It is featured in Michael Lewis' 2003 book Moneyball.
|2002 Major League Baseball draft|
|Date(s)||June 4, 2002|
June 5, 2002
|First selection||Bryan Bullington|
|1||Bryan Bullington||Pittsburgh Pirates||RHP||Ball State University|
|2||B. J. Upton||Tampa Bay Devil Rays||CF||Greenbrier Christian Academy (VA)|
|3||Chris Gruler||Cincinnati Reds||RHP||Liberty Union High School (Calif.)|
|4||Adam Loewen||Baltimore Orioles||LHP||Fraser Valley Christian High School (CAN)|
|5||Clint Everts||Montreal Expos||RHP||Cypress Falls High School (TX)|
|6||Zack Greinke||Kansas City Royals||RHP||Apopka High School (FL)|
|7||Prince Fielder||Milwaukee Brewers||1B||Eau Gallie High School (FL)|
|8||Scott Moore||Detroit Tigers||SS||Cypress High School (CA)|
|9||Jeff Francis||Colorado Rockies||LHP||University of British Columbia|
|10||Drew Meyer||Texas Rangers||SS/2B||University of South Carolina|
|11||Jeremy Hermida||Florida Marlins||OF||Joseph Wheeler High School (GA)|
|12||Joe Saunders||Anaheim Angels||LHP||Virginia Tech|
|13||Khalil Greene||San Diego Padres||SS||Clemson University|
|14||Russ Adams||Toronto Blue Jays||SS||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|15||Scott Kazmir||New York Mets||LHP||Cypress Falls High School (TX)|
|16||Nick Swisher||Oakland Athletics[Compensation 1]||1B||Ohio State University|
|17||Cole Hamels||Philadelphia Phillies||LHP||Rancho Bernardo High School (Calif.)|
|18||Royce Ring||Chicago White Sox||LHP||San Diego State University|
|19||James Loney||Los Angeles Dodgers||1B||Lawrence E. Elkins High School (TX)|
|20||Denard Span||Minnesota Twins||OF||Tampa Catholic High School (FL)|
|21||Bobby Brownlie||Chicago Cubs||RHP||Rutgers University–New Brunswick|
|22||Jeremy Guthrie||Cleveland Indians||RHP||Stanford University|
|23||Jeff Francoeur||Atlanta Braves||OF||Parkview High School (GA)|
|24||Joe Blanton||Oakland Athletics[Compensation 2]||RHP||University of Kentucky|
|25||Matt Cain||San Francisco Giants||RHP||Houston High School (TN)|
|26||John McCurdy||Oakland Athletics||SS||University of Maryland, College Park|
|27||Sergio Santos||Arizona Diamondbacks||SS||Mater Dei High School (Calif.)|
|28||John Mayberry Jr.*||Seattle Mariners||1B||Rockhurst High School (MO)|
|29||Derick Grigsby||Houston Astros||RHP||Northeast Texas Community College|
|30||Ben Fritz||Oakland Athletics[Compensation 3]||RHP||California State University, Fresno|
|31||Greg Miller||Los Angeles Dodgers[Compensation 4]||LHP||Esperanza High School (Calif.)|
|32||Luke Hagerty||Chicago Cubs[Compensation 5]||LHP||Ball State University|
|33||Matt Whitney||Cleveland Indians[Compensation 6]||1B||Palm Beach Gardens Community High School (FL)|
|34||Dan Meyer||Atlanta Braves[Compensation 7]||LHP]||James Madison University|
|35||Jeremy Brown||Oakland Athletics[Compensation 8]||C||University of Alabama|
|36||Chadd Blasko||Chicago Cubs[Compensation 9]||RHP||Purdue University|
|37||Steve Obenchain||Oakland Athletics[Compensation 10]||RHP||University of Evansville|
|38||Matt Clanton||Chicago Cubs[Compensation 11]||RHP||Orange Coast College|
|39||Mark Teahen||Oakland Athletics[Compensation 12]||3B||Saint Mary's College of California|
|40||Mark Schramek||Cincinnati Reds[Compensation 13]||RHP||University of Texas at Austin|
|41||Micah Schilling||Cleveland Indians[Compensation 14]||2B||Silliman Institute|
The Pittsburgh Pirates selected 21-year-old right-handed pitcher Bryan Bullington with the first overall pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft. The 6'5", 225-pound hurler was ranked by Baseball America as having the best breaking ball and best command among all college pitchers.
