List of Minnesota Twins first-round draft picks

The Minnesota Twins are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They play in the American League Central division. Since the institution of MLB's Rule 4 Draft, the Twins have selected 68 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft",[1] the Rule 4 Draft is MLB's primary mechanism for assigning players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur clubs to its franchises. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick.[1] In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.[2]

Of the 68 players picked in the first round by Minnesota, 30 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 22 of these were right-handed, while 8 were left-handed. Twelve outfielders were selected, while eleven shortstops, seven third basemen, four catchers, three first basemen and one player at second base were taken as well.[3] Thirteen of the players came from high schools or universities in the state of California, and Florida follows with nine players. The Twins have drafted six players from Arizona, including five players from Arizona State University.[3]

Two of the Twins' first-round picks have won championships with the franchise. Willie Banks (1987) and Chuck Knoblauch (1989) won a World Series title on the 1991 championship team.[4][5] Knoblauch is also the only first-round draft pick of the Twins to win the MLB Rookie of the Year award, taking home the award in 1991.[5] None of their first-round picks have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Catcher Joe Mauer (2001) won the 2009 American League Most Valuable Player award, the only first-round pick of the Twins to win the award.[6] Mauer has also won three Silver Slugger Awards, two Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, and is the only catcher in MLB history to win three batting titles.[6][7]

The Twins have made 16 selections in the supplemental round of the draft and have made the first overall selection twice (1983 and 2001).[3][8] They have also had 18 compensatory picks since the institution of the First-Year Player Draft in 1965.[3] These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the previous off-season,[2][9][V] or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year.[10] The Twins have six times failed to sign their first-round pick.[3] Eddie Leon (1965), Dick Ruthven (1972), Jamie Allen (1976), and Tim Belcher (1983) all failed to sign with the Twins without the team receiving compensation.[11][12][13] The Twins did, however, receive a compensatory pick when they failed to sign Jason Varitek (1993). Varitek did not sign and instead chose to enter the draft again the following year and was taken by the Seattle Mariners.[14] Additionally, Travis Lee, the Twins' only selection in 1996 and the second-overall pick of that draft, did not sign with the team. Lee's agent, Scott Boras, did not communicate with the Twins for the first two weeks after the draft and then invoked a rarely used rule that a team was required to make a contract offer within 15 days of the draft or relinquish their rights to the player.[15] As a result, Lee and 3 other 1996 first-round picks who were Boras clients were granted free agency and he ultimately signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[15][16]

Key

Year Each year links to an article about that year's Major League Baseball Draft.
Position Indicates the secondary/collegiate position at which the player was drafted, rather than the professional position the player may have gone on to play
Pick Indicates the number of the pick
* Player did not sign with the Twins
§ Indicates a supplemental pick
'91 Player was a member of Twins' 1991 championship team

