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1997 Draft

After I did this for the 1998 Draft, somebody wondered if maybe that year was unusual, and suggested that the 1997 one was considered to be significantly stronger. After having done the 1997 one too, I can say with some certainty I will never do another one. As it happens, the '98 draft was significantly stronger than the '97, both with greater star talent and more depth, though 23 teams managed to find a player of some value (in contrast to 20 in 1998). Very few teams managed to find even one player who would be a star, and with the exception of the Blue Jays who managed to steal not only Vernon Wells, but Michael Young in the 5th round, and Orlando Hudson in the 43rd nobody got 2. The theme of this is clear: it's very, very difficult to get real major leaguers from the draft because prospects and prospecting is so uncertain.

Blue Jays: Michael Young (5), Vernon Wells (1:5), Orlando Hudson (43), Mark Hendrickson (20)

Astros: Lance Berkman (1:16). Tim Redding (20)

A's: Tim Hudson (6)

 

Pirates: Mike Gonzalez (30)

Phillies: Derrick Turnbow (5), Randy Wolf (2) Johnny Estrada (17)

Rockies: Aaron Cook (2), Chone Figgins (4)

Angels: Troy Glaus (1:3) Scot Shields (38), Matt Wise (6)

Cardinals: Rick Ankiel (2), Adam Kennedy (1:20)

Diamondbacks: Jack Cust (1:30), Alex Cintron (36)

Reds: Scott Williamson (9)

Cubs: Jon Garland (1:10) Scott Downs (3)

Twins: Michael Cuddyer (1:9), Matt LeCroy (1:50), J.C. Romero (21)

Orioles: Jerry Hairston (11), Jayson Werth (1:22)

Atlanta Braves: Horacio Ramirez (5), Danny Wright (46)

Mariners: Joel Piniero (12)

Giants: Scott Linabrink (2)

Devil Rays: Toby Hall (9)

Royals: Jeremy Affeldt (3)

Red Sox: David Eckstein (19), Travis Harper (3)

Pirates: John Grabow (3)

Mets: Jason Phillips (24)

Rangers: Mike Lamb (7)

Marlins: Ross Gload (13)

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