Saturday, September 24, 2011

Twins Clinch Second Draft Pick Next June - What to Expect

The Twins have clinched the ignominious prize of the second place in next June's free agent player draft. So here is what can we expect from that exalted position based on the Baseball Primer .
2005 1 FrRnd 2 Royals Alex Gordon (minors) 3B

University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE)
2004 1 FrRnd 2 Tigers Justin Verlander (minors) RHP

Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA)
2003 1 FrRnd 2 Brewers Rickie Weeks (minors) 2B

Southern University (Baton Rouge, LA)
2002 1 FrRnd 2 Devil Rays B.J. Upton (minors) SS

Greenbrier Christian Academy (Chesapeake, VA)
2001 1 FrRnd 2 Cubs Mark Prior (minors) RHP

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)
2000 1 FrRnd 2 Twins Adam Johnson (minors) RHP

California State University, Fullerton (Fullerton, CA)
1999 1 FrRnd 2 Marlins Josh Beckett (minors) RHP

Spring HS (Spring, TX)
1998 1 FrRnd 2 Athletics Mark Mulder (minors) LHP

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
1997 1 FrRnd 2 Phillies J.D. Drew (minors) OF

Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
1996 1 FrRnd 2 Twins Travis Lee (minors) 1B

San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)
If the Twins past is any reference, we can't expect much. Adam Johnson was a bust and while the Twins didn't sign Travis Lee, he didn't really develop into anything special. But if you look at the players other teams took, the Twins have a pretty good chance at a player who will be part of the team's core. Certainly Verlander, Beckett or Mulder would be a real addition to the rotation.

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