Yeah I can't think of one real "bust" that the Twins drafted high, I guess Plouffe was a bust for a bit, but even last year he showed some promise, Morales has fallen off the map but that may be more due to injury then anything else. The guys who did struggle were developed by other organizations where it was to late to fix: Gomez and Delmon.
Anyone that tries to turn Span's comments into a negative is high IMO, the dude ended up becoming one of the better lead off hitters in the game, it's not like he was oozing with Bryce Harper talent when he came out as well, he was chosen in the same spot as a guy like Hicks, I think if Hicks mirrored Span's career none of us would be real upset.
I'm not knocking the Twins minor or major league coaches... I wouldnt dream of it... I'm saying its possible that someone took a young Span and tried to make him do something he isn't comfortable with especially when youmconsider his unique no stride style and I'm pretty sure that every organization will take the wrong approach with someone along the way so no reason to knock the Twins.
It happens and Span survived if it was the case. Who knows if its the case.
2000: Tag Bozied, Edgardo Lebron
2001: Mauer, Jose Morales
2002: Span, Michael Thomas
2003: Matt Moses, John Woodard, Brandon McArthur
2004: Plouffe, Mark Robinson
2005: Henry Sanchez, Andrew Thompson, Paul Kelly, Michael Moore, Steve Tolleson
2006: Parmelee, Benson, Garrett Olson, Whit Robbins, Devin Shepherd
2007: Revere, Danny Rams, Angel Morales
2008: Hicks, Tyler Ladendorf, Daniel Ortiz, Nicholas Romero
2009: Derek McCallum, Tobias Streich
2010: Niko Goodrum, Eddie Rosario, Nate Roberts
2011: Levi Michael, Travis Harrison, Tyler Grimes
2012: Buxton, Adam Walker
I cut it off at first 5 rounds, but the line could be drawn anywhere depending on your preference. I'm not sure that I'd say it's primarily guys from other organizations that have struggled. In the span of 2000-2007 (2008 class now just rolling into the big leagues with Hicks) the Twins only got, by my count, 7 hitters at the top of the draft who ever saw big league ABs. Of the seven, four of them are Plouffe, Parmelee, Benson, and Jose Morales, who are either still relatively unknown commodities or known non-commodity Jose Morales.
Minus the jackpot of taking Mauer at #1, they have gotten two guys who profile as MLB regulars, and one of them is Ben Revere, whose ideal position would probably be a 4th OF on a good team. That's out of 23 non-Mauer hitters taken. None of the ones I see on the list ever went on to do anything with a different organization, either. I'm not sure how you'd define "bust", but "being out of baseball without ever sniffing the high minors" would be a good start, and many, many of these guys fit that bill.
The two big busts are Moses and Sanchez. I never really knew the story on Moses - just never made it, Sanchez was the classic slugger who could never figure out a breaking ball.
For total fairness... A similiar list of draft choices should be compiled for the other 29 clubs... I just looked thru the Rangers... It didn't look very impressive either. I don't know for sure but Im guessing that all the teams will have a similiar list of busts or question marks.
I guess I would ask to make this level of fairness a "comprehensive" comparison; in your ongoing analysis of the other 28 teams, beyond the Rangers and Twins, how many teams have more than 2-3 players drafted in the first 5 rounds who are currently starting position players? If more than half have 4 or more who fit the criteria, than the Twins are at least 33%, or more, worse than the median.
Only 3 players produced in 8 years of 40(+comp choices) potential high draft picks "seems" like a low rate, it's apparently as problematic for the Twins (and perhaps, others) as it is projecting and picking the right arms.
I read the original post and thought to myself that a list like Frodaddy put together would shoot that theory down.
All in All... I haven't spent anytime researching it but I've looked at enough drafts to realize that the amount of early round busts from team to team... Year to year is large enough to stop a team of oxen in their tracks.
This list by itself looks bad for our Twins so I just wanted to point out that this problem... most likely... wasn't exclusive to the Twins.