Major League Baseball number one overall draft picks

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  1. Alex Rodríguez

    Alex Rodríguez


    Alexander Emmanuel "Alex" Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975), nicknamed "A-Rod", is an American professional baseball infielder for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers. Rodriguez was one of the sport's most highly touted prospects and is considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time. During his 20-year career, Rodriguez has amassed a .298 batting average, 680 home runs, 2,038 runs batted in (RBI), and over 3,000 hits. He is a 14-time All-Star and has won three American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, ten Silver Slugger Awards, and two Gold Glove Awards. Rodríguez is the career record holder for grand slams with 25. However, he has led a highly controversial career due to his lucrative contracts and his use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

  2. Pat Burrell

    Pat Burrell


    Patrick Brian "Pat" Burrell (born October 10, 1976), nicknamed "Pat the Bat," is a former American professional baseball outfielder who played in Major League Baseball. He stands 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall and weighs 235 pounds (107 kg). He batted and threw right-handed. He played with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the San Francisco Giants.

  3. Chipper Jones

    Chipper Jones


    Larry Wayne "Chipper" Jones, Jr. (born April 24, 1972) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) third baseman who spent his entire 19-year MLB career playing for the Atlanta Braves, and all 23 years as a professional baseball player in the Atlanta organization. Initially a shortstop, he was the Braves' primary starting third baseman for nearly all of the period from 1995–2012. In 2002 and 2003, Jones played left field before returning to third base in 2004. Standing 6' 4" (76 inches (190 cm)) tall and weighing 210 pounds (95 kg) during his playing career, Jones threw right-handed and was a switch hitter.

  4. Ken Griffey Jr.

    Ken Griffey Jr.


    George Kenneth "Ken" Griffey, Jr. (born November 21, 1969), nicknamed "Junior" and "The Kid", is an American former professional baseball outfielder who played 22 years in Major League Baseball (MLB) for three teams (1989–2010). He spent most of his career with the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds, along with a short stint with the Chicago White Sox. A 13-time All-Star, Griffey was one of the most prolific home run hitters in baseball history; his 630 home runs rank as the sixth-most in MLB history. Griffey was also an exceptional defender and won 10 Gold Glove Awards in center field. He is tied for the record of most consecutive games with a home run (8 games, tied with Don Mattingly and Dale Long).

  5. Darryl Strawberry

    Darryl Strawberry


    Darryl Eugene Strawberry, Sr. (born March 12, 1962) is a former American Major League Baseball right fielder and an ordained Christian minister and author. Strawberry is well known for his career in baseball and his controversial personal life. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Strawberry was one of the most feared sluggers in the game, known for his prodigious home runs and his intimidating presence in the batter's box with his 6-foot-6 frame and his long, looping swing that elicited comparisons to Ted Williams.

  6. Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper


    Bryce Aron Max Harper (born October 16, 1992) is an American professional baseball right fielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball. Harper was chosen by the Nationals with the first overall pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He stands at 6 feet 3 inches and weighs 215 lbs.

  7. Darin Erstad

    Darin Erstad


    Darin Charles Erstad (/ˈdærən ˈɜrstæt/; born June 4, 1974) is an American former professional baseball player and the current head coach of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers baseball team. Prior to 2007, he had played with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim franchise (1996-2006) before signing with the Chicago White Sox in 2007. He batted and threw left-handed. He was a two-time MLB All-Star- and a three-time Gold Glove Award winner.

  8. Joe Mauer

    Joe Mauer


    Joseph "Joe" Patrick Mauer (born April 19, 1983) is an American professional baseball player. He has played as a catcher, designated hitter, and first baseman for the Minnesota Twins in Major League Baseball (MLB). He is the only catcher in MLB history to win three batting titles, and the only catcher to ever win a batting title in the American League. He also won three consecutive Gold Glove awards (2008–2010), and the 2009 American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award.

  9. Kris Benson

    Kris Benson


    Kristin James Benson (born November 7, 1974) is a former Major League Baseball starting pitcher.

  10. B.J. Surhoff

    B.J. Surhoff


    William James "B. J." Surhoff (born August 4, 1964 in the Bronx, New York City) is a former catcher, outfielder, first baseman, third baseman, and designated hitter in Major League Baseball. Over his 18-year major league career, he played every position except pitcher. After playing for the Orioles from 1996 to 2000, he rejoined the team in 2003 and played through the 2005 season. He started his career with the Milwaukee Brewers (1987–1995) and also played for the Atlanta Braves (2000–2002). Surhoff began his career as a catcher, and after playing third base in the mid-1990s, shifted to become primarily a left fielder.

