Over the last week here on Sox Machine, we’ve been looking at the various prospects currently matriculating their way through the system. Far be it from me to buck that trend, so today’s Sporcle Saturday will be riffing on that theme; specifically: since the MLB June amateur draft was instituted in 1965, who among White Sox draftees have made it to the big leagues for Chicago AND been worth at least 5 wins above replacement during their career? In total, that gives us 39 players: how many can you name? Good luck!
- To qualify, a player must have 1) been drafted by the Sox AND signed with them; 2) reached the majors with Chicago (so players like Gio Gonzalez don’t make the cut), and; 3) accumulated at least 5 bWAR or greater during their career, though not necessarily all with the Sox.
- I’ve allotted 15 minutes for completion attempts.
- For hints, I’ve provided the year and round the player in question was drafted, as well as the accumulated value and primary position(s).
Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:
- While some of the recent drafts have been disappointing (looking at you, 2012), the 1984 draft was particularly barren: just 3 players the Sox drafted that year made it to the majors, for an accumulated value of -3.3 WAR.
- Several players the Sox drafted who didn’t sign with Chicago, but would achieve success later on with a different team: Eric Gagne (30th rd., 1994), Placido Polanco (49th rd., 1993), Mike Lowell (48th rd., 1992), Jimmy Key (10th rd., 1979), Willie McGee (7th rd., 1976).
- Looking at first round draft picks only, 46/70 have reached the majors, which is a 63% success rate. The league average is 61.8%, so there’s that, at least.
All data from baseballreference.com
Good timing! Our 2019 MLB Draft coverage starts later this week and includes a breakdown of the White Sox first round picks.
EDIT: My phone is jacked and I see the RD. Great quiz, Ted!
Boomer 31/39. Chalk another one up for the bad guy.
28/39 which was better than I thought I would have done. Two or three others I should have had, the rest were faded memories.
34/39, and I somehow forgot how to spell the local furniture store owner’s son from 1977.
1984 was a catastrophe when you consider who the Sox took in the first round and the list of names taken immediately thereafter.
It’s impressive in its own way that Clayton Richard is 10 years into an MLB career and isn’t on this list.
No Magglio? Was he drafted by someone else?
These are draftees, not international free agents.
Yup, asinwreck has it right. But…an IFA Sporcle sounds very fun, so I’ll take a moment to thank both of you for the idea.
I went on a run and got
I’m wondering why no
He was drafted in the 1st rd of the June secondary phase, which this doesn’t cover.
Mike Cameron had a helluva career.
24/39. Only two players in the last 20 years drafted by the White Sox have produced 10+ WAR. One was traded before he had a big breakout. Is that bad? Because it feels really, really bad. 1979-1998 there were 11. 1965-1978 we had 7. Yeah, it’s probably bad.
Oh well, I’m confident Timmay will get there in 2019. Regardless, this team needs to get back to drafting foundational pieces, or we’re right back where we started.
26/39 – that was a particularly fun one. I could/should have gotten 30 realistically. Mixed up
32/39. That was a really good quiz!
Got 29 and somehow missed Nate Jones. I stared at that one for several minutes before punting. Missed Al Levine and didn’t miss anyone else post-1978, per usual.