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  1. You declined to mention Ricky Romero as part of the 2005 draft, thereby depriving yourself of a choice opportunity to say, “the player the Jays selected instead of Tulo”.

    Sigh.

    Comment by Radivel — September 5, 2012 @ 11:33 am

  2. A lot of troll Nats fans are whining about how they drafted Storen instead of Trout at #10 in 2009. Anyone else with a top-24 pick that year having this issue? Like say Mariners fans disappointed with Ackley?

    Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — September 5, 2012 @ 11:41 am

  3. Not to get off topic, but I was baited. The Brewers (rumored to be enamored with Trout) would have had pick 24 of the 2009 draft from the Yankees for the Sabathia signing. With Teixeira being a higher ranked free agent, the Brewers pick was bumped to the Yankees 2nd round pick, while the Angels acquired pick 24 in addition to their own at 25. The Brewers were left to helplessly watch as their own pick at 26 came without Trout available. The Brewers apparentally had good intel that Trout would be there, thus panicked and slected 1st round bust Eric Arnett.

    Nats fans should be content with Storen.

    Comment by Disa — September 5, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

  4. Nats fans need to quit whining; they got Strasburg and Harper in back to back years. That kind of no-brainer windfall never happens to any organization. Any GM will tell you that if you aren’t making mistakes in the draft, you aren’t drafting.

    Comment by ecp — September 5, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

  5. I wouldn’t have introduced the chart saying, “Here is a chart of the total wins above replacement from first-round draftees per year.” The wording makes it sound like the stat that is used later in the column, WAR/yr. But I digress. When I read that 2002 was the draft the Braves selected Brian McCann, it made me realize that is also the draft they selected Jeff Francoeur. Thought that was amusing.

    Comment by BenH — September 5, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

  6. Seattle fans, in general, aren’t disappointed that the M’s took Ackley instead of Trout at #2. They ARE disappointed that new GM Jack Zduriencik chose to sign 2008 1st rounder Josh Fields just before the draft, thereby forgoing a compensation pick that would’ve been around #22.

    But mostly, they’re still stung by taking Jeff Clement #3 in the 2005 draft. Ouch.

    Comment by marc w — September 5, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

  7. Seattle fans, in general, aren’t disappointed that the M’s took Ackley instead of Trout at #2. They ARE disappointed that new GM Jack Zduriencik chose to sign 2008 1st rounder Josh Fields just before the draft, thereby forgoing a compensation pick that would’ve been around #22 in the 1st round of 2009.

    But mostly, they’re still stung by taking Jeff Clement #3 in the 2005 draft. Ouch.

    Comment by marc w — September 5, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

  8. What the hell happened in year 2000 drafts? It’s generally acknowledged as the worst NBA draft in years, it’s a pretty bad NFL draft (except Tom Brady), and the NHL draft is pretty weak as well.

    Weird coincidences.

    Comment by bill — September 5, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

  9. C’mon! Who knew Trout was going to be the best player in baseball? He was the second HS OF chosen by the Angels in that draft.

    Comment by Atari — September 5, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

  10. Bryan Bullington :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:

    Apparently, it was down to him, B.J. Upton, and high-school lefty Adam Loewen, but Bullington was viewed as closest to MLB-ready:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20020604&content_id=41482&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp

    Comment by gonfalon — September 5, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

  11. That was only a means of manipulating the signing fee – they were adjacent picks.

    Comment by Schlist — September 5, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

  12. Would it not have been better to look at the total WAR per year since each draft? After all, as you say, the spread of years in the table is somewhat large. I threw the numbers into Excel and got these results:

    2005 35.6
    2002 28.8
    2006 24.4
    1998 20.4
    1995 17.5
    2003 17.3
    2004 16.5
    2001 15.6
    1997 15.0
    1999 14.8
    1996 12.2
    2000 9.6

    2002 was excellent and should definitely be in any conversation of draft classes, but it looks that 2005 still holds a significant edge.

    Comment by Johnny Guitar — September 5, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

  13. The y2k bug submarined a lot of players careers.

    Comment by samuelraphael — September 5, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

  14. Bryan Bullington also played for the Cleveland Indians. Your glaring omission of this fact ruins this article.

    Comment by RudolfSchmidt — September 5, 2012 @ 5:11 pm

  15. Not only that, but Grichuk is being played at 3B not OF. If he pans out too, the Angels made out like bandits in that draft. Which makes this fan very happy.

    Comment by DeeEmm1 — September 5, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

  16. No… you ruined this article. I’m leaving.

    Comment by Andre — September 5, 2012 @ 8:51 pm

  17. 3B for Grichuk? Not sure where you are getting that info from. He has played 135 games in 2012, all but two in RF & CF (and those were at DH). Hasn’t recorded a single minor league game at 3B since being drafted.

    Comment by Dan Out West — September 5, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

  18. I think this is definitely a better way to do it. It’s not surprising that the 2002 draft has more total WAR because the draftees had a three year head start.

    Comment by Gerald — September 7, 2012 @ 8:10 am

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