2010 MLB Draft Revisited

Bryce Harper, Christian Yelich, Chris Sale, Jacob deGrom, and Manny Machado were among the big names that were part of the 2010 draft

Anyone looking for a lot of All-Stars from an MLB draft would be disappointed by the 2010 edition. But when it comes to pure star power and some of today's biggest names, it’s the place to go. Bryce Harper was part of that draft. So was Manny Machado. All they did in the 2019 offseason was sign contracts for more than $600 million. Christian Yelich, who won the 2018 National League MVP award, probably would have repeated in '19 but for injury, and signed his own $200-million contract extension in early March, also was in it. So was Jacob deGrom, who has won the past two NL Cy Young Awards. So, don't worry about the quantity. It's the quality that counts.

 

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1. Nationals: Bryce Harper, OF

College of Southern Nevada • Washington (’12-18), Philadelphia (’19)

Harper sped up his prep career in order to reach the majors earlier, earning his GED after his sophomore year. He played the 2010 season at Southern Nevada, and the Nats picked him first overall that June. He fast-tracked his way to the majors and debuted in 2012, earning an All-Star berth and Rookie of the Year honors. Harper was the 2015 National League MVP after hitting .330, with 42 homers and a 1.109 OPS. Before the 2019 campaign, Harper signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies.

 

2. Pirates: Jameson Taillon, RHP

The Woodlands (Texas) HS • Pittsburgh (’16-19)

It appeared as if Taillon was ready for big things with the Bucs after posting a 14–10 record with a 3.20 ERA in 2018 and being named the team’s Opening Day starter the following spring. But Taillon suffered an arm injury and underwent Tommy John surgery in August 2019. A survivor of testicular cancer, Taillon throws a 99 mph fastball that he backs up with an above-average hook. It is unlikely he will see much, if any, action in 2020.

 

3. Orioles: Manny Machado, SS

Brito Miami Private School • Baltimore (’12-18), L.A. Dodgers (’18), San Diego (’19)

The four-time All-Star has hit 30 or more homers five straight seasons and has won a pair of Gold Gloves. He was a standout for the Orioles for six-plus seasons before Baltimore traded him to the Dodgers in July 2018. He helped L.A. to the World Series but left town after the season to sign a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres.

 

4. Royals: Christian Colon, SS

Cal State Fullerton • Kansas City (’14-17), Miami (’17), Cincinnati (’19)

Colon has moved back and forth between the minors and the majors, never grabbing a full-time starting lineup position during his career. He saw the most time with the Royals during the 2015-16 season, when he played in 97 total games as a utility infielder. He was out of the majors in 2018 and played in eight games for the Reds in 2019 but was given his release after the season.

 

5. Indians: Drew Pomeranz, LHP

Ole Miss • Colorado (’11-13), Oakland (’14-15), San Diego (’16), Boston (’16-18), San Francisco (’19), Milwaukee (’19)

Pomeranz has had an interesting career and has served as a starter and reliever — at times in the same season with different teams. In 2017, he was 17–6 for the Red Sox but was unable to replicate his performance the next season and swung between the rotation and the bullpen. He parlayed a strong end to the 2019 season in the Brewers bullpen into a four-year, $34 million deal with the Padres this offseason.

 

6. Diamondbacks: Barret Loux, RHP

Texas A&M

Although Loux had agreed to a $2 million bonus with Arizona, the D-backs refused to sign him because he failed to pass a physical. MLB declared him a free agent, and he signed with Texas, for which he went 22–6 during two minor league seasons, including 14–1 in 2012. The Rangers traded Loux to the Cubs, but he underwent Tommy John surgery after going 4–6 in AAA. Loux pitched only three more games in the minors, and after a stint in the Independent League in 2016, he was out of baseball.

 

7. Mets: Matt Harvey, RHP

North Carolina • N.Y. Mets (’12-18), Cincinnati (’18), L.A. Angels (’19)

Harvey was considered one of the top pitching prospects when he was picked, and his early career lived up to that billing. He reached the All-Star Game and was fourth in the Cy Young voting in 2013, after going 9–5 with a 2.27 ERA in his first full season. He was 13–8 the next year but suffered an arm injury that led to Tommy John surgery. He later contracted thoracic outlet syndrome and was shelved again. In 2019, he went 3–5 in 12 starts with the Angels before being released.

 

8. Astros: Delino DeShields, 2B

Woodward (Ga.) Academy • Texas (’15-19)

After DeShields spent four seasons in the Astros’ system, Texas chose him in the Rule 5 Draft before the 2015 season, and he made the Rangers’ roster. Since then, he has been a solid outfielder, playing mostly in center, and has shown good speed on the basepaths but little ability to hit for power. He was traded to Cleveland in mid-December.

 

9. Padres: Karsten Whitson, RHP

Chipley (Fla.) HS

Even though San Diego offered Whitson a $2.1 million signing bonus after choosing him, he wanted $2.7 million and didn’t feel as if he was ready for professional baseball. He spent three years pitching at the University of Florida, during which time he suffered a shoulder injury. Washington selected him in the 37th round of the 2013 draft, but he didn’t sign then, either. After one more year with the Gators, Whitson was chosen by Boston in the 11th round of the ’14 draft. He pitched in four games in the New York-Penn League and was then out of baseball.

