Byron Buxton

MLB DRAFT: Twins hoping for more Mauer magic with No. 1 pick

The last time the Minnesota Twins had the No. 1 pick in Major League Baseball's draft, they were trying to decide between a can't-miss pitching prospect and a hometown hero they hoped would one day help them dig out of a decade of futility.

It was an excruciating decision between USC ace Mark Prior and St. Paul prep catcher Joe Mauer, one that had team executives flip-flopping until the moment the clock started on that June afternoon.

Sixteen years later, the Twins have the first overall pick again. If they connect Monday night, as they did in 2001, another renaissance could be around the corner.

"It's a rare opportunity that you get this chance and you want to...