In his three-year career at Ball State, Bullington posted a 29–11 record, 13 complete games and a 3.36 ERA in 46 games (42 starts). He is the university's all-time leader in strikeouts (357) and was a member of the 2001 USA National team. As a freshman, Bullington garnered all-conference honors and led the MAC in strikeouts. He was also named MAC Pitcher-of-the-Year for 2001 and 2002. Bullington set a MAC record in strikeouts and led the league in victories and ERA in 2002.
Other notable selections in the first round included Prince Fielder (Brewers), son of former Major Leaguer Cecil Fielder; and John Mayberry Jr. (Mariners), son of former Major Leaguer John Mayberry.
This draft was discussed at length in the Michael Lewis book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, which analyzed Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's approach to player scouting and development.
| 1st Overall Picks
Bobby Kingsbury (born August 30, 1980) in Cleveland, Ohio, is an American baseball player. He is a two-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and went on to play in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor-league organization. Kingsbury was the first baseball player to earn back-to-back Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Awards, in 2001 and 2002. He went to school at Fordham where he set an NCAA record for stolen bases in a game (8), and was drafted by the Pirates in the 8th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft, but his excellent glove, a quick bat, an intelligent hitting approach, and his work ethic could have given him a third or fourth-round pick if he'd gone to a warm-weather college.
During the 2004 Summer Olympics Games held in Athens, Greece, Kingsbury, who has a Greek grandmother, was given the chance to play for the host nation, Greece. Most of the players on the Greek Baseball team were Americans with Greek heritage, including North Florida coach Dusty Rhodes, and White Sox scout John Kazanas, Clay Bellinger of the Orioles, outfielders Nick Markakis the Orioles and Nick Theodorou of the Dodgers, and catchers Mike Tonis of Royals and George Kottaras of the Padres.
Kingsbury, an alumnus and 2008 Hall of Fame inductee of Fordham University and current member of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, picked up one of the biggest hits of the tournament for Greece, an RBI triple, in their lone win, which came against Italy in the preliminary round.
In the spring of 2006, Kingsbury was invited to the Pirates major-league camp in Bradenton, FL as a non-roster invitee. During the seventh inning of the first game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Kingsbury dove for a ball in right field and upon hitting the ground dislocated his left throwing shoulder. He fully tore his rotator cuff and labrum thus ending his 2006 campaign.Brian Slocum
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Chad Joseph Chop (born March 21, 1980) is a former minor league baseball outfielder and first baseman.Since 2014, he has worked as a special assistant for the San Francisco Giants, serving as a left-handed batting practice pitcher and video replay analyst.Chop was born in Orange, California, and graduated from Tustin High School. He played two years at San Diego State (1999–2000) before transferring and playing two years at Vanguard University. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft by the Montreal Expos. He spent four seasons in the Expos' minor league system (2002–05) and one season with the independent Fullerton Flyers (2006).After retiring as a player, he worked as a firefighter for the Tucson Fire Department from 2007 until 2013. He met Hunter Pence in an Orange County gym, who hired him as a left-handed batting practice coach. Pence invited Chop to spring training, and in 2014 the Giants hired him as a left-handed batting practice pitcher and video replay analyst, sharing replay duties with Shawon Dunston.Donnie Murphy
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Andres Apolonio "Drew" Macias (born March 7, 1983 in Fontana, California) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. Macias made his MLB debut in 2007 for the San Diego Padres.
Macias attended Chaffey College and was drafted in the 35th round by the Padres in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft and signed on May 18, 2003.Drew Meyer
Drew Edward Meyer (born August 29, 1981 in Charleston, South Carolina) is a retired Major League Baseball player, formerly of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization. Meyer made his major league debut on April 21, 2006, for the Texas Rangers in a game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Meyer attended Bishop England High School in Charleston, South Carolina, as well as the University of South Carolina. He was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.
Meyer was the Rangers' first round pick in the 2002 Major League Baseball draft. Meyer hit .214 in his limited major league at-bats in 2006, before he was returned to Triple-A Oklahoma, where he batted .228/.278/.305. Meyer was designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers on January 12, 2007, and was outrighted to the minor leagues after passing through league-wide waivers on January 22. As this was Meyer's first outright, he did not have the right to decline the assignment. He was also given a non-roster invitation to spring training to compete for a spot on the major league roster. He became a free agent at the end of the season and signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros.
In 2011, Meyer returned to the University of South Carolina to complete his degree and serve as a student-assistant coach of the Gamecock baseball program.Eric Reed (baseball)
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Erik Floyd Kratz (born June 15, 1980) is an American professional baseball catcher in the New York Yankees organization. Kratz played baseball at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and then Eastern Mennonite University. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 29th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft. He has previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, and Tampa Bay Rays.
After playing for seven years with minor-league affiliates of the Blue Jays, from 2002 through 2008, Kratz signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2009. He made his Major League Baseball debut on July 17, 2010. Before the 2011 season, Kratz signed a minor-league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies and played with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs, appearing several times in 2011 and 2012 at the Major-League level and ultimately winning the backup catcher job on the Phillies' 2013 roster. He was dealt back to the Toronto Blue Jays organization prior to the 2014 season, dividing his playing time between Toronto and the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons before being traded to the Kansas City Royals in July. He returned to the Phillies in 2015, and played for the Houston Astros and Pirates in 2016. He played for the New York Yankees in 2017. He was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018. He played for the San Francisco Giants in 2019.John McCurdy (baseball)
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Fielder is a six-time All-Star. He holds the Brewers' team record for home runs in a season, and is the league's youngest player to hit 50 home runs in a season. He became the first Brewer to win the Home Run Derby, defeating Nelson Cruz in the final round of the 2009 derby. He also won the 2012 derby, joining Ken Griffey, Jr. and Yoenis Céspedes as the only players to win more than one derby and becoming the first player to win the Derby as both an American League and a National League All-Star.On August 10, 2016, Fielder announced that he would be unable to continue his playing career after undergoing a second neck surgery in three years. He was released by the Rangers on October 4, 2017. He ended his career with 319 home runs, the same number as his father, Cecil Fielder. Prince and Cecil Fielder are also the only father-son duo to each hit 50 MLB home runs in a season.Ricky Barrett
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He pitched for McClatchy High School (Sacramento) in the Sac-Joaquin section championship game in 1998, his junior year, defeating Vallejo High School and future major league pitching star, then a high school senior, CC Sabathia, to win the championship.
Barrett spent three years working his way up through Rookie leagues and Single-A. In 2005, he pitched most of the season for the Rochester Red Wings, the Twins Triple-A affiliate. In 2006, he pitched in 27 games putting up a record of 5-1 and an ERA of 3.42. In 2007, Barrett pitched in 22 games, starting 1, going 2-1 with a 4.11 ERA. He became a free agent at the end of the 2008 season.
Barrett signed with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Japan's Central League for the 2009 season. He last played for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball in 2012.Ryan Shealy
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Shealy was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He attended Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, where he played high school baseball for the Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs.
Shealy received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and played for coach Andy Lopez and coach Pat McMahon's Florida Gators baseball teams from 1998 to 2002. He graduated from Florida with a bachelor's degree in advertising in 2002.
The Colorado Rockies selected Shealy in the eleventh round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. Shealy began his career playing for the Casper Rockies (now the Grand Junction Rockies), an advanced rookie team that is part of the Pioneer Baseball League. He won the USA Baseball Richard W. "Dick" Case Player of the Year Award in 2005.Shealy made his major league debut on June 14, 2005. In his rookie year, he compiled an impressive .330 batting average (30–for–91) with two home runs, 16 RBI, and no errors in 36 games played. Shealy was the Rockies' primary backup to starting first baseman and five-time All-Star Todd Helton, and was also the designated hitter during interleague games in 2005. Shealy also played in 2005 for the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Shealy played all of 2006 in Triple-A prior to the All-Star Game, batting .284 with 15 home runs and 55 RBI in 58 games. On July 31, 2006, he was traded to the Kansas City Royals for Jeremy Affeldt and Denny Bautista. He made a big impact, hitting .280 with seven home runs and 36 RBI in 51 games, before being stopped by illness.