Picks

Year Name Position School (Location) Pick Ref
1965 Eddie Leon* Shortstop University of Arizona
(Tucson, Arizona)
9 [18]
1966 Bob Jones Third baseman (Dawson, Georgia) 20 [19]
1967 Steve Brye Third baseman St. Elizabeth High School
(Oakland, California)
17 [20]
1968 Alex Rowell Outfielder Luther College
(Decorah, Iowa)
16 [21]
1969 Paul Powell Outfielder Arizona State University
(Tempe, Arizona)
7 [22]
1970 Bob Gorinski Shortstop Mount Pleasant High School
(Calumet, Pennsylvania)
22 [23]
1971 Dale Soderholm Shortstop Miami Coral Park High School
(Miami, Florida)
21 [24]
1972 Dick Ruthven* Right-handed pitcher California State University, Fresno
(Fresno, California)
8 [25]
1973 Eddie Bane Left-handed pitcher Arizona State University
(Tempe, Arizona)
11 [26]
1974 Ted Shipley Shortstop Vanderbilt University
(Nashville, Tennessee)
14 [27]
1975 Rick Sofield Shortstop Morristown High School
(Morristown, New Jersey)
13 [28]
1976 Jamie Allen* Third baseman Davis High School
(Yakima, Washington)
10 [29]
1977 Paul Croft Outfielder Morristown High School
(Morristown, New Jersey)
15 [30]
1978 Lenny Faedo Shortstop Jefferson High School
(Tampa, Florida)
16 [31]
1979 Kevin Brandt Outfielder Nekoosa High School
(Nekoosa, Wisconsin)
11 [32]
1980 Jeff Reed Catcher Joliet West High School
(Joliet, Illinois
12 [33]
1981 Mike Sodders Third baseman Arizona State University
(Tempe, Arizona)
11 [34]
1982 Bryan Oelkers Left-handed pitcher Wichita State University
(Wichita, Kansas)
4 [35]
1983 Tim Belcher* Right-handed pitcher Mount Vernon Nazarene College
(Mount Vernon, Ohio)
1 [36]
1984 Jay Bell Shortstop Gonzalez Tate High School
(Pensacola, Florida)
8 [37]
1985 Jeff Bumgarner Right-handed pitcher Hanford High School
(West Richland, Washington)
13 [38]
1986 Derek Parks Right-handed pitcher Montclair High School
(Montclair, California)
10 [39]
1987 Willie Banks'91 Right-handed pitcher St. Anthony's High School
(Jersey City, New Jersey)
3 [40]
1988 Johnny Ard Right-handed pitcher Manatee Community College
(Bradenton, Florida)
20 [41]
1989 Chuck Knoblauch'91 Shortstop Texas A&M University
(College Station, Texas)
25 [42]
1990 Todd Ritchie Right-handed pitcher Duncanville High School
(Duncanville, Texas)
12 [43]
1990 Midre Cummings Outfielder Edison High School
(Miami, Florida)
29§[a] [43]
1991 Dave McCarty First baseman Stanford University
(Stanford, California)
3 [44]
1991 Scott Stahoviak Third baseman Creighton University
(Omaha, Nebraska)
27§[b] [44]
1992 Dan Serafini Left-handed pitcher Serra High School
(San Mateo, California)
26 [45]
1993 Torii Hunter Outfielder Pine Bluff High School
(Pine Bluff, Arkansas)
20[c] [46]
1993 Jason Varitek* Catcher Georgia Institute of Technology
(Atlanta, Georgia)
21 [46]
1993 Marc Barcelo Right-handed pitcher Arizona State University
(Tempe, Arizona)
33§[d] [46]
1993 Kelcey Mucker Outfielder Lawrenceburg High School
(Lawrenceburg, Indiana)
38§[e] [46]
1994 Todd Walker Second baseman Louisiana State University
(Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
8 [47]
1994 Travis Miller Left-handed pitcher Kent State University
(Kent, Ohio)
34§[f] [47]
1995 Mark Redman Left-handed pitcher University of Oklahoma
(Norman, Oklahoma)
13 [48]
1996 Travis Lee* First baseman San Diego State University
(San Diego, California)
2 [49]
1997 Michael Cuddyer Shortstop Great Bridge High School
(Chesapeake, Virginia)
9 [50]
1997 Matt LeCroy Catcher Clemson University
(Clemson, South Carolina)
50§[g] [50]
1998 Ryan Mills Left-handed pitcher Arizona State University
(Tempe, Arizona)
6 [51]
1999 B.J. Garbe Outfielder Moses Lake High School
(Moses Lake, Washington)
5 [52]
2000 Adam Johnson Right-handed pitcher California State University, Fullerton
(Fullerton, California)
2 [53]
2000 Aaron Heilman* Right-handed pitcher University of Notre Dame
(Notre Dame, Indiana)
31§[h] [53]
2001 Joe Mauer Catcher Cretin-Derham Hall
(St. Paul, Minnesota)
1 [54]
2002 Denard Span Outfielder Tampa Catholic High School
(Tampa, Florida)
20 [55]
2003 Matthew Moses Third baseman Mills E. Godwin High School
(Richmond, Virginia)
21 [56]
2004 Trevor Plouffe Shortstop Crespi Carmelite High School
(Encino, California)
20 [57]
2004 Glen Perkins Left-handed pitcher University of Minnesota
(Minneapolis, Minnesota)
22[i] [57]
2004 Steven Waldrop Right-handed pitcher Farragut High School
(Knoxville, Tennessee)
25[j] [57]
2004 Matthew Fox Right-handed pitcher University of Central Florida
(Orlando, Florida)
35§[k] [57]
2004 Jay Rainville Right-handed pitcher Bishop Hendricken High School
(Warwick, Rhode Island)
39§[l] [57]
2005 Matt Garza Right-handed pitcher California State University, Fresno
(Fresno, California)
25 [58]
2005 Henry Sanchez First baseman Mission Bay High School
(San Diego, California)
39§[m] [58]
2006 Chris Parmelee Outfielder Chino Hills High School
(Chino Hills, California)
20 [59]
2007 Ben Revere Outfielder Lexington Catholic High School
(Lexington, Kentucky)
28 [60]
2008 Aaron Hicks Outfielder Wilson High School
(Long Beach, California)
14 [61]
2008 Carlos Gutiérrez Right-handed pitcher University of Miami
(Coral Gables, Florida)
27[n] [61]
2008 Shooter Hunt Right-handed pitcher Tulane University
(New Orleans, Louisiana)
31§[o] [61]
2009 Kyle Gibson Right-handed pitcher University of Missouri
(Columbia, Missouri)
22 [62]
2009 Matthew Bashore Left-handed pitcher Indiana University Bloomington
(Bloomington, Indiana)
46§[p] [62]
2010 Alex Wimmers Right-handed pitcher Ohio State University
(Columbus, Ohio)
21 [63]
2011 Levi Michael Shortstop University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
30 [64]
2011 Travis Harrison Third baseman Tustin High School
(Tustin, California)
50§[q] [64]
2011 Hudson Boyd Right-handed pitcher Bishop Verot High School
(Fort Myers, Florida)
55§[r] [64]
2012 Byron Buxton Outfielder Appling County High School
(Baxley, Georgia)
2 [65]
2012 Jose Berrios Right-handed pitcher Papa Juan High School
(Bayamón, Puerto Rico)
32§[s] [65]
2012 Luke Bard Right-handed pitcher Georgia Institute of Technology
(Atlanta, Georgia)
42§[t] [65]
2013 Kohl Stewart Right-handed pitcher St. Pius X High School
(Houston, Texas)
4 [66]
2014 Nick Gordon Shortstop Olympia High School
(Orlando, Florida)
5 [67]
2015 Tyler Jay Left-handed pitcher University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(Champaign, Illinois)
6 [68]
2016 Alex Kirilloff Outfielder Plum High School
(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
15 [69]
2017 Royce Lewis Shortstop JSerra Catholic High School
(San Juan Capistrano, California)
1 [70]
2017 Brent Rooker Outfielder Mississippi State University
(Mississippi State, Mississippi)
35
2018 Trevor Larnach Outfielder Oregon State University
(Corvallis, Oregon)
20 [71]

