Twins in first place as big draft night arrives

The No. 1 pick in Major League Baseball’s draft belongs to the Minnesota Twins – who don’t exactly look like a rebuilding project these days.

After losing 103 games last year, the Twins (32-27) are leading the AL Central heading into Monday night’s draft. Although there’s a long way to go before Minnesota can start making playoff plans, the Twins at least have a shot at accomplishing a rare feat.

Since the draft started in 1965, only one team has had the No. 1 pick and made the postseason in the same year. That was Tampa Bay in 2008, when the Rays went all the way to the World Series.

That postseason run came after Tampa Bay picked first overall in two straight drafts, taking David Price in 2007 and Tim Beckham in 2008. Price actually contributed out of the bullpen during that ’08 postseason, earning the save in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series against Boston.

Before the Rays, the 1995 Angels came achingly close to a playoff appearance in the same year they picked Darin Erstad at No. 1. They lost to Seattle in a one-game playoff for the AL West title.

Then there were the 1989 Baltimore Orioles, who picked No. 1 in the draft after losing 107 games the previous season. The Orioles shocked

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