History of the No. 22 pick in the MLB Draft


The Dodgers hold the No. 22 pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, which gets underway in roughly eight hours. They earned the No. 22 pick after finishing 92-70 last season and thanks to some free agent signings by other teams.

The 22nd spot in the draft has yielded some pretty quality players in the past. Here’s a look at the last 20 years’ worth, as well as notable selections from before 1994.

2013: RHP Hunter Harvey, Orioles
2012: RHP Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays
2011: 2B Kolten Wong, Cardinals
2010: C Kellin Deglan, Rangers
2009: RHP Kyle Gibson, Twins
2008: SS Reese Havens, Mets
2007: RHP Tim Alderson, Giants*
2006: RHP Colton Willems, Nationals
2005: LHP Aaron Thompson, Marlins
2004: LHP Glen Perkins, Twins
2003: RHP David Aardsma, Giants
2002: RHP Jeremy Guthrie, Indians
2001: RHP Jason Bulger, Diamondbacks
2000: LHP Phil Dumatrait, Red Sox
1999: RHP Matt Ginter, White Sox
1998: LHP Matt Thornton, Mariners
1997: C Jayson Werth, Orioles
1996: RHP Gil Meche, Mariners
1995: RHP Tony McKnight, Astros
1994: OF Dante Powell, Giants

*- Originally the Dodgers’ pick, but it went to San Francisco after LA signed Jason Schmidt

Other notables (10+ bWAR or Dodger selections)

1992: RHP Rick Helling, Rangers
1990: RHP Steve Karsay, Blue Jays
1989: OF Tom Goodwin, Dodgers
1987: C Craig Biggio, Astros
1985: 1B Rafael Palmeiro, Cubs
1981: SS Dave Anderson, Dodgers
1976: LHP Bruce Hurst, Red Sox
1972: SS Chet Lemon, Athletics
1971: SS Craig Reynolds, Pirates


As you can see, some really talented major leaguers. There’s one future hall of famer (Biggio), one who could have been if not for peformance-enhancing drugs (Palmeiro). Lemon and Hurst were 55.5- and 34.8-win players. More recently, there are two of the top pitching prospects in the game who were No. 22s (Harvey and Stroman), a couple All-Star left-handed pitchers (Perkins and Thornton) and old friend Werth, who was let go too early (justifiably so, at the time).

It’d be foolish to expect a hall of famer, a multiple-time All-Star or key pieces to a championship team with this selection, but Logan White and Co., have a good chance of landing a quality future major leaguer.

The Dodgers also hold the No. 62 pick today. Here are some notable selections at that spot.

2003: OF Andre Ethier, Athletics
1997: RHP Jeff Weaver, White Sox (did not sign)
1979: RHP Jose DeLeon, Pirates

Not much going on at 62. Nice to see Ethier on that, who easily has the highest bWAR of the trio.

About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.