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Where Are They Now? 2010 Draft

The title here is pretty self-explanatory. It’s now been five years since the 2010 draft. Essentially, everyone in the top 10 should have broken into the majors by now (barring injury).  Without any further ado, here they are:

With the number 1 pick, the Washington Nationals select OF Bryce Harper. It only took two years for Harper to begin to make his mark. At 19 years old, Harper was promoted and has become a lock in the Nationals outfield. At only 22 years old, Harper has made quite a few impressions, from being the “Clown move” guy, to being voted the most overrated player in baseball by his peers. He’s dealt with a few injuries, but he’s shown a lot of solid defense to go along with a pretty reliable bat. In his three years in the Majors, Harper’s averaged a .272 BA, .351 OBP, 18 home runs, 50 or so RBIs, and 10 SBs a year. He won Rookie of the Year, and was invited to 2 All-Star Games. He hasn’t been a superstar immediately, like Mike Trout, but he’s still got plenty of time to improve on stats that are pretty respectable.

Jameson Taillon RHP was picked 2nd by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Taillon seemed to be getting closer to his long-awaited promotion to the Bigs. In 2013, he received his first taste of AAA. All of that came undone when he lost his entire 2014 campaign to the plague of Tommy John surgery. He was recently in a round of Spring Training cuts and was optioned back to the minors. He didn’t appear in a game as he continued his rehab.

The Baltimore Orioles drafted shortstop Manny Machado, whose name should be pretty well known now, mostly due to beautiful defensive plays and a gruesome knee injury that sidelined him at the end of 2013. He also missed most of 2014, but he’s  shown a pretty promising bat, averaging .278 with a .313 OBP; he’s good for around 10+ home runs, especially if he can avoid further injuries to his knees. Machado, like Harper, reached the majors in 2012 at the age of 19; at 23 years old, he’s probably hoping he can complete a season and show he’s capable of multiple years that look like his 2013: 51 doubles, 14 HRs, 71RBIs, and a .283 BA.

With the 4th pick, the Kansas City Royals drafted Christian Colon, a shortstop. After 4 straight successful seasons in the minors, Colon finally earned his call up. In a small taste, in 2014, Colon batted .333 with a .375 OBP over 21 games. It’s a small sample size, for sure, but the kid has shown he doesn’t strike out. In fact, over 12 spring games, Colon has a 4:1 BB to SO ratio. In his 21 games last year, he walked 3 times and struck out 4 times. In his minor league career, he’s taken a Tony Gwynn-style approach. He’s never hit under .260 in the minors, and has never struck out more than 69 times.

It took only a year for 5th pick Drew Pomeranz to reach the majors. He was drafted by the Indians, but reached the majors with the Rockies as part of a trade for Ubaldo Jimenez. In Pomeranz first 3 years, he’s shuttled back and forth between Colorado and the minors. Eventually, Pomeranz was traded to the Athletics. In Oakland, he began the transition to the bullpen and had his best year in the majors thus far. He boasted a 2.35 ERA over 20 appearances spanning 69 innings. As a reliever, over 16.2 innings, he had a 1.62 ERA; as a starter, he also had his best year in the majors with a 2.58 ERA over 52.1 innings. 2015 might be the year Pomeranz gets to shine, whether its as a reliever or a starter.

The next pick was RHP Barret Loux by the Diamondbacks. After having concerns about his shoulder and elbow (rightfully so, as he would undergo Tommy John surgery and miss all of 2014), the Diamondbacks do not sign him and he ends up being picked up as a free agent by the Texas Rangers. From there, he is traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2012. He hasn’t been particularly successful in his minor league career thus far, his ERA averaging out to a 3.93. His rehab is ongoing.

And then, Matt Harvey, RHP, was drafted by the New York Mets. He would go on to spend 2 years in the minor leagues, showing flashes of dominance, until reaching AAA where his 3.68 ERA would be explained away as “being bored” with the minors. Fortunately, that would prove to be true. Upon promotion to the Majors in 2012, Matt Harvey would start 10 games and hold a 2.73 ERA. In his first full year, 2013, Matt Harvey started  26 games and held a 2.27 ERA before being shut down for Tommy John surgery (yes…another pitcher in the top 10 of the 2010 draft class to need Tommy John, in exactly the same year: 2013. This is why everyone thinks the number 13 is bad luck). Matt Harvey is currently on track to begin the 2015 season in the Mets rotation as the ace of the staff.

Delino DeShields Jr. at #8 is still marinating in the minors. Five years after being drafted, and the Texas Rangers have gotten to see flashes of what he’s capable of doing. Currently, DeShields’ claim to fame is posting a photo of his swollen face after being hit by a pitch. He was notably left unprotected during the Rule 5 draft in 2014, but considering he’s still got work to do in the minors, the Astros came away with their 2010 first round draft pick still in tact. He’s appeared in 9 games this spring and hasn’t fared well. Actually, DeShields looked better in spring 2013–but he knows by now that there’s room for improvement and still time to do so.

The San Diego Padres went on to pick high school righty Karsten Whitson at #9. Unfortunately for the Padres, Whitson would decide to attend college at the University of Florida. This backfired a little as he needed to undergo shoulder surgery in 2013. He was projected as a high draft pick until the surgery, instead, the Washington Nationals picked him in the 37th round. Whitson turns down the Nationals as well and pitches another year at UF. It wouldn’t be until the Red Sox picked him in the 11th round of the 2014 draft that Whitson would signed the dotted line. Whitson recently pitched in Low-A ball for the Red Sox minor league affiliate and didn’t put on the best showing. Hopefully, he’ll turn things around in 2015.

Rounding out the top 10 picks of the 2010 draft is Michael Choice. Choice performed well-enough in his minor league stints, hitting a smidge over .300 in his first and only stint in AAA. This earned him a 9 game promotion in 2013 when he hit .278, but not really anything worth noting. He would be traded from his draft team, the Oakland A’s, to the Texas Rangers. He performed far worse with the Rangers, hitting under .200, showing a small bit of power with 9 home runs, but once more, nothing to write home about. His 2015 Spring campaign has been disappointing. He hasn’t shown any of the “raw power and upside” that the A’s or Rangers were expecting.

Notable players from the 1st round are Yasmani Grandal (#12), Chris Sale (#13), Christian Yelich (#23), and Kyle Parker (#26).

Out of 30 players from the 1st round of the 2010 draft, only a little more than a handful have made an impact.

 

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