Clock Ticking on Twins' Draft Pick Kyle Gibson

Zeke FuhrmanAnalyst IIIAugust 16, 2009

The 1993 MLB Draft should have gone better for the Minnesota Twins. Twins' general manager Andy McPhail had back-to-back picks, and drafted Torii Hunter with pick No. 20.

Then, with the 21st pick, he selected catcher Jason Varitek.

Varitek did not sign with the Twins. He opted to return to college for his senior season, where he would lead the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to the College World Series.

Varitek was drafted the next season by the Seattle Mariners with the 14th pick. Varitek signed with the Independent League's St. Paul Saints before agreeing to terms with the Mariners, so he didn't appear in the minors until 1995.

Varitek was traded along with Derek Lowe to the Boston Red Sox for relief pitcher Heathcliff Slocumb in July 1997.

Varitek, who is now the captain of the Boston Red Sox, a three-time All-Star, a gold glove winner, two-time World Champion and has caught four no-hitters.

In all hopefulness, I won't have to write a similar article to this one in 15 years.

In the 2009 MLB Draft, Missouri pitcher Kyle Gibson fell into the laps of the Minnesota Twins with the 22nd overall pick.

Gibson was ranked the fourth best prospect heading into the draft last June.

The reason he wasn't taken in the first four picks?

A stress fracture in his throwing arm.

"We're just letting the process work itself out," Gibson said, "At times, it's going great. At other times, it's not so great.''

Gibson says returning to Missouri for his senior season is a possibility, but is highly unlikely.

"We're not playing games with the Twins," Gibson said. "They're a great organization. They told us from the beginning it would be a slow process, and there would be bumps in the road."

"There's two sides to it," Harold Gibson, Kyle's father said. "The Twins have to make a business deal, and Kyle has to make a business deal. Kyle hasn't made any demands, but he wants to be treated like a top 10 pick."

Drew Storen was selected by the Washington Nationals with the 10th pick in the draft and reportedly received a $1.6 million bonus when he signed.

Gibson and the Twins have until August 17th to make a deal.