Billy Beane’s Draft History
After looking at what the Astros fans could expect in the 2012 Draft from new GM Jeff Luhnow, I decided to look at Billy Beane and his history of drafting college players.
Beane is known for drafting college players and for his tirade in Moneyball for his team taking Jeremy Bonderman in the 2001 draft. The belief is that college players are closer to making the majors due to their more advanced level of competition and that they present less risk than high schoolers.
Here’s a year by year look at the players Beane took as a GM (starting with his first draft as GM in 1998)…
Note: The numbers might be slightly off for 1998-2001, as I haven’t found a reliable source for signing information from these years; Baseball America has great information for 2002 on.)
- 14 High School
- 4 Junior/Community College
- 25 College
38 signed (88%)
- 13 HS
- 2 JC
- 23 C
7 MLB – 18% of signed draftees
93% of the HS players they drafted signed. Keep an eye on t...