Over the years we the fans have seen some fantastic top overall picks in Major League Baseball’s First Year Player Draft. We have also seen some real busts taken first overall. What makes a top pick successful in the majors? Just like in any sport the draft is not a proven science. Lets take a look back at the past few number 1 overall draft picks and see where they are today.
2015 – Dansby Swanson (SS) – Swanson was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks and then sent to Atlanta as part of a package deal for Shelby Miller. He is currently playing for the Carolina Mudcats, the Braves High A affiliate and holding his own. Through his first 20 games he is batting a .333 with 10 RBI’s and 1 HR. With the state of the Braves so far this season, we may see him in the big leagues by the second half of the season.
2014 – Brady Aiken (LHP) – Brady was drafted by the Houston Astros but could not work out a deal with the team and went unsigned. In March of 2015 he announced that he had undergone Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow but then was taken 17th overall by the Cleveland Indians in the 2015 draft. He is still recovering from his surgery and expected to be 2 years out from ever seeing action on the Major League level.
2013 – Mark Appel (RHP) – Appel was drafted by the Houston Astros and was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in December of 2015 as one part of a multiplayer deal. He is currently 3-0 with a 1.62 ERA for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
2012 – Carlos Correa (SS) – Correa was drafted by the Houston Astros as the first of three consecutive number 1 overall picks and has been the only one of the three to pay off in an Astros uniform. He was called up in 2015 and was named America League Rookie Of The Year.
2011 – Gerrit Cole (RHP) –Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates Cole took a quick path to the majors and made his debut in 2013 when he started 19 games. He finished his first season with a 10-7 record. Cole has been instrumental in the turnaround of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
2010 – Bryce Harper (CF) – Harper was drafted first overall by the Washington Nationals in 2010 and called up in April of 2012. Harper finished his rookie campaign by being named National League Rookie Of the Year. He is currently believed by many people to be the best player in Major League Baseball
With all of that being said 3 of the last 6 number 1 picks have come in and made an impact in the big leagues, and its reasonable to understand why at least 2 of the remaining 3 havent been given a shot yet. When looking just a bit farther down the list names such as Stephen Strasburg and David Price immediately jump out. Recent draft history has been good for the sport and good for the fans. But what about those pics that end up being a complete bust? Are there more impact players or busts taken with the top pick? Stay tuned for our look back at the biggest bust at number 1.