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First-Year Player Draft History

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The Washington Nationals made 17 year-old Bryce Harper the third-youngest player to be taken first overall in the First-Year Player Draft, following Tim Foli and Ken Griffey Jr. Harper was also just the fifth catcher to be drafted first, but the Nats announced they'd move him to the outfield to speed up his arrival to the Major Leagues. Harper hit .442 with 29 home runs and 89 RBIs during his freshman season at College of Southern Nevada, where he’d gone to play after his sophomore year in high school.

The Pirates used the second overall pick to make Texas prep right-hander Jameson Taillon the first of 804 pitchers taken in the draft. There was a lot of talk that Manny Machado would be the Pirates’ top choice, but the power-hitter was instead selected third by the Baltimore Orioles. Machado, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound shortstop who drew comparisons to Alex Rodriguez, owned a .639 average with 12 homers and 56 RBIs as a high school senior in Miami.

High school players accounted for 32.7 percent of the total selections in the ‘10 draft -- the fifth-lowest percentage in Draft history. Clubs used 52.3 percent of their picks on pitchers, accounting for the seventh-highest percentage ever.

The Mets and White Sox helped start the pitching trend early, grabbing standout college hurlers Matt Harvey and Chris sale as the seventh and 13th picks, respectively. Harvey was 7-2 with a 2.79 ERA in his final year at North Carolina, while Sale was superb in his junior year, leading the NCAA Division I in strikeouts while going 11-0 with two saves.

1.NationalsBryce HarperOFCollege of Southern Nevada
2.PiratesJameson TaillonRHPThe Woodlands HS (Texas)
3.OriolesManny MachadoSSBrito Miami Private School (Fla.)
4.RoyalsChristian ColonSSCal State Fullerton
5.IndiansDrew PomeranzLHPOle Miss
6.D-backsBarret LouxRHPTexas A&M
7.MetsMatt HarveyRHPNorth Carolina
8.AstrosDelino DeShields Jr.OFWoodward Academy (Ga.)
9.PadresKarsten WhitsonRHPChipley High School (Fla.)
10.A'sMichael ChoiceOFUniverisity of Texas-Arlington
11.Blue Jays Deck McGuireRHPGeorgia Tech
12.RedsYasmani GrandalCMiami
13.White Sox Chris SaleLHPFlorida Gulf Coast University
14.Brewers Dylan CoveyRHPMaranatha High School (Calif.)
15.Rangers Jake SkoleOFBlessed Trinity High School (Ga.)
16.Cubs Hayden SimpsonRHPSouthern Arkansas University
17.Rays Josh SaleOFBishop Blanchet High School (Wash.)
18.Angels Kaleb Cowart3BCook High School (Ga.)
19.Astros Mike FoltynewiczRHPMinooka Community High School (Ill.)
20.Red SoxKolbrin Vitek2BBall State
21.Twins Alex WimmersRHPOhio State
22.Rangers Kellin DeglanCR.E. Mountain SS (B.C.)
23.MarlinsChristian Yelich1BWestlake High School (Calif.)
24.Giants Gary BrownOFCal State-Fullerton
25.Cardinals Zack Cox3BArkansas
26.Rockies Kyle ParkerOFClemson
27.PhilliesJessie BiddleLHPGermantown Friends School (Pa.)
28.DodgersZach LeeRHPMcKinney High School (Texas)
29.Angels Cameron BedrosianRHPEast Coweta HS (Ind.)
30.Angels Chevy ClarkeOFMarietta (Ga.)


The 2011 First-Year Player Draft included some familiar names, as sons of several famous sports figures were drafted. The Cubs grabbed Trevor Gretzky, son of all-time hockey great Wayne Gretzky, while Derech Rodriguez, son of former American League Most Valuable Player Pudge Rodriguez, was chosen by the Twins with the 208th pick. Ryan Garvey, son of 10-time All-Star Steve Garvey, was drafted by the Phillies (No. 481 overall).

With their fourth No. 1 overall pick in franchise history, the Pirates selected UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole, who had gone 8-2 with a 0.46 ERA in 75 2/3 innings during his junior season.

The Mariners, D-backs, and Orioles all took starting pitchers with their first picks, too, making the first four overall selection starting pitchers. A total of 792 pitchers were selected in the 2011 Draft.

