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Draftback: 1998 MLB Draft

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Hey look my blog isn't dead! Okay it's pretty close to being dead but decided to throw together a Draftback baseball entry before this upcoming week's MLB Draft.

 

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1. Phillies - Pat Burrell, Third Baseman, Miami

 

Heavily scrutinized, but very productive player throughout his career outside a dreadful 2003 season.

 

2. Athletics - Mark Mulder, Pitcher, Michigan State

 

Rotator cuff problems have pretty much ruined a once promising career.

 

3. Cubs - Corey Patterson, Outfielder, Harrison High School (Harrison, GA)

 

Toolsy player who has never figured out the strikezone.

 

4. Royals - Jeff Austin, Pitcher, Stanford

 

Usually doesn't take three picks to get to the first bust in a baseball draft. 65 1/3 career innings in the Majors.

 

5. Cardinals - J.D. Drew, Outfielder, Florida State

 

Of course the year before Drew (and agent Scott Boras) infamously refused to sign with the Phillies after being the #2 pick overall. Incredibly talented player but injuries have hampered him for most of his career.

 

6. Twins - Ryan Mills, Pitcher, Arizona State

 

Didn't reach Triple-A until 2003 and was out of baseball after 2004.

 

7. Reds - Austin Kearns, Outfielder, Lafayette High School (Lexington, KY)

 

Has shown flashes of potentially being a great hitter in the past but injuries and a lack of consistency have held him back.

 

8. Blue Jays - Felipe Lopez, Shortstop, Lake Brantley High School (Altamonte Springs, FL)

 

Had one great year offensively in 2005 but not much else and is poor defensively.

 

9. Padres - Sean Burroughs, Third Baseman, Wilson High School (Long Beach, CA)

 

Never developed any power and now appears to be out of organized baseball.

 

10. Rangers - Carlos Pena, First Baseman, Northeastern

 

Very odd career, broke out with a monster season last year but remains to be seen if it was a fluke or not.

 

11. Expos - Josh McKinley, Shortstop, Malvern Prep School (PA)

 

Never got past Double-A, hit .254/.340/.375 in seven minor league seasons.

 

12. Red Sox - Adam Everett, Shortstop, South Carolina

 

Great defense, terrible offense.

 

13. Brewers - J.M. Gold, Pitcher, Toms River North High School (Toms River North, NJ)

 

Topped out at high Single-A ball.

 

14. Tigers - Jeff Weaver, Pitcher, Fresno State

 

Easy to forget he was pretty impressive early on his career but now hanging by a thread with the Brewers Triple-A squad.

 

15. Pirates - Clint Johnston, Pitcher, Vanderbilt

 

Gave up pitching after 2001, but becoming a first baseman only got him to Double-A.

 

16. White Sox - Kip Wells, Pitcher, Baylor

 

Sorta like Weaver in that he showed some promise early on his career but has stringed together some truly awful seasons.

 

17. Astros - Brad Lidge, Pitcher, Notre Dame

 

The demise of his career post-Pujols has been greatly exaggerated.

 

18. Angels - Seth Etherton, Pitcher, USC

 

6.30 ERA in 115 1/3 innings in the Majors.

 

19. Giants - Tony Torcato, Third Baseman, Woodland High School (Woodland, CA)

 

Only had 53 MLB plate appearances.

 

20. Indians - C.C. Sabathia, Pitcher, Vallejo High School (Vallejo, CA)

 

Cy Young winner last season who barring injury will cash in big this offseason, even with a potential down year.

 

21. Mets - Jason Tyner, Outfielder, Texas A&M

 

Has some how fooled teams into giving him 1400+ plate appearances in the Majors. Has hit four homeruns in nearly in 5000 plate appearances in professional baseball and he's a corner oufielder!

 

22. Mariners - Matt Thornton, Pitcher, Grand Valley State

 

Next Randy Johnson he was not but has become a decent reliever.

 

23. Dodgers - Bubba Crosby, Outfielder, Rice

 

Great name but not so good player.

 

24. Yankees - Andy Brown, Outfielder, Richmond High School (Richmond, IN)

 

.219 career hitter in eight minor league seasons.

 

25. Giants - Nate Bump, Pitcher, Penn State

 

Had a bumpy career. *rim shot*

 

26. Orioles - Rick Elder, Outfielder, Sprayberry High School (Marietta, GA)

 

Never got past high Single-A and lasted only five seasons in the minors.

 

27. Marlins - Chip Ambres, Outfielder, West Brook High School (Beaumont, TX)

 

Pretty much a career minor leaguer.

 

28. Rockies - Matt Roney, Pitcher, Edmond North High School (Edmond North, OK)

 

An extended stint with the 119-loss Tigers in 2003 has been about it for him.

 

29. Giants - Arturo McDowell, Outfielder, Forest Hill High School (West Palm Beach, FL)

 

Another swing and a miss for Brian Sabean.

 

30. Royals - Matt Burch, Pitcher, Virginia Commonwealth

 

Double-A was as good as it got for him.

 

 

Other Picks of Note

 

33. Expos - Brad Wilkerson

35. White Sox - Aaron Rowand

43. Yankees - Mark Prior (did not sign)

50. Reds - Adam Dunn

57. Tigers - Brandon Inge

83. Rangers - Barry Zito (did not sign)

162. Devil Rays - Aubrey Huff

176. Brewers - Bill Hall

210. Rockies - Matt Holliday

225. Athletics - Eric Byrnes

258. Cardinals - Jack Wilson

265. Red Sox - Mark Teixeira (did not sign)

272. Astros - Morgan Ensberg

390. Rockies - Juan Pierre

411. Blue Jays - Jay Gibbons

499. Twins - J.J. Putz (did not sign)

500. Reds - B.J. Ryan

550. Marlins - Adam LaRoche (did not sign)

609. Orioles - Cliff Lee (did not sign)

1139. White Sox - Mark Buehrle

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16. White Sox - Kip Wells, Pitcher, Baylor

 

Sorta like Weaver in that he showed some promise early on his career but has stringed together some truly awful seasons.

 

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