High-SchoolBaseball: Johnny Bench
December, 13, 2011
By Jason A. Churchill | ESPN.com
Ronald C. Modra/Sports ImageryPhiladelphia Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay was the No. 17 overall pick in the 1994 Draft out of Arvada West (Arvada, Colo.).
The baseball draft has been around since 1965 and in many forms. At one point there was a draft held in January, one in June and another in August. This was to accommodate players at different stages of eligibility. Since 1987, there's been just one draft for amateur players and the high school talent has been a major part of its success, not to mention the success of specific organizations and Major League Baseball as a whole.
While prep player typically makes up less than half of the selections each year, the impact of those selections can be seen among the game’s brightest stars.
Here's a glance at the top 10 high school draft picks of all time — through 20-20 hindsight, of course.