Originally Posted by Betterread
From drafts as recent as 2004 and 2005- Justin Verlander, Stephen Drew and Alex Gordon were sure things. It is of note that one of the three was chosen at the #15 slot.
Verlander wasn't a sure thing coming out of the draft. Teams were concerned with a violent pitching motion and control. He CLEARLY had the best stuff in that draft but teams didn't know if he'd be able to put it together... the doubters were obviously wrong
Gordon is in a little over his head. I have faith that with a year of acclimation he will be a star in this league...