The Mariners bolstered what looked to be a strong future rotation, adding Danny Hultzen with the second overall pick. Seattle was impressed with the lefty’s maturity and athleticism, following his 11-3 record in his final year with Virginia. The D-Backs followed with Cole's rotation mate Trevor Bauer as their top pick, hoping to capitalize quickly on the UCLA right-hander, who was perceived as being close to big league-ready. Bauer led the country in strikeouts as a sophomore and junior and was 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA in his last 16 starts with the Bruins.

The Orioles rounded out the streak, grabbing Oklahoma high schooler Dylan Bundy with the fourth pick. Bundy struck out 164 in his senior season at Owasso High School, going 11-1 with a 1.58 ERA.

1.PiratesGerrit ColeRHPUCLA
2.MarinersDanny HultzenLHPVirginia
3.D-BacksTrevor BauerUCLAUCLA
4.OriolesDylan BundyRHPOwasso HS (Okla.)
5.RoyalsBubba StarlingOFGardner Edgerton HS (Kan.)
6.NationalsAnthony Rendon3BRice
7.D-BacksArchie BradleyRHPBroken Arrow Sr. HS (Okla.)
8.RedsFrancisco LindorSSMontverde Academy (Fla.)
9.CubsJavier BaezSSArlington Country Day School (Fla.)
10.PadresCory Spangenberg2BIndian River State
11.AstrosGeorge SpringerOFConnecticut
12.BrewersTaylor JungmannRHPUniversity of Texas
13.MetsBrandon NimmoOFCheyenne East HS (Wyo.)
14.MarlinsJose FernandezRHPBraulio Alonso HS (Fla.)
15.BrewersJed BradleyLHPGeorgia Tech
16.Dodgers Chris ReedLHPStanford
17.AngelsC.J. Cron1BUtah
18.A'sSonny GrayRHPVanderbilt
19.Red SoxMatt BarnesRHPConnecticut
20.RockiesTyler AndersonLHPOregon
21.Blue JaysTyler BeedeRHPLawrence Academy (Mass.)
22.CardinalsKolten Wong2BHawaii
23.NationalsAlex MeyerRHPKentucky
24.RaysTaylor GuerrieriRHPSpring Valley HS (S.C.)
25.PadresJoe RossRHPBishop O'Dowd School (Calif.)
26.Red SoxBlake SwihartCV Sue Cleveland HS (N.M.)
27.RedsRobert StephensonRHPAlhambra HS (Calif.)
28.BravesSean GilmartinLHPFlorida State
29.GiantsJoe PanikSSSt. Johns
30.TwinsLevi MichaelSSNorth Calolina


The 2012 First-Year Amateur Draft had a distinct feel, following the new Collective Bargaining Agreement reached the previous offseason. Draft signing bonus pools were allotted, with each pick in the first 10 rounds having a value assigned to it. Penalties were assessed to teams that spent beyond their allotted pools. The Draft was condensed from 50 rounds to 40. And the signing deadline was moved up from Aug. 15 to the middle of July.

Carlos Correa was taken No. 1 overall by the Astros, who signed the 18-year-old Puerto Rican just two days after selecting him. Correa was an unlikely first pick, but he impressed Astros' officials in late workouts with his size and power, and he signed for $2.4 million less than the $7.2 million allotted value for the top pick, allowing the Astros to use that saved money on later picks that were considered harder to sign. Correa became the first player from Puerto Rico taken first overall.

With the No. 2 pick, the Twins took high school outfielder Byron Buxton, who hit .513 with 17 doubles and 38 stolen bases during his senior season at Appling County High School in Georgia.

Mike Zunino went No. 3 to the Mariners and was the last of the top three to be signed, inking a deal on July 2. The son of Reds scout Greg Zunino, Mike helped lead his Florida Gators team to three consecutive College World Series appearances in 2010-12.

The quick-signing theme continued throughout the first round, with only one first rounder out of 30 failing to sign by the deadline. Overall spending on first-round picks dropped from $233.6 million in 2011 to $203.7 million.

