Sep 20, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza (22) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
2005: Matt Garza, Pitcher, Fresno State University
That’s right, prior to being a Devil Ray, a Cub, Ranger, or Brewer, Matt Garza was a Minnesota Twin. After being selected with the 25th pick, Garza debuted just a year later pitching in ten games during the 2006 season for the Twins.
For Garza however, the time in Minnesota would be short-lived. His abrasive personality outweighed his potential addition to the club. After posting a 4.47 ERA and 7.1 K/9 ratio for the Twins in 26 games, Minnesota completed a six-played deal that sent Garza to the Rays. In exchanged, Minnesota wound up with Delmon Young, Brendan Harris, and Jason Pridie.
While it may seem worthwhile to evaluate the repercussions of that move, Twins fans know all to well that the return never ended up working out in their favor.
As the 2015 season rolls around, Minnesota will once again be looking to draft at the later half of the upcoming MLB Draft. Having built a strong farm system that should supply the organization for years to come, Minnesota is set to get back to winning.
Keep an eye on those former picks that appear to be knocking at the door, 2015 could be when they finally see it open.