With the MLB draft set to get underway in just a couple of days, today’s Sporcle Saturday has a logical tie-in: who have the White Sox picked in the first round of the June amateur draft?
The first amateur draft for baseball was held in 1965, so we’re looking at 50+ years of history here. I’m including both the straight-up picks the Sox got in addition to the supplemental/compensatory first-rounders. In all, you’ll be asked to attempt to identify 70 names. Good luck! (You’re gonna need it)
- As usual, the quiz will accept both first and last names in addition to just last names only.
- As hints, I’ve provided the year the player was drafted, and the overall pick they were drafted within the first round.
- Because there are a larger-than-usual 70 names on this list, I’ve set the timer for 15 minutes.
Useless information to amaze, annoy, confound, and/or sadden your friends:
- 46 of the 70 names on this list reached the majors, good for a 65% success rate; averaging out all 30 MLB teams, the league-wide success rate on first-rounders is 61.8%.
- By career bWAR, the top-five for the Sox: 73.7, 56, 38.5, 33.5, 28.9.
- The entire list has combined for 370 bWAR, or an average of 8.0 bWAR per pick.
- Position-wise, the draftees are split nearly 50/50: 34 pitchers, and 36 hitters.
All data from baseballreference.com