28 July 2008

How has Round 1 of the Draft played out?

I had wanted to post this prior to the S9 draft but real-life took over. I started thinking about whether or not Round 1 draft picks are sure locks for the Majors so I did a quick look and found the following:

Seasons 8
1st round picks (1-32) 256
Not in the league 25 9.77%
In the Majors 121 47.27%

Well, this doesn't tell the full story now does it? Since players from S7 and S8 haven't had the time to progress thru the minors.


In the Majors by Draft Season
Season 1 21 65.63%
Season 2 26 81.25%
Season 3 24 75.00%
Season 4 19 59.38%
Season 5 15 46.88%
Season 6 12 37.50%
Season 7 4 12.50%
Season 8 0 0.00%

I also decided to take this one step further... which franchises have been the most active in advancing their Round 1 selections up to the majors. The following is a little misleading since some franchises have traded or lost some of their Round 1 selections.


Number of ML 1st Round players by Franchise
7= IA, OK, ROC, SCO
6= JAX, LAA
5= HUN, JAC, MIN, MNT, SYR
4= BOS, BUF, MON, OTT, SJU, VC
3= ALB, CH1, FAR, FLA, LV, SWB, TOR
2= COL, HEL, LR*, STL
1= CLE*, ELP*, TAC
0= PAW*

*Little Rock, Cleveland, El Paso and Pawtucket have all traded or otherwise lost at least 50% of their Round 1 picks

While doing this research I started wondering who has the distinction of being the lowest draft pick to make the Majors, so as a bonus... Congratulations to Montgomery's Jerrod Mann! Drafted in S2 in the 22nd round, Jerrod has the distinction of being the ONLY Capra League player drafted after Round 20 to ever put on a Major League jersey. And he is still there contributing as a DH!

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