A Look Back: The 2012 Draft
I'm stealing this from the Byron Buxton Top Prospect thread as I think it is a pretty interesting discussion... The Minnesota Twins had the #2 overall pick in the draft thanks to an awful 2011 season. The Astros surprised many by taking Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa. The Twins, as we area all aware, used their pick in toolsy outfielder Byron Buxton, who most experts said had the highest upside of anyone in the draft.
The conversations leading up to that selection here at Twins Daily and other places was pretty intense. This was a huge pick. The Twins need pitching. The Twins are strong in the outfield. Do we want a middle infielder, or would a high-end college pitcher be more appropriate.
Obviously Mark Appel's name was out there, but the Boras agent would be (and proved to be) a tricky sign. Kyle Zimmer was said to have some great stuff, but really hadn't been pitching terribly long. And, Kevin Gausman from LSU was also in the running.
So, my question to everyone is: Who did you want the Twins to take, and why?
I'll acknowledge that my hope was that the Twins would take Kevin Gausman. I always believe in best available and believe that if the scouts are convinced that a certain player is going to have the highest ceiling, the team should take him. However, with the Twins pitching issues and perceive (and probably real) lack of pitching prospects, I thought a sure-fire, hard-throwing, four-pitch possible future ace was the way to go.
Obviously there were other times in the month leading up to the draft where I made cases for Buxton, and Zimmer as well... and for a week, I agreed with the argument that maybe catcher Mike Zunino (who went third to Seattle and has already played in the big leagues, as has Gausman) was the guy the Twins should nab.
So, who was your pick, and why?