Pat Gillick: Top 10 Draft Picks by the Hall of Fame MLB Manager
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Part III and the final installment of the Pat Gillick Hall of Fame GM series reveals the top 10 picks Pat Gillick made at the MLB draft.
Unfortunately, it's a little too early to tell how his Philadelphia picks will turn out, but if any live up to their hype, then it will just re-iterate what a great GM Pat Gillick was.
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Seattle Mariners: Adam Jones
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Adam Jones was drafted by Gillick and Seattle and later sent to Baltimore in 2008 as part of the Eric Bedard trade.
Jones has been nothing short of spectacular in center for the O's, garnering an All-Star appearance and Gold Glove award in 2009.
Toronto Blue Jays: Shawn Green
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Green hit 199 home runs for Toronto, 162 more with the Dodgers and finished with 328, averaging 27 over 162 games.
He also collected over 2,000 hits and over 1,000 RBI. A pretty good career by a pretty good Gillick pick.
Toronto Blue Jays: Jeff Kent
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Kent had a great career, just not with the Jays.
He was traded to the Mets for David Cone in August of 1992. With 377 home runs and 1,518 RBI, I'd say he had a pretty good career...for a 20th-round pick!
Baltimore Orioles: Jayson Werth
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Originally drafted as an Oriole by Gillick, it wasn't until Gillick (with Philadelphia) signed him in 2007 that Werth finally played up to his potential.
Werth also made the top 10 Gillick signings.
Toronto Blue Jays: David Wells
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There was a love-hate relationship with Boomer and Toronto.
He broke into the bigs with Toronto, won his first World Series with Toronto, pitched a perfect game for some team in New York, then went back to Toronto for his only 20-win season (in which he led the league).
Seems like he was meant to play there; he just didn't want to.
Toronto Blue Jays: John Olerud
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Batting champ, All-Star, Gold Glove, flirted with .400 up to the All-Star break in '93 and wore a helmet in the field.
Toronto Blue Jays: Pat Hentgen
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A staff ace for the Blue Jays and later the Cardinals and winner of the Cy Young award in '96. Yet another potentially great career cut short by injuries.
Had Hentgen stayed healthy and pitched at the level he was capable of, he very well could have hit the 300-win mark. He finished with 131 wins at the age of 34.
Toronto Blue Jays: Chris Carpenter
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One of the few Tommy John surgery success stories.
The Jays gave up on Carpenter a little too early, as he has had nothing but success with the Cardinals, winning the Cy Young award in 2005 and the World Series in 2006.
Baltimore Orioles: Cliff Lee
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Yankee fans shouldn't feel snubbed by Cliff Lee, as he clearly has something about signing with an AL East team.
He was originally drafted by the Orioles in the 20th round but failed to sign, allowing the Montreal Expos to draft and sign him in 2000 and subsequently trade him in '02 to Cleveland.
Toronto Blue Jays: Dave Stieb
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Dave Stieb threw the only no-hitter in Blue Jays history to date, and he's still the teams career leader in wins with 175, strikeouts with 1,658, complete games (103) and 30 shutouts in 15 seasons with Toronto.
Roy Halladay comparison anyone? While Stieb was never a Cy Young winner, he did send many hitters to the chiropractor with one of the best sliders in the game during the '80s.