June 03, 1985: Best amateur draft ever
Submitted by BTGrimes on Sun, 06/03/2012 - 7:00am
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - The amateur draft held on this date in 1985 may have been the best ever. Look at the first ten picks (below). Seven of them had significant major league careers. Four have been all-stars; B.J. Surhoff, Will Clark, Barry Larkin and Barry Bonds. Bonds broke Hank Aarons' home run record in 2007.
1. B.J. Surhoff C-Milwaukee Brewers (University of North Carolina)
If you take in the entire first found of '85 (steroid allegations notwithstanding) two picks ended up hitting more than 500 home runs; Bonds and Rafael Palmeiro (23rd pick). Also in the first round that year were Joey Cora, Walt Weiss, Brian McRae, Joe Magrane and Gregg Jefferies
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