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Joe Mauer

Joe Mauer

The Twins, who had the number-one overall pick in the 2001 draft, passed up USC ace right-hander Mark Prior to select hometown talent Joe Mauer, an athletic catcher who had a Florida State football scholarship waiting for him. Mauer signed for $5.15 million, a bit below what was then the record. Prior, second overall in the draft, signed a $10.5-million major-league contract that included a $4-million bonus. (COURTESY OF THE MINNESOTA TWINS)

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