 

10. Athletics: Michael Choice, OF

Texas-Arlington • Oakland (’13), Texas (’14-15)

Although Choice showed some ability to hit for power in the A’s farm system, he never was able to succeed at the MLB level. He was out of the big league world in 2017 and has since played in Korea and Mexico.

 

11. Blue Jays: Deck McGuire, RHP

Georgia Tech • Cincinnati (’17), Toronto (’18), L.A. Angels (’18)

McGuire bounced around several organizations before getting a chance to pitch in 2017 with the Reds, for whom he went 1–1 with a 2.63 ERA in six games, two of them starts. He spent 2018 with the Blue Jays and Angels, pitching in a combined 21 games, with four starts and a 6.16 ERA.

 

12. Reds: Yasmani Grandal, C

Miami • San Diego (’12-14), L.A. Dodgers (’15-18), Milwaukee (’19)

Grandal made headlines in late 2019 when he signed a four-year, $73 million contract with the White Sox, the richest deal in club history. He has been a steady power source over the past four seasons, hitting at least 22 homers in each. Grandal walked 109 times in ’19 and had the league’s highest bases on balls percentage, helping him earn a four-year, $73 million deal with the White Sox.

 

13. White Sox: Chris Sale, LHP

Florida Gulf Coast • Chicago White Sox (’10-16), Boston (’17-19)

A seven-time All-Star who has six top-5 Cy Young finishes on his résumé, Sale has been a reliable power pitcher who has won 17 games three times in his career, led the AL in strikeouts twice and has produced a career 3.03 ERA. Sale signed a five-year, $145 million extension before the 2019 season that kicks in in ’20 but suffered through a 6–11 season that featured elbow inflammation.

 

14. Brewers: Dylan Covey, RHP

Maranatha (Calif.) HS • Chicago White Sox (’17-19)

Covey was a coveted prospect, but a medical examination after his selection by Milwaukee revealed he had Type 1 diabetes. Instead of signing with the Brewers, he enrolled at the University of San Diego and was drafted in the fourth round in 2013 by the A’s. The White Sox selected him in the Rule 5 Draft in late 2016, and from ’17-19 he posted a 6–29 record with a 6.54 ERA, primarily as a starter.

 

15. Rangers: Jake Skole, OF

Blessed Trinity (Ga.) HS

An All-American in football and baseball at Blessed Trinity, Skole chose the diamond but spent seven years bouncing around the minors, never advancing beyond the AA level. After a 2016 season in which he hit .205 with a .614 OPS, primarily in Class A ball, Skole went back to the gridiron and enrolled at Georgia. He played in two games each in 2018 and ’19 as a defensive back.

 

16. Cubs: Hayden Simpson, RHP

Southern Arkansas

The Cubs took something of a chance on Simpson, who went to a Division II school, but they liked his potential. Trouble started early for Simpson, who lost 25 pounds due to mono and didn’t pitch for a year. Alas, the weight loss drained his fastball of considerable juice, and his three seasons in the Cubs’ Class A ranks produced a 5–17 record with a 6.42 ERA.

 

17. Rays: Josh Sale, OF

Bishop Blanchett (Wash.) HS

To say Sale’s time in the Tampa Bay organization was checkered is a bit of an understatement. He violated the substance abuse policy twice and had an incident involving social media that led to the team suspending him. Sale played three seasons at the Single-A level from ’11-14 and hit .238.

 

18. Angels: Kaleb Cowart, 3B

Cook (Ga.) HS • L.A. Angels (’15-19)

Cowart has bounced between the Angels’ big club and its Triple-A affiliate for the past five seasons, flashing a solid bat at times but never earning a full-time spot. His lifetime average of .176 and career .530 OPS are uninspiring. After the 2019 season, he elected free agency.

 

19. Astros: Mike Foltynewicz, RHP

Minooka (Ill.) HS • Houston (’14), Atlanta (’15-19)

Foltynewicz struggled with elbow problems in 2019 that prevented him from being Atlanta’s Opening Day starter, but he remains one of the top young arms in the Braves system and rebounded after a tough start in ’19 to finish strongly.

 

20. Red Sox: Kolbrin Vitek, 2B

Ball State

Although Vitek had a promising debut in the Boston system, he was waylaid by injuries and never reached his potential. An intercostal strain, a neck injury and a concussion conspired to limit his playing time, and Vitek never rose above the AA ranks.

 

21. Twins: Alex Wimmers, RHP

Ohio State • Minnesota (’16-17)

Wimmers was the National Pitcher of the Year his junior season at Ohio State and showed promise after being drafted but had to undergo Tommy John surgery in 2012. He did pitch 22 games for the Twins in 2016 and ’17 and posted a 1–3 record with a 4.38 ERA. He was out of baseball after the 2018 season.

