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MLB Draft 2012: Grading the Last 13 First-Round Picks for the Minnesota Twins

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MLB Draft 2012: Grading the Last 13 First-Round Picks for the Minnesota Twins
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For years, the Minnesota Twins have thrived off the depth of their minor league system. At no time has this been more the case than in the past decade in which the Twins saw their second-best stretch in franchise history behind the two World Series championships in 1987 and 1991.

However, the Twins have fallen on rough times since then as a majority of the players who have come up through the minor league system have looked lost once coming to the major leagues.

Terry Ryan's philosophy of growing talent took a back seat during the tenure of Bill Smith, and the Twins are currently one of the worst teams in all of baseball.

It seems bizarre to see the Twins in last place in the American League Central, a division that they dominated as recently as 2010. Yet, when you look at the Twins first-round draft picks over the past decade, it's easy to see why the team finds themselves stuck at the moment.

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