I still believe that teams that rely heavily on their minor league system to develop players SHOULD NOT be drafting high school players in the upper level draft picks. There is a weeding out process that takes place in college, in addition to the additional physical and mental maturity. With the limited amount of time to develop talent due to the restrictions of either losing them through the rule 5 draft or losing them as minor league free agents, let alone the necessity of keeping the pipeline of talent to the majors consistently primed, a draft focus on college players just makes sense.
So if the Twins had drafted the college players, here's what they would've nabbed (based on the best college player after their real pick):
2012 - C Zunino or P Appel. (Appel was considered the best college player by far, Zunino went #3)
2013 - 3B Colin Moran
2014 - P Aaron Nola
2015 - P Tyler Jay
2016 - C Matt Thasis (although we picked 16th so maybe we could nab a HS bat at that point?)
2017 - P Brenden McCay (although $ played a big part in the selection here and later in the draft)
2018 - OF Larnich
The obvious upgrade is Nola over Gordon although Nola was not favored when discussing the draft at the time. Would still rather have Buxton over Zunino or Appel. McCay wasn't even my favorite college arm (I wanted Wright) so I'd rather have Lewis. Thasis seems decent and close to the majors. Kohl Stewart or Colin Moran?
On a side note, it's interesting looking back at the drafts and remembering some of the names. I really liked Alex Jackson and I remember rooting for some scenario where Kolak falls to us. Shows what I know.