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Will he play in the big leagues?

Compiled by Allan Simpson

This analysis includes players drafted from 1965-95, presumably giving all players from those draft classes ample opportunity of reaching the major leagues. Players drafted since then were not included because a significant number of them could still reach the majors.

Players drafted in the first 20 rounds

No.

Pct.

Players drafted, rounds 1-20

15,660

Played in major leagues

2,687

17.2

Played in major leagues more than three years

1,627

10.4

Players drafted, rounds 1-20

15,660

Players signed

11,764

75.1

Players signed

11,764

Played in major leagues

2,687

22.8

Played in major leagues more than three years

1,627

13.8

Players drafted in the first round

No.

Pct.

First-round picks

774

Played in major leagues

502

64.9

Played in major leagues more than three years

377

48.7

First-round picks

774

Players signed

740

95.6

Players signed

740

Played in major leagues

502

67.8

Played in major leagues more than three years

377

50.9

Players drafted in the supplemental first

No.

Pct.

Supplemental first-round picks

84

Played in major leagues

49

58.3

Played in major leagues more than three years

30

35.7

Supplemental first-round picks

84

Players signed

82

97.6

Players signed

82

Played in major leagues

49

59.8

Played in major leagues more than three years

30

36.6

Players drafted in the second round

No.

Pct.

Second-round picks

774

Played in major leagues

322

41.6

Played in major leagues more than three years

199

25.7

Second-round picks

774

Players signed

692

89.4

Players signed

692

Played in major leagues

322

46.5

Played in major leagues more than three years

199

28.8

Players drafted in the third round

No.

Pct.

Third-round picks

774

Played in major leagues

241

31.1

Played in major leagues more than three years

159

20.5

Third-round picks

774

Players signed

666

86.0

Players signed

666

100

Played in major leagues

241

36.2

Played in major leagues more than three years

159

23.9

Players drafted in the fourth round

No.

Pct.

Fourth-round picks

782

Played in major leagues

186

23.8

Played in major leagues more than three years

114

14.6

Fourth-round picks

782

Players signed

658

84.1

Players signed

658

Played in major leagues

186

28.3

Played in major leagues more than three years

114

17.3

Players drafted in the fifth round

No.

Pct.

Fifth-round picks

782

Played in major leagues

181

23.1

Played in major leagues more than three years

94

12.0

Fifth-round picks

782

Players signed

636

81.3

Players signed

636

Played in major leagues

181

28.5

Played in major leagues more than three years

94

14.8

Players drafted in the sixth-10th rounds

No.

Pct.

 

No.

Pct.

Players drafted, rounds 6-10

3,890

Played in major leagues

604

15.5

Played in major leagues more than three years

337

8.6

Players drafted, rounds 6-10

3,890

Players signed

2,960

76.1

Players signed

2,960

Played in major leagues

604

20.4

Played in major leagues more than three years

337

11.4

Players drafted in the 11th-15th rounds

No.

Pct.

Players drafted, rounds 11-15

3,890

Played in major leagues

333

8.6

Played in major leagues more than three years

168

4.3

Players drafted, rounds 11-15

3,890

Players signed

2,749

70.7

Players signed

2,749

Played in major leagues

333

8.3

Played in major leagues more than three years

168

6.1

Players drafted in the 16th-20th rounds

No.

Pct.

Players drafted, rounds 16-20

3,890

Played in major leagues

252

6.5

Played in major leagues more than three years

144

3.7

Players drafted, rounds 16-20

3,890

Players signed

2,560

65.8

Players signed

2,560

Played in major leagues

252

9.8

Played in major leagues more than three years

144

5.6

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