The 2017 MLB Draft is just around the corner, as it kicks off on June 12th with rounds 1 and 2 as well as Competitive Balance Rounds A and B. On Day 1, the Brewers will hold picks 9, 34 and 46. Now, with a pick as high as #9, one may expect a large amount of future All-Stars and possibly even some hall of famers, right? After all, the draft has been held since 1965, and while it is true that there has been some success with players at #9, it’s not as much as you may think. In total, only eight players drafted in that slot have even played in at least one All-Star game. Those players are:

Barry Zito: Selected #9 by Oakland Athletics in 1999 MLB Draft

  • Career Stats: 165-143, 4.04 ERA, 2576.2 IP, 1885 K, 1064 BB, 32.5 WAR
  • Resume: 3x All-Star (’02, ’03, ’06); Cy Young Winner (’02); WS Title with San Francisco Giants in 2012
  • Best Season: 2002 (23-5, 2.75 ERA, 229.1 IP, 182 K, 78 BB)
  • 2nd Best Season: 2001 (17-8, 3.49 ERA, 214.1 IP, 205 K, 80 BB)

Michael Cuddyer: Selected #9 by Minnesota Twins in 1997 MLB Draft

  • Career Stats: .277 average, 1522 hits, 197 HR, 794 RBI, 16.6 WAR
  • Resume: 2x All-Star (’11, ’13); NL Silver Slugger (’13); NL Batting Title (’13; .331 average)
  • Best Season: 2013 (.331, 31 2B, 20 HR, 84 RBI)
  • 2nd Best Season: 2006 (.284, 41 2B, 24 HR, 109 RBI)

Preston Wilson: Selected #9 by New York Mets in 1992 MLB Draft

  • Career Stats: .264 average, 1055 hits, 189 HR, 668 RBI, 6.3 WAR
  • Resume: 1x All-Star (’03); WS Title with St. Louis Cardinals in 2006
  • Best Season: 2003 (.282, 43 2B, 36 HR, 141 RBI)
  • 2nd Best Season: 2000 (.264, 35 2B, 31 HR, 121 RBI, 36 SB)

Kevin Appier: Selected #9 by Kansas City Royals in 1987 MLB Draft

  • Career Stats: 169-137, 3.74 ERA, 2595.1 IP, 1994 K, 933 BB, 54.9 WAR
  • Resume: 1x All-Star (’95); AL ERA Title (’93; 2.56 ERA); WS Title with Los Angeles Angels in 2002
  • Best Season: 1993 (18-8, 2.56 ERA, 238.2 IP, 186 K, 81 BB)
  • 2nd Best Season: 1992 (15.8, 2.46 ERA, 208.1 IP, 150 K, 68 BB)

Duane Ward

  • Career Stats: 32-37, 3.28 ERA, 121 SV, 666.2 IP, 679 K, 286 BB, 10.5 WAR
  • Resume: 1x All-Star (’93); WS Titles with Toronto Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993
  • Best Season: 1993 (2-3, 2.13 ERA, 45 SV, 71.2 IP, 97 K, 25 BB)
  • 2nd Best Season: 1992 (7-4, 1.95 ERA, 12 SV, 101.1 IP, 103 K, 39 BB)

Ron Darling: Selected #9 by Texas Rangers in 1981 MLB Draft

  • Career Stats: 136-116, 3.87 ERA, 2360.1 IP, 1590 K, 906 BB, 20.1 WAR
  • Resume: 1x All-Star (’85); NL Gold Glove at P (’89); WS Title with New York Mets in 1986
  • Best Season: 1986 (15-6, 2.81 ERA, 237.0 IP, 184 K, 81 BB)
  • 2nd Best Season: 1985 (16-6, 2.90 ERA, 248.0 IP, 167 K, 114 BB)

Don Stanhouse: Selected #9 by Oakland Athletics in 1969 MLB Draft

  • Career Stats: 38-54, 3.84 ERA, 760.1 IP, 408 K, 455 BB, 5.9 WAR
  • Resume: 1x All-Star (’79)
  • Best Season: 1979 (7-3, 2.85 ERA, 21 SV, 72.2 IP, 34 K, 51 BB)
  • 2nd Best Season: 1988 (6-9, 2.89 ERA, 24 SV, 74.2 IP, 42 K, 52 BB)

In addition, those selected with the 34th and 46th picks have also seen some success, as well as a high amount of name recognition, one of whom is among the best at his position of his generation.

