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Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:09 PM
Twins | 59-64 overall, 38-25 at home, 6-4 last 10 Stephen Gonsalves, LHP | MLB DebutWhite Sox | 46-77 overall, 22-38 on the road, 5-5 las...

2019 40 Man - Who is gone from the 2018 40 Man?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:08 PM
Below is a listing of everyone currently on the 40 man roster, sorted by youngest to oldest. Who do you think will be off this list going...

Contention 2019?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:06 PM
I've not followed this season as closely as I would have liked, but it has been disappointing for sure. In reading the posts after the Tw...

Is a .500 season possible?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:38 PM
It's unlikely but the Twins have been playing pretty good ball lately (against mostly bad teams, but still).   Is .500 a possibility...

Non-Twins in-season news, tidbits and transactions

Other Baseball Today, 05:30 PM
Sorry I didn't wanna start a new thread, but I would like a general baseball thread, not just a forum. I wanted to post, watching MLB, th...

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A Brief History of the 20th Pick

Posted by jorgenswest , 04 June 2018 · 319 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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