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Twins snap 11-game losing streak, Astros clinch No. 1 pick

Sep 22, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

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It wasn’t pretty, but the Twins managed to snap their 11-game losing streak with a walk-off win over the Mariners today, as Rene Tosoni went 3-for-4 and delivered the game-winning double after coming into the day with a .164 batting average.

With the win Minnesota improves to 60-95, which means Houston has officially clinched the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft. And the Twins will be No. 2 after not picking higher than 14th since 2001, when they selected Joe Mauer first overall.

As for who they’ll be targeting … well, a lot can change between now and June, but Baseball America released their initial ranking of the top 50 prospects available in the 2012 draft.

Generally speaking the draft class is considered underwhelming, particularly in terms of elite talent, but the primary names to track are Stanford right-hander Mark Appel, Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero, and Florida catcher Mike Zunino.

  1. clydeserra - Sep 22, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Subscription only

  2. Jonny 5 - Sep 22, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    “Astros clinch No. 1 pick”

    LOLZ!!!

    • natstowngreg - Sep 22, 2011 at 5:11 PM

      When you’re the worst team, that may be all you have. Trust me, I have some experience following “races” for the #1 pick (specifically, for the rights to draft Messrs. Strasburg and Harper). Unfortulately for the Astros, looks like they won’t get that big a prize.

  3. sportsdrenched.com - Sep 22, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    #suckforstanfordplayers

  4. gostros19 - Sep 22, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Well this is a plus if your a glass half full kind of guy

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