1.AstrosCarlos CorreaSSPuerto Rico BB Academy (P.R.)
2.TwinsByron BuxtonOFAppling County HS (Ga.)
3.MarinersMike ZuninoCFlorida
4.OriolesKevin GausmanRHPLSU
5.RoyalsKyle ZimmerRHPUniversity of San Francisco
6.CubsAlbert AlmoraOFMater Academy Charter School (Fla.)
7.PadresMax FriedLHPHarvard-Westlake HS (Calif.)
8.PiratesMark AppelRHPStanford
9.MarlinsAndrew HeaneyLHPOklahoma State
10.RockiesDavid DahlOFOak Mountain HS (Ala.)
11.A'sAddison RussellSSPace HS (Fla.)
12.MetsGavin CecchiniSSBarbe HS (La.)
13.White SoxCourtney HawkinsOFCarroll HS (Texas)
14.RedsNick TraviesoRHPArchbishop McCarthy HS (Fla.)
15.IndiansTyler NaquinOFTexas A&M
16.NationalsLucas GiolitoRHPHarvard-Westlake HS (Calif.)
17.Blue JaysD.J. DavisOFStone County HS (Miss.)
18.DodgersCorey SeagerSSNorthwest Cabarrus HS (N.C.)
19.CardinalsMichael WachaRHPTexas A&M
20.GiantsChris StrattonRHPMississippi State
21.BravesLucas SimsRHPBrookwood HS (Ga.)
22.Blue JaysMarcus StromanRHPDuke
23.CardinalsJames RamseyOFFlorida State
24.Red SoxDeven MarreroSSArizona State
25.RaysRichie Shaffer3BClemson
26.D-BacksStryker TrahanCAcadiana HS (La.)
27.BrewersClint CoulterCUnion HS (Wash.)
28.Brewers Victor RoacheOFGeorgia Southern
29.RangersLewis BrinsonOFCoral Springs HS (Fla.)
30.YankeesTy HensleyRHPEdmond Santa Fe HS (Okla.)


The 2013 First-Year Player Draft again saw the Astros selecting first overall, becoming the third team with the top pick in back-to-back Drafts. They chose Stanford right-hander Mark Appel, who was thought to have been in the mix for the top pick in the 2012 Draft. Instead, he fell to eighth that year and chose to return to Stanford. The deicision ultimately paid off and he became the 17th player to be selected twice in the first round.

Appel, the top pick in a pitching-heavy Draft, embodied a few trends in the 2013 first round. Fifteen pitchers were selected, and six college pitchers were taken in the top 20 picks. Three prep pitchers went in the top 10 selections, led by fourth overall pick Kohl Stewart, but only three more prep arms went by the end of the round.

But the Draft wasn't all arms. Nine of the top 15 picks, in fact, were spent on position players. Eight college position players and nine prep players went in the first round, providing an interesting mix of talent.

Picking second, the Cubs made University of San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant the top position player selected. He won the Golden Spikes Award as a junior after leading the nation in home runs (31), runs scored (80), walks and slugging percentage (.820).

Oklahoma right-hander Jon Gray went third overall to the Rockies and the Indians selected Loganville (Ga.) High School outfielder Clint Frazier to round out the top five.

All but one first rounder signed and the average bonus for first-round picks was up in 2013. Bryant led the way with his $6.708 million bonus, and the average bonus for the 32 players who signed was $2.64 million, up from last year's average of $2.40 million. While spending on first-round selections increased, teams still came in well under the combined assigned values for the 32 picks who agreed to terms. Teams combined to save $3.746 million compared to the assigned values

1.AstrosMark Appel RHPStanford
2.CubsKris Bryant 3BUniversity of San Diego
3.RockiesJon Gray RHPOklahoma
4.TwinsKohl StewartRHPSt. Pius X (Texas)
5.IndiansClint Frazier OFLoganville HS (Ga.)
6.MarlinsColin Moran3BNorth Carolina
7.Red SoxTrey Ball LHP New Castle HS (Ind.)
8.RoyalsHunter DozierSSStephen F. Austin State
9.PiratesAustin Meadows OFGrayson HS (Ga.)
10.Blue JaysPhil BickfordRHPOaks Christian HS (Calif.)
11.MetsDominic Smith 1BJSerra HS (Calif.)
12.MarinersD.J. Peterson 3BNew Mexico
13.Padres Hunter Renfroe OFMississippi State
14.PiratesReese McGuire CKentwood HS (Wash.)
15.D-backsBraden ShipleyRHPNevada
16.PhilliesJ.P. CrawfordSSLakewood HS (Calif.)
17.White SoxTim AndersonSSEast Central CC (Miss.)
18.DodgersChris Anderson RHPJacksonville
19.CardinalsMarco Gonzales LHPGonzaga
20.TigersJonathon CrawfordRHPFlorida
21.RaysNick CiuffoCLexington HS (S.C.)
22.Orioles Hunter HarveyRHPBandys HS (N.C.)
23.RangersAlex GonzalezRHPOral Roberts
24.A’sBilly McKinneyOFPlano HS (Texas)
25.GiantsChristian ArroyoSSHernando HS (Fla.)
26.Yankees Eric Jagielo3BNotre Dame
27.RedsPhil Ervin OFSamford
28.Cardinals Rob KaminskyLHPSaint Joseph Regional HS (N.J.)
29.RaysRyne StanekRHPArkansas
30.RangersTravis DemeritteSSWinder-Barrow HS (Ga.)
31.Braves Jason HurshRHPOklahoma State
32.YankeesAaron JudgeOFFresno State
33.YankeesIan ClarkinLHPMadison HS (Calif.)


