Florida High School Pitchers Drafted in the First Round, 1981-2011

May 4, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (13) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Florida High School Pitchers Drafted in the First Round, 1981-2011

A few days ago, we looked at Texas high school pitchers drafted in the first round between 1981 and 2010.

I'm curious if things are different for the other two big-population, warm-weather states of Florida and California. So let's find out. Here is a list of all Florida high school pitchers drafted in the first round from '81 through '11 who signed.

Dwight Gooden, 1982, Mets 2801 innings, 3.51 ERA, 111 ERA+, 58.1 WAR
Rich Monteleone,1982, Tigers 353 innings, 3.87 ERA, 106 ERA+, 0.5 WAR
Joel Davis, 1983, White Sox 248 innings, 4.91 ERA, 90 ERA+, 2.8 WAR
Tony Menendez, 1984, White Sox 29 innings, 4.97 ERA, 83 ERA+, -0.4 WAR

Chris Myers, 1987, Orioles Did not pitch in majors
Kiki Jones, 1989, Dodgers Did not pitch in majors
Brian Barber, 1991, Cardinals 93 innings, 6.77 ERA, 69 ERA+, 0.1 WAR
Jamie Arnold, 1992, Braves 108 innings, 5.73 ERA, 77 ERA+, -0.1 WAR

Matt Drews, 1993, Yankees Did not pitch in majors
Jeff C. D'Amico, 1993, Brewers 784 innings, 4.61 ERA, 97 ERA+, 8.0 WAR
Doug Million, 1994, Rockies Did not pitch in majors
Bobby Seay, 1996, White Sox 223 innings, 4.16 ERA, 110 ERA+, 3.0 WAR

Sam Marsonek, 1996, Rangers 1.1 innings in the majors
Geoff Goetz, 1997, Mets Did not pitch in majors
Bobby Bradley, 1999, Pirates Did not pitch in majors
Brett Myers, 1999, Phillies 1638 innings, 4.21 ERA, 100 ERA+, 18.3 WAR

Joe Torres, 2000, Angels Did not pitch in majors
Sean Burnett, 2000, Pirates 318 innings, 3.68 ERA, 112 ERA+, 1.2 WAR
Boof Bonser, 2000, Giants 417 innings, 5.18 ERA, 83 ERA+, 4.4 WAR
Zack Greinke, 2002, Royals 1336 innings, 3.77 ERA, 115 ERA+, 32.9 WAR

Eric Hurley, 2004, Rangers 25 innings, 5.47 ERA, 82 ERA+, 0.0 WAR
Chris Volstad, 2005, Marlins 625 innings, 4.78 ERA, 86 ERA+, 5.4 WAR
Colton Willems, 2006, Nationals Did not pitch in majors

Michael Main, 2007, Rangers Hasn't pitched in majors
Casey Kelly, 2008, Red Sox (SS) Drafted as a shortstop, currently in Triple-A
Jose Fernandez, 2011, Marlins Currently in Low-A

First round picks from the state produced two excellent pitchers in Dwight Gooden and Zack Greinke, solid contributors in Myers and D'Amico, and not much else to get excited about.

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