On December 17, 2009, Shealy signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays with an invitation to spring training.
On June 17, 2010, he signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox. He was called up on July 7, due to an injury to Kevin Youkilis. He was outrighted to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox two weeks later, after going hitless in seven at-bats. On August 14, 2010, the Boston Red Sox released Shealy.
He played in 2011 in the Toronto Blue Jays organization with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. In 62 games, he hit .272 with 11 home runs and 56 RBI.Scott Mathieson
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While playing for the Langley Blaze of the B.C. Premier Baseball League, Mathieson was drafted in the 17th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft – 509th overall – by the Phillies. He made his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League (GCL), going 0–2 with an earned run average of 5.40 in seven games. In 2003, he went 2–7 with a 5.52 ERA in the GCL. That year, he also pitched six perfect innings in one game for the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York–Penn League, including 7 strikeouts. In 2004, he pitched for the Lakewood BlueClaws of the South Atlantic League, going 8–9 with an ERA of 4.32 and 112 strikeouts. In 2005, he continued to show improvement. Although he went 3–8 for the Clearwater Threshers of the FSL, he had an ERA of 4.14, 118 strikeouts, and only 34 walks in 1212⁄3 innings. During the season, he also pitched in the All-Star Futures Game for the World team. After the season, he was named by Baseball America as the Phillies' fourth-best prospect and the organization's best right-handed pitching prospect.
Mathieson made his major league debut June 17, 2006, losing to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 7–2. Matheison suffered an elbow injury September 2 that required Tommy John surgery.
Mathieson began a rehabilitation program late in the 2007 season, but removed himself from a game August 31 while pitching for Double-A Reading when he felt "a strange sensation in his elbow." The Phillies announced September 4 that Mathieson would not return during 2007 due to inflammation of the ulnar nerve. Mathieson was scheduled to play in the 2007 Arizona Fall League with the Peoria Saguaros, but didn't.As of 2009, Mathieson was pitching for the GCL Phillies in his effort to return to the major leagues.On June 17, 2010, Mathieson was recalled from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to the Philadelphia Phillies, where he remained for several weeks. He also spent parts of the 2011 season with the club in addition to his time with Lehigh Valley.
In November 2011, Mathieson was released from the Phillies to pursue pitching opportunities in Asia. He signed with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan on December 2, 2011.With the conclusion of the 2016 NPB season, his fifth year in Japan with the Yomiuri Giants, Mathieson had appeared in 300 games as a relief pitcher, compiling a 21-20 record with 2.32 ERA and 43 saves. He has 353 strikeouts and a 1.08 WHIP overall in NPB.Sean Barker
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Barker was a sixth-round pick in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. He was called up from the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to replace Steve Finley when he was designated for assignment. He received the phone call from Tom Runnels, his minor league manager, informing him that he needed to be at Coors Field in time to play in the upcoming series against the Astros, while at the movies watching "Knocked Up". He became a free agent at the end of the 2008 season.
Barker retired after the 2008 season and started Socks-ON, a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness for Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy, a hereditary disease that his mother and brother suffer from. www.socks-on.orgT. J. Bohn
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In 2007, Bohn played for the Minor League Baseball (MiLB) Triple-A Richmond Braves, of the International League (IL). He was designated for assignment by the parent-club Atlanta Braves on September 16, 2007, and was picked up by the Phillies, eight days later.
Bohn played most of the 2008 season for the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate, the IL Lehigh Valley IronPigs, receiving only two short call-ups to the big league club. He became a free agent, at the end of that season.
After sitting out all of 2009, Bohn began 2010 Spring Training with the Chicago White Sox, but ended up playing for the Sioux City Explorers of the Independent League, for two seasons.
Bohn then retired as a player, and lives in Minnesota with his wife. He now serves as the hitting coach for the Macalester College baseball team.Tim Wood (baseball)
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|First-year player drafts|
|Rule 5 drafts|
2002 MLB season by team