MINNEAPOLIS This week's Major League Baseball draft is an important one for the Minnesota Twins, and the organization knows it.
The Twins hold the No. 2 overall selection, their highest pick since they took a kid named Joe Mauer No. 1 overall in 2001. But holding the second pick isn't the only reason this year's draft -- especially Monday's first day - is big for Minnesota. The Twins have two picks in the compensation round (Nos. 32 and 42 overall) as a result of free agents Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel signing elsewhere this past offseason. In addition, Minnesota has the No. 63 and No. 72 picks in Tuesday's second round.
That's five selections in the first 72 picks, which could prove vital for a franchise looking to get back on track after a 99-loss season in 2011 and another losing record so far in 2012.
"It's got a lot of significance probably in the future of the Twins organization. It's an important draft," said Mike Radcliff, Minnesota's vice president of player personn...