• Steve Potter

6/25/21 : Finding “Stars”


The 2021 draft is fast approaching and each organization is hoping to find the next big league “star” or at least a fella who can be a long term option in the lineup or pitching plans … much easier said than done. Here’s a look at MLB drafts from 2011 to 2020 to reflect on searches gone by.


2011 draft : Picks - 1,530 … Signed - 974 ( 64 % ) … Major Leagues - 265 ( 17 % )


“Stars” : ( Round/Overall Pick ) : RHP Gerrit Cole ( Pirates 1-1 ), RHP Trevor Bauer ( D-Backs 1-3 ), INF Anthony Rendon ( Nationals 1-6 ), SS Francisco Lindor ( Indians 1-8 ), SS Javier Baez ( Cubs 1-9 ), OF George Springer ( Astros 1-11 ), OF Brandon Nimmo ( Mets 1-13 ), RHP Jose Fernandez ( Marlins 1-14 ), OF Jackie Bradley ( Red Sox 1-40 ), SS Trevor Story ( Rockies 1-45 ), SS Marcus Semien ( White Sox 6-201 ) , RHP Kyle Hendricks ( Rangers 8-264 )


2012 draft : Picks - 1,238 … Signed - 918 ( 74 % ) … Major Leagues - 241 ( 19 % )


“Stars” : ( Round/Overall Pick ) : SS Carlos Correa ( Astros 1-1 ), OF Byron Buxton ( Twins 1-2 ), RHP Kevin Gausman ( Orioles 1-4 ), RHP Lucas Giolito ( Nationals 1-16 ), SS Corey Seager ( Dodgers 1-18 ), RHP Marcus Stroman ( Jays 1-22 ), RHP Jose Berrios ( Twins 1-32 ), RHP Zach Eflin ( Padres 1-33 ), OF Joey Gallo ( Rangers 1-39 ), RHP Lance McCullers ( Astros 1-41 ), OF Jesse Winker ( Reds 1-49 ), INF Joey Wendle ( Indians 6-203 ), LHP Josh Hader ( Orioles 19-582 )


2013 draft : Picks - 1,216 … Signed - 900 ( 74 % ) … Major Leagues - 233 ( 19 % )


“Stars” : ( Round/Overall Pick ) : INF Kris Bryant ( Cubs 1-2 ), RHP Jon Gray ( Rockies 1-3 ), 1B/OF Dominic Smith ( Mets 1-11 ), SS Tim Anderson ( White Sox 1-17 ), OF Aaron Judge ( Yankees 1-32 ), 1B Cody Bellinger ( Dodgers 4-124 ),


2014 draft Picks - 1,215 … Signed - 904 ( 74 % ) … Major Leagues - 172 ( 14 % )


“Stars” : ( Round/Overall Pick ) : OF Kyle Schwarber ( Cubs 1-4 ), RHP Aaron Nola ( Phillies 1-7 ), OF Michael Conforto ( Mets 1-10 ), SS Trea Turner ( Padres 1-13 ), 3B Matt Chapman ( A’s 1-25 ), RHP Jack Flaherty ( Cardinals 1-34 ), OF Alex Verdugo ( Dodgers 2-62 ), 1B Rhys Hoskins ( Phillies 5-142 ),


2015 draft : Picks - 1,215 … Signed - 948 ( 78 % ) … Major Leagues - 166 ( 14 % )


“Stars” : ( Round/Overall Pick ) : SS Dansby Swanson ( D-Backs 1-1 ), 3B Alex Bregman ( Astros 1-2 ), 3B Brendan Rogers ( Rockies 1-3 ), RHP Walker Buehler ( Dodgers 1-24 )

2016 draft : Picks - 1,216 … Signed - 922 ( 76 % ) … Major Leagues - 133 ( 11 % )


“Stars” : ( Round/Overall Pick ) : RHP Ian Anderson ( Braves 1-3 ), OF Kyle Lewis ( Mariners 1-11 ), C Will Smith ( Dodgers 1-32 ), 1B Pete Alonso ( Mets 2-64 ), SS Bo Bichette ( Jays 2-66 ), RHP Dustin May ( Dodgers 3-101 ), RHP Shane Bieber ( Indians 4-122 ), 2B Cavin Biggio ( Jays 5-162 ), SS Tommy Edman ( Cardinals 6-196 ), RHP Zach Plesac ( Indians 12-362 )


2017 draft : Picks - 1,215 … Signed - 940 ( 77 % ) … Major Leagues - 47 ( 4 % )


“Stars” : ( Round/Overall Pick ) : 1B/OF Pavin Smith ( D-Backs 1-7 ), LHP Trevor Rogers ( Marlins 1-13 ), RHP Connor Brogdon ( Phillies 10-293 ),


2018 draft : Picks - 1,214 … Signed - 962 ( 79 % ) … Major Leagues - 16 ( 1 % )


“Stars” : ( Round/Overall Pick ) : RHP Casey Mize ( Tigers 1-1 ), 3B Alec Bohm ( Phillies 1-3 ), 2B Nick Madrigal ( White Sox 1-4 ), RHP Brady Singer ( Royals 1-18 )


2019 draft : Picks - 1,217 … Signed - 959 ( 80 % ) … Major Leagues - 2 ( 0.16 % )


“Stars” : ( Round/Overall Pick ) : TBD


2020 draft : Picks - 160 … Signed - 160 ( 100 % ) … Major Leagues - 1 ( 0.63 % )


“Stars” : ( Round/Overall Pick ) : LHP Garrett Crochet ( White Sox 1-11 )


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️




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