MLB Draft...First Round Success Stories

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MLB Draft...First Round Success Stories

Last year's number one overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg is starting this season in Double-A Harrisburg instead of pitching in the Majors.

But I thought being the first pick in the draft meant instant success?

Try telling that to the 1985 me and I'd sooner spit in your face than agree with you.

Please...allow me to explain.

In 1985, the Topps card company had, among their seemingly ENDLESS amount of sub-sets, a block of cards reserved for baseball's past number one draft picks. All the big ones were there...Bill Almon, Al Chambers, Bob Horner. Even Shawn Abner, first pick overall by the Mets in 1984 was included.

Suffice it to say...I was hooked and I had to collect all of those first picks.

25 years later, I got to thinking..."is this year's number one pick destined for the greatness everyone seems to think he is?" I mean, after this kid threw his first pitch this spring, he was being heralded as a Hall of Famer.

And if he isn't...who was?

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