2019 — Adley Rutschman
Center fielder Adley Rutschman hasn’t made it to the majors, but the current Baltimore Orioles talent could be an All-Star in the future.
2018 — Casey Mize
If it were not for injury, Casey Mize might have made his MLB debut last season. In his 26 pro starts, Mize has 4.62 strikeouts per walk and a 2.71 ERA.
2017 — Royce Lewis
Lewis was selected by the Minnesota Twins but has struggled for form. Currently, Lewis is not ready for MLB.
2016 — Mickey Moniak
The Philadelphia Phillies landed Mickey Moniak in 2016. He had decent form last season and may debut in the majors soon.
2015 — Dansby Swanson
Dansby Swanson joined the Diamondbacks in 2015. He was traded to the Braves after six months and had a batting average of .245 through the 2019 MLB season.
2014 — Brady Aiken
Brady Aiken was drafted by the Astros but wasn’t signed. He has struggled with injury and is currently taking some time away from baseball.
2013 — Mark Appel
Appel was expected to be a frontline starter for the Astros, but instead, he was traded to the Phillies. He walked away from baseball in 2017.
2012 — Carlos Correa
Shortstop Carlos Correa has injury troubles, but he is a World Series winner who remains part of the Astros roster.
2011 — Gerrit Cole
Gerrit Cole drafted to the Phillies before being traded to the Astros in 2018. Big things are expected of cole after he signed a $324 million contract with the Yankees in 2019.
2010 — Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper was drafted a decade ago and has six All-Star performances under his belt. He was traded from the Nationals to the Phillies in 2018 for a $330 million contract.
This list goes to prove that being one of the No. 1 MLB picks can either work in your favor – or sometimes not.