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Who were the best picks by year? all-time team? Which teams were hurt the most? Which players were drafted twice? Future managers? Trivia and trends

Player                 Year  From     By       Years  AWAR POS: comments

Jim Fregosi          ’60   Bos.      Angels   16++  46.1   SS: once considered the top young franchise player

Dean Chance       ’60   Bal.      Was.2    10+    31.9   SP: immediately traded to Angels for Jim Hicks /CYA

Hal Woodeshick  ’60   Min.     Was.2       7      15.5   RP: 8.7 picked from old Senators by the new Senators

Chuck Hinton       ’60   Bal.      Was.2    11      13.9   IF-OF: played all infield and outfield positions

Albie Pearson      ’60   Bal.       Angels    5+     11.8   OF: 5’5”

Bobby Shantz       ’60   N.Y.Y.   Was.2     4         8.7   RP: 7.5 WAR Wash.’s top pick, then flipped to Pit.

Dick Donovan      ’60   Chi.W.  Was.2     4+       7.7   SP: led league in ERA year 1 as an expansion Senator

Bob Johnson        ’60   A’s        Was.2   10-        6.4   IF: utility infielder

Ken McBride        ’60   Chi.W.  Angels    4+       6.0   SP

Fred Newman      ’60   Bos.      Angels    4+-      4.7   SP

Johnny Klippstein ’60  Cle.       Wash.     5+       3.0   RP: 1960: saves leader & 2.91 ERA, 1961: 6.78 ERA

Buck Rogers        ’60   Det.       Angels    7++    2.5   C:  also became an outstanding manager

 

Ken Johnson        ’61   Cin.       Hou.         8+    21.1   SP

Turk Farrell          ’61   L.A.D.    Hou.        8      20.8   SP

Bob Miller           ’61   St.L.       Mets     13      15.0   RP: 12.3 WAR; 1 of 2 Bob Millers on the original Mets

Eddie Bressoud   ’61   S.F.        Hou.        6      13.8   SS: flipped to Boston

Jim Hickman        ’61   St.L.       Mets     13-     12.4   OF: WAR hates his defense; 1.001 OPS / 149 G in ‘70

Bobby Shantz       ’61   Pit.        Hou.        3        7.6   RP: 6.5 WAR; notice he is listed twice!

Roger Craig         ’61   L.A.D.    Mets        5-      7.3   SP: became a successful coach & manager

Jack Fisher           ’63   S.F.        Mets        6       6.8   SP: Raymond & Fisher only draftees in special draft

Felix Mantilla       ’61   Braves  Mets        5       5.1   IF-OF: OPS of .910 as Boston’s 2B in 1964

Chris Cannizzaro  ’61   St.L.      Mets        8++   4.4   C

Claude Raymond  ’63   Braves  Hou.        8       4.2   RP: 3.4 WAR;  Expos’ reliever, coach, and broadcaster

Chris Cannizzaro AAA-mlb 23 ’61 St.L. Mets   8++  4.4 C

Claude Raymond       AAA 24 ’63 Braves Hou.  8    4.2 RP

Al Spangler          MLB 21 ’61 Braves Hou.  9+-  2.1 OF

Al Spangler           ’61   Braves  Hou.        9+-    2.1   OF

Al Jackson            ’61   Pit.        Mets        8       0.3   SP: had notoriously bad defense behind him

Bob Aspromonte  ’61   L.A.D.    Hou.      10       0.0   3B: brother Ken – a manager-to-be - was a pick in ‘60

 

Dave Roberts       ’68   Pit.        S.D.        12     23.9   SP

Carl Morton         ’68   Braves   Mtl.         8     18.9   SP

Dave Giusti          ’68   St.L.       S.D.          9     17.5   RP: 9.1 led N.L. in Saves in ’71 with 30

Nate Colbert        ’68   Hou.      S.D.          8-    13.5   1B

Manny Mota        ’68   Pit.        Mtl.        12     10.8   OF: Expos’ top pick; had a long pinch hitting career

Clay Kirby             ’68   St.L.      S.D.          8     10.8   SP:

Dick Selma           ’68   Mets     S.D.          6     10.8   RP: 5.9 in actual WAR

Mudcat Grant       ’68   L.A.D.   Mtl           3       8.7   SP: 4.6 retired despite still going strong at 35

Jack Billingham    ’68   L.A.D.   Mtl.        11+     8.0   SP: flipped to Hou. as compensation for Clendenon

Bill Stoneman       ’68   Cubs     Mtl.         6-      7.5   SP: became a fine GM

Ollie Brown          ’68   S.F.        S.D.         9       7.2   OF: first pick in the N.L. draft

