Nine For Now
First overall picks in the "real" draft made a big splash this week when the Nationals selected über-prospect Bryce Harper in thel amateur draft while the 2009 pick, Stephen Strasburg, made the most highly anticipated big league debut for a pitcher in a generation. Right now the sky appears to be the limit for Strasburg and Harper, but first overall picks rarely live up to the hype. This is especially true for pitchers. Of the 14 hurlers snagged at the top of the draft, only four won 100 big league games, with Mike Moore ('81 Mariners) leading the way with a record of 161-176.
There are 12 No. 1 picks active in the majors, but since we've recently covered the relative fantasy values of Alex Rodriguez (1993 Mariners) and Chipper Jones ('90 Braves), the following list is limited to the top selections of past 15 years. Keep in mind that three -- Harper, Matt Bush ('05 Padres) and Tim Beckham ('08 Rays) have no major league experience and another two, Matt Anderson ('97 Tigers) and Darin Erstad ('95 Angels) have concluded their big league careers.
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