The Twins won World Series in 1987 and 1991 based on a great number of Draft Picks. When the team struggled for a decade after the 91 Title, the club used another core of players drafted for another successful run. Now after a 3 year plus hiatus from contention, the club has been stockpiling great talent in the Minors, and maybe ready for another run really soon.
How All Of The Twins Hitters Were Acquired:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):
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Quite frankly, the Twins Roster Tree for the hitters was pretty uneventful.
The majority of the players were drafted by the team – or signed as a Free Agent. The greatest form of a chain of transactions revolve around Eduardo Escobar.
The Twins Utility Infielder can be traced all the way back to them drafting A.J. Pierzynski. That trade enabled the franchise for a string of Division wins based on the players brought back.
Joe Nathan and Francisco Liriano were key contributors for almost a decade each. Liriano was dealt in 2012 for the Utility Infielder.
Josh Willingham and Kurt Suzuki highlight the club’s Free Agent signings. These guys may be made available for the pending Trade Deadline.
The Twins are an organization that has built within a couple of separate times for lengthy success runs.
In the late 80’s and early 90’s, the franchise parlayed drafts of Kirby Puckett, Kent Hrbek, Gary Gaetti, Frank Viola, Chuck Knoblauch and Scott Erickson into 2 World Series wins.
Joe Mauer is a hometown boy In Minnesota, as he grew up only a few miles from where he plays baseball for the Twins. Minnesota has been one of the best run organizations for the last 30 years, and realize that is important to build within. The former Catcher, now 1B. was the 1st overall pick in the 2001 MLB Amateur Draft. The now 31 Year Old has a 3 Slash Line of .320/.401/.461 in parts of 11 Years. The 3 Time AL Batting Champion, 6 Time ALL – Star and 5 time Silver Slugger is signed through until the end of the 2018 season.
The squad then struggled from 1993 – 2001, hereby drawing in a new era of talent from high draft picks for their next round of success.
Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer, LaTroy Hawkins, Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel ushered in a talent base that enabled the club to reel off 6 AL Central Division Titles from 2002 – 2010.
The team also made awesome trades and decisions on Johan Santana, Matt Garza, A.J. Pierzynski and Kyle Lohse.
The template has been set for building a team within. The management has realized the team need to retool through the draft from the end of the 2010 year to the present.
The process is still under way to transform for the next cycle of competition.
All of the experts are giving the Twins the nod as one of the best core of young prospects in the Minor Leagues.
Miguel Sano, and Byron Buxton are both among the top players on the verge of making it to the bigs, and they come on the heels of Aaron Hicks, Danny Santana, Brian Dozier and Oswaldo Arcia already having seen significant playing time in the Majors.
It will be interesting to see how these Roster Trees go in future years for the lineup. I am thinking there will be more of the same.
For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.
It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.
It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.
The Hitters In 2014 (Age) (Pos) Roster Tree
Eric Fryer (28) C/OF: November 10, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Minnesota Twins.
Kurt Suzuki (30) C: December 23, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Minnesota Twins.
Joe Mauer (31) C/1B: Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 2001 amateur draft.
Brian Dozier (27) SS/3B: Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 8th round of the 2009 amateur draft.
Eduardo Escobar (25) 2B/3B/SS: July 28, 2012: Traded by the Chicago White Sox with Pedro Hernandez to the Minnesota Twins for Francisco Liriano.
Pedro Hernandez (25) SP: November 5, 2013: Granted Free Agency.
Franscisco Liriano (30) SP: November 14, 2003: Traded by the San Francisco Giants with Boof Bonser and Joe Nathan to the Minnesota Twins for A.J. Pierzynski and cash.
Boof Bonser (32) December 10, 2009: Traded by the Minnesota Twins to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later. The Boston Red Sox sent Chris Province (minors) (December 12, 2009) to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade.
Chris Province (29) P: Province quit playing baseball outright following a poor 2010 season.
Joe Nathan (39) P: October 30, 2011: Granted Free Agency.
A.J. Pierzynski (37) C: Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 3rd round of the 1994 amateur draft.
Trevor Plouffe (28) 3B/SS/OF: Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 1st round (20th pick) of the 2004 amateur draft.
Josh Willingham (35) OF/DH: December 15, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Minnesota Twins. 3 YRs/$21 MIL.
Aaron Hicks (24) CF: Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 1st round (14th pick) of the 2008 amateur draft.
Oswaldo Arcia (23) OF: Signed by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent in 2007.
Kendrys Morales (31) 1B/DH: June 8, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Minnesota Twins. 1 YR/$7.41 MIL
Chris Colabello (30) 1B/OF: Signed as a Free Agent with the Minnesota Twins in 2012.
Danny Santana (23) CF/SS: Signed by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent in 2007.
Sam Fuld (32) OF: April 20, 2014: Selected off waivers by the Minnesota Twins from the Oakland Athletics.
Eduardo Nunez (27) SS/3B/2B: April 7, 2014: Traded by the New York Yankees to the Minnesota Twins for Miguel Sulbaran (minors).
Miguel Sulburan (20) P: Aug 13, 2013: as per July 31, 2013 trade: Drew Butera was Traded by the Minnesota Twins to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Miguel Sulbaran .
Drew Butera (30) C: July 30, 2007: Traded by the New York Mets with Dustin Martin (minors) to the Minnesota Twins for Luis Castillo.
Dustin Martin (30) OF: Made it to Free Agency after 2011, and signed with the Mets again in 2012.
Chris Parmelee (26) RF/1B: Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 1st round (20th pick) of the 2006 amateur draft.
Chris Herrmann (26) RF/C: Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 6th round of the 2009 amateur draft.
Pedro Florimon (27) SS; December 5, 2011: Selected off waivers by the Minnesota Twins from the Baltimore Orioles.
Josmil Pinto (25) C/DH: Signed by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent in 2006.
www.baseballreference.com – the source behind all roster transactions.
Ron Gardenhire and Tom Kelly have been the only 2 men to manage the Twins in the last 28 years. Having stability in the Manager and GM position lends itself for a proper run franchise in terms of on the field success. The Twins gave him another chance to rebuild with this club yet again in 2014 despite 3 straight 90+ Loss years, and the team has been close to .500. Stocked with several young prospects, we could see the club turn around to be a contender again in the next few years. Gardenhire is only among a small list of managers in MLB history that have won 1000+ games with just one team.
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