Mack Jones          ’68   Cin.       Mtl.         3-      6.7   OF: solid looking OF completely washed out at 32

Maury Wills         ’68   Pit.        Mtl.         4        5.8   SS: became a famously bad manager

Fred Kendall        ’68   Cin.        S.D.         8++   -1.5   C: Jason’s dad; WAR deemed Kendall -2.8 on D

Cito Gaston         ’68   Atl.         S.D.       10       -1.8   OF: milked playing career out of 1 very good year

Jerry Morales      ’68   Mets      S.D.       12++   -3.9   OF

 

Marty Pattin        ’68   Angels   Pilots     12      20.0   SP-RP

Mike Marshall     ’68   Det.       Pilots     12      16.0   RP: 32.3 Cy Young winner / kinetics professor

Dick Drago          ’68   Det.       K.C.R.     13       21.3   SP

Tom Burgmeier   ’68   Angels   K.C.R.     16--    17.5   RP: 12.4 in WAR      

Skip Lockwood    ’68   A’s         Pilots      12      16.8   SP-RP: 10.8 in adjusted WAR

Jim Rooker          ’68   N.Y.Y.     K.C.R.     11+    16.7  SP: sold by Det. to NY just before draft; broadcaster

Tommy Harper    ’68   Cle.        Pilots        8      15.6   OF-2B: year 1 after draft: 73 SB,; year 2: .899 OPS

Al Fitzmorris        ’68   Chi.W.   K.C.R.     10-     14.3   SP: picked again by Toronto in ‘76

Lou Piniella         ’68   Cle.        Pilots     16      11.4   OF: minors journeyman; a Royal by opening, then RoY

Diego Segui         ’68   A’s         Pilots       7      11.2   RP-SP: 7.3 David’s Cuban dad holds ERA title for ‘70

Don Mincher       ’68  Angels    Pilots        4      10.3   1B: Seattle Pilots (now Mil. Brewers) first pick

Paul Schaal         ’68  Angels    K.C.R.        6        8.6   3B

Pat Kelly              ’68   Min.      K.C.R.      13        8.5   OF: played mostly with White Sox and Orioles

Roger Nelson      ’68   Bal.        K.C.R.       6-+     8.5   SP-RP: first A.L. pick of the draft

Jack Aker             ’68   A’s         Pilots        6        8.2   RP: 4.1 actual WAR

Hoyt Wilhelm      ’68   Chi.W.   K.C.R.       4-        7.9    RP: 3.4 WAR; 46 year old with a few nice years left

Moe Drabowsky  ’68   Bal.       K.C.R.        4        4.8   RP: 3.7 in actual WAR

Wally Bunker       ’68   Bal.       K.C.R.       3         3.9   SP: had to include: gave Royals a fine first year

Bob Oliver           ’68   Min.      K.C.R.        6+      3.0   1B-OF-3B

Tommy Davis      ’68   Chi.W.   Pilots        8-       0.4   OF-DH: played for 10 teams after 7 years w/ Dodgers

 

Ruppert Jones     ’76   K.C.R.    Sea. M.    11      20.7   OF: first pick of '76 expansion draft

Jim Clancy           ’76  Tex.       Tor.          14+    18.7   SP

Pete Vuckovivh   ’76   Chi.W.   Tor.           8+     17.1   SP-RP: 105/102 K/BB in ’81 Cy Young season

Ernie Whitt          ’76  Bos.       Tor.          12+-  16.6    C: managed Canada in ’09 World Baseball Classic

Dave Collins        ’76  Angels   Sea.M.     14      14.1   OF

Julio Cruz             ’76  Angels   Sea.M.     10      13.2   2B

Jerry Garvin         ’76   Min.      Tor.            5+      8.9   SP-RP: 6.3 WAR; led ’80 Blue Jays in saves with 8.

Otto Velez           ’76   N.Y.Y.    Tor.           6-+     7.9   1B-OF

Bob Bailor           ’76   Bal.       Tor.            9        6.0   OF-IF: played ‘em all including pitcher

Bob Stinson         ’76   K.C.R     Sea.M.       4        4.8   C

Glenn Abbott       ’76   A’s        Sea.M.       7-       4.1   SP        

Jesse Jefferson    ’76   Chi.W.  Tor.            5        3.9   SP

Grant Jackson      ’76   N.Y.Y.   Sea.M.       6-       3.4   RP

Steve Braun         ’76   Min.      Sea.M.       9        2.4   OF: best years were well before draft

Garth Iorg            ’76   N.Y.Y.    Tor.           8+-     1.8   IF: son Cale is a Tigers prospect

 

Trevor Hoffman   ’92   Cin.       Fla.          18       61.1   RP: 30.8 in actual WAR

Jeff Conine          ’92   K.C.R.    Fla.          15       22.2   OF-1B

Andy Ashby         ’92   Phi.        Col.         11+     22.1   SP: never won a game for Col., traded for has-beens

Carl Everett         ’92   N.Y.Y.    Fla.          12+-   18.4   OF

Brad Ausmus       ’92   N.Y.Y.    Col.         16++   17.2   C: traded w/ Ashby before reaching Col. to S.D.

Eric Young           ’92   L.A.D.    Col.         14       16.6   2B

Vinny Castilla      ’92   Braves   Col.         14-     16.6   3B

David Weathers  ’92   Tor.        Fla.         15+-   14.1   sp-RP:  9.8 in WAR

Steve Reed          ’92   S.F.         Col.        13-      13.9   RP

Armando Reynoso ’92 Braves   Col.           8++  11.6   SP: established the pitcher type who could win in Col.

Curtis Leskanic    ’92   Min.      Col.          11--   10.0   RP: 10.9 in WAR

Pat Rapp              ’92   S.F.        Fla.            9        9.7   SP        

Butch Henry         ’92   Hou.      Col.           6        8.2   SP: career took off after he was traded to Montreal

Bryan Harvey       ’92   Angels   Fla.           1+      7.8   RP: 3.9 in WAR

Jim Corsi              ’92   Oak.       Fla.           6--     7.7   RP: bloomed after he returned to Oak. as a free agent

Kevin Ritz             ’92   Det.       Col.           4-+    6.6   SP

Charlie Hayes      ’92   N.Y.Y.     Col.        10-       6.4   3B

Darren Holmes     ’92   Braves   Col.        10-      5.3   RP: 1.9 WAR

Willie Blair           ’92   Hou.      Col.           9-      4.0   SP-RP

Albie Lopez          ’92   Cle.        T.B.           5+     3.8   RP-SP

Robert Person      ’92   Chi.W.    Fla.           6++   3.5   SP: traded to Mets before surfacing in the Majors

Joe Girardi           ’92   Cubs       Col.         10+     3.1   C: seventh expansion pick to manage in a World Series

Danny Jackson     ’92   Pit.         Fla.            5       2.6   SP: flipped to Phil.; up to 6.8 WAR, then neg. years

Esteban Yan         ’92   Bal.       T.B.            9       0.4   RP: high K rate, but always disappointing

Ramon Martinez  ’92   Pit.         Fla.            9+-   -0.4   IF: did not reach majors until with S.F. in ‘98

 

Bobby Abreu        ’97   Hou.      T.B.          14+   58.7   OF: immediately traded to Phi. for Kevin Stocker

Randy Winn         ’97   Fla.        T.B.          13-   25.9   OF

Joe Randa            ’97   Pit.         Ariz.           9    16.8   3B: flipped w/ Gabe Alvarez to Det. for Travis Fryman

Jeff Suppan          ’97   Bos.       Ariz.         13-   13.3   SP        (then Fryman was flipped for Matt Williams)

Tony Batista        ’97   Oak.       Ariz.           8+  12.5   IF: best years as Toronto's 3B 7 yrs. before Bautista

Dmitri Young       ’97   Cin.        T.B.          11    10.4   OF: from StL. to Cin. just < draft, then back to Cin. just >

Damian Miller     ’97   Min.       Ariz.         10-   10.3   C:   18.9 in WSAB

Cory Lidle            ’97   Mets      Ariz.           7+    9.6   SP: next pitched in Majors for TB, but bloomed in Oak.

Brian Anderson   ’97   Cle.        Ariz.           6+     9.0   SP: (17.9 in WSAB)

Jim Mecir            ’97   Bos.        T.B.           8       7.1   RP: born with club feet and a half sized calf

Omar Daal          ’97   Tor.        Ariz.           6       5.7   SP

Hector Carrasco  ’97   K.C.R.    Ariz.         10-      5.7   RP

Jason Johnson     ’97   Pit.         T.B.           9+     4.6   SP: became useful as an Oriole

Bubba Trammell  ’97   Det.       T.B.           5-+    4.6  OF: no relation to Alan

Miguel Cairo       ’97   Cubs      T.B.          12-+    4.3  2B-IF-OF

Herb Perry           ’97   Cle.        T.B.           6-      4.2   3B-1B

Brian Boehringer ’97   N.Y.Y.    T.B.            7       2.6   RP: immediately traded to S.D. + 1 for John Flaherty

Russ Springer      ’97   Hou.       Ariz.        10-+    2.7   RP

David Dellucci     ’97   Bal.        Ariz.        12--     2.5   OF

Kelly Stinnett       ’97   Mil.        Ariz.        10-      1.5   C

 

