Past No. 2 overall draft selections

  • Updated: March 30, 2012 - 12:48 PM
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Justin Verlander was the No. 2 overall pick in 2004

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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.

PRIOR YEARS

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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