Oakland Athletics Draft History

All tables below are based on the amount of WAR each player produced during their first seven seasons in Major League Baseball. The WAR totals for each draft class include both Pitching and Hitting WAR, but excludes any player that did not sign with their drafting team. The total WAR also reflects the total value the drafted player provided, not just the value to his drafting team.

*Data accurate through 2019 season.

Top Five Draft Classes

1965Kansas City Athletics61.6
1976Oakland Athletics41.9
2002Oakland Athletics40.0
1966Kansas City Athletics37.4
1973Oakland Athletics37.1

Bottom Five Draft Classes

1978Oakland Athletics-1.6
1975Oakland Athletics-0.3
1979Oakland Athletics-0.1
1989Oakland Athletics-0.1
1971Oakland Athletics0.0
This list excludes any season past 2010, since those draft classes have a multitude of active players.

Top Five Draft Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
1976496Rickey Henderson41.9
196612Reggie Jackson34.0
19976185Tim Hudson29.4
1992258Jason Giambi28.4
19656119Sal Bando28.2
List made from top five WAR values alone.

Five Biggest Busts

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
198014Mike KingNo MLB Experience
197814Mike Morgan0.5
198315Stan HiltonNo MLB Experience
199515Ariel Prieto3.9
196717Brien BickertonNo MLB Experience
List made from first round picks that produced less than 5.0 WAR in their first seven seasons and ordered by lowest overall pick.

Top Five Value Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
198215392Jose Canseco25.5
197315359Dwayne Murphy22.3
196520340Gene Tenace18.7
200017510Rich Harden16.5
200424727Dallas Braden8.1
List made from top five WAR values where a player was drafted outside of the first ten rounds.

Top Five Unsigned Draft Picks

Year DraftedRoundOverall PickNameWAR
199435961Tim Hudson29.4
19696129Jim Sundberg23.6
19816144Alvin Davis22.8
1973371Floyd Bannister20.0
198024598Danny Jackson19.1
List made from top five WAR values where a player did not sign with the team.

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