From wallflowers to wonder boys
Undrafted out of high school, first-round prospects like Strasburg finally in full bloom
Because baseball drafts players directly out of high school at an age where most players are still more physical tools and projection than skills, there's a low degree of predictability around how most of these players will develop. Sure, every draft has its can't-miss high school players, and the track record on those guys is pretty good (but not perfect -- see Young, Delmon), but plenty of lower-round high school selections have gone on to become impact players in the majors.
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2009 FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT