Many No. 7 picks were busts, but Matt Harvey’s not one of them

Matt Harvey is a single of the greatest No. 7 draft picks at any time.

It is because of controversy, harm and failure to translate expertise into sustained success that Harvey was a bust. But if you are on the lookout for busts, the No. 7 pick has two of the all-time greats, reminders how hard it is to get drafts correct even when choosing in the leading 10:

In 2000, one more righty pitching Matt H. — Matt Harrington — was taken seventh over-all by the Rockies, manufactured big needs, never ever signed and ultimately would turn into the initially participant taken in five consecutive drafts never ever to indication with the drafting club. He briefly played in the minors, never ever in the majors and wound up functioning in the tire division at Costco.

A different Matt, White, was taken seventh in 1996 by San Francisco. His agent, Scott Boras, discovered a loophole — the Giants did not offer a contract inside fifteen times — that led to White being declared a free agent. The Rays, who would not even start out perform as an growth club right until 1998, observed opportunity and gifted $10.two million to the consensus greatest higher college pitcher in that draft. White, at periods overused and at periods rushed via the procedure, never ever manufactured the majors.

Harrington and White signify two of the 17 No. 7-over-all picks in the June draft who have never ever arrived at the majors. That incorporates the four most the latest No. 7s who were in the minors very last 12 months. That even now leaves 13 who never ever manufactured it.

Matt Harvey just after being drafted by the Mets in 2010.AP

Of those that have, Hall of Famer Frank Thomas and Coopertown-sure Clayton Kershaw signify the greatest of the group. With health, potentially Prince Fielder and Troy Tulowitzki also would have had a shot at enshrinement. Mike Minimal and Aaron Nola are amid the better starters in the sport correct now.

Nick Markakis has had a tortoise profession — regular high-quality with endurance. Trot Nixon was one more lefty-hitting correct fielder with an above common profession. Andrew Benintendi, like Nixon a lefty-hitting Red Sox outfielder, has been a talented roller coaster so much.

These nine — Thomas, Kershaw, Fielder, Tulowitzki, Minimal, Nola, Markakis, Nixon and Benintendi — are the only No. 7 picks I am undoubtedly having in excess of Harvey. You could make arguments for regular catchers such as Ray Fosse and Dan Wilson. Rich Dotson had some big times for the White Sox in the eighties, winning 22 games a single 12 months. Homer Bailey? Austin Kearns? Archie Bradley?

I would just take Harvey in excess of all of those from that second group, because when Harvey was wholesome and fantastic, he was fantastic adequate to begin an All-Star Match, draw supporters to games and be a front-of-the-rotation force on a pennant winner. I will just take higher-conclusion excellence in excess of common longevity, which is simpler to locate.

As a single AL participant personnel government mentioned, “In phrases of seventh-over-all picks, traditionally he is in the leading 25 per cent. People forget about how rough this [drafting] is.”