1990 — Chipper Jones
Best Player From Draft Class: Chipper Jones
We start things off with a home run No. 1 pick. In 1990, Atlanta selected a man named Larry Jones. Soon-to-be known as Chipper, Jones put together a Hall of Fame career with the Braves which included eight trips to the All-Star Game, a World Series win in 1995, and the NL MVP in ’99.
Jones finished his illustrious career with a .303 BA, 468 HR, and nearly 3,000 hits. Four other players drafted in the top-10 would become All-Stars — including Tony Clark, Mike Lieberthal, and Carl Everett — but Jones was clearly the best of them all.
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1991 — Brien Taylor
Best Player From Draft Class: Manny Ramirez
If you’re asking yourself — “who is Brien Taylor?” — you aren’t alone. Drafted by the Yankees, Taylor is one of three No. 1 overall picks to never make it to the Majors. Coming out of high school, Taylor was an electric pitching prospect. He touched 99 MPH with his fastball and struck out an absurd 213 batters in 88 IP.
Unfortunately, Taylor was never the same after hurting his shoulder in a fight and never advanced past AA. In 2012, Taylor was sentenced to 50 months in prison after pleading guilty to cocaine trafficking charges. Instead of Taylor, the Yankees could have drafted Manny Ramirez, Cliff Floyd, or Shawn Green.
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