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Ranking The First and Second Overall MLB Draft Picks From 2000-2010

The MLB Draft is the most difficult draft in professional sports considering there are so many rounds. So naturally, you expect your top pick to become one of the pillars of your franchise for years to come.

The MLB draft is also the only one of the four major sports in North America without around the clock coverage. You don't hear about much dirt being spewed about baseball prospects the way you would for an NFL hopeful. Perhaps it's because these prospects are barely even adults by the time they're drafted. It's a different beast in the majors and remains an inexact science.

From the year 2000-2010 there were thousands of players selected throughout the draft. With that number in mind, only 22 players have been selected either #1 or #2 overall. Some have been major busts, some have just underwhelmed, and some have become MLB All-Stars.

This list comes down to the amount of time they’ve spent in the league, their success, and their future potential. Some of these names you will ask yourself “Who is that?” Other players could be one of your favorite players in the league. So sit down and take a trip down memory lane looking back from 2000 to 2010.

22 Matt Bush, SS

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21 Adam Johnson, SP

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20 Bryan Bullington, SP

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19 Greg Reynolds, SP

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18 Luke Hochevar, SP

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17 Tim Beckham, SS

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16 Mark Prior, SP

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15 Rickie Weeks, 2B

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14 Delmon Young, OF

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13 Melvin Upton Jr. - OF

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12 Dustin Ackley, INF/OF

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11 Mike Moustakas, 3B

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10 Jameson Taillon, SP

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9 Pedro Alvarez, 3B/1B

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8 Justin Upton, OF

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7 Stephen Strasburg, SP

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The Washington Nationals selected Strasburg with the 1st pick in the 2009 MLB draft. I certainly would’ve expected Srasburg to be higher on the list but he hasn’t quite earned that yet. He currently boasts a career record of 54-37, 3.09 ERA, and 901 strike outs. Coming out of San Diego State University he was regarded as the best pitching prospect in years. After he had one of the most anticipated MLB debuts in history where he pitched 7 innings with 14 strike outs, the future looked like it would take off. However, injuries have set him back early in his career.

6 Alex Gordon, OF

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5 Adrian Gonzalez, 1B

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The Miami (then Florida) Marlins selected Gonzalez with the 1st pick in the 2000 MLB draft. Gonzalez never actually played for the Marlins and actually made his MLB debut for the Texas Rangers in 2004. He played 59 games for the Rangers before ultimately getting traded to the Padres where his career began to take off. Between the Padres, Boston Red Sox, and his current team the Los Angeles Dodgers, Gonzalez is a 5x All-Star, 2x Silver Slugger, and 4x Gold Glove award winner. He boasts a career batting average of .291, 1,792 hits, 290 home runs, and 1,056 RBIs.

4 Joe Mauer, C

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The Minnesota Twins selected Mauer with the 1st pick in the 2001 MLB draft. Ever since the Twins selected the hometown kid Mauer, he has been one of the best if not the best catcher in the majors. Throughout his career, Mauer has been a 6x All-Star, 3x AL batting champion, 3x Gold Glove award winner, and a 5x silver slugger award winner. His biggest accomplishment in his spectacular career is winning the American League MVP award in 2009 where he hit .365, 28 home runs, and 96 RBIs.

3 Justin Verlander, SP

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2 David Price, SP

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The Tampa Bay Rays selected Price with the 1st pick in the 2007 MLB draft. Price has been an elite pitcher for years and will continue to do so for years. He currently has a career record of 104-56, 3.09 ERA, and 1,372 strike outs. As a 5x All-Star, 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner, and 2x AL ERA leader, Price has been dominating ever since he debuted back in 2008. After spending five full seasons with the Rays, he is currently on his 3rd team in 3 years.

1 Bryce Harper, OF

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The Washington Nationals selected Harper with the 1st pick in the 2010 MLB draft. Putting Harper at #1 was a no brainer. Harper has the potential to be one of the game's all time greats and has already made his presence known during his brief time in the league. Harpers name has been relevant since he was a 16-year-old kid in high school. No matter what level Harper has played at he has been the best, and that has shown in the MLB as well. He is coming off an MVP season at the age of 22. During that year he hit .330, 42 home runs, and 99 RBIs.

The one thing that has held Harper back is that he has had some injury issues. However, it's no coincidence that Harper's first full healthy year is his first MVP year. Harper along with fellow super star Mike Trout are the young faces of baseball. People are already talking about how large Harper’s contract will be once he reaches free agency in a couple years. At the age of 23, Harper isn’t even in his prime yet. His potential is infinite as we get to watch him play for the next 15-plus years. Bryce Harper has rightfully earned the top spot on the list.

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