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With the draft coming up I started thinking of how many steals there have been through the major league baseball draft. A lot of MLB stars are 2nd, 3rd, 8th, and 13th, and sometimes even 40th and 50th round picks. Some guys(Piazza) are just drafted because of family ties to an organization, yet he turned in a Hall of Famer. With that being said, I have went over the top 50 hitters and pitchers (by OPS and WHIP) in 2006 and then listed their draft position.

 

Top 50 hitters by OPS, draft position

 

Albert Pujols - Selected by St. Louis Cardinals in 13th round (402nd overall) of 1999 amateur entry draft

 

Jim Thome - Selected by Cleveland Indians in 13th round in the 1989 Major League draft.

 

Jason Giambi - Selected by Oakland Athletics in 2nd round (58th overall) of 1992 amateur entry draft

 

Alex Rios - Selected by Toronto Blue Jays in 1st round (19th overall) of 1999 amateur entry draft

 

Jonny Gomes - Selected by Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 18th round (529th overall) of 2001 amateur entry draft

 

Nick Swisher - Selected by Oakland Athletics in 1st round (16th overall) of 2002 amateur entry draft

 

Travis Hafner - Selected by Texas Rangers in 31st round (923rd overall) of 1996 amateur entry draft

 

Casey Blake - Selected by Toronto Blue Jays in 7th round (189th overall) of 1996 amateur entry draft

 

Vernon Wells - Selected by Toronto Blue Jays in 1st round (5th overall) of 1997 amateur entry draft

 

Carlos Lee - Signed as undrafted free agent by Chicago White Sox in 1994

 

Chris Shelton - Selected by Pittsburgh Pirates in 33rd round (984th overall) of 2001 amateur entry draft

 

Miguel Cabrera - Signed as undrafted free agent by Florida Marlins in 1999

 

Lance Berkman - Selected by Houston Astros in 1st round (16th overall) of 1997 amateur entry draft

 

Morgan Ensberg - Selected by Houston Astros in 9th round (272nd overall) of 1998 amateur entry draft

 

Carlos Beltran - Selected by Kansas City Royals in 2nd round (49th overall) of 1995 amateur entry draft

 

Nick Johnson - Selected by New York Yankees in 3rd round (89th overall) of 1996 amateur entry draft

 

Carlos Delgado - Signed as undrafted free agent by Toronto Blue Jays in 1988

 

Miguel Tejada - Signed as undrafted free agent by Oakland Athletics in 1993

 

Brad Hawpe - Selected by Colorado Rockies in 11th round (317th overall) of 2000 amateur entry draft

 

Pat Burrell - Selected by Philadelphia Phillies in 1st round (1st overall) of 1998 amateur entry draft

 

Eric Chavez - Selected by Oakland Athletics in 1st round (10th overall) of 1996 amateur entry draft

 

Paul Konerko - Selected by Los Angeles Dodgers in 1st round (13th overall) of 1994 amateur entry draft

 

David Ortiz - Signed as undrafted free agent by Seattle Mariners in 1992

 

Ryan Howard - Selected by Philadelphia Phillies in 5th round (140th overall) of 2001 amateur entry draft

 

Derek Jeter - Selected by New York Yankees in 1st round (6th overall) of 1992 amateur entry draft

 

Troy Glaus - Selected by Anaheim Angels in 1st round (3rd overall) of 1997 amateur entry draft

 

Manny Ramirez - Selected by Cleveland Indians in 1st round (13th overall) of 1991 amateur entry draft

 

Josh Willingham - Selected by Florida Marlins in 17th round (491st overall) of 2000 amateur entry draft

 

Barry Bonds - Selected by Pittsburgh Pirates in 1st round (6th overall) of 1985 amateur entry draft

 

Brian McCann - Selected by Atlanta Braves in 2nd round (64th overall) of 2002 amateur entry draft

 

Hank Blalock - Selected by Texas Rangers in 3rd round (105th overall) of 1999 amateur entry draft

 

Matt Holliday - Selected by Colorado Rockies in 7th round (210th overall) of 1998 amateur entry draft

 

Prince Fielder - Selected by Milwaukee Brewers in 1st round (7th overall) of 2002 amateur entry draft

 

Mike Lowell - Selected by Chicago White Sox in 48th round (1352nd overall) of 1992 amateur entry draft

 

Adam Dunn - Selected by Cincinnati Reds in 2nd round (50th overall) of 1998 amateur entry draft

 

Kevin Mench - Selected by Texas Rangers in 4th round (118th overall) of 1999 amateur entry draft

 

Magglio Ordonez - Signed as undrafted free agent by Chicago White Sox in 1991

 

Chase Utley - Selected by Philadelphia Phillies in 1st round (15th overall) of 2000 amateur entry draft

 

Alex Rodriguez - Selected by Seattle Mariners in 1st round (1st overall) of 1993 amateur entry draft

 

Craig Wilson - Selected by Toronto Blue Jays in 2nd round (47th overall) of 1995 amateur entry draft

 

Shea Hillenbrand - Selected by Boston Red Sox in 10th round (301st overall) of 1996 amateur entry draft

