Saturday, November 7, 2015
625th Place - Drew Hall
Drew Hall was the third overall pick in the 1984 draft. Do you know who the Cubs picked up in the second round? Greg Maddux. Things always look clearer in the rear view mirror. Do you know who the Cubs could have drafted instead, who also threw the ball left-handed? Tom Glavine. Or Al Leiter. Or even Terry Mulholland or Norm Charlton. Seven picks after Hall the Oakland Athletics grabbed Mark McGwire. Let's all close our eyes and imagine McGwire hitting home runs onto Wayland Ave a few hundred times...
I mean no disrespect to Drew Hall or the Cubs, of course. At 6'4" and 200 lbs, Hall was a big lefty out of Morehead State and played for Team USA on the famous 1984 Olympics squad. I'm sure he looked promising. And every draft is a crap shoot to some degree. It's strange to me that baseball, after all of these decades, still has the most unpredictable success with drafts in all of professional sports.