• Steve Potter

12/17/21 : Draft Review - teams that drafted 1st overall 2009 to 2021


A look at the clubs who had the first overall pick in each of the drafts since the 2008 Phillies championship season.


Some general notes :


From 2009 to 2016 :


Five of the eight First Selection ( 1-1 ) picks have had All-Star level careers or better to date ( Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Gerrit Cole, Carlos Correa, Dansby Swanson ).


Nineteen percent ( 49/252 ) of the players drafted and also signed by the teams selecting at the top of each round have played in the major leagues. The Phillies in comparison signed 234 of their draft pick selections from 2009 to 2016 - 37 have reached the major leagues - that’s 16 percent.


Fourteen percent ( 36/252 ) of the players drafted and also signed by the teams selecting at the top of each round have played in 50 games or more in the major leagues. The Phillies in comparison have had 20 of their 234 signed draftees play in 50 or more big league games - that’s 9 percent.


Nineteen percent ( 48/252 ) of the players drafted and also signed by the teams selecting at the top of each round are still active in affiliated pro ball as players - only 8 of those 48 players ( 3 % of drafted & signed ) remained with the club that drafted them during the 2021 season - 4 of those 8 are Astros however 1 ( Kent Emanuel ) has now moved to another organization, the Phillies. In comparison 44 of the Phillies 234 drafted and signed players are still active in affiliated baseball as players - that’s 18 % - 20 remain in the Phillies organization - that’s 8 % of their signed draftees for the eight drafts.

From 2017 to 2021 :


Five of the 67 drafted and signed players from the top of each round in the 2017 and 2018 drafts have reached the majors, only one has played in 50 or more major league games ( outfielder Brent Rooker of the Twins ). Comparatively the Phillies have nine players from their 2017 and 2018 draft classes that have reached the major leagues and three ( Adam Haseley, Connor Brogdon & Alec Bohm ) who have played in 50 or more big league games.


It’s far too early to judge the 2019 to 2021 classes in regards to major league experiences, in fact no players drafted at the top of each round has advanced to the show yet. Same goes for the Phillies selections in those draft years.


Here’s a look at each club that drafted 1-1 and at the top of each subsequent round from 2009 to 2021. A similar breakdown of the Phillies drafts from 2009 to 2021 can be found by following this link - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/12-16-21-phillies-updated-draft-reviews-2009-to-2021


2009 - Washington Nationals


GM - Mike Rizzo

Scouting Director - Dana Brown

Player Development Director - Bobby Williams


# of Players Drafted & Signed : 51 drafted - 30 signed


# of Players who have reached the Major Leagues : 6 ( Strasburg, Storen, Kobermus, Morris, Taylor, Jordan, Karns ) - 20 % of the 30 that signed


# of Players who have played in 50 games or more in the Major Leagues : 4 - Michael Taylor ( 6th round - 716 games played ), Drew Storen ( 1st round supplemental - 470 games played ), P Stephen Strasburg ( 1st round - 246 games ), P Nate Karns ( 12th round - 67 games played ) - 13 % of the 30 that signed


# of Players still active as players in professional MLB affiliated baseball - 2021 season ( not incl. independent or foreign leagues ) : 2 - Stephen Strasburg ( Nationals ) , Michael Taylor ( Royals )


2010 - Washington Nationals


GM - Mike Rizzo

Scouting Director - Kris Kline

Player Development Director - Doug Harris


# of Players Drafted & Signed : 50 drafted - 34 signed


# of Players who have reached the Major Leagues : 7 ( Harper, Solis, Cole, Grace, Barrett, Ray, Freitas ) - 21 % of the 34 that signed


# of Players who have played in 50 games or more in the Major Leagues : 6 - OF Bryce Harper ( 1st round - 1,284 games played ), P Robbie Ray ( 12th round - 193 games played ), P Matt Grace ( 8th round - 181 games played ), P Sammy Solis ( 2nd round - 141 games played ), P AJ Cole ( 4th round - 109 games played ), P Aaron Barrett ( 9th round - 95 games played ) - 18 % of the 30 that signed


# of Players still active as players in professional MLB affiliated baseball - 2021 season ( not incl. independent or foreign leagues ) : 5 - Bryce Harper ( Phillies ), AJ Cole ( Jays ) , Aaron Barrett ( Nationals ), Robbie Ray ( Jays ) , David Freitas ( Rays )


2011 - Pittsburgh Pirates


GM - Neal Huntington

Scouting Director - Greg Smith

Player Development Director - Kyle Stark


# of Players Drafted & Signed : 50 drafted - 24 signed


# of Players who have reached the Major Leagues : 6 ( Cole, Bell, Dickerson, Brewer, Glasnow, Holmes ) - 25 % of the 24 that signed


# of Players who have played in 50 games or more in the Major Leagues : 6 - 1B Josh Bell ( 2nd round - 696 games ). Alex OF Dickerson ( 3rd round - 326 games ), P Gerrit Cole ( 1st round - 128 games ), P Clay Holmes ( 9th round - 116 games ), P Tyler Glasnow ( 5th round - 104 games ), P Colton Brewer ( 4th round - 81 games ) - 18 % of 30 signed - 25 % of the 24 that signed


