Saturday, June 2, 2012
Every year the MLB First Year Player Draft is important, however, this year will mark the first time since 2001 that the Minnesota Twins have a pick in the top 10. You may remember that in '01 they chose hometown kid Joe Mauer at #1 instead of the highly touted RHP Mark Prior. That draft worked in favor of the Twins as Mauer is still playing with a career BA of .322 and also was MVP of the league in 2009. Mark Prior hasn't been so fortunate as he has struggled with injuries his entire career and has only been able to play 5 seasons.
This year the Twins are staring at the #2 pick overall and don't want to mess it up. It will be a chance to get a key, franchise player again and also, with 5 overall picks of the first 72, they will be able to really replenish their depleted farm system.
The Houston Astros have the first overall pick and they are tight lipped thus far as to who they are really looking at. They and the Twins are evaluating both, high school and college players but, no doubt, in the conversation of the top picks are Stanford pitcher Mark Appel and High School OF Byron Buxton.
I think if the Twins are smart, they will try for a pitcher that will be able to make an impact early. There aren't any Steven Strasburg's out there this year but with such a question mark in the rotation this year and the future, it would be in their best interest to go with a Mark Appel if he's available.
Go to MLB.com to follow the 2012 Draft or tune in to MLB Network at 5p CT on Monday to see live draft coverage.