Astros make Appel number one, but who’s number two?

There is no shortage of discussion this morning about the Astros selection of Mark Appel with the No. 1 pick in last night’s MLB draft.

He’s a hard-throwing Stanford pitcher who grew up in Houston, blah, blah, blah.

You would think that Appel was the only player chosen last night. But there were lots of number ones picked last night and there will be hundreds more players chosen over the next couple of days, but #1 gets more attention than all the other picks combined…including the number two pick.

Number two is not a second round pick, but the number two pick overall and this year it went to the Chicago Cubs who selected Kris Bryant, who led Division I college players with 31 home runs this season. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound junior 20-year old third baseman who is a Golden Spikes finalist and Collegiate Baseball magazine’s national player of year. Bryant hit .329 with 31 home runs and an .820 slugging percentage in 62 games for San Diego this year and has Scott Boras as his agent.

So, how have the number two picks done?

Actually, not too well.

  • Dustin Ackley, now back in the minors is the most recent #2 to make it to the majors – 2009 for the Mariners.
  • Pedro Alvarez from 2008 is the most recent #2 to make it and stick. Then again, he’s hitting .200 this season for the Bucs.
  • Mike Moustakas  from 2007 has been with the Royals since 2011, but is hitting in the .180’s this season.
  • Alex Gordon, the #2 in 2005, has been with the Royals since 2007 and is a .303 hitter since 2011 and a Gold Glove each of the last two seasons.
  • But 2004’s #2 pick is a #1 prize .  That’s when the Tigers took Justin Verlander.
  • Nine #2 picks have been pitchers in the drafts since 1993.
  • Seven #2 picks have been high schoolers in the drafts since 1993. 

Here’s a look back at “Who’s #2?”

Year Rnd OvPck FrRnd RdPck Tm Pos Type Drafted Out of
2011 1 1 FrRnd 1 Pirates Gerrit Cole (minors) RHP 4Yr UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)
2011 1 2 FrRnd 2 Mariners Danny Hultzen (minors) LHP 4Yr UVA (Charlottesville, VA)
Year Rnd OvPck Tm Pos Type Drafted Out of
2004 1 1 Padres Matt Bush (minors) SS HS Mission Bay HS (San Diego, CA)
2004 1 2 Tigers Justin Verlander (minors) RHP 4Yr Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA)
Year Rnd OvPck Tm Pos Type Drafted Out of
2001 1 1 Twins Joe Mauer (minors) C HS Cretin HS (St. Paul, MN)
2001 1 2 Cubs Mark Prior (minors) RHP 4Yr USC (Los Angeles, CA)

The Cubs have had three #2 picks all-time