# of Players still active as players in professional MLB affiliated baseball - 2021 season ( not incl. independent or foreign leagues ) : 6 - Gerrit Cole ( Yankees ), Josh Bell ( Nationals ) , Alex Dickerson ( Giants ) , Colton Brewer ( Red Sox ), Tyler Glasnow ( Rays ), Clay Holmes ( Yankees )


2012 - Houston Astros


GM - Jeff Luhnow

Scouting Director - Bobby Heck

Player Development Director - Fred Nelson


# of Players Drafted & Signed : 41 drafted - 31 signed


# of Players who have reached the Major Leagues : 10 ( Correa, McCullers, Fontana, Rodgers, Ruiz, Phillips, Tucker, Heineman, Hauschild, Jankowksi ) - 32 % of the 31 that signed


# of Players who have played in 50 games or more in the Major Leagues : 5 - SS Carlos Correa ( 1st round - 752 games ), IF Rio Ruiz ( 4th round - 315 games ), OF Brett Phillips ( 6th round - 271 games ), OF Preston Tucker ( 7th round - 243 games ), P Lance McCullers ( 1st round supplemental - 122 games ) - 16 % of the 31 that signed


# of Players still active as players in professional MLB affiliated baseball - 2021 season ( not incl. independent or foreign leagues ) : 6 - Carlos Correa ( Astros ), Lance McCullers ( Astros ), Rio Ruiz ( Rockies ), Brett Phillips ( Rays ), Tyler Heineman ( Phillies ), Mike Hauschild ( Cubs )


2013 - Houston Astros


GM - Jeff Luhnow

Scouting Director - Mike Elias

Player Development Director - Quinton McCracken


# of Players Drafted & Signed : 40 drafted - 32 signed


# of Players who have reached the Major Leagues : 5 ( Emanuel, Kemp, Nottingham, Martin, White ) - 16 % of the 32 that signed


# of Players who have played in 50 games or more in the Major Leagues : 5 - IF Tony Kemp ( 5th round - 463 games ), 1B Tyler White ( 33rd round - 256 games ), OF Jason Martin ( 8th round - 85 games ), C Jacob Nottingham ( 6th round - 53 games ) - 16 % of the 32 that signed

# of Players still active as players in professional MLB affiliated baseball - 2021 season ( not incl. independent or foreign leagues ) : 6 - Mark Appel ( Phillies ), Kent Emanuel ( Astros - ‘21 - now Phillies ), Tony Kemp ( A’s ), Jacob Nottingham ( Mariners ), Jason Martin ( Rangers ), Tyler White ( Jays )


2014 - Houston Astros


GM - Jeff Luhnow

Scouting Director - Bobby Heck

Player Development Director - Fred Nelson


# of Players Drafted & Signed : 41 drafted - 36 signed


# of Players who have reached the Major Leagues : 8 ( Fisher, Reed, Davis, Mengden, Nix, Deetz, Thompson, James ) - 22 % of the 36 that signed


# of Players who have played in 50 games or more in the Major Leagues : 7 - 3B JD Davis ( 3rd round - 335 games ), OF Ramon Laureano ( 16th round - 313 games ), OF Derek Fisher ( 1st round - 172 games ), P Josh James ( 34th round - 73 games ), 1B AJ Reed ( 2nd round - 62 games ), P Ryan Thompson ( 23rd round - 61 games ), P Daniel Mengden ( 4th round - 60 games ) - 19 % of the 36 that signed


# of Players still active as players in professional MLB affiliated baseball - 2021 season ( not incl. independent or foreign leagues ) : 7 - Derek Fisher ( Brewers ), JD Davis ( Mets ), Jamie Ritchie ( D’Backs ), Nick Tanielu ( Padres ), Ramon Laureano ( A’s ), Ryan Thompson ( Rays ), Josh James ( Astros )


2015 - Arizona Diamondbacks


GM - Dave Stewart

Scouting Director - Deric Ladnier

Player Development Director - Mike Bell

# of Players Drafted & Signed : 40 drafted - 36 signed


# of Players who have reached the Major Leagues : 4 ( Swanson, Young, Clarke, Burr ) - 11 % of the 36 that signed


# of Players who have played in 50 games or more in the Major Leagues : 2 - SS Dansby Swanson ( 1st round - 665 games ), P Taylor Clarke ( 3rd round - 65 games ) - 6 % of the 36 that signed


# of Players still active as players in professional MLB affiliated baseball - 2021 season ( not incl. independent or foreign leagues ) : 6 - Dansby Swanson ( Braves ), Alex Young ( Guardians ), Taylor Clarke ( D’Backs ), Breckin Williams ( Twins ), Ryan Burr ( White Sox ), Wesley Rodriquez ( D’Backs )


2016 - Philadelphia Phillies


GM - Matt Klentak

Scouting Director - Johnny Almaraz

Player Development Director - Joe Jordan


# of Players Drafted & Signed : 40 drafted - 29 signed


# of Players who have reached the Major Leagues thus far : 3 ( Moniak, Romero, Irvin ) - 10 % of 29 signed


# of Players who have played in 50 games or more in the Major Leagues : 1 - Cole Irvin ( 5th round - 51 games ) - 3 % of 29 signed


