Justin Verlander was the No. 2 overall pick in 2004
Marlin Levison, Star Tribune
Past No. 2 overall draft selections
- March 30, 2012 - 12:48 PM
HISTORY AT THE NO. 2 SELECTION A LOOK AT RECENT NO. 2 OVERALL PICKS IN THE DRAFT:
Year Player, position Team Contract Comment
2011 Danny Hultzen, LHP Mariners $6.35 million Throws 93 mph with a good changeup.
2010 Jameson Taillon, RHP Pirates $6.5 million Has a 93-97-mph fastball and hard curveball.
2009 Dustin Ackley, OF Mariners $6.0 million Debuted last season as 2B. Potential table-setter.
2008 Pedro Alvarez, 3B Pirates $6.0 million Team waiting for him to harness his power.
2007 Mike Moustakas, SS Royals $4.0 million Now a 3B, debuted last season. Big-time power potential.
2006 Greg Reynolds, RHP Rockies $3.25 million Failed to match the hype; traded to Texas in January.
2005 Alex Gordon, 3B Royals $4 million Starting to reach potential after move to outfield.
2004 Justin Verlander, RHP Tigers $3.12 million Ace. Workhorse. Cy Young Award and MVP winner.
2003 Rickie Weeks, 2B Brewers $3.6 million Power source at second base. Made first All-Star Game in 2011.
2002 B.J. Upton, SS Rays $4.6 million Now an OF, he's a good -- not yet great -- player.
2001: Mark Prior, Cubs
2000: Adam Johnson, Twins
1999: Josh Beckett, Marlins
1998: Mark Mulder, A's
1997: J.D. Drew, Phillies
1996: Travis Lee, Twins
1995: Ben Davis, Padres
1994: Ben Grieve, A's
1993: Darren Dreifort, Dodgers
1992: Paul Shuey, Indians
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