Aaron Sanchez: Selected #34 by Toronto Blue Jays in 2010 MLB Draft

  • Career Stats (active): 24-11, 2.90 ERA, 341.2 IP, 267 K, 125 BB, 8.6 WAR
  • Resume: 1x All-Star (2016), AL ERA Title (2016; 3.00 ERA)
  • Best Season: 2016 (15-2, 3.00 ERA, 192.0 IP, 161 K, 63 BB)
  • 2nd Best Season: N/A (Too early)

Todd Frazier: Selected #34 by Cincinnati Reds in 2007 MLB Draft

  • Career Stats (active): .248 average, 744 hits, 153 HR, 441 RBI, 19.3 WAR
  • Resume: 2x All-Star (2014, 2015)
  • Best Season: 2014 (.273, 29 HR, 80 RBI, 20 SB)
  • 2nd Best Season: 2015 (.255, 43 2B, 35 HR, 89 RBI, 13 SB)

Arthur Rhodes: Selected #34 by Baltimore Orioles in 1988 MLB Draft

  • Career Stats: 87-70, 4.08 ERA, 1187.2 IP, 1152 K, 516 BB, 15.5 WAR
  • Resume: 1x All-Star (2010); 2011 WS Title with St. Louis Cardinals
  • Best Season: 2002 (10-4, 2.33 ERA, 69.2 IP, 81 K, 13 BB)
  • 2nd Best Season: 2010 (4-4, 2.29 ERA, 55 IP, 50 K, 18 BB)

Mark Gubicza: Selected #34 by Kansas City Royals in 1981 MLB Draft

  • Career Stats: 132-136, 3.96 ERA, 2223.1 IP, 1371 K, 786 BB, 37.8 WAR
  • Resume: 2x All-Star (1988, 1989)
  • Best Season: 1988 (20-8, 2.70 ERA, 269.2 IP, 183 K, 83 BB)
  • 2nd Best Season: 1989 (15-11, 3.04 ERA, 255.0 IP, 173 K, 63 BB)

Yovani Gallardo: Selected #46 by Milwaukee Brewers in 2004 MLB Draft

  • Career Stats (active): 110-87, 3.85 ERA, 1641.0 IP, 1468 K, 622 BB, 23.0 WAR
  • Resume: 1x All-Star (2010); NL P Silver Slugger (2010)
  • Best Season: 2011 (17-10, 3.52 ERA, 207.1 IP, 207 K, 59 BB)
  • 2nd Best Season: 2010 (14-7, 3.84 ERA, 185.0 IP, 200 K, 75 BB)

Jimmy Rollins: Selected #46 by Philadelphia Phillies in 1996 MLB Draft

  • Career Stats: .264 average, 2,455 hits, 231 HR, 936 RBI, 46.0 WAR
  • Resume: 3x All-Star (2001, 2002, 2005); NL MVP (2007); 2008 WS Title with Philadelphia
  • Best Season: 2007 (.296, 38 2B, 20 3B, 30 HR, 94 RBI, 41 SB)
  • 2nd Best Season: 2006 (.277, 45 2B, 9 3B, 25 HR, 83 RBI, 36 SB)

Scott Rolen: Selected #46 by Philadelphia Phillies in 1993 MLB Draft

  • Career Stats: .281 average, 2,077 hits, 316 HR, 1,287 RBI, 70.0 WAR
  • Resume: 7x All-Star (2002, 2003-2006, 2010-2011); 1997 NL Rookie of the Year; 8 NL Gold Gloves (1998, 2000-2004, 2006, 2010); NL 3B Silver Slugger (2002)
  • Best Season: 2004 (.314, 32 2B, 34 HR, 124 RBI)
  • 2nd Best Season: 1998 (.290, 45 2B, 31 HR, 110 RBI, 14 SB)

 

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