2011 MLB Draft Results: Ranking Alex Rodriguez & the Past 20 First Overall Picks

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2011 MLB Draft Results: Ranking Alex Rodriguez & the Past 20 First Overall Picks

As the 2011 MLB Draft came upon us, the baseball world sat in anticipation to see if the Pittsburgh Pirates would go with pitching or hitting with their first overall pick.

The Pirates ended up taking Gerrit Cole first overall—a stud pitcher out of UCLA.

In baseball more than any other sport, it is impossible to know how draft picks will turn out. So many big-time prospects tear it up in minor league ball but never find success when given an opportunity in MLB.

Cole may end up being the next Roger Clemens or he may never pitch a game in the majors. It has happened before.

In light of all the hype that surrounds draft day, I thought we should take a look back at the past 20 first overall draft picks to see how they turned out. I'd have to say that the results were rather shocking.

Here are—from worst to first—the past 20 first overall draft picks.

Surprised?

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