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Twins and Gibson Discussion and Extension

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:11 PM
http://www.startribu...lier/507159692/   Interesting to see how this plays out. I'd have to think an extension is likely since the T...

Twins Spring Training Highlights

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:49 PM
I'll try to update this thread anytime I'm able to grab some spring training highlights. Here are a few from today:  

Article: Report From The Fort: Breaking Down Baldelli...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:27 PM
FT. MYERS, FL – Was Rocco Baldelli's starting lineup on Monday a preview of the one we'll see at Target Field on Opening Day? The manager...

A new venture

Other Baseball Today, 09:52 PM
I started a new site, with a heavy focus on scouting reports of minor leaguers, but the intent is to host all of my baseball writing curr...

Article: Minor League Pay: Some Progress at Last?

Other Baseball Today, 08:37 PM
When the Cedar Rapids Kernels host the Lansing Lugnuts in a three-game series beginning July 13 of this summer, Lugnuts players will have...

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A Brief History of the 20th Pick

Posted by jorgenswest , 04 June 2018 · 441 views

The Twins have drafted more often that any other team in this slot. This will be the 7th time in 54 drafts.

Three guys are among the top pick 20s according to WAR in Torii Hunter, Denard Span and Trevor Plouffe. One other pick was helpful though he never played in the majors. Johnny Ard twice made BA's top 100 and was traded to the Giants prior to the 1991 championship season for reliever Steve Bedrosian. Ard's career ended with arm injuries in the Giants system.

Mike Mussina posts the best career from a pick 20 and Chris Parmelee's career is at about the median ranking 23rd in WAR of 48. The last five number 20 picks have not reached majors but I didn't include them in the median calculation as they have a chance.

It is kind of sobering to know that our selection today may not hit the majors for several years. In taking a closer look at the last five pick 20s only 1 of 5 has ever been on a top 100 list. Baseball America had Casey Gillespie at 74 prior to the 2017 season. Sobering.

The Twins have done very well with that pick relative to the league. I hope that continues today.

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