Number Ones

Aaah! I guess that’s the face most college batters gave him. Monkey see, monkey do, I guess.

Let’s see which one of these guys Stephen Strasburg becomes:

1965 –> Rick Monday – 19 seasons, 125 OPS+, 98/189 SB
1966 –> Steve Chilcott – 7 minor-league seasons, .248 BA
1967 –> Ron Blomberg – 8 seasons, lots of injuries, first DH ever
1968 –> Tim Foli – 16 seasons, worse OPS than Jeff Francoeur, 64 OPS+
1969 –> Jeff Burroughs – 16 seasons, 121 OPS+, rough Ten Cent Beer Night
1970 –> Mike Ivie – 11 seasons, 110 OPS+, lost pinky in hunting accident
1971 –> Danny Goodwin – 7 seasons, 84 OPS+, first player to be picked first twice
1972 –> Dave Roberts – 7 seasons, 84 OPS+, not the guy with the famous steal in that ALCS game
1973 –> David Clyde – 5 seasons, 81 ERA+, first pitcher as number one overall pick
1974 –> Bill Almon – 15 seasons, 83 OPS+, best season was a strike-shortened one
1975 –> Danny Goodwin – here he is again
1976 –> Floyd Bannister – 15 seasons, 102 ERA+, son is Brian Bannister
1977 –> Harold Baines – 22 seasons, 120 OPS+, January 9th is Harold Baines Day in his hometown
1978 –> Bob Horner – 10 seasons, 127 OPS+, first number one pick to win ROY Award
1979 –> Al Chambers – 3 seasons, 72 OPS+, 57 total games
1980 –> Darryl Strawberry– 17 seasons, 138 OPS+, 8 straight All-Star Games
1981 –> Mike Moore – 14 seasons, 95 ERA+, 3-2 with a 3.29 ERA in 5 postseason games
1982 –> Shawon Dunston – 18 seasons, 89 OPS+, fun to say his first name
1983 –> Tim Belcher – 14 seasons, 101 ERA+, first pitcher with a winning record for career
1984 –> Shawn Abner – 6 seasons, 65 OPS+, brother taken 5 rounds later
1985 –> BJ Surhoff – 19 seasons, 98 OPS+, father played in NBA and brother was reliever
1986 –> Jeff King – 11 seasons, 99 OPS+, AL Player of the Month in June of 1997
1987 –> Ken Griffey Jr. – 21 seasons, 137 OPS+, first Hall of Famer?
1988 –> Andy Benes – 14 seasons, 104 ERA+, brother Alan also pitched
1989 –> Ben McDonald – 9 seasons, 115 ERA+, bad shoulder
1990 –> Chipper Jones – 16 seasons, 145 OPS+, second Hall of Famer?
1991 –> Brien Taylor – 7 minor-league seasons, 5.13 ERA, Steinbrenner threatened to shoot someone if they didn’t draft him while he was suspended
1992 –> Phil Nevin – 12 seasons, 112 OPS+, 209 2B and 208 HR
1993 –> Alex Rodriguez – 16 seasons, 147 OPS+, thinks Madonna’s kind of cute
1994 –> Paul Wilson – 7 seasons, 88 ERA+, has my birthday
1995 –> Darin Erstad – 14 seasons, 93 OPS+, second fastest to reach 100 hits in a season (2000)
1996 –> Kris Benson – 8 seasons, 100 ERA+, hot wife (or is it ex-wife?)
1997 –> Matt Anderson – 7 seasons, 88 ERA+, went to my high school
1998 –> Pat Burrell – 10 seasons, 118 OPS+, hit .209 in 2003
1999 –> Josh Hamilton – 3 seasons, 130 OPS+, awesome Home Run Derby last season
2000 –> Adrian Gonzalez – 6 seasons, 130 OPS+, most underrated player?
2001 –> Joe Mauer – 6 seasons, 135 OPS+, most valuable player in the game?
2002 –> Bryan Bullington – 4 seasons, 88 ERA+, 13 appearances
2003 –> Delmon Young – 4 seasons, 94 OPS+, Dmitri is better
2004 –> Matt Bush – 4 minor-league seasons, .219 BA, biggest bust ever?
2005 –> Justin Upton – 3 seasons, 110 OPS+, just getting better
2006 –> Luke Hovechar – 3 seasons, 78 ERA+, still only 25
2007 –> David Price – 2 seasons, 205 ERA+, just getting started
2008 –> Timothy Beckham – doing better in the Sally League

So, if you didn’t believe all the caution being thrown out there about not expecting too much, here ya go. Granted, most of these picks ended up being fairly decent ballplayers, but you don’t spend all that money for just acceptable players. 3 Hall of Famers by my count. We’ll have to wait on the more recent guys.

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One Response to “Number Ones”

  1. jorgesaysno Says:

    Shawn Abner….oh boy, it's fun to be a Met fan!

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