We have recently been taking a look back at No. 1 overall draft picks from previous decades. After focusing on 2000-09 and the 1990s, let’s go back to the ’80s. As you’ll see below, most of these top choices had respectable careers. However, one player was far better than the rest.
1980 – Darryl Strawberry, Mets (41.5 fWAR in 6,326 plate appearances):
- We don’t need to rehash Strawberry’s many off-field issues. Let’s instead focus on what the outfielder did on the diamond, where he often thrived with the Mets, Dodgers, Giants and Yankees from 1983-99. Strawberry was an NL Rookie of the Year winner who made eight All-Star teams, took home four World Series titles and batted .259/.357/.505 with 335 homers and 221 steals during his time as a major leaguer. In other words, he lived up to his draft selection.
1981 – Mike Moore, Mariners (34.7 fWAR in 2,831 2/3 innings pitched):
- Moore was seldom spectacular, but he did carve out a nice career for himself among the M’s, A’s and Tigers…