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2010 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft Preview

Posted by Sean Forman on May 28, 2010

2010 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft Preview

The draft is fast approaching, and we just updated our annual draft preview with this year's draft order.

The page shows the:

**first three rounds of the draft,
**links to all previous selections in that round by selecting team,
**links to all of the overall picks at that slot,
**total WAR earned by players at that slot,
**the number who made the majors, and
**the five best players at that draft slot.

Invariably this tends to dampen fans' enthusiasm about the draft. Even picking first there are no sure things in the draft as our list points out. For example, the median career for the first overall pick has a career somewhere between Kris Benson's and Jeff King's.

One Response to “2010 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft Preview”

  1. DoubleDiamond Says:

    Hey, look who the second best 73rd overall is - Floyd Rayford! I was hoping to find an entry here today where I could mention what may be what he is most remembered for.

    On Saturday, May 29 in a year divisible by 2 but not by 4, Rayford started and played the whole game at 3rd base for Baltimore in the 2nd game of a doubleheader between the host Orioles and the visiting Toronto Blue Jays. He went 0 for 4 with a strikeout, sending his average down to .125. He probably did not figure in the scoring of any of the 10 runs that his team pushed across the plate that day. That was not enough, as the Blue Jays scored 11.

    No doubt this was a major reason why, the next day, a different guy was playing 3rd, the same guy who had played 3rd in the first game of that Saturday, May 29 doubleheader. (The other guy went 0 for 2 with a walk, batting 8th, in the May 30 game. He only had 3 plate appearances because Jim Gott pitched a one-hitter with a few batters reaching other ways, and the 5th spot made the final out in the 9th. After those two official at-bats, his average was .235. He was a rookie, and I guess he was not a likely AL Rookie-of-the-Year candidate with an average like that.)