1st in class part 2
Yesterday's post regarding which players were the first to get hit by a pitch in each year's draft class probably left you asking the obvious question "Yeah, but who was the first pitcher from each draft year to hit Craig Biggio with a pitch?". Well sorry you had to wait a whole day for the answer. It must have nearly killed you, I'm sure.
The pitchers who have hit Craig Biggio with a pitch who came to the league through the Amateur Draft have been drafted over a span of 32 years, from 1971 when Frank Tanana was the 13th pick overall, to 2003 when Scott Feldman was picked in the 30th round. Biggio has been plunked by a pitcher from every draft class between 1981 and 2001. A first round pick became the first member of a draft class to plunk Biggio in only 8 of the 26 drafts which have had at least one pick go on to do so. Of those 8 1st round picks, only 1, Paul Wilson, was the #1 pick overall.
Biggio's draft class, 1987, took 5 years to plunk him for the first time - 6th round pick Frank Castillo hit him with a pitch on August 13, 1992. 10 other pitchers from the 1987 draft would help Castillo plunk Biggio a total of 16 times, 2nd most of any draft class. Those other 10 are Willie Banks, Brian Bohanon, Mark Guthrie, Pete Harnisch, Darryl Kile, Barry Manuel, Jaime Navarro, Mark Petkovsek, Steve Schrenk, and Anthony Telford. The 1993 draft has produced the most, with 23 total plunks by 16 pitchers.
First pitcher from each draft year to hit Craig Biggio with a pitch:
|Draft Year||Player||HBP:BGO date||Draft Round|
Number of pitchers to plunk Biggio from each draft class, and total plunks:
|Draft Year||Total plunks||Pitchers|