mientkiewicz played for the Twins from 1998-2004 and later coached in their minor league system with Fort Myers.

The Twins selected Jenkins No. 5 overall on Sunday night. The 6-foot-3, 212-pound outfielder hit .417 with two home runs, 33 runs scored, a .632 on-base percentage and a .633 slugging percentage in 24 games his senior season at South Brunswick high school in North Carolina.

The Twins selected Soto No. 34 on Sunday night. . The 6-foot-5, 210-pound right-hander posted a 0.52 ERA (42.0 IP, 4 ER) with five walks and 69 strikeouts in 12 appearances his senior season at Reborn Christian high school in Florida.