High School Pitchers in the Major Leagues

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29: Starter Gio Gonzalez #47 of the Washington Nationals throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 29, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Following up my recent series of posts regarding the apparently poor rate of return for first-round high school pitchers from Florida, Texas, and California, here is a list of major league pitchers who were drafted out of high schools, who posted WAR values of 2.0 or higher in 2011.

I have organized this by round. I'm not drawing any conclusions here, but some of you have expressed interest in the data.

Origins of 2011 Major League Pitchers Drafted from High Schools

Roy Halladay, 8.2 WAR First round, Colorado high school
CC Sabathia, 7.1 WAR First round, California high school
Clayton Kershaw, 6.8 WAR First round, Texas high school
Madison Bumgarner, 5.5 WAR First round, North Carolina high school
Matt Cain, 5.2 WAR First round, Tennessee high school
Chris Carpenter, 5.0 WAR First round, New Hampshire high school
Cole Hamels, 4.9 WAR First round, California high school
Josh Beckett, 4.3 WAR First round, Texas high school
Zack Greinke, 3.9 WAR First round, Florida high school
Gavin Floyd, 3.6 WAR First round, Maryland high school
John Danks, 3.2 WAR First round, Texas high school
Rick Porcello, 2.7 WAR First round, New Jersey high school
Chad Billingsley, 2.1 WAR First round, Ohio high school

Gio Gonzalez, 3.5 WAR Supplemental first round, Florida high school

Jon Lester, 3.7 WAR Second round, Washington state high school
Yovani Gallardo, 3.1 WAR Second round, Texas high school
Trevor Cahill, 2.5 WAR Second round, California high school

Matt Harrison, 4.2 WAR Third round, North Carolina high school
Ryan Dempster, 2.8 WAR Third round, British Columbia high school
Charlie Morton, 2.2 WAR Third round, Connecticut high school

Ricky Nolasco, 3.5 WAR Fourth round, California high school
Javier Vazquez, 3.2 WAR Fifth round, Puerto Rico high school
Edwin Jackson, 3.8 WAR Sixth round, Georgia high school
Jon Niese, 2.7 WAR, Seventh round, Ohio high school
Derek Lowe
, 2.5 WAR Eighth round, Michigan high school

Carl Pavano, 2.9 WAR 13th round, Connecticut high school
James Shields, 4.9 WAR 16th round, California high school
Jaime Garcia, 3.6 WAR 22nd round, Texas high school

One thing that stands out: the almost total absence of supplemental first-round picks on this list.

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