Former Draft picks/Minnesotans
by, 04-23-2012 at 09:57 PM (1029 Views)
Clete Thomas joined a long list of guys that the Twins drafted at one point, didn't/couldn't sign and joined the organization later. Some other names that are on this list are Steve Pearce, who was cut in Spring Training, and Michael Holliman, who made a push to be on the opening day roster and is now in Rochester.
There are other players who left the state of Minnesota at some point, only to come back later, like Cole Nelson, who left the state to attend Auburn, but was acquired by the Twins from the Tigers in the Delmon Young trade.
There are also countless of examples of guys who the Twins drafted twice, some of them never signing, most of them fizzling out before making a name for themselves.
All of this got me wondering, "Who are the guys out there right now that the Twins once had their eye on?" There are some very interesting names on the following list:
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS Hi A (2011) Chris Odegaard RHP Minnesota State-Mankato MN ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS AA Dan Kaczrowski SS Hamline (Minn.) MN ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS Hi A Jonathan Griffin 1B Lakewood Ranch HS, Bradenton, Fla. FL 2011 21st Rd ATLANTA BRAVES Hi A Cody Martin RHP Gonzaga WA 2011 7th Rd ATLANTA BRAVES Rk (2011) Evan Danieli RHP Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, N.J. NJ 2010 24th Rd ATLANTA BRAVES A Joe Lucas RHP Dakota County Tech (Minn.) JC MN ATLANTA BRAVES A (2011) Tony Mueller OF Winona State (Minn.) MN BALTIMORE ORIOLES Hi A Aaron Baker C Denton (Texas) HS TX 2009 11th Rd CHICAGO WHITE SOX AAA Charles Leesman LHP Elder HS, Cincinnati OH 2008 11th Rd CHICAGO WHITE SOX Hi A Jake Petricka RHP Faribault (Minn.) HS MN CHICAGO WHITE SOX AA Jared Mitchell OF Westgate HS, New Iberia, La. LA 2009 1st Rd CHICAGO CUBS AA Elliot Soto SS Dundee-Crown HS, Carpentersville, Ill. IL 2010 15th Rd CHICAGO CUBS AAA (2011) Marquez Smith 3B Forest HS, Ocala, Fla. FL 2007 8th Rd CINCINNATI REDS A Nick O'Shea 1B Minnesota MN CLEVELAND INDIANS A Jordan Smith 3B St. Cloud State (Minn.) MN CLEVELAND INDIANS A (2011) Nathan Striz RHP Santa Fe Catholic HS, Lakeland, Fla. FL 2010 22nd Rd COLORADO ROCKIES Rk (2011) Ben Hughes RHP St. Olaf (Minn.) MN 2011 10th Rd COLORADO ROCKIES Tyler Anderson LHP Valley HS, Las Vegas Nev. 2011 1st Rd DETROIT TIGERS MLB Andy Oliver LHP Vermillion (Ohio) HS OH 2009 2nd Rd DETROIT TIGERS Rk (2011) Scott Matyas RHP Minnesota MN HOUSTON ASTROS Hi A George Springer OF Old Farms HS, Avon, Conn. CO 2011 1st Rd HOUSTON ASTROS A Justin Gominsky OF Minnesota MN HOUSTON ASTROS AAA Mickey Storey RHP Florida Atlantic FL 2008 31st Rd HOUSTON ASTROS A Mike Kvasnicka 3B/C North HS, Lakeville, Minn. MN 2010 1st Rd KANSAS CITY ROYALS A Mike Giovenco RHP North Park (Ill.) IL 2010 4th Rd LOS ANGELES ANGELS AA (2011) Dillon Baird 3B Prescott (Ariz.) HS AZ 2009 11th Rd LOS ANGELES DODGERS A (2011) Blake Dean OF Louisiana State LA 2010 8th Rd MIAMI MARLINS A Aaron Senne OF Missouri (drafted rd 13 out of HS) MO 2010 10th Rd MIAMI MARLINS A Adam Conley LHP Olympia (Wash.) HS WA 2011 2nd Rd MIAMI MARLINS Rk (2011) Beau Wright LHP Los Alamitos (Calif.) HS CA 2010 48th Rd MIAMI MARLINS MLB Brad Hand LHP Chaska (Minn.) HS MN MIAMI MARLINS A Josh Adams SS Eagle's View Academy, Jacksonville, Fla. FL 2011 13th Rd MILWAUKEE BREWERS A Tommy Toledo RHP Florida Fla. 2011 11th Rd NEW YORK METS Hi A Brant Rustich RHP Grossmont HS, San Diego CA 2007 2nd Rd NEW YORK METS Lo A (2011) Bret Mitchell RHP Minnesota State-Mankato MN OAKLAND A'S AA Mike Spina 1B Cincinnati OH 2009 11th Rd OAKLAND A'S Rk (2011) Thomas Girdwood RHP Elon N.C. 2011 28th Rd PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES MLB Ken Herndon RHP Gulf Coast (Fla.) CC FL 2006 5th Rd PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES A Mario Hollands LHP UC Santa Barbara CA 2010 10th Rd SAN DIEGO PADRES Hi A Adam Schrader RHP Southwest Minnesota State MN SAN DIEGO PADRES Hi A (2011) Robert Lara C Nova HS, Davie, Fla. FL 2008 19th Rd SAN DIEGO PADRES MLB Yonder Alonso 1B Coral Gables HS, Miami FL 2008 1st Rd SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS AA Chris Heston RHP Seminole (Fla.) CC FL 2009 12th Rd SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Hi A Seth Rosin RHP Mounds View HS MN 2010 4th Rd SEATTLE MARINERS Hi A Steve Proscia 3B /1B Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, N.J. N.J. 2011 7th Rd ST LOUIS CARDINALS AA Kolten Wong 2B Kamehameha HS, Hilo, Hawaii HA 2011 1st Rd TAMPA BAY RAYS AAA John Gaub LHP Minnesota MN TORONTO BLUE JAYS Hi A John Stilson RHP Texarkana (Texas) CC TX 2011 3rd Rd TORONTO BLUE JAYS AAA (2011) Randy Boone RHP Texas TX 2007 7th Rd WASHINGTON NATIONALS A Aaron Barrett RHP Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC IL 2010 10th Rd WASHINGTON NATIONALS AA Mike Ballard LHP U. of Virginia VA 2006 14th Rd WASHINGTON NATIONALS AA Pat Lehman RHP George Washington D.C. 2009 13th Rd