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The top players drafted and continuously protected in AL Robinson since 2000: (Note: this is a Canadian League where players from the June Amateur Draft are not eligible until the following winter – if they are signed.)

At the time this player was last picked before polished as a gem he was:

expected to take over a year to reach Majors (from draft)

less than a year away from expected Major League career

prospect expected to be a regular the year in majors immediately

established major leaguer age 23 or under

established major league in the 24-27 age range

established major leaguer 28 or over

cross-over or import

 

Player        Yr Pick Age Level When did they become gems

 

Barry Zito    00 R#27 21 U./A+++ instant star;

                                 called up mid-season ‘01

Jose Valentin 00 R#18 30 NL    not picked until 18th round, so

                                cross-overness is irrelevant     

C.C. Sabathia 00 R#28 20 AA    solid’ 01; gem ‘03; star ‘06

Ichiro Suzuki 01 R#14!27 Japan

Keith Foulke  01 R#14 28 AL   

Jason Varitek 01 R#15 28 AL

Isringhausen  01 R#17 28 AL   

Trot Nixon    01 R#19 27 AL   

Torii Hunter  01 R#20 25 AL

Roy Halladay  01 R#21 24 AL   

Carl Crawford 01 R#31 20 A+    ‘02: season '04: good season

Mark Buehrle  01 R#31 22 AAA/AL excellent in 1st year as starter

Hank Blalock  01 R#37 20 A/a+  ‘02: blew status; ‘03-‘04: star;

                              ‘05-06: stunk

J. Morneau    01 R#40 19 R     03: blew status; 04: 2nd half star;

                               05 slump; 06: MVP

O. Hudson     02 R#14 24 AA/AAA delayed call-up until late in ’02

Mark Teixeira 02 R#14 22 univ. starter ’03; star in ‘04

AJ Pierzynski 02 R#17 25 AL   

Derek Lowe    02 R#17 28 AL    star 1st year as starter; 04: stunk

Joe Mauer     02 R#19 17 u./R  1st excellent 35 games in ‘04

V. Martinez   02 R#19 17 u./R  03: blew prospect status; 04: star

John Lackey   02 R#40 23 AAA/al two 4.60 seasons in ’03 & ‘04

Rich Harden   02 R#40 20 A+/aa GS: 03:13;  04:31;  05:19;  06:9

H. Matsui     03 R#14!29 Japan         

Michael Young 03 R#18 26 AL    improved 3 years in a row;

                                2nd year of decline

David Ortiz   03 R#22 27 AL   

H. Ramirez    03 R#23 19 A     suddenly RotY in ’06 (crossed-over)

G. Sizemore   03 R#29 20 A/A+  1st 43 games in ‘04

Johan Santana 03 R#40 23 AL    not a full time starter until ‘04

Alex Rios     03 R#39 22 A+/aa played weakly in AL ’04-‘05

V. Guerrero   04 R#14!28 NL   

C.Schilling   04 R#14 37 NL

Javy Lopez    04 R#14 34 NL   

F. Rodriguez  04 R#15 22 AL            

C. Guillen    04 R#16 28 AL    injured almost half of ‘05

Melvin Mora   04 R#16 32 AL   

J. Bonderman  04 R#17 21 AL    has gradually improved each year   

Travis Hafner 04 R#19 26 AL   

Joe Nathan    04 R#21 29 AL   

Nick Swisher  04 R#41 23 AA/AAA up in ’05, useful in ‘06    

Robinson Cano 04 R#43 21 AA/AAA surprise call-up early in ‘05

Dan Haren     05 R#14 24 AAA/NL        

Scott Kazmir  05 R#14 21 A+...AL an instant gem

Eric Bedard   05 R#17 25/26 AL 24 starts in ’05; improving steadily

Jhon. Peralta 05 R#19 23 AL/AAA        

C. Granderson 05 R#24 23/24 AA/al blew status in 47 productive G

J. Verlander  05 R#26 21/22 U. Rookie o’ Year in ’06; star in ’07?

Jon Papelbon  05 R#32 24 A+  late 05: called up; 06: rookie star

C.-M. Wang    06 R#17 25/26 AAA/AL NY’s under-heralded star

                                 still brightening

 

Players considered stars for this analysis: Zito, Sabathia, Varitek, Halladay, Morneau, Teixeira, Mauer, V. Martinez, Lackey, M. Young, Ortiz, Sizemore, J. Santana, Guerrero, C. Guillen, Hafner, Verlander.

John Carter