MLB Draft Rankings (cont.)
|452||43||Rich Harden |
(17th round, 2000)
|Brad Sullivan||J. Papelbon||Andre Ethier|
Current Key Players: Brad Ziegler, Kurt Suzuki (pictured), Trevor Cahill, Travis Buck
Lowdown: Billy Beane's well-documented draft plan is still working. However, keeping players such as Harden, Ryan Ludwick and Mark Teahen in the green and gold for longer would have brought more wins along the way.
|498||38||Mike Napoli |
(17th round, 2000)
|Joe Torres||Aaron Hill||Bobby Jenks|
Current Key Players: John Lackey (pictured), Howie Kendrick, Joe Saunders, Napoli, Jeff Mathis, Jered Weaver
Lowdown: Battery power: 80 percent of the 2009 opening-day rotation plus both catchers were developed draft picks from the past decade. Unfortunately, the best of the bunch might've turned out to be the late Nick Adenhart.
|509||36||Mark Ellis |
(9th round, 1999)
|Colt Griffin||T. Tankersley||Ellis|
Current Key Players: Zack Greinke (pictured), Alex Gordon, Billy Butler, David DeJesus, Luke Hochevar
Lowdown: In 10 years of picks, the Royals made 17 selections in the first and sandwich rounds; 11 have made it to the majors and three more (Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and Mike Montgomery) are coming quickly.
|503||41||Brian Wilson |
(24th round, 2003)
|Craig Whitaker||Nobody notable||David Aardsma|
Current Key Players: Tim Lincecum (pictured), Matt Cain, Brian Wilson, Fred Lewis, Emmanuel Burris, Jonathan Sanchez
Lowdown: Few teams can match the arms the Giants have drafted and signed, but just like the current big-league roster, where's the offense?
|490||28||Mike Jacobs |
(38th round, 1999)
|Phil Humber||Nobody notable||Scott Kazmir|
Current Key Players: David Wright (pictured), Daniel Murphy, Bobby Parnell
Lowdown: New York came out of the 2001 draft with one of the top five players (David Wright) at the 38th pick. Other than him, the team's best draftees both play in the state of Florida (Matt Lindstrom and Kazmir).
|480||41||Brandon Lyon |
(14th round, 1999)
|Miguel Negron||Nobody notable||Lyon|
Current Key Players: Aaron Hill (pictured), Alex Rios, Adam Lind, Shaun Marcum, Jesse Litsch, Travis Snider, Dustin McGowan
Lowdown: Have shown patience with high school selections leading to great results, including Rios, Snider, McGowan and Brandon League.
|510||36||Ryan Church |
(14th round, 2000)
|Matt Whitney||Tim Lincecum||Luke Scott|
Current Key Players: Ben Francisco (pictured), Trevor Crowe, Ryan Garko, Aaron Laffey, Jeremy Sowers, Jensen Lewis
Lowdown: Of the 36 Cleveland draftees who reached the majors, three came from the University of Nevada (Church, Joe Inglett, Kevin Kouzmanoff) and three more were from Stanford (Garko, John Gall, Jeremy Guthrie).
|494||36||Erik Bedard |
(6th round, 1999)
|Josh Cenate||Casey Janssen||Mike Fontenot|
Current Key Players: Nick Markakis (pictured), Brain Roberts, Matt Wieters
Lowdown: It appears that the bleakest period in the history of a once-proud Orioles system is over with the emergence of outstanding talents in Markakis, Wieters and a dozen live young arms.
|504||32||Jeff Karstens |
(19th round, 2003)
|Jon Poterson||Chris Davis||Karstens|
Current Key Players: Joba Chamberlain (pictured), Phil Hughes, Brett Gardner
Lowdown: Of the players who've reached the majors over the last decade, only Chamberlain has displayed the ability to match the surrounding hype.
|503||44||Geovany Soto |
(11th round, 2001)
|Ryan Harvey||Tim Lincecum||Dontrelle Willis|
Current Key Players: Soto (pictured), Ryan Theriot, Jeff Samardzija, Micah Hoffpauir
Lowdown: Unlucky 13? Of the last 13 first-rounders taken by the Cubbies, the only contributors on the big-league level are Orioles farmhand Luis Montanez and the oft-injured Mark Prior (No. 2 in '01).
|468||33||Jake Peavy |
(15th round, 1999)
|Matt Bush||Chad Cordero||Jason Bartlett|
Current Key Players: Peavy (pictured), Chase Headley, Josh Geer, Nick Hundley
Lowdown: The only Padres pick since 2002 to ascend to a career longer than a cup of coffee in the majors is Headley (a second-rounder back in 2005).
|495||30||J.J. Putz |
(6th round, 1999)
|Ryan Christianson||Rich Harden||Adam Jones|
Current Key Players: Brandon Morrow (pictured), Jeff Clement, Rob Johnson
Lowdown: Nearly as many Mariners regulars have been developed in the Japanese Leagues (Ichiro Suzuki and Kenji Johjima) as in the past 10 drafts (Morrow, Putz, Willie Bloomquist).
|505||21||Chris Dickerson |
(16th round, 2003)
|Chris Gruler||Nobody notable||Dustin Moseley|
Current Key Players: Joey Votto (pictured), Dickerson, Paul Janish, Adam Rosales
Lowdown: No team has debuted less big-league talent over the last 10 drafts, but top picks Drew Stubbs ('06), Todd Frazier ('07) and Yonder Alonzo ('08) should help soon.
|502||41||Matt Guerrier |
(10th round, 1999)
|Jason Stumm||Tom Gorzelanny||Chris Young|
Current Key Players: Josh Fields, Chris Getz (pictured), Clayton Richard
Lowdown: Have fared far better through trades for established talent, other organization's prospects and by unorthodox means (signing Cuban defector Alexei Ramirez) than they have through the draft.
|464||30||Matt Albers |
(23rd round, 2001)
|Robert Stiehl||Michael Bourn||Ben Zobrist|
Current Key Players: Hunter Pence (pictured)
Lowdown: Only three of the Astros' top picks from 1999 to 2008 have tasted the majors and just one more -- 2008 selection Jason Castro -- has a serious chance at a MLB career.