The 2014 Draft saw the Astros become the first team in league history to select first overall for three straight seasons. They chose San Diego high school left-hander Brady Aiken with the pick, making him the first high school pitcher to be taken first overall since 1991, and the first prep southpaw taken atop the Draft in 23 years.

With Aiken off the board, the Marlins then selected another prep pitcher, Shepherd (Texas) High right-hander Tyler Kolek, with the second overall pick, while the White Sox made North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon the top college pick in the Draft when they selected him third overall.

Overall, 20 of the 34 picks in the first round were used on pitchers, with 10 coming from the prep ranks and 10 from college.

Though the Draft was once again pitching-heavy, there were six position players selected in the top 13 picks and a total of 14 position players selected in the first round.

The first bat of the Draft was not taken until the fourth pick, when the Cubs selected catcher Kyle Schwarber out of the University of Indiana. Schwarber, a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award as the best catcher in the country in 2014, hit .358 with 14 home runs and 66 runs scored as a junior for the Hoosiers.

The Twins selected Olympia (Fla.) High shortstop Nick Gordon, the son of former Major League pitcher Tom "Flash" Gordon and brother of Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, with the fifth overall pick, while Miami grabbed another highly touted prep player in Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) High outfielder Alex Jackson sixth overall.

The Draft had not seen four prep players taken in the top six picks since 2002, when future stars B.J. Upton and Zack Greinke were part of an impressive first-round haul.

All but one first-rounder (Aiken) signed, and the average bonus for first-round picks was down slightly compared to 2013. Rodon led the way with his $6.582 million bonus, and Kolek received $6 million from the Marlins, while the average bonus for the 33 players who signed was a little more than $2.612 million, a slight decrease from the average of $2.64 million in 2013.

1.AstrosBrady Aiken LHPCathedral Catholic HS (Calif.)
2.MarlinsTyler Kolek RHPShepherd HS (Tex.)
3.White SoxCarlos Rodon LHPNorth Carolina State
4.CubsKyle SchwarberCIndiana
5.TwinsNick Gordon SSOlympia HS (Fla.)
6.MarinersAlex JacksonOFRancho Bernardo HS (Calif.)
7.PhilliesAaron Nola RHP LSU
8.RockiesKyle FreelandLHPEvansville
9.Blue JaysJeff Hoffman RHPEast Carolina
10.MetsMichael ConfortoOFOregon State
11.Blue JaysMax Pentecost CWinder Barrow HS (Ga.)
12.BrewersKodi Medeiros LHPWaiakea HS (Haw.)
13.Padres Trea Turner SSNorth Carolina State
14.GiantsTyler Beede RHPVanderbilt
15.AngelsSean NewcombLHPHartford University
16.D-backsTouki ToussaintRHPCoral Springs Christian Academy HS (Fla.)
17.RoyalsBrandon FinneganLHPTCU
18.NationalsErick Fedde RHPUNLV
19.RedsNick Howard RHPVirginia
20.RaysCasey Gillaspie1BWichita State
21.IndiansBradley ZimmerOFSan Francisco
22.Dodgers Grant HolmesRHPConway HS (S.C.)
23.TigersDerek HillOFElk Grove Hs (Calif.)
24.PiratesCole TuckerSSMountain Pointe HS (Ariz.)
25.A'sMatt Chapman3BCal State Fullerton
26.Red Sox Michael ChavisSSNotre Dame
27.CardinalsLuke Weaver RHPFlorida State
28.Royals Foster GriffinLHPThe First Academy HS (Fla.)
29.RedsAlex BlandinoSSStanford
30.RangersLuis OrtizRHPSanger HS (Calif.)
31.Indians Justus SheffieldLHPTullahoma HS (Tenn.)
32.BravesBraxton DavidsonOFT C Roberson Hs (N.C.)
33.Red SoxMichael KopechRHPMount Pleasant HS (Tex.)
34.CardinalsJack FlahertyRHPHarvard-Westlake HS (Calif.)


