Adrian Gonzalez was billed as the next best thing when he was selected first overall in the 2000 MLB Draft.
The then 18-year-old first baseman was the first infielder selected at No. 1 since Alex Rodriguez was taken in that spot just seven years before in 1993. Comparisons were made between the two, and Gonzalez was expected to fly through the minor leagues in similar fashion to Rodriguez.
By 2004, Gonzalez was in the big leagues with the Texas Rangers and the four-time All Star hasn’t looked back since. Gonzo has hit 199 home runs so far in his nine-year MLB career and there are plenty more likely on the horizon.
With the 2012 MLB Draft going on this week, Gonzalez’ memorable day 12 years ago was recognized as this week’s Ketel One Honorable Moment.