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JUNE 6 (1983) - Draft*
By Bill Grimes
Jun 6, 2007 - 4:59 PM

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Who will emerge?

NEW YORK CITY , NEW YORK JUNE 6, 1983 On this date in 1983 Tim Belcher, was selected by the Minnesota Twins as the first pick in the amateur draft. Belcher turned them down. Instead of taking the $125,000 signing bonus he wanted to wait until the supplemental draft in January of 1984. He was selected first in that one too, but this time by the New York Yankees.


How good a pick was Tim Belcher? He had a decent career, but he was no superstar. On the other hand, there are some number 1 picks that totally bomb. Next time you have a bad day, say to yourself, ‘Well, at least I’m not responsible for drafting Shawn Abner.” Who? Exactly.(Abner was the very first pick in the 1984 draft). Or ‘At least I didn’t pass on Albert Pujols 12 times (13th round pick in 1999), or John Smoltz 21 times (22nd round choice in 1985), or Mark Buehrle 37 times (38th round pick in 1998)!


A lot of scouts, general managers and player personnel directors go out on a limb every year trying to figure out who the next Alex Rodriguez will be. Here are the number 1 picks since 1980:

 

1980                  Darrly Strawberry      Mets – Some great years. Lots of baggage.

1981                  Mike Moore                  Mariners – Starter for 14 years, 161-176.

1982                  Shawon Dunston         Cubs – Solid, but no superstar

1983                  Tim Belcher                  Twins – Some good years, some mediocre

1984                  Shawn Abner               Mets – Total bust

1985                  B.J. Surhoff                  Brewers – Solid, no superstar

1986                  Jeff King                       Pittsburgh – Solid, no superstar

1987                  Ken Griffey Jr.             Seattle – Superstar when healthy

1988                  Andy Benes                  San Diego – Won 155 games in 12 seasons

1989                  Ben McDonald             Baltimore – Won 78 games in 6 seasons

1990                  Chipper Jones              Atlanta – Superstar? Hall of Famer?

1991                  Brien Taylor                 New York ( AL) – Total bust

1992                  Phil Nevin                     Houston – Some great years, no superstar

1993                  Alex Rodriguez             Seattle – Superstar.

1994                  Paul Wilson                  New York (NL) – Starter, 40-58, still active

1995                  Darin Erstad                California – Solid, no superstar

1996                  Kris Benson                  Pittsburgh – Starter, 57-61, still active

1997                  Matt Anderson             Detroit – Starter, 15-7, still active

1998                  Pat Burrell                    Philadelphia – Solid, no superstar

1999                  Josh Hamilton              Tampa Bay – Shows promise, has baggage

2000                  Adrian Gonzalez          Florida – Struggling, but still young

2001                  Joe Mauer                     Minnesota Superstar? Maybe

2002                  Bryan Bullington         Pittsburgh – Starter, no record, still young

2003                  Delmon Young             Tampa Bay Big numbers, threw bat at Ump

2004                  Matthew Bush              San Diego – Struggled in minors but only 20

2005                  Justin Upton                Arizona – Still only 19, hit .519 in HS

 

Read on :

http://www.mymlbdraft.com/1983

http://www.sports-wired.com/draft/index.shtml

http://www.thebaseballcube.com/

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/



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