After examining baseball’s top-drafting general managers, I thought that I’d keep things rolling by mixing in another retrospective draft article. However, while the previous piece had the narrow focus of evaluating only five GMs in relation to their current organization, today’s coverage is more inclusive in the sense that I’m grading each draft class over the last 15 years.
But instead of breaking down each class in its entirety, I’ve based my rankings solely on the quality of first-rounders. Therefore, although a particular draft class may have yielded a greater number of big leaguers in the mid-to-late rounds, I’m only interested in analyzing the No. 1 picks from each year, respectively.
Rather than simply listing every first-round selection, I’ve included only those players who enjoyed—or are in the midst of—a notable big-league career. Similarly, I’ve also highlighted (or in this case, italicized) prospects who rank among the top-100 in the game. And based upon those qualifications, I’ve assigned each class a letter grade with a brief analysis of the top five.