The Twins faced Matt Garza on Saturday, their first-round pick exactly a decade ago, whose career mostly has played out elsewhere. Did any of their AL Central rivals do better in 2005? Here’s a look:
Indians: They took outfielder Trevor Crowe with the 14th overall pick, and received 205 career games and a .240 average. They also chose two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum in the 42nd round, but didn’t sign him.
Royals: With the second overall pick, Kansas City chose Alex Gordon, who nine years later led them to their first World Series since 1985. Four Gold Gloves, two All-Star berths, too. But outside of journeyman Jeff Bianchi, no other Royals draftee reached the majors.
Tigers: Outfielder Cameron Maybin was an exciting pick at No. 10, and he indeed helped the Tigers a lot — by being the main trading chip they used to acquire Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins. Lots of other value in the Tigers’ picks, too, including a pair of 2011 All-Stars: outfielder Matt Joyce (12th round) and catcher Alex Avila (34th).
White Sox: Righthander Lance Broadway, No. 15 overall, was a bust, posting a 5.24 ERA in just 55 big-league innings. The rest of draft was no better, with one exception: 15th-rounder Chris Carter, traded before reaching Chicago, is nearing 100 career homers in Houston.