The Arizona Diamondbacks opened the 2015 Draft by selecting Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson with the No. 1 overall pick, the first of a record-tying eight shortstops taken in the first round.

Swanson was the first college shortstop taken atop the Draft since Bill Almon from Brown University in 1974, and the selection of eight shortstops in the Draft's first round tied the record achieved twice previously (1971 and 2002).

The Astros, who had the No. 2 pick due to being unable to sign 2014 No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken, selected Alex Bregman out of Louisiana State University, and the Rockies took Orlando-area prep shortstop Brendan Rodgers third overall, marking the first time in the 51-year history of the Draft that shortstops had been taken with each of the first three picks.

The first non-shortstop off the board was UC-Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate, who was chosen No. 4 overall by the Rangers, becoming the highest-drafted alumnus of MLB's Urban Youth Academy.

Swanson, Bregman and Tate were among seven collegians taken within the first 10 picks, the most in the top 10 since 2008. The trio was joined by left-hander Tyler Jay (No. 6, Twins), Arkansas outfielder Andrew Benintendi (No. 7, Red Sox), Vanderbilt righty Carson Fulmer (No. 8, White Sox) and Cincinnati outfielder Ian Happ (No. 9, Cubs).

The Astros, the first team in history to have two top-five selections in the same Draft, took prep outfielder Kyle Tucker, the brother of Astros big league outfielder Preston Tucker, from Plant High School in Tampa, Fla., at No. 5.

Of the 36 players selected in the first round, a total of 19 players were chosen from college, while 16 came from the high school ranks. Aiken, who went 17th overall to the Indians, was selected out of IMG Academy in Florida.

All but one first-rounder -- Louisville right-hander Kyle Funkhouser (No. 35, Dodgers) – signed, and the average bonus for first-round picks was up compared to previous years. Swanson was the lone pick to command a bonus of more than $6 million ($6.5 million, to be exact), while Bregman ($5.9 million) and Rodgers ($5.5 million) were the only other players to receive more than $5 million. The average bonus for the 35 players who signed was $2,774,945 million, a sizeable increase from the 2014 average of $2.612 million.

1.D-backsDansby Swanson LHPVanderbilt
2.AstrosAlex Bregman RHPLSU
3.RockiesBrendan Rodgers SSLake Mary HS (Fla.)
4.RangersDillon TateRHPCal Santa Barbara
5.AstrosKyle Tucker OFH.B. Plant HS (Fla.)
6.TwinsTyler JayLHPIllinois
7.Red SoxAndrew Benintendi OF Arkansas
8.White SoxCarson FulmerRHPVanderbilt
9.CubsIan Happ RHPCincinnati
10.PhilliesCornelius RandolphSSGriffin HS (Ga.)
11.RedsTyler Stephenson CKennesaw Mountain HS (Ga.)
12.MarlinsJosh Naylor 1BSt Joan of Arc Catholic HS (Ontario)
13.Rays Garrett Whitley OFNiskayuna HS (N.Y.)
14.BravesKolby Allard LHPSan Clemente HS (Calif.)
15.BrewersTrent ClarkOFRichland HS (Tex.)
16.YankeesJames KaprielianRHPUCLA
17.IndiansBrady AikenLHPIMG Academy
18.GiantsPhil Bickford RHPCollege of Southern Nevada
19.PiratesKevin Newman SSArizona
20.A'sRichie MartinSSFlorida
21.RoyalsAshe RussellRHPCathedral HS (Ind.)
22.Tigers Beau BurrowsRHPWeatherford HS (Tex.)
23.CardinalsNick PlummerOFBrother Rice HS (Mich.)
24.DodgersWalker BuehlerRHPVanderbilt
25.OriolesD.J. StewartOFFlorida State
26.AngelsTaylor WardCFresno State
27.RockiesMike Nikorak RHPStroudsburg HS (Pa.)
28.Braves Mike SorokaRHPBishop Carroll HS (Alberta)
29.Blue JaysJonathan HarrisRHPMissouri State
30.YankeesKyle HolderSSSan Diego
31.Giants Christopher ShawCBoston College
32.PiratesKe'Bryan HayesSSConcordia Lutheran Hs (Tex.)
33.RoyalsNolan WatsonRHPLawrence North HS (Ind.)
34.TigersChristin StewartOFTennessee
35.DodgersKyle FunkhouserRHPLouisville
36.OriolesRyan MountcastleSSHagert HS (Fla.)