The MLB's Top 10 Fourth-Round Picks Of All Time
I have to tell you guys I made the "Top 1st Round Picks - Top 3rd Round Lists" but I had so much fun making this list because there weren't superstars on this list.
There were baseball players on this list—guys that were clutch, guys that were scrappy and guys that just played the game the right way.
I have the "Top 1st Round Picks Of All Time" and the second plus the third on my page. Just scroll down and click on "See Alec's Other Articles." And you will find all my articles there.
Enjoy and feel free to write any comments.
I have a ton of Honorable Mentions so be sure to look through those guys.
10. Bo Jackson—Kansas City Royals—105th Overall Pick—1986
1x All Star
Bo was a freak, this was a guy that was going to change how people looked at a power hitter.
This man hit some of the longest HR you will ever see, in four full seasons Bo hit 20-plus HR four times and drove in 100 runs once.
This man was going to be one of the greatest of all time if you ask any of the players that competed with him.
But alas, Bo's hip was torn up after he got taken down in a Raiders postseason game and Bo would never be the same again.
9. Ozzie Smith—San Diego Padres—86th Overall Pick—1972
15x All Star
The Wiz is your ninth best fourth round pick, he was the best defensive player I have ever seen.
The only thing that hurt Ozzie on this list is that he wasn't a big offensive provider. There were seasons were he hit zero HR and 30 RBI. He played 19 seasons so he was able to compile numbers.
But he was one of the more dominant SS in his era and he does deserve to be a HOF.
8. Chone Figgins—Colorado Rockies—132nd Overall Pick—1997
1x All Star
Versatile Chone Figgins is at number eight, and there's no doubt in my mind he for the past five plus seasons has been the biggest unsung hero in baseball.
This is a guy that played with Vladimir Guerrero, Torii Hunter, Bobby Abreu, K-Rod, John Lackey and others on the team.
He consistently hits above .290 with 40 steals and at least 85 runs scored every year.
If I were a manager I would love to have this guy on my team.
7. Paul O'Neil—Cincinnati Reds—93rd Overall Pick—1981
5x All Star
Paul O'Neil by all description was a gamer, he was one of the guys I would want with the game on the line hitting for me in late innings.
He was underrated because he played on teams that had Barry Larkin, Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez, and Mariano Rivera, but he was the type of guy that wasn't a superstar, just a baseball player.
He struck out 100-plus three times and never K'd more than 107 times.
In 15 full seasons he hit 20-plus HR seven times, he drove in 70-plus runs 13 times and hit higher then .300 six times.
And of course he was a big key to the Yankee dynasty in the late 90's.
6. Graig Nettles—Minnesota Twins—74th Overall Pick—1965
6x All Star
One of the most powerful men of his era, Graig Nettles is at No. 6.
He had a very good eye he had 1088 BB as opposed to 1209 K's. But he didn't just contribute with a good eye, he hit 20-plus HR 11 times and had 70-plus RBI 10 times.
Graig never hit higher then .300 in a full season, but he was putting the ball in play because he never K'd more then 94 times.
During his prime (25-34), he averaged solid numbers— 25 HR, 83 RBI, .254 and 144 hits.
5. Garret Anderson—California Angels—125th Overall Pick—1990
3x All Star
Consistent Garret Anderson is at No. 5 and he has had a really good career.
In 15 seasons, six times he has hit higher then .300, five times he hit 20-plus HR, four times drove in 100-plus runs and 11 times he had over 150 hits.
During Anderson's prime (27-33), he averaged 179 hits, 24 HR, 104 RBI, .297 and 39 doubles.
So you tell me does Anderson belong at No. 5?
4. Jonathon Papelbon—Boston Red Sox—114th Overall Pick—2003
4x All Star
One of the big money closers of the game today is at No. 4, Papelbon will have a HOF type career when he is done playing.
He has been in the majors for five seasons and he already has four 30 Save seasons, and two seasons in which he has had an ERA under 2.00.
His career will be a long and majestic. Mariano might be the greatest of all time, but this guy might end up being the second greatest of all time.
3. Luis Gonzalez—Houston Astros—90th Overall Pick—1988
5x All Star
Gonzo is at No. 3, one of the prolific power bats from 1998 to 2005.
Luis broke into the majors at age 22 and he would have a great career. Sixteen times he would hit 20-plus doubles, seven times he hit 20-plus HR, five times 100-plus runs driven in, eight times 150-plus hits and five times would hit over .300.
With these numbers you would think he would be a Hall Of Famer but you have to think "Did he use HGH?" because his best years came when he was 30-35.
2. Jeff Bagwell—Boston Red Sox—110th Overall Pick—1989
4x All Star
The leader of the Mighty B's is the second greatest 4th round pick.
Bagwell really was a great player, in 14 full seasons the fewest RBI in any season he ever had was 82 and that was in his rookie year.
In 14 full seasons he hit 35-plus HR six times, drove in 100 runs eight times, scored 100-plus runs nine times, 30-plus doubles 11 times and even batted above .300 six times.
Bagwell even chipped in 202 SB from the first basemen position.
1. Rickey Henderson—Oakland Athletics—96th Overall Pick—1976
10x All Star
Forget the greatest 4th round pick ever, he is one of the greatest picks of all time.
Rickey's numbers speak for themselves, and he holds numerous records.
Such as the all time SB record, runs record and lead off HR record.
You got to wonder if those scouts in 1976 got fired for not noticing Rickey early.