The most valuable recent draftees

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Once upon time, the Philadelphia Phillies were awful at the draft. It's hard to overstate this. In the 1980s, their first-round picks were Henry Powell, Johnny Abrego, John Russell, Ricky Jordan, Pete Smith, Trey McCall, Brad Brink, Pat Coombs and Jeff Jackson. You could do a better job if you had a subscription to Baseball America and a set of darts. A decade later, under the guidance of former scouting director Mike Arbuckle, the Phils had finally turned things around. They were not only hitting on first-round picks such as Pat Burrell, Brett Myers and Chase Utley, but also unearthing late-round gems; one of those finds has developed into the most valuable pick in recent draft history.