Friday, June 10, 2016

Most WAR, 67th Overall Selections

Last night the Royals took right-handed pitcher A.J. Puckett of Pepperdine with the 67th pick in the MLB draft. That's basically all I know about the guy. Keith Law I am not. But I did start wondering how previous 67th overall June picks performed in their careers so I fired up the baseball-reference machine to take a look.

YearTmNamePosWAR ▾
1970CubsRick Reuschel (minors)RHP70.0
1971YankeesRon Guidry (minors)LHP48.1
1983Angels via Yankees*Wally Joyner (minors)1B35.7
1978CardinalsMike Moore (minors)RHP28.5
2007Nationals via Cubs*Jordan Zimmermann (minors)RHP22.6
2004AthleticsKurt Suzuki (minors)C14.4
1977TwinsRoger Erickson (minors)RHP8.1
2000AstrosChad Qualls (minors)RHP6.3
1985TwinsPaul Abbott (minors)RHP4.7
1976DodgersMax Venable (minors)OF1.0
1974GiantsAlan Wirth (minors)RHP0.8
1968BravesMike McQueen (minors)LHP0.3
1987RoyalsStu Cole (minors)SS0.1
1973TigersBob Adams (minors)3B-0.0
1993AthleticsJeff D'Amico (minors)SS-0.3
2001MarinersMike Wilson (minors)OF-0.4
1969TigersBill Gilbreth (minors)LHP-0.9
1966CardinalsBob Spence (minors)1B-0.9
1998YankeesRandy Keisler (minors)LHP-1.5
2015DodgersMitch Hansen (minors)OF
2014Red SoxSam Travis (minors)1B
2013RedsKevin Franklin (minors)3B
2012CubsDuane Underwood (minors)RHP
2011IndiansDillon Howard (minors)RHP
2010MarinersMarcus Littlewood (minors)SS
2009CardinalsRobert Stock (minors)C
2008TigersCody Satterwhite (minors)RHP
2006AstrosSergio Perez (minors)RHP
2005RangersJohn Whittleman (minors)3B
2003BravesPaul Bacot (minors)RHP
2002AthleticsSteve Stanley (minors)OF
1999RockiesRyan Kibler (minors)RHP
1997Indians via White Sox*Edgar Cruz (minors)C
1996TwinsDan Cey (minors)SS
1995RockiesChris Macca (minors)RHP
1994BrewersLarry Barnes (minors)RHP
1992Angels*Marquis Riley (minors)OF
1991Red SoxChad Schoenvogel (minors)RHP
1990White Sox*Eric Maloney (minors)RHP
1989White SoxTodd Martin (minors)SS
1988White SoxMike Mitchener (minors)RHP
1986AthleticsDarrin Duffy (minors)SS
1984ExposKevin Garner (minors)RHP
1982PhilliesKevin Ross (minors)OF
1981RedsDelwyn Young (minors)SS
1980CardinalsDan Stryffler (minors)OF
1979AngelsMickey Saatzer (minors)RHP
1975YankeesNate Chapman (minors)OF
1972GiantsMike Kirkland (minors)3B
1967AthleticsVic Sciamarelli (minors)OF
1965AngelsJohn Olerud (minors)C
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/10/2016.

Of the fifty-one picks between 1965 and 2015 only nineteen made it to the major leagues. Of those nineteen only six posted double digit WAR in their careers. It's a tough road to stardom.