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MLB Draft Success : First Baseman

 

First basemen are interesting draft picks. They typically don’t change much in their career. They are already at the defensive position that many end at due to loss of skills, so to be chosen as a first baseman, the bat has to be very good. That is why very few 1B drafted out of high school go on to be great or even good players.

Most of the college players drafted as first baseman are power hitters or at least project to be. If they aren’t power hitters, they need to hit for high average and have good defense.  

One of the unusual players in this group was someone who was drafted as a 1B but couldn’t hit but still had a heck of a career. Tim Wakefield, oddly enough was listed as a 1B when drafted. 

1st round

1B

1B

1B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

25.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

25.00%

23.08%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

15.38%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

8.33%

7.69%

0.00%

Part-time player

8.33%

0.00%

0.00%

Bench warmer

16.67%

30.77%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

16.67%

23.08%

100.00%

1st supp

1B

1B

1B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

16.67%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

0.00%

16.67%

0.00%

Part-time player

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Bench warmer

0.00%

16.67%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

100.00%

50.00%

0.00%

2nd round

1B

1B

1B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

12.50%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

12.50%

0.00%

33.33%

Part-time player

0.00%

12.50%

0.00%

Bench warmer

37.50%

12.50%

33.33%

Minor leaguer

37.50%

75.00%

33.33%

3rd round

1B

1B

1B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

8.33%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

0.00%

7.69%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

0.00%

0.00%

50.00%

Part-time player

8.33%

7.69%

50.00%

Bench warmer

33.33%

0.00%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

50.00%

84.62%

0.00%

4th round

1B

1B

1B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

10.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Bench warmer

10.00%

25.00%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

80.00%

75.00%

0.00%

5th round

1B

1B

1B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

27.27%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

9.09%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

18.18%

6.67%

0.00%

Bench warmer

18.18%

0.00%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

36.36%

93.33%

100.00%

6th round

1B

1B

1B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

20.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

10.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Bench warmer

20.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

50.00%

100.00%

0.00%

7th round

1B

1B

1B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

8.33%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

8.33%

0.00%

0.00%

Bench warmer

8.33%

16.67%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

75.00%

83.33%

0.00%

8th round

1B

1B

1B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

0.00%

0.00%

100.00%

Bench warmer

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

100.00%

100.00%

0.00%

9th round

1B

1B

1B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

10.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Bench warmer

20.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

70.00%

100.00%

100.00%

10th round

1B

1B

1B

4-yr

HS

JC

All-time great

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Superstar

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

Occasional All-Star

6.67%

0.00%

0.00%

Starter-Solid Regular

6.67%

0.00%

0.00%

Part-time player

6.67%

0.00%

0.00%

Bench warmer

0.00%

11.11%

0.00%

Minor leaguer

40.00%

88.89%

0.00%