# of Players still active as players in professional MLB affiliated baseball - 2021 season ( not incl. independent or foreign leagues ) : 10 - Mickey Moniak, Kevin Gowdy, Jo Jo Romero, Cole Irvin, Julian Garcia, Josh Stephen, Andrew Brown, Darick Hall, Jonathan Hennigan, Trevor Bettencourt


2017 - Minnesota Twins


GM - Thad Levine

Scouting Director - Sean Johnson

Player Development Director - Brad Steil


# of Players Drafted & Signed : 41 drafted - 29 signed


# of Players who have reached the Major Leagues : 3 ( Rooker, Barnes, Ober ) - 10 % of 29 signed


# of Players who have played in 50 games or more in the Major Leagues : 1 - OF Brent Rooker ( 1st round supplemental - 65 games )


# of Players still active as players in professional MLB affiliated baseball - 2021 season ( not incl. independent or foreign leagues ) : 13 - Royce Lewis ( Twins ) , Brent Rooker ( Twins ), Landon Leach ( Twins ), Blayne Enlow ( Twins ), Charlie Barnes ( Twins ), Andrew Bechtold ( Twins ), Bryan Sammons ( Twins ), Mark Contreras ( Twins ), Calvin Faucher ( Rays ), Bailey Ober ( Twins ), Derek Molina ( Twins ), Rickey Ramirez ( Orioles ), Joe Record ( Astros )


2018 - Detroit Tigers


GM - Al Avila

Scouting Director - Scott Pleis

Player Development Director - Dan Lunetta


# of Players Drafted & Signed : 40 drafted - 38 signed


# of Players who have reached the Major Leagues : 2 ( Mize, Skubal ) - 5 % of 38 signed


# of Players who have played in 50 games or more in the Major Leagues : none


# of Players still active as players in professional MLB affiliated baseball - 2021 season ( not incl. independent or foreign leagues ) : 20 - all with Tigers unless noted - Casey Mize, Parker Meadows, Kody Clemens, Kingston Liniak, Adam Wolf , Hugh Smith, Eric De La Rosa, Jeremiah Burks ( White Sox ), Tarik Skubal, Kacey Murphy, Chris Proctor, Dayton Dugas, Ethan DeCaster, Angel Reyes, John Valente, Chance Kirby, Garrett Hill, Jared Tobey, Chavez Fernander, Yaya Chentouf


2019 - Baltimore Orioles


GM - Mike Elias

Scouting Director - Koby Perez


# of Players Drafted & Signed : 41 drafted - 35 signed


# of Players who have reached the Major Leagues : none


# of Players who have played in 50 games or more in the Major Leagues : none


# of Players still active as players in professional MLB affiliated baseball - 2021 season ( not incl. independent or foreign leagues ) : 33 - all with Orioles - Adley Rutschman, Gunnar Henderson, Kyle Stowers, Zach Watson, Joey Ortiz, Darell Hernaiz, Maverick Handley, Johnny Rizer, Griffin McLarty, Connor Gillespie, Jordan Cannon, Andrew Daschbach, Kade Strowd, Dan Hammer, Mason Janvrin, Kyle Martin, Shelton Perkins, Morgan McSweeney, Malachi Edmond, Jensen Elliott, Clayton McGinnis, Toby Welk, Jake Lyons, Shayne Fontana, Andrew Martinez, Garrett Farmer, Nick Roth, Dillon McCollough, Jonathan Pendergast, Houston Roth, Jake Prizina, Craig Lewis, Trevor Kehe


2020 - Detroit Tigers


GM - Al Avila

Scouting Director - Scott Pleis

Player Development Director - Dan Lunetta


# of Players Drafted & Signed : 6 drafted - 6 signed


# of Players who have reached the Major Leagues : none


# of Players who have played in 50 games or more in the Major Leagues : none


# of Players still active as players in professional MLB affiliated baseball - 2021 season ( not incl. independent or foreign leagues ) : 6 - all with Tigers - Spencer Torkelson, Dillon Dingler, Daniel Cabrera, Trei Cruz, Gage Workman, Colt Keith


2021 - Pittsburgh Pirates


GM - Ben Cherington

Scouting Director - Joe DelliCarri

Player Development Director - John Baker


# of Players Drafted & Signed : 21 drafted - 19 signed


# of Players who have reached the Major Leagues : none


# of Players who have played in 50 games or more in the Major Leagues : none


# of Players still active as players in professional MLB affiliated baseball - 2021 season ( not incl. independent or foreign leagues ) : 19 - all with Pirates - Henry Davis, Anthony Solomento, Lonnie White, Bubba Chandler, Owen Kellington, Jackson Glenn, Mike Jarvis, Wyatt Hendrie, Sean Sullivan, Luke Brown, Justin Meis, Jack Carey, Owen Sharts, Braylon Bishop, Tyler Samaniego, Carlos Lomeli, AJ Graham, Drew Irvine, Brenden Dixon


Just some data to ponder - it’s what I do when I don’t have baseball to watch 🤪


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️



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