The #1 Draft Pick

23 04 2008

Can you imagine what it’s like to be chosen the #1 overall draft pick in baseball? I sure as hell cannot. I imagine it feels something like being chosen first for dodge ball in 6th grade phys-ed, multiplied by 1,000. Here is a look back at every #1 draft pick since the year 2000. You be the judge on how they have faired so far.

2000 – Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian has turned out to be a very reliable, above-average baseball player since being drafted #1and even hit 30 home runs, 100 RBI last season but looking at his cards on eBay, it’s clear he doesn’t have much of a hobby following. At just 26 years of age he is at 99 career home runs which pretty much guarantees 300 for his career these days but not much else. Overall grade: B+

2001 – Joe Mauer

Joe has one of the bigger followings in the hobby and is clearly the most popular man in Minnesota. The fact that he is a catcher and hit .347 a few years back is amazing on its own but what worries me is that in 5 seasons in the bigs his career-high in games played is 140. Overall grade: B

2002 – Brian Bullington

It’s fair to say that Brian has been a bust so far in his career since he has only pitched in 18.1 innings from 2005-2007. The injury-plagued Bullington has a few cards on eBay but none selling for more than $4.99 currently. He is currently toiling in the minors. Overall grade: D

2003 – Delmon Young

Delmon, brother of Dimitri placed second in the Rookie of the Year voting in 2007 but is off to a slow start this season. It should probably be noted that he is not a fan of umpires. Overall grade: B-

2004 – Matt Bush

If there ever was a roller coaster draft pick, Matt would be it. First, he was given a signing bonus of over $3 million by San Diego but received a suspension the very same year for his part in a nightclub fight. He eventually ended the season hitting .192, well below the “Mendoza Line”. The next season it was .221 in over450+ at-bats and the next year he broke his ankle. In 2007 the organization turned him into a pitcher and watched in disbelief as he tore a ligament in his elbow. You are not going to see much of Matt this season because he isn’t expected to play until 2009. Overall grade: D-

2005 – Justin Upton

Wow, if there ever was any doubt about #1 draft picks check out Justin Upton. How is this for an overview: no controversies, no lackadaisical play, just great numbers. In just 20 games Justin has 5 home runs, 13 R.B.I. and is hitting .368. Not bad for a 20-year old, right? There are currently 5 cards of Justin’s selling on eBay for $1,000 or more. Overall grade: A+

2006 – Luke Hochevar

Something tells me Luke cares more about money than playing baseball. I don’t know, you be the judge. So far he has not done much in the big leagues but recently he was called up from the minors when the Royals designated Hideo Nomo for assignment. Overall grade: C-

2007 – David Price

Way too early to tell but at 6’6 and weighing in at 220 lbs. he is going to be one of the pitchers to fear for years to come. Despite not having come close to pitching in the big leagues there are still some greedy eBay sellers looking to make one hell of a sick profit off Rookie Card nuts. Overall grade: N/A


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23 04 2008
dayf

A lot of the hype around David Price is from when he owned the Yankees in a spring training game this year. Minor league pitchers are never a sure thing though and he’s already had elbow problems. If he can stay healthy though he could be an ace.

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