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Biggest MLB Draft First-Round Reaches Since 1990



The BA column indicates where each player ranked on the BA draft board prior to his draft. Players who didn’t appear in the top 100—or even 200—prospects were simply assigned the first number beyond the ranking parameters. The Reach column displays the difference between the BA “industry consensus” ranking and each player’s actual draft position. Those who reached the major leagues or who are active in affiliated ball have an entry in the Status column. Those with a dash (—) failed to reach the majors.

You can see past BA 500 lists on our rankings page, where you can toggle by year. 

Year Pick No. Team Player Pos School BA Reach Status
2010 15 Rangers Jake Skole OF HS—Roswell, GA 201 186
2010 16 Cubs Hayden Simpson RHP Southern Arkansas 191 175
2019 32 Astros Korey Lee C California 173 141 Astros
(No. 18)
2010 32 Yankees Cito Culver SS HS—Rochester, NY 168 136
1999 4 D-backs Corey Myers SS HS—Phoenix 100 96
2011 32 Rays Jake Hager SS HS—Las Vegas, NV 122 90 Brewers (AAA)
2010 27 Phillies Jesse Biddle LHP HS—Philadelphia 116 89 –0.5 WAR
2006 13 Cubs Tyler Colvin OF Clemson, SC 101 88 0.9 WAR
2015 36 Orioles Ryan Mountcastle SS HS—Oviedo, FL 122 86 Orioles
(No. 5)
2016 24 Padres Hudson Potts SS HS—Southlake, TX 108 84 Padres
(No. 16)
2019 27 Cubs Ryan Jensen RHP Fresno State 109 82 Cubs
(No. 8)
1998 22 Mariners Matt Thornton LHP Grand Valley State, MI 101 79 13.4 WAR
2018 34 Royals Daniel Lynch LHP Virginia 111 77 Royals
(No. 3)
2013 25 Giants Christian Arroyo SS HS—Brooksville, FL 102 77 Indians (MLB)
2000 24 Cardinals Blake Williams RHP Southwest Texas State 101 77
2000 28 Yankees David Parrish C Michigan 101 73
2007 28 Twins Ben Revere OF HS—Lexington, KY 101 73 6.7 WAR
2011 33 Rangers Kevin Matthews LHP HS—Richmond Hill, GA 105 72
1996 29 Devil Rays Paul Wilder OF HS—Cary, NC 101 72
1997 31 Devil Rays Jason Standridge RHP HS—Trussville, AL 101 70 –0.7 WAR
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Houston Astros 2019 MLB Draft Report Card

Highlighting the best tools, best debuts, late-round steals and more from the 2019 Houston Astros draft.

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