The Detroit Tigers have the first pick of the draft for the second time in three years. Detroit will be looking to strike big but given the circumstances, it might be hard to find someone who is definitely going to be ready for The Show in the next few years.
Some of the most recent top draft picks have not made the majors.
Here’s how the top picks since 2010 have fared in the majors.
2019: ADLEY RUTSCHMAN
The Orioles took Adley Rutschman No. 1 in 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch, File)
The Baltimore Orioles selected catcher Adley Rutschman with the top pick in the 2019 draft. He may still be a year or two away his major league debut. The former Oregon State star played in Rookie, Low-A, and Single-A in 2019. He hit four home runs and batted .254 in 37 games.
2018: CASEY MIZE
The Tigers selected right-handed pitcher Casey Mize out of Auburn in 2018. Mize has yet to make his major league debut. He is among the top prospects in baseball. In 21 games between Double-A and Single-A Advanced last season, he had a 2.55 ERA and 106 strikeouts.
2017: ROYCE LEWIS
Royce Lewis was selected by the Twins. (Getty Images)
The Minnesota Twins selected shortstop Royce Lewis with the No. 1 pick in 2017. Lewis played in Double-A and Single-A Advanced last year. He hit .236 with 12 home runs in 2019.
2016: MICKEY MONIAK
The Philadelphia Phillies selected outfielder Mickey Moniak with the top pick in 2016. Moniak came straight out of high school. He spent 2019 with Double-A Reading. He hit .252, recorded a .741 OPS, and hit 11 home runs.
2015: DANSBY SWANSON
Atlanta Braves’ Dansby Swanson, right, and Ozzie Albies sit in the dugout after the Braves lost 13-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of their National League Division Series baseball game Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
Dansby Swanson is the only No. 1 pick since 2013 to appear in the majors. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2015 but was traded to the Atlanta Braves in 2015. He appeared in 127 games in 2019 and hit .251 with 17 home runs.
2014: BRADY AIKEN
The Houston Astros selected Brady Aiken with the No. 1 pick in 2014. However, Aiken was never signed because of issues over his health. Aiken then enrolled at the IMG Academy and was taken No. 17 overall by the Cleveland Indians in 2015.
2013: MARK APPEL
Mark Appel never made it to the majors with Houston. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, file)
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The Astros had the No. 1 pick in 2013 and selected pitcher Mark Appel. He made it as far as Triple-A in the Astros organization. He was traded to the Phillies in 2013 but never made his debut. He announced in 2018 he was stepping away from baseball after suffering a shoulder injury.
2012: CARLOS CORREA
Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa reacts in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning of Game 4 of baseball’s American League Championship Series, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
The Astros selected Carlos Correa with the No. 1 pick in 2012. Correa has proven to be one of the better hitters selected No. 1 over the last 10 years. Since coming to The Show in 2015, he’s hit .277 with 102 home runs. He also has a World Series ring on his finger.
2011: GERRIT COLE
New York Yankees’ Gerrit Cole throws to first base during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Gerrit Cole with the top pick in 2011. Years later, he became the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history. Cole is currently on the New York Yankees after going 20-5 with 326 strikeouts and a 2.50 ERA in 2019 with the Astros.
2010: BRYCE HARPER
Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper, center, stands in the dugout before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
The Washington Nationals selected Bryce Harper with the top pick in 2010. He was a star for the Nationals for several years before signing a mega-deal with the Phillies. In 2019, he hit .260 with 35 home runs. He also has a National League MVP under his belt – something that a No. 1 pick has not done since Joe Mauer.