 

Austin Kearns - Selected by Cincinnati Reds in 1st round (7th overall) of 1998 amateur entry draft

 

Hanley Ramirez - Signed as undrafted free agent by Boston Red Sox in 2000

 

Jorge Posada - Selected by New York Yankees in 24th round (629th overall) of 1990 amateur entry draft

 

Joe Crede - Selected by Chicago White Sox in 5th round (137th overall) of 1996 amateur entry draft

 

Gary Matthews Jr. - Selected by San Diego Padres in 13th round (366th overall) of 1993 amateur entry draft

 

J.D. Drew - Selected by St. Louis Cardinals in 1st round (5th overall) of 1998 amateur entry draft

 

Bobby Abreu - Signed as undrafted free agent by Houston Astros in 1990

 

Edwin Encarnacion - Selected by Texas Rangers in 9th round (274th overall) of 2000 amateur entry draft

 

Ramon Hernandez - Signed as undrafted free agent by Oakland Athletics in 1994

 

Breakdown of top 50:

 

16 first-rounders

Five second-rounders

Two third-rounders

One fourth-rounder

Two fifth-rounders

 

Five were taken from rounds 6-10

Six were taken from rounds 11-20

One from rounds 21-30

Two were taken from rounds 31-40

One from 41-50

 

Nine were signed as undrafted free agents from other countries(Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Panama).

 

Other notables:

 

Marcus Giles-53rd round

Brian Giles-17th round

Mike Piazza-62nd round

Jeff Kent-20th round

Jason Bay-22nd round

 

Top 50 pitchers by WHIP, draft position

 

 

Pedro Martinez - Signed as undrafted free agent by Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988

 

Jose Contreras - Signed as undrafted free agent by New York Yankees in 2002

 

Bronson Arroyo - Selected by Pittsburgh Pirates in 3rd round (69th overall) of 1995 amateur entry draft

 

Mike Mussina - Selected by Baltimore Orioles in 1st round (20th overall) of 1990 amateur entry draft

 

Roy Halladay - Selected by Toronto Blue Jays in 1st round (17th overall) of 1995 amateur entry draft

 

Tom Glavine - Selected by Atlanta Braves in 2nd round (47th overall) of 1984 amateur entry draft

 

Javier Vazquez - Selected by Montreal Expos in 5th round (140th overall) of 1994 amateur entry draft

 

Chris Capuano - Selected by Arizona Diamondbacks in 8th round (238th overall) of 1999 amateur entry draft

 

Jeremy Bonderman - Selected by Oakland Athletics in 1st round (26th overall) of 2001 amateur entry draft

 

Jason Schmidt - Selected by Atlanta Braves in 8th round (206th overall) of 1991 amateur entry draft

 

Jarrod Washburn - Selected by California Angels in 2nd round (31st overall) of 1995 amateur entry draft

 

Curt Schilling - Selected by Boston Red Sox in 2nd round (39th overall) of 1986 amateur entry draft

 

John Lackey - Selected by Anaheim Angels in 2nd round (68th overall) of 1999 amateur entry draft

 

David Bush - Selected by Toronto Blue Jays in 2nd round (55th overall) of 2002 amateur entry draft

 

Brandon Webb - Selected by Arizona Diamondbacks in 8th round (249th overall) of 2000 amateur entry draft

 

John Smoltz - Selected by Detroit Tigers in 22nd round (574th overall) of 1985 amateur entry draft

 

Greg Maddux - Selected by Chicago Cubs in 2nd round (31st overall) of 1984 amateur entry draft

 

Tony Armas Jr. - Signed as undrafted free agent by New York Yankees in 1994

 

Jake Peavy - Selected by San Diego Padres in 15th round (472nd overall) of 1999 amateur entry draft

 

Derek Lowe - Selected by Seattle Mariners in 8th round (215th overall) of 1991 amateur entry draft

 

Kenny Rogers - Selected by Texas Rangers in 39th round (815th overall) of 1982 amateur entry draft

 

Chris Carpenter - Selected by Toronto Blue Jays in 1st round (15th overall) of 1993 amateur entry draft

 

Johan Santana - Signed as undrafted free agent by Houston Astros in 1995

 

Dan Haren - Selected by St. Louis Cardinals in 2nd round (72nd overall) of 2001 amateur entry draft

 

Chris Young - Selected by Pittsburgh Pirates in 3rd round (89th overall) of 2000 amateur entry draft

 

Brett Tomko - Selected by Cincinnati Reds in 2nd round (54th overall) of 1995 amateur entry draft

 

Barry Zito - Selected by Oakland Athletics in 1st round (9th overall) of 1999 amateur entry draft

 

Sean Marshall - Selected by Chicago Cubs in 6th round (163rd overall) of 2003 amateur entry draft

 

Woody Williams - Selected by Toronto Blue Jays in 28th round (732nd overall) of 1988 amateur entry draft

 

John Koronka - Selected by Cincinnati Reds in 12th round (350th overall) of 1998 amateur entry draft

 

Wandy Rodriguez - Signed as undrafted free agent by Houston Astros in 1999

 

Jamie Moyer - Selected by Chicago Cubs in 6th round (135th overall) of 1984 amateur entry draft

 

Jon Lieber - Selected by Kansas City Royals in 2nd round (44th overall) of 1992 amateur entry draft

 

Brad Penny - Selected by Arizona Diamondbacks in 5th round (155th overall) of 1996 amateur entry draft

 

Josh Beckett - Selected by Florida Marlins in 1st round (2nd overall) of 1999 amateur entry draft

 

Aaron Harang - Selected by Texas Rangers in 6th round (195th overall) of 1999 amateur entry draft

 

Roy Oswalt - Selected by Houston Astros in 23rd round (684th overall) of 1996 amateur entry draft

 

Brett Myers - Selected by Philadelphia Phillies in 1st round (12th overall) of 1999 amateur entry draft

 

Kelvim Escobar - Signed as undrafted free agent by Toronto Blue Jays in 1992

 

Justin Verlander - Selected by Detroit Tigers in 1st round (2nd overall) of 2004 amateur entry draft

 

Chan Ho Park - Signed as undrafted free agent by Los Angeles Dodgers in 1994

 

Nate Robertson - Selected by Florida Marlins in 5th round (146th overall) of 1999 amateur entry draft

 

Clay Hensley - Selected by San Francisco Giants in 8th round (247th overall) of 2002 amateur entry draft

 

Freddy Garcia - Signed as undrafted free agent by Houston Astros in 1993

 

Jeff Francis - Selected by Colorado Rockies in 1st round (9th overall) of 2002 amateur entry draft

 

Tim Hudson - Selected by Oakland Athletics in 6th round (185th overall) of 1997 amateur entry draft

 

Aaron Cook - Selected by Colorado Rockies in 2nd round (70th overall) of 1997 amateur entry draft

 

Jamey Wright - Selected by Colorado Rockies in 1st round (28th overall) of 1993 amateur entry draft

 

Tim Wakefield - Selected by Pittsburgh Pirates in 8th round (200th overall) of 1988 amateur entry draft

 

Mark Mulder - Selected by Oakland Athletics in 1st round (2nd overall) of 1998 amateur entry draft

 

Breakdown of top 50:

 

11 first-rounders

10 second-rounders

Two third-rounders

0 fourth-rounders

Three fifth-rounders

 

10 were taken from rounds 6-10

Two were taken from rounds 11-20

Three from rounds 21-30

One from rounds 31-40

 

Eight were signed as undrafted free agents

 

Other notables:

 

Zach Duke-20th round

Dontrelle Willis-8th round

Andy Pettitte-22nd round

Kevin Millwood-11th round

Mark Buehrle-38th round

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Albert Pujols - Selected by St. Louis Cardinals in 13th round (402nd overall) of 1999 amateur entry draft

 

Round Overall 	Player Name	Pos  
1 	30 	Chance Caple 	P
1 	36 	Nick Stocks 	P
1 	46 	Chris Duncan 	IF
2 	82 	Josh Pearce	P
3 	102	B.R. Cook 	P
4	127 	Ben Johnson	OF
4 	132 	Jimmy Journell 	P
5 	162 	Melvin Williams CF
6 	192 	Josh Teekel 	P
7 	222 	Coco Crisp 	OF
8 	252 	Shawn Schumacher 
9 	282 	Paul Thames 	SS
10	312 	Kevin Sprague 	P
11 	342 	Aaron Davidson 	2B
12 	372 	Brent Spooner 	C
13 	402 	Albert Pujols	3B

Ouch.. what the hell we're the Cards doing?

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Albert Pujols - Selected by St. Louis Cardinals in 13th round (402nd overall) of 1999 amateur entry draft

 

 

Round Overall Player Name Pos

1 30 Chance Caple P

1 36 Nick Stocks P

1 46 Chris Duncan IF

2 82 Josh Pearce P

3 102 B.R. Cook P

4 127 Ben Johnson OF

4 132 Jimmy Journell P

5 162 Melvin Williams CF

6 192 Josh Teekel P

7 222 Coco Crisp OF

8 252 Shawn Schumacher

9 282 Paul Thames SS

10 312 Kevin Sprague P

11 342 Aaron Davidson 2B

12 372 Brent Spooner C

13 402 Albert Pujols 3B

 

Ouch.. what the hell we're the Cards doing?

 

 

I would draft 20 no names if it meant landing an Albert Pujols..., yes, what were they thinking?

 

Interesting that they drafted Coco Crisp, I did not know that...

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I would draft 20 no names if it meant landing an Albert Pujols..., yes, what were they thinking?

 

Interesting that they drafted Coco Crisp, I did not know that...

 

 

Actually they did.. he got traded for Chuck Finley in 2002.. They needed a dude for the stretch and he helped get us through the difficult times of DK, etc. I'm sure they'd do the deal again if they had to.. Chris Duncan has just now started to show up.. Journell cant find the strikezone and well that's about all I've heard of these players.. Oh and Pearce made the major's and was OK but besides that..

 

Nah I was saying what the hell we're they doing because it took us a while to even pick him up.. but I'll gladly take him in the 13th round..

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