I understand that this is a retrospective on the Twins' process of deciding who to take with that particular draft pick, but I don't understand how the piece is framed. Hasn't the question of Mauer or Prior been settled for about 15 years?
More or less, for 12 years or so. But actually, Prior was pretty incredible his first few years in the league, and they predated Mauer's arrival. It's an interesting thought experiment to wonder if Prior would have improved our playoff fortunes in 2002-2004. I assume Seth will address that in part 2.