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Global choices # 1 do not always go as planned

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What I hear: Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post visited a man in Florida who claimed to have cork bats for Pete Rose in the 1980s while playing for the Montreal Expos.

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Arizona State hitter Spencer Torkelson is expected to be the top pick in this week’s Major League Baseball draft, joining an elite No. 1 pick of three that includes three Halls of Famers, six MVPs and 24 All-Stars.

Yet even in the best of circumstances, being first overall is not a golden ticket for celebrity MLB.

Four No. 1 picks retired without appearing in the major leagues, led by wide receiver Steve Chilcott, caught by the New York Mets in 1966. (Pick # 2, Reggie Jackson, had a great career. ) Dozens of others, such as David Clyde (1973), Paul Wilson (1994) and Bryan Bullington (2002), are far below expectations.

It’s too early to say if last year’s best pick, Baltimore Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman is more Chilcott than Joe Mauer, who created a Hall of Fame record behind the plate after being chosen with the first choice in 2001. the first rounds of 2016-2018, most of which are still working with miners.

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However, a review of the 2000-15 MLB projects tells us what we should already know: the best discoveries in the first round of a given project are very often near the top. It’s a good sign for Torkelson and a comforting thought for the Detroit Tigers, who have the No. 1 pick on Wednesday. Here is the class of the first round since 2000.

2015: Alex Bregman, Houston Astros (n ° 2)

The 2019 All-Star and Silver Slugger double finds itself in a cloud of controversy and suspicion following the ongoing controversy over the theft of billboards. Even with this caveat, Bregman was the most productive first round in its draft class, with a pair of top five MVPs and a WAR total (22.4) more than double its nearest competitor. Finalist: Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox (# 7).

2014: Matt Chapman, Oakland Athletics (# 25)

Already a two-time Gold Glove winner with 60 home runs over the past two seasons, Chapman has established himself as an annual All-Star competitor and a key to Oakland’s latest renaissance after a three-year reconstruction project. Finalist: Aaron Nola, Phillies of Philadelphia (# 7).

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2013: Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs (# 2)

Bryant, 2015 NL rookie of the year and MVP a year later, leads the pack in a disappointing first round that produced another star, New York Yankee fielder Aaron Judge, and a few solid contributors in Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, Colorado Rockies star Jon Gray and A star Sean Manaea. Finalist: judge, Yankees (# 32).

2012: Carlos Correa, Astros (n ° 1)

Although injury has been a theme throughout his five-year league career, Correa leads the 2012 class in WAR (24.5), hits (573) and RBI (372). As with Bregman, however, the way Correa’s career is viewed has been influenced by the Astros scandal. Finalist: Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers (# 18).

2011: Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates (# 1)

A superb first lap produced 13 future All-Stars, four above the rest: Cole, Anthony Rendon, Francisco Lindor and George Springer. With 94 career victories on his way to his climax, Cole, who signed a $ 324 million contract with the Yankees in December, gets the green light for his historic streak of pure domination. Finalist: Rendon, Washington Nationals (# 6).

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2010: Chris Sale, White Sox (n ° 13)

Picking Sale on Bryce Harper, Manny Machado or Christian Yelich is not controversial. The sale has seven Cy Young finishes among the top six. He holds the MLB record for standing drawdown ratio. He is one of three pitchers to start three straight star games. The record is historic, although Sale was sidelined until at least 2021 after Tommy John’s surgery. Finalist: Harper, Nationals (# 1).

2009: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (# 25)

The trout is pretty good. It is also an interesting case study in a year when high school prospects were prevented by COVID-19 from having a full season for seniors to be treated as a draft storefront. Coming out of New Jersey, Trout fell to 25th place largely due to teams’ distrust of spending high choices on readiness prospects outside of the hot states that allow baseball all year round. The rest is owned by Trout and the Angels. Could a similar fall allow a team to choose at the end of this week’s first round to catch a neglected future star? Finalist: Stephen Strasburg, Nationals (No. 1).

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2008: Buster Posey, Giants de San Francisco (n ° 5)

All-Star six times, rookie of the year and MVP, Posey is the jewel of a first round loaded with inflatable balls, of the first overall choice (Tim Beckham at the Tampa Bay Rays) through eight other selections which n have never reached the majors. Finalist: Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals (# 3).

2007: David Price, Rays (n ° 1)

Price (150 career wins) is ahead of Madison Bumgarner and Josh Donaldson, even though Bumgarner has a legendary World Series pedigree and Donaldson has a four-year race (2013-16) which surpasses the very first round of 2007. Price finished first six of Cy Young to vote four times, winner in 2012. Finalist: Bumgarner, Giants (# 10).

2006: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers (no 7)

Or is it Max Scherzer, who blossomed later than Kershaw but has built a career in the Hall of Fame in the past seven seasons? Scherzer looks indestructible as Kershaw’s game has evolved and adapted, and Scherzer can now brag about the World Series ring that Kershaw cannot. Yet, with the two roughly equal in wins, Kershaw has the career advantage in percentage wins (0.695), ERA (2.44) and WHIP (1.008), and a heavy lead in the ERA + career (157). Finalist: Scherzer, Arizona Diamondbacks (# 11).

2005: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates (# 11)

It is justified to choose Troy Tulowitzki, who, at its peak (2007-10), outstripped the rest of his colleagues in the first round of 2005. With Tulowitzki’s career ended – and Ryan Braun’s history tainted by use PED – the choice is McCutchen, who may be slowing down as he enters his 12th season but has one MVP (2013), three other top five MVPs and a 2000 hit. Finalist: Tulowitzki, Rocheuses (n ° 7).

2004: Justin Verlander, Tigers (# 2)

Verlander has 225 career wins, 3000 career strikeouts, a pair of Cy Youngs and a career WAR of 71.6, overshadowing his first round comrades such as Jered Weaver, Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Drew. Fresh out of the best two-year streak in his career, the 36-year-old has 300 hits. Finalist: Weaver, Angels (# 12).

2003: Nick Markakis, Orioles (# 7) and Adam Jones, Mariners (# 37)

It’s between two former teammates in Baltimore: Markakis, who started his career with the Orioles before traveling to Atlanta, and Jones, who was drafted by Seattle before being traded to Baltimore as a prospect in 2008. Markakis has a slight advance in the WAR career (34.2 to 32.5) and a more notable advantage in runs, hits and batting average. But Jones was a five-time All-Star who served as the face of the franchise as the Orioles went from laughing to pretension before returning to form. Finalist: Aaron Hill, Toronto Blue Jays (# 13).

2002: Zack Greinke, Royals (n ° 6)

Like Verlander, Greinke, 35, shows no signs of rust 16 years after his MLB debut. One of two active pitchers with more than 200 career wins, Greinke is 114-45 with a 2.90 ERA in the past seven seasons. Finalist: Cole Hamels, Phillies (# 17).

2001: Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins (# 1)

Mauer’s behind-the-plate run, which ended in 2013, includes some of the best catcher-hitting seasons in MLB history, highlighted by three batting titles, six All-Star Games and the MVP 2009. Combined with 2,123 hits and a lifetime average of 306, that could be enough to finally get Mauer into the Hall of Fame. Finalist: David Wright, Mets (# 38).

2000: Chase Utley, Phillies (# 15)

The Utley Hall of Fame bid could be defeated by less than optimal career totals, but there was a 10-year period (2005-14) when the Phillies’ second base player was among the best baseball players, perhaps only surpassed in total impact by Albert Pujols. Finalist: Adam Wainwright, Braves (# 29).

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