The most valuable recent draftees
Using WAR and signing bonus, Ryan Howard does come out on top
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.
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2010 MLB Draft Content
The Washington Nationals selected Bryce Harper from the College of Southern Nevada with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. Check out all the draft content from Keith Law and Jason A. Churchill.