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1998 #1 Draft Pick – Pat Burrell

Once again I was surprised to see that Burrell was a #1 draft pick. I knew that he was a good prospect, but I guess I never pay attention to the draft enough to have known that he was the #1 pick. I was just starting to get back into baseball at the time so I was not nearly as into it as I am now. I was getting my feet wet again going to a couple games a year. Luckily for this set one of them happened to be against Philly. As I said yesterday in my Darin Erstad post, Pat was selected in the 43rd round of the 1995 draft, but elected to go to the University of Miami (FL).

I was lucky enough to have some great seats at Wrigley in 2000 to see the Phillies take on the Cubs. I got a couple of good pictures of Burrell, and this is one of them.

Here is a look at the first round of the draft:

1 Pat Burrell Philadelphia Phillies 1B University of Miami
2 Mark Mulder Oakland Athletics P Michigan State University
3 Corey Patterson Chicago Cubs OF Harrison HS (Kennesaw, GA)
4 Jeff Austin Kansas City Royals P Stanford University
5 J. D. Drew St. Louis Cardinals OF Florida State University
6 Ryan Mills Minnesota Twins P Arizona State University
7 Austin Kearns Cincinnati Reds OF Lafayette HS (Lexington, KY)
8 Felipe López Toronto Blue Jays 3B Lake Brantley HS (Altamonte Springs, FL)
9 Sean Burroughs San Diego Padres 3B Woodrow Wilson Classical HS (Long Beach, CA)
10 Carlos Peña Texas Rangers 1B Northeastern University
11 Josh McKinley Montreal Expos SS Malvern Prep (Malvern, PA)
12 Adam Everett Boston Red Sox SS University of South Carolina
13 J.M. Gold Milwaukee Brewers P Toms River HS North (Toms River, NJ)
14 Jeff Weaver Detroit Tigers P Fresno State University
15 Clint Johnston Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Vanderbilt University
16 Kip Wells Chicago White Sox P Baylor University
17 Brad Lidge Houston Astros P University of Notre Dame
18 Seth Etherton Anaheim Angels P University of Southern California
19 Tony Torcato San Francisco Giants OF Woodland HS (Woodland, CA)
20 CC Sabathia Cleveland Indians P Vallejo HS (Vallejo, CA)
21 Jason Tyner New York Mets OF Texas A&M University
22 Matt Thornton Seattle Mariners P Grand Valley State University
23 Bubba Crosby Los Angeles Dodgers OF Rice University
24 Andy Brown New York Yankees OF Richmond HS (Richmond, IN)
25 Nate Bump San Francisco Giants P Penn State University
26 Rick Elder Baltimore Orioles OF Sprayberry HS (Sprayberry, GA)
27 Chip Ambres Florida Marlins OF West Brook HS (Beaumont, TX)
28 Matt Roney Colorado Rockies P Edmond North HS (Edmond, OK)
29 Arturo McDowell San Francisco Giants OF Forest Hill Community HS (West Palm Beach, FL)
30 Matt Burch Kansas City Royals P Virginia Commonwealth University

Some other notes on the draft. Aaron Rowand was picked 35th overall as a supplemental pick by the Chicago White Sox. Mark Prior was the last pick of the supplemental first round by the New York Yankees. We all know how that turned out. Mark Buehrle was taken in the 38th round (1,139th overall) by the Chicago White Sox. I am sure that they had his pitch speed as a reason to take him so low. Heart is quantifiable.

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