Nothing can boost an organization quite like a homegrown star, which is why the Major League Baseball Draft is so important for all 30 teams.
No club understands this more than the team with the No. 1 overall pick. And while there have been some busts at that spot in recent years, such as Matt Bush (2004, Padres) and Bryan Bullington (2002, Pirates), historical data shows just how important that selection is.
Dan O'Dowd is an MLB Network analyst and MLB.com columnist who served as general manager of the Rockies for 15 years, building a National League pennant winner in 2007. Prior to his time with Colorado, he worked in the front offices of the Orioles and Indians. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.