With the First Pick …

Greetings everyone!

I’m your friendly neighborhood historian back with a new blog post regarding first year drafts. With the start of a new year, comes the excitement or disappointment of the first year draft.  Many within our league have noted the weakening drafts and I thought I would compile some data for all of the numbers’ freaks out there like me.

After conducting some data analysis on all of the first overall picks (there are 76 of them), I came up with some interesting tidbits of information that I thought I would share:

  • In the infield:  catchers represent 6 of the 76 (7.8%) first overall picks, first basemen represent 5 of 76 (6.5%), second and third baseman represent 4 of 76 each (5.3%), shortstops are the second weakest representation with 3 of 76 (3.9%).
  • In the outfield:  left fielders have the weakest representation in this segment with only 5 out of 76 (6.5%), center field is the 3rd strongest showing at 10 of 76 (13.1%), and right field is the 2nd strongest showing with 14 of 76 (18.4%).
  • In the bullpen, starting pitchers are the strongest positional class with 19 of 76 first overall choices being starting pitchers (25%), middle relievers are conversely the weakest with just 2 of 76 (2.6%), and finally closers make up just 4 of the 76 first overall picks (5.3%).
  • Thus, hitters make up 67.1% of the first overall picks, while pitchers make up 32.9%.
  • 30 of the 76 first overalls are still playing minor league ball (39.4%).
  • 12 of the 51 hitters are hitting over .300 (23.6%).
  • 23 of the 51 hitters average more than 1 hit per game (45.1%).
  • 3 of the 25 pitchers have amassed more strikeouts than innings pitched (12%).
  • And sadly, 1 of the 76 first overall picks has suffered from a CEI (1.3%).

All this is of course well and good, but how does this year’s draft class compare to the historical position breakdown?  See below for the comparison:

The 2016 draft saw 1 catcher (9%), 1 first baseman (9%), 2 third basemen (18%), an astounding 4 center fielders (36%), and 3 starting pitchers (27%) as this year’s first overall.  So while the quota of starting pitchers was the only one that seemingly stayed consistent, this year’s draft saw other positions being over or under-represented, respectively.

Next week, at the conclusion of this year’s draft, I will conduct of second data analysis involving the men who I will dub as the “Mr. Irrelevants” of the first year draft.  These are the men who are drafted with the final pick of every year’s first year draft.

Click here to see a .txt file detailing the names and stats of all of the first overall picks in WBH History.

Until next time!

Frank Blanco, WBH Historian

  1. Bobby 11 years ago

    I really enjoyed this entry Frank, very nice.

    We have the #1 pick in 2012 Canada, RF Dustin Goyer, who will make his ML debut on Opening Day this year as a starter for us.

  2. L Q 11 years ago

    Canada and Mexico are the only league to have homegrown 1st picks every year.

  3. Santiago de los VEN 11 years ago


    Awesome analysis. Definately something I that is fun to chew on a bit. Can’t wait for Round 2!

  4. David 11 years ago

    SP Esteban Leal was mentioned as the only first overall pick to have a CEI. Actually, I drafted Leal with the second pick of the draft. Interestingly, the reason you missed this was because the first pick of that draft was another pitcher who suffered a CEI, and I suspect he’s not in the game anymore. Injury bug knocked out the first two picks of that ill-fated Venezuela draft!

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