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Biggest MLB Draft First-Round Reaches Since 1990

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Cito Culver (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The BA column indicates where each player ranked on the BA draft board prior to his draft. Players who didn’t appear in the top 100—or even 200—prospects were simply assigned the first number beyond the ranking parameters. The Reach column displays the difference between the BA “industry consensus” ranking and each player’s actual draft position. Those who reached the major leagues or who are active in affiliated ball have an entry in the Status column. Those with a dash (—) failed to reach the majors.

You can see past BA 500 lists on our rankings page, where you can toggle by year.

YearPick No.TeamPlayerPosSchoolBAReachStatus
201015RangersJake SkoleOFHS—Roswell, GA201186
201016CubsHayden SimpsonRHPSouthern Arkansas191175
201932AstrosKorey LeeCCalifornia173141Astros
(No. 18)
201032YankeesCito CulverSSHS—Rochester, NY168136
19994D-backsCorey MyersSSHS—Phoenix10096
201132RaysJake HagerSSHS—Las Vegas, NV12290Brewers (AAA)
201027PhilliesJesse BiddleLHPHS—Philadelphia11689–0.5 WAR
200613CubsTyler ColvinOFClemson, SC101880.9 WAR
201536OriolesRyan MountcastleSSHS—Oviedo, FL12286Orioles
(No. 5)
201624PadresHudson PottsSSHS—Southlake, TX10884Padres
(No. 16)
201927CubsRyan JensenRHPFresno State10982Cubs
(No. 8)
199822MarinersMatt ThorntonLHPGrand Valley State, MI1017913.4 WAR
201834RoyalsDaniel LynchLHPVirginia11177Royals
(No. 3)
201325GiantsChristian ArroyoSSHS—Brooksville, FL10277Indians (MLB)
200024CardinalsBlake WilliamsRHPSouthwest Texas State10177
200028YankeesDavid ParrishCMichigan10173
200728TwinsBen RevereOFHS—Lexington, KY101736.7 WAR
201133RangersKevin MatthewsLHPHS—Richmond Hill, GA10572
199629Devil RaysPaul WilderOFHS—Cary, NC10172
199731Devil RaysJason StandridgeRHPHS—Trussville, AL10170–0.7 WAR
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