  11. Harold Baines

    Harold Baines


    Harold Douglas Baines (born March 15, 1959) is a former right fielder and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who played for five American League teams from 1980 to 2001. He is best known for his three stints with the Chicago White Sox, the team on which he now serves as coach. He ranked 7th in AL history in games played (2,830) and 10th in runs batted in (1,628) upon his retirement. Noted as well for his power hitting in clutch situations, he is tied for 7th in AL history in grand slams (13), 4th in 3-home run games (3), and tied for 7th in major league history in walk-off home runs (10). Baines batted over .300 eight times and hit .324 in 31 career postseason games, topping the .350 mark in five separate series. A six-time All-Star, he led the AL in slugging average in 1984. He held the White Sox team record for career home runs from 1987 until Carlton Fisk passed him in 1990; his eventual total of 221 remains the club record for left-handed hitters, as do his 981 RBI and 585 extra base hits with the team. His 1,652 games as a designated hitter are a major league record, and he held the mark for career home runs as a DH (236) until Edgar Martínez passed him in 2004. He also led the Major Leagues in Hits as a DH (1,688) until the mark was surpassed by David Ortiz on July 10, 2013. With 1,628 RBI, Baines has the most RBI of any non-steroid era player eligible for the Hall of Fame not currently inducted.

  12. Justin Upton

    Justin Upton


    Justin Irvin Upton (born August 25, 1987) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB). Previously, he played in the MLB for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2007 to 2012 and Atlanta Braves in 2013 and 2014, while a teammate of brother Melvin Upton.

  13. Adrian Gonzalez

    Adrian Gonzalez


    Adrian Savin Gonzalez (born May 8, 1982), also known by his nicknames A-Gon and Gonzo, is a Mexican-American professional baseball first baseman with the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB).

  14. Andy Benes

    Andy Benes


    Andrew Charles Benes (born August 20, 1967) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. During a 14-year career from 1989 to 2002, Benes played for four different teams: the San Diego Padres, the Seattle Mariners, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Arizona Diamondbacks. His brother Alan also pitched in the Major Leagues, and was his teammate in 1996–97 and 2000–01. He and his brother Alan attended Evansville Lutheran School and Evansville Central High School.

  15. Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton


    Joshua Holt "Josh" Hamilton (born May 21, 1981) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB). In addition to his original tenure with the Rangers (2008–2012), he has also played for the Cincinnati Reds (2007) and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2013–2014). He is a five-time MLB All-Star and won the American League Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) in 2010.

  16. Gerrit Cole

    Gerrit Cole


    Gerrit Alan Cole (born September 8, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB). He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he pitched for the UCLA Bruins. Cole made his MLB debut in 2013.

  17. David Price

    David Price


    David Taylor Price (born August 26, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). Price was selected first overall in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays and made his major league debut in September 2008. He also played a year for the Detroit Tigers, after a July 2014 deadline deal.

  18. Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg


    Stephen James Strasburg (/ˈstrɑːzbərɡ/; born July 20, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). Strasburg was selected by Washington with the first pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, and he made his MLB debut with the Nationals in 2010.

  19. Al Chambers

    Al Chambers


    Albert Eugene Chambers (born March 24, 1961 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) is a former Major League Baseball player from 1983 to 1985 for the Seattle Mariners. Chambers was the first pick overall in the 1979 Major League Baseball Draft out of high school by the Mariners, but proved a disappointment, as he only appeared in fifty-seven games in his career.

  20. Matt Anderson

    Matt Anderson


    Matthew Jason Anderson (born August 17, 1976) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) relief pitcher.

  21. Ben McDonald

    Ben McDonald


    Larry Benard McDonald (born November 24, 1967 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher.

  22. Phil Nevin

    Phil Nevin


    Phillip Joseph Nevin (born January 19, 1971) is an American professional baseball Manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate, the Reno Aces. He spent twelve seasons as a player in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1995 through 2006, playing for the Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, Anaheim Angels, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, and Minnesota Twins. Nevin wears number 25 with Reno as manager.

  23. Bob Horner

    Bob Horner


    James Robert "Bob" Horner (born August 6, 1957) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman/first baseman and right-handed batter who played for the Atlanta Braves (1978–1986) and St. Louis Cardinals (1988). Horner was hampered by injuries for most of his major league career, and his career was cut short by collusion by team owners to drive down salaries by agreeing to not make offers to veteran stars like Horner.

  24. Tim Foli

    Tim Foli


    Timothy John Foli (born December 8, 1950), nicknamed Crazy Horse, is an American former professional baseball player, coach and minor league manager. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a shortstop for the New York Mets, Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, California Angels and New York Yankees from 1970 to 1985. At age 17, Foli was the first pick in the Major League Baseball Draft in 1968 and went on to be a member of the 1979 World Series champion Pirates. Foli was known as a fiery player who was a reliable fielder but only an average hitter. Foli was a free swinger, especially in 1982 when he walked only 14 times, the lowest total ever for 150 or more games played (Ozzie Guillén broke Foli's notorious record three years later). His free swinging did not aim for the fences, however, as he averaged less than two home runs per season.

  25. Bryan Bullington

    Bryan Bullington


    Bryan Paul Bullington (born September 30, 1980) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He has also played in NPB for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.

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