There are some hits, sure. But for every Joe Mauer, Ken Griffey Jr. or Bryce Harper, there’s a Tim Beckham, Brian Bullington or Brien Taylor.
Here, though, we’re going to be focusing on the former — No. 1 draft picks who lived up to that billing by becoming bona fide superstars or, at the very least, above-average All-Stars.
With the 2017 MLB Draft set to begin Monday night, let’s take a look back at some of the best top picks of years past.
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