Bryce could buck trend in draft catchers

Updated: February 28, 2010, 10:02 AM ET
By Jason Churchill

We talked earlier this week about how few prep pitchers had been chosen No. 1 or No. 2 in the 45 years of the Rule 4 baseball draft -- and the ensuing lack of success clubs had when they did draft a prep pitcher No. 1 or No. 2. Josh Beckett and J.R. Richard made All-Star games and finished high in Cy Young voting on more than one occasion. The other six prep pitchers picked No. 1 or No. 2 failed to become anything more than useful arms.

But with catcher Bryce Harper the consensus No. 1 talent in this year's class, let's take a look at the track record of backstops who have been selected with a top-3 pick.