A Look Back: 1998
*No longer active. Signed major league contract. #Did not sign.
HOW THEY DID IT THEN . . .
|1.||Phillies. Pat Burrell, 3b, Miami|
|2.||Athletics. Mark Mulder, lhp, Michigan State|
|3.||Cubs. Corey Patterson, of, HSKennesaw, Ga.|
|4.||Royals. Jeff Austin, rhp, Stanford|
|5.||Cardinals. J.D. Drew, of, St. Paul (Northern)|
|6.||Twins. Ryan Mills, lhp, Arizona State|
|7.||Reds. Austin Kearns, of, HSLexington, Ky.|
|8.||Blue Jays. Felipe Lopez, ss, HSAltamonte Springs, Fla.|
|9.||Padres. Sean Burroughs, 3b, HSLong Beach|
|10.||Rangers. Carlos Pena, 1b, Northeastern|
HOW THEYD DO IT NOW . . .
|1.||Pat Burrell||Phillies (1/1)|
|2.||Corey Patterson||Cubs (1/3)|
|3.||Sean Burroughs||Padres (1/9)|
|4.||J.D. Drew||Cardinals (1/5)|
|5.||Mark Mulder||Athletics (1/2)|
|6.||Drew Henson, 3b, HSBrighton, Mich.||Yankees (3)|
|7.||Jeff Weaver, rhp, Fresno State||Tigers (1/14)|
|8.||Kip Wells, rhp, Baylor||White Sox (1/16)|
|9.||Felipe Lopez||Blue Jays (1/8)|
|10.||Adam Dunn, of, HSNew Caney, Texas||Reds (2)|
FIRST PLAYERS TO MAJORS
|1.||J.D. Drew, of, Cardinals (1/5)||Sept. 8, 1998|
|2.||Jeff Weaver, rhp, Tigers (1/14)||April 14, 1999|
|3.||Ryan Rupe, rhp, Devil Rays (6)||May 5, 1999|
|1.||Corey Patterson, of, Cubs (1/3)||$3,700,000|
|2.||Mark Mulder, lhp, Athletics (1/2)||3,200,000|
|3.||Pat Burrell, 3b, Phillies (1/1)||3,150,000|
Cubs. The Cubs are pinning a lot of their future big league hopes on Corey Patterson, David Kelton and Jeff Goldbachthe first three players they drafted in 1998.
Mariners. No one but the Mariners saw obscure small-college lefthander Matt Thornton as a first-round pick. They didnt sign their second-rounder, already dealt away their third- and fourth-round picks and their fifth-rounder has struggled in Class A.
MOST ASTUTE PICK
Adam Dunn, of Reds (2)
Brian Cole, of Mets (18)
BIGGEST FIRST-ROUND REACH
Matt Thornton, lhp, Mariners (22nd pick)