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MLB Mock Draft 2012: Minnesota Twins Could Create Controversy With Second Pick

The Minnesota Twins have the second overall pick in the 2012 MLB draft and, according to reports, they've settled in on high school shortstop Byron Buxton. That might not necessarily be the case, however, judging by ESPN's final mock draft.

It sounds pretty set in stone that the Houston Astros are going to select Mark Appel, leaving the Twins the ability to pick anyone else. That choice apparently hasn't been easy for them, however, as the dreaded dollar factor seems to have come into play.

The latest word in ESPN Insider Keith Law's final mock draft is that the Twins will pick between either Buxton or pitcher Kevin Gausman, a player he has pegged for the fourth slot. The reasoning might actually be more interesting than the pick itself.

There's a late rumor that has them taking right-hander Kevin Gausman and possibly saving a little money to go after some prep righties with their extra picks. I also wouldn't rule out Carlos Correa, who returned to Minnesota last week for a second pre-draft workout.

Either Mr. Law is not very good at his job -- considering he gave three options less than eight hours before a draft that has already had the top pick determined -- or the Twins are waffling on whether they want to save some money while hoping that the scouting department can make the right decision.

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