- In the history of MLB's amateur draft going back to 1965, only two overall number one picks have failed to sign: Tim Belcher, drafted by the Twins and left unsigned by former Senators owner/hated skinflint-racist Calvin Griffith, and Danny Goodwin, drafted by the White Sox in 1971.
- Of all the teams and all the years of drafting players, there have been only six drafts that produced absolutely zero big leaguers, and half of them have connections to DC or the Expos/Nationals franchise. Those drafts were (GMs in parens): the 2001 Reds (Jim Bowden), 1981 Braves (John Mullen), 1980 Blue Jays (Pat Gillick), 1973 Reds (Bob Howsam), 1968 Expos (Jim Fanning), and 1983 Twins (Calvin Griffith). (Update/note--I wasn't totally clear the way I wrote this--these are drafts in which no future big-leaguers where drafted and signed. A number of these drafts included future big-league players drafted but not signed. I should also note that I stole this factoid from Jim Callis and Baseball America.)
- Over the last three drafts, two of the three highest drafted unsigned players were taken by your Washington Nationals. Aaron Crow you knew, but you might not have known that second-rounder Sean Black was the highest unsigned pick in 2006.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Just a few little items I noticed that don't really mean anything but I thought I would share anyway:
Posted by Steven at 2:01 PM