See also

Footnotes

  • V Through the 2012 draft, free agents were evaluated by the Elias Sports Bureau and rated "Type A", "Type B", or not compensation-eligible. If a team offered arbitration to a player but that player refused and subsequently signed with another team, the original team was able to receive additional draft picks. If a "Type A" free agent left in this way, his previous team received a supplemental pick and a compensatory pick from the team with which he signed. If a "Type B" free agent left in this way, his previous team received only a supplemental pick.[10] Since the 2013 draft, free agents are no longer classified by type; instead, compensatory picks are only awarded if the team offered its free agent a contract worth at least the average of the 125 current richest MLB contracts.[72] However, if the free agent's last team acquired the player in a trade during the last year of his contract, it is ineligible to receive compensatory picks for that player.[73]
  • a The Twins gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1990 for losing free agent Jeff Reardon.[43]
  • b The Twins gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1991 for losing free agent Gary Gaetti.[44]
  • c The Twins gained a compensatory first-round pick in 1993 from the Cincinnati Reds for losing free agent John Smiley.[46]
  • d The Twins gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1993 for losing free agent John Smiley.[46]
  • e The Twins gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1993 for losing free agent Greg Gagne.[46]
  • f The Twins gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1994 for failing to sign 1993 first-round pick Jason Varitek.[47]
  • g The Twins gained a supplemental first-round pick in 1997 for failing to sign 1996 first-round pick Travis Lee.[50]
  • h The Twins gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2000 for losing free agent Mike Trombley.[53]
  • i The Twins gained a compensatory first-round pick in 2004 from the Seattle Mariners for losing free agent Eddie Guardado.[57]
  • j The Twins gained a compensatory first-round pick in 2004 from the Chicago Cubs for losing free agent LaTroy Hawkins.[57]
  • k The Twins gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2004 for losing free agent Eddie Guardado.[57]
  • l The Twins gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2004 for losing free agent LaTroy Hawkins.[57]
  • m The Twins gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2005 for losing free agent Corey Koskie.[58]
  • n The Twins gained a compensatory first-round pick in 2008 from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for losing free agent Torii Hunter.[61]
  • o The Twins gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2008 for losing free agent Torii Hunter.[61]
  • p The Twins gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2009 for losing free agent Dennys Reyes.[62]
  • q The Twins gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2011 for losing free agent Orlando Hudson.[64]
  • r The Twins gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2011 for losing free agent Jesse Crain.[64]
  • s The Twins gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2012 for losing free agent Michael Cuddyer.[65]
  • t The Twins gained a supplemental first-round pick in 2012 for losing free agent Jason Kubel.[65]

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