Mike Axisa of CBS Sports took a look back at the 2010 MLB draft and ranked the players by career WAR to this point:
- LHP Chris Sale, White Sox (1/13) – 24.5 WAR – There were plenty of questions about Sale at the time of the draft not only because his delivery is so funky, but also because his slider was just okay at Florida Gulf Coast University. Sale was in MLB two months after being drafted and has developed into a capital-A Ace, in part because that slider has improved immensely as a pro.
That is right. Chris Sale. But that is not really the only reason I brought this up. As a White Sox fan it was nice to see Adam Eaton at #8, and Jake Petricka just outside the the top 15, but the only non-top 15 guy with 3.0+ career WAR. That is pretty impressive from a reliever who hasn’t spent all that much time in the Majors. This bodes well for the White Sox.
Overall this draft is pretty sick though.
- Bryce Harper was the first overall pick and is currently third in WAR, but that will quickly change. He looks like the real deal.
- Andrelton Simmons is #2 in WAR right now. Manny Machado is #4. Both of these are mostly based on defense.
- In addition to Sale, up and coming aces at #7 and #9, Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom.
- Marlins rising star #12 Christian Yelich is on here as well, and even Astros masher Evan Gattis at #15.
It doesn’t end there though. Joc Pederson has been hitting bombs this season and is just getting going, and there are bunch of other guys in the top 15 who have a lot more potential to live up to.
This is truly a sick draft class in the making, and it really could be an all-timer five years from now.