The “Moneyball” Draft

The 2002 draft would come to be known as the Moneyball draft due to the bestseller’s focus on that draft for the Oakland A’s. The strategy, which focused on allocating resources to undervalued skills, meant that at the time the A’s identified on-base skills as a talent they could focus on as a small-market team. In the draft their focus was on college talent. Unfortunately for them–the draft had exceptional high-school talent (Zack Greinke, Cole Hamels, Matt Cain, Prince Fielder, Scott Kazmir, Jon Lester, Brian McCann). The A’s did hit on the first-round pick (Nick Swisher) but the rest did not work out as well. MLB.com recaps the famous draft, which despite the top-5 picks all being busts, still produced a ton of quality MLB talent.

#TBT: An oral history of the ‘Moneyball’ Draft

MLB.com, 6.8.17