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2005 Draft Results: Career WAR to Date


Notes, Thoughts, and Questions:

1. Graphic only shows players with that accrued any WAR at the major league level, negative or positive.

2. 157 players total (out of 1500): 83 pitchers, 74 position players.

3. Tulo and Zimmerman have carved out nice little careers for themselves, huh? They never seem to completely overwhelm me with their yearly counting stats, but we might be looking at a couple of "compilers."

4. 81 players drafted with over 0.0 Wins Above Replacement. 63 players with less than 0.0.

5. Vin Mazzaro (drafted 101 overall), who was recently traded to KC along with Justin Marks for David Dejesus, has more career WAR (-0.1) than Luke Hochevar (-0.6). Hochevar, of course, was drafted 40th overall by the Dodgers, and then 1st overall by the Royals a year later. This isn't a fair comparison, as Hochevar looks to be the Royals opening day starter, while Mazzaro will probably be in the 4th or 5th slot, but neat nonetheless.

6. Looking at the below chart that shows the players divided into either position or pitcher, does it seem the better value later in the draft is at pitcher? The assumption is that one might eventually contribute at least in the bullpen, but it's hard not to notice the mid-round value 2005 had at pitcher as well.


Here's the Top 25 to Date:


Pos  WAR
Troy Tulowitzki  SS  18.6
Tim Lincecum  RHP  18.3
Ryan Zimmerman  3B  17.5
Ryan Braun  3B  14.5
Yunel Escobar,  SS  13.2
Matt Garza,  RHP  9.6
Justin Upton,  SS  8.4
*Clay Buchholz  RHP  6.8
Andrew McCutchen,  OF  6.4
Andrew Bailey,  RHP  6.4
*Jacoby Ellsbury  OF  6.3
Brett Gardner,  OF  6.2
*Colby Rasmus  OF  5.7
John Lannan  LHP  5.7
Ricky Romero,  LHP  5.6
Tommy Hanson,  RHP  5.1
Kevin Slowey  RHP  5
*Brian Duensing  LHP  5
Jay Bruce  OF  4.9
Chase Headley  3B  4.4
Alex Gordon,  3B  4
Matthew Joyce,  OF  4
Brian Matusz  LHP  3.8
Will Venable  OF  3.6
*Jed Lowrie  2B  3.5


*comp. picks

Data compiled via B-Ref.

And a generous nod to the DiaTriber for his inspiring work here, for which I also created the visual.