There is a lot of pressure to succeed when baseball players are drafted at number one. This is what the last 10 No.1 MLB picks are doing now.
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.
Google’s top trending athlete of the year is NASCAR racer, Ryan Newman. Experts say that the driver’s last-lap crash at Daytona 500 and the following miraculous recovery were the reasons that lead to this trend.
NASCAR Can Rarely Match Other Sports Leagues In Popularity
There are many beloved sports all over the world, and NASCAR can rarely compete for worldwide popularity. However, last year, the 43-year old Ryan Newman became Google’s most-searched athlete. The driver bested the quarterback Tom Brady and fellow NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace and ranked fifth in the “People” category. This also made him the top-ranked current non-political figure.
NASCAR Racer Ryan Newman Suffered One of the Worst Recent Crashes In the Sport
Sadly, part of the reason for the Google popularity of the 43-year-old NASCAR driver was an unfortunate one. On the final lap of the Daytona 500, he was heading for the finish, when his car took contact from fellow driver Ryan Blaney. Everything went wrong for Newman as the #32 Ford slammed into his car. The wreck was one of the worst seen in many years, and after the crash, there were concerns if Newman might have been injured. As the emotions of everybody were going up, Newman was freed from his car and taken to the local Halifax Medical Center, where he was treated and released after less than 48 hours.
Despite his amazing recovery, he received a head injury and missed the next three races before making his return at the Darlington Raceway. For 2021, Newman is set to return to his #6 Ford for a third season with Roush Fenway Racing. The season will start with the 63rd annual Daytona 500. The drivers will race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 14th. Fans are certainly waiting to see if Newman will make his crash a distant memory and manage to capture his second Daytona 500 victory. With enough luck and skill, Newman could end up in Google’s top trending list of 2021 due to more fortunate events.