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The 24 Players Drafted Before Mike Trout, A Look at Where They Are Now

Baseman

Bobby Borchering was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks as a third baseman but never made it to the major leagues. He played in the minors for several seasons before retiring from professional baseball to pursue other career opportunities.

Third Baseman

Bobby Borchering, a player at the hot corner drafted out of high school, did not advance past Single-A and retired from professional baseball in 2015.

17. AJ Pollock — Arizona Diamondbacks — Outfield

AJ Pollock, an outfield player picked by the Diamondbacks, has had a prosperous career in the MLB. He has represented the Diamondbacks from 2012 to 2018 and has subsequently performed for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. Pollock has been an All-Star, secured a Gold Glove, and was in contention for the NL MVP in 2015.

18. Chad James — Miami Marlins — Left-Handed Pitcher

Chad James, a southpaw pitcher selected by the Marlins, reached Double-A in his career before retiring at the age of 24.

19. Shelby Miller — St. Louis Cardinals — Right-Handed Pitcher

Shelby Miller, a hurler chosen by the Cardinals out of high school, had a respectable career in the majors. He played for the Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, and Philadelphia Phillies. Miller was an All-Star in 2015 and presently pitches for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

20. Chad Jenkins — Toronto Blue Jays — Right-Handed Pitcher

Chad Jenkins, a right-hander from Kennesaw State University, participated in the MLB from 2012 to 2015. He maintained a 3.31 ERA in 100.2 innings but did not pitch in the majors thereafter. Jenkins retired in 2016 after playing in Triple-A.

21. Jiovanni Mier — Houston Astros — Shortstop

Jiovanni Mier, chosen by the Astros, never made it to the majors and retired from professional baseball in 2018 after performing in Tijuana, Mexico.

22. Kyle Gibson — Minnesota Twins — Right-Handed Pitcher

Kyle Gibson, picked by the Twins out of the University of Missouri, has had a commendable career in the majors. He has represented the Twins, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Baltimore Orioles. Gibson was named an All-Star in 2021 and presently pitches for the Orioles.

24. Jared Mitchell — Chicago White Sox — Outfielder

Jared Mitchell, an outfielder selected by the White Sox, did not achieve the majors and last played in the Independent League in 2022.

24. Randal Grichuk — Los Angeles Angels — Outfielder

The ultimate player picked before Mike Trout was outfielder Randal Grichuk. Grichuk was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels and has subsequently performed for the St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays. He is currently back with the Angels after being traded from the Colorado Rockies. Grichuk has had a respectable MLB career with a .762 OPS.

 

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