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Lessons learned from MLB draft

The A's have learned from 50 years of picks; the Cubs have not

Updated: May 29, 2014, 4:48 PM ET
By Ken Woolums | ESPN The Magazine

THIS YEAR'S MLB draft, starting on June 5, will be the 50th annual pickfest. That offers us the chance to take a look at half a century of lessons learned. Or in the Cubs' case, lessons not learned.

What we've learned

With the first pick in the 1965 draft, the A's took Rick Monday, who became a two-time All-Star 
with a respectable .804 career OPS. That started the best first-round run of any team, as measured by WAR per pick. On the other side, by the same measure, ...

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