further draft notes
Note from yesterday: the data used for these draft analysis bits include the sandwich round with the first round of the draft. Sandwich round picks who have hit Biggio with a pitch include Rocky Biddle, Stan Spencer, Mark Petkovsek, Jamey Wright, Calvin Schiraldi and Pete Harnish. But, the rules aren't entirely clear to me so I may have added or removed some from this list. Contrary to popular belief, Rich Garces, David Wells, Bartolo Colon and Jeff Juden were NOT drafted in the sandwich round.
In 1987, Craig Biggio was drafted in the first round, 22nd overall, by the Houston Astros. Since then he has been hit by a pitch 270 times. The 21 players drafted ahead of Biggio in '87 have a total of 123 HBPs led by Ken Griffey Jr. with 74. The entire first round of the '87 draft not named Craig Biggio has 189.
Through 2004, every player drafted 46th or later since 1987 had a combined total of only 214 HBPs. The 31 players who have made the bigs after being drafted in the 20th round have been hit 307 times, making the 20th the lowest draft round to have a combined total of more plunks than Biggio (since 1987).
Among 1st round picks, the 22nd slot where Biggio was draft is only second in total plunks in the Craig Biggio era, trailing the 23rd picks. The 23rd picks include 108 time plunk victim Mo Vaughn and Jason Kendall, who is the second most plunked active player with 190.
The second most plunked 22nd pick ever drafted was Chet Lemon, with a not at all shabby 151 plunks.
1987 draft first round (players who had at least one plate appearance in the majors):
* Pitcher who plunked Biggio.