All-time Expansion Pick team

 

Player        Year From   By   AWAR + WSAB/2 POS

Starting Line-up:

Tommy Harper   ’68 Cle.   Pilots   41.50     3B-2B-OF

Bobby Abreu    ’97 Hou.   T.B.    140.80     RF

Randy Winn     ’97 Fla.   T.B.     49.75     LF-OF     

Jeff Conine    ’92 K.C.   Fla.     49.30     DH-1B-OF

Nate Colbert   ’68 Hou.   S.D.     36.20     1B

Ruppert Jones  ’76 K.C.R. Sea. M.  41.45     CF

Jim Fregosi    ’60 Bos.   Angels   93.50     SS

Ernie Whitt    ’76 Bos.   Tor.     31.80      C

Eric Young     ’92 L.A.D. Col.     26.20     2B

 

Bench:

Carl Everett   ’92 N.Y.Y. Fla.     40.05     OF

Lou Piniella   ’68 Cle.   Pilots   36.95     LF-RF

Vinny Castilla ’92 Braves Col.     23.75     3B

Eddie Bressoud ’61 S.F.   Hou.     23.40     SS

Brad Ausmus    ’92 N.Y.Y. Col.     18.45      C

 

Honorable Mention:

Dmitri Young   ’97 Cin.   T.B.     30.30     OF-1B-DH

Chuck Hinton   ’60 Bal.   Was.2    28.80     OF-IF

Joe Randa      ’97 Pit.   Ariz.    24.50     3B

Damian Miller  ’97 Min.   Ariz.    19.10      C

 

Nate Colbert is the starter over Carl Everett, because the outfield already has three good defenders and Colbert was a better firstbaseman defensively than Conine – plus: Colbert hit righties better than Everett. You could platoon the two. Since Lou Piniella mashed lefties, while Rupert Jones was stymied by them, Everett would take center against them and Piniella would be the DH. Without a DH, Colbert goes to the bench. Vinny Castilla beats out Joe Randa, because he played some shortstop and therefore would make a better player for the bench. No worries here about having double back-ups for each position: Harper and Bressoud have secondbase backed up; Bressoud could play third, if necessary. Brad Ausmus gets the nod over Damian Miller as back-up catcher, because he has a much greater platoon split that fits in nicely with Ernie Whitt. Ausmus, by the way, stuck longer in the Majors after his selection than any player other than Trevor Hoffman – and about tied with Jim Fregosi – unless Bobby Abreu plays another two and half years

 

Rotation:

Dean Chance    ’60 Bal.   Was.2     70.05     SP

Dick Drago     ’68 Det.   K.C.R.    45.20     SP

Dave Roberts   ’68 Pit.   S.D.      42.70     SP (lefty)

Jim Clancy     ’76 Tex.   Tor.      40.50     SP

 

Marty Pattin   ’68 Angels Pilots    39.35     SP-RP

(5th starters slowly evolved from the late ‘60s to the mid ‘80s)

 

Bullpen:

Trevor Hoffman ’92 Cin.   Fla       91.00     Closer

Mike Marshall  ’68 Det.   Pilots    50.40     RP

Skip Lockwood  ’68 A’s    Pilots    44.60     RP-SP

Tom Burgmeier  ’68 Angels K.C.R.    39.40     RP (lefty)

 

Andy Ashby     ’92 Phi.   Col.      38.40     SP

Jim Rooker     ’68 N.Y.Y. K.C.R.    35.85     SP (lefty)

 

Honourable Mention:

Ken Johnson    ’61 Cin.   Hou.      36.35     SP

Turk Farrell   ’61 L.A.D. Hou.      36.00     SP-RP

Carl Morton    ’68 Braves Mtl.      36.50     SP

Pete Vuckovich ’76 Chi.W. Tor.      34.45     SP-RP

Jeff Suppan    ’97 Bos.   Ariz.     32.70     SP

 

Dave Giusti    ’68 St.L.  S.D.      37.35     RP

Hal Woodeshick ’60 Min.   Was.2     28.00     RP (lefty)

Bob Miller     ’61 St.L.  Mets      26.65     RP

 

The 11 pitcher staff is a compromise between the 10 pitchers usually carried in the 1960s and the 13 pitchers usually carried now. Notice Bob Miller just barely sneaks onto the honourable mention group as the Mets’ only representative here. Montreal didn’t do much better, except Carl Morton is a more deserving honourable mention – and gave the Expos a 285 inning Rookie of the Year performance. After a year in an undefined pitching role, the Mets traded Miller to the Dodgers, where he thrived, for two players who never amounted to anything.

John Carter