 

22. Rangers: Kellin Deglan, C

R.E. Mountain (Canada) Secondary

Deglan didn’t play high school ball, but he impressed people with his glove and power while playing in a British Columbia summer league. However, he never escaped the minors during his nine seasons. He is a lifetime .228 hitter in the Rangers and Yankees organizations and played only six games above the AA level.

 

23. Marlins: Christian Yelich, OF

Westlake (Calif.) HS • Miami (’13-17), Milwaukee (’18-19)

Yelich was a talented player with the Marlins, but he really blossomed after the Brewers traded for him before the 2018 season. He was the NL MVP that season after leading the league in batting average (.326) and OPS (1.000) and hitting 36 homers with 110 RBIs. Last season, Yelich was the MVP runner-up — and could well have won it had he not been injured late in the year — and hit 44 dingers with 97 RBIs and a league-best .329 average and 1.100 OPS. Yelich and the Brewers cemented their relationship in early March with a nine-year, $215 million contract extension that should keep him in Milwaukee for the entire decade.

 

24. Giants: Gary Brown, OF

Cal State Fullerton • San Francisco (’14)

Brown had a great start in the Giants’ system, making the 2011 Futures Game and hitting .336, with 14 homers and 80 RBIs. Though he showed some promise in AAA ball and hit .271 with 10 homers in 2014 — a performance that earned him a seven-game stint in the majors — he was designated for assignment before the 2015 campaign began.

 

25. Cardinals: Zack Cox, 3B

Arkansas

A 2010 All-American for the Hogs, Cox set school records for hits and batting average in a season. He did not fare as well in the professional ranks. Though he reached the AAA level a couple times as he cycled through four different organizations, Cox could never make the next step and was out of baseball in 2018 after a season with the Tigers’ AA affiliate.

 

26. Rockies: Kyle Parker, OF

Clemson • Colorado (’14-15)

Parker was a two-sport star for Clemson, starting at quarterback for the Tigers in 2009 while also serving as a power-hitting outfielder for the baseball team. He showed solid pop as he climbed the minor league ranks from 2011-14, but he could never generate enough consistent production at the plate to gain a full-time spot with the big club. He was out of baseball after the 2016 season.

 

27. Phillies: Jesse Biddle, LHP

Germantown Friends (Pa.) HS • Atlanta (’18-19), Seattle (’19), Texas (’19)

Biddle was the local boy made good who was considered the Phillies’ top pitching prospect at one point. But Tommy John surgery interrupted his climb up the minor league ranks, and though he was 6–1 in 60 games with the Braves in 2018, he bounced through three teams in ’19 and was released after the season.

 

28. Dodgers: Zach Lee, RHP

McKinney (Texas) HS • L.A. Dodgers (’15), San Diego (’17)

The Dodgers signed Lee out of high school despite his seemingly strong commitment to play quarterback at LSU. Although he has been 21–10 over the past two years for the Rays’ and Mets’ AA and AAA teams, he has pitched in a total of four games on the major league level, with his three-game stint with the Padres in 2017 the highlight.

 

29. Angels: Cam Bedrosian, RHP

East Coweta (Ga.) HS • L.A. Angels (’14-19)

The son of 14-year MLB veteran and 1987 Cy Young Award winner Steve Bedrosian, Cam has compiled a 17–13 record during his six-year career, with all but seven of his appearances coming out of the bullpen.

 

30. Angels: Chevy Clarke, OF

Marietta (Ga.) HS

Clarke struggled almost immediately at the plate upon being drafted and never escaped Class A ball, where his highest average was .227 in 2013 at Burlington. He has played independent ball since 2015.

 

31. Rays: Justin O’Conner, C

Cowan (Ind.) HS

Although he played some at the AA and AAA levels, O’Conner was primarily an A ball performer who hit 14 homers in 2013 and had a career average of .232. He played all of his minor league seasons with the Rays and spent 2018 in the independent ranks.

 

32. Yankees: Cito Culver, SS

West Irondequoit (N.Y.) HS

Culver made it as high as the AAA level four times, but he was never able to hit consistently and averaged .231 at the plate in nine seasons. He spent 2019 in the independent ranks.

 

Others of note

Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Toronto (Round 1 — Supplemental)

Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Toronto (Round 1 — Supplemental)

Vince Velasquez, RHP, Houston (Round 2)

Drew Smyly, LHP, Detroit (Round 2)

Andrelton Simmons, SS, Atlanta (Round 2)

J.T. Realmuto, C, Florida (Round 3)

James Paxton, LHP, Seattle (Round 4)

Eddie Rosario, OF, Minnesota (Round 4)

Corey Dickerson, OF, Colorado (Round 8)

Jacob deGrom, RHP, N.Y. Mets (Round 9)

Joc Pederson, OF, L.A. Dodgers (Round 11)

Robbie Ray, LHP, Washington (Round 12)

Kris Bryant, 3B, Toronto (Round 18)*

Adam Eaton, OF, Arizona (Round 19)

Evan Gattis, OF, Braves (Round 23)

Aaron Judge, OF, Oakland (Round 31)*

 

*Did not sign

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