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Examining the last 20 fourth overall picks in the MLB Draft

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We're just days away from one of the most notable drafts in Boston Red Sox history.

The Red Sox own the No. 4 overall pick in the July 11 MLB Draft, marking their highest selection since 1967 when they took pitcher Mike Garman with the third pick. Several intriguing prospects have been linked to Boston in recent mock drafts including Vanderbilt aces Jack Leiter and Kumar Rocker, and Louisville catcher Henry Davis.

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The thought of drafting one of the top names in the class should excite Sox fans, but just how successful have teams been with their No. 4 picks over the years? For reference, let's look back at the last 20 players selected fourth in the MLB Draft.

2001: Gavin Floyd, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies

Floyd made his MLB debut with the Phillies in 2004 and spent three seasons in Philadelphia. The right-hander was traded along with Gio Gonzalez to the Chicago White Sox in 2006 for Freddy Garcia. Floyd spent the bulk of his career in Chicago (2007-13) before brief stints with the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays. He finished his career with a 74-76 record and 4.37 ERA.

2002: Adam Loewen, LHP, Baltimore Orioles

Loewen's MLB career began with Baltimore in 2006, when he went 6-6 with a 5.37 ERA. His 2007 season was cut short due to an elbow injury, and those injury woes would end up derailing his pitching career. After transitioning to an outfielder/first baseman, Loewen joined the Toronto Blue Jays organization and spent three years in the minors before being called back up in 2011. He attempted to revive his pitching career with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015 and the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016, but was unsuccessful.

 

2003: Tim Stauffer, RHP, San Diego Padres

Stauffer played nine seasons in San Diego before finishing off his career with the Minnesota Twins and then the New York Mets in 2015. The right-hander appeared in 201 games during his tenure including 73 starts. He finished with a 33-34 record and 3.97 ERA.

2004: Jeff Niemann, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays

Niemann's MLB career was solid, but brief. He played five seasons with the Rays before a shoulder injury ended his career in 2013. The right-hander posted a 40-26 record and 4.08 ERA in 97 appearances (92 starts).

2005: Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Washington Nationals

Probably the biggest name on this list, Zimmerman literally has earned the nickname "Mr. National" during his time in Washington. A two-time All-Star, Zimmerman has spent the entirety of his 16-year MLB career with the Nationals and helped them to a World Series title in 2019. As of Wednesday, the 36-year-old has hit .278 with 279 home runs for his career.

2006: Brad Lincoln, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

Lincoln underwent Tommy John surgery months after being drafted by the Pirates and didn't make his MLB debut until 2010. He was traded to the Blue Jays in 2012 for Travis Snider, spending two seasons in Toronto before ending his MLB career with the Phillies in 2014. He finished with a 9-11 record and 4.74 ERA in 99 games (22 starts).

2007: Daniel Moskos, LHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

Moskos only played one MLB season, appearing in 31 games out of the Pirates bullpen in 2011. He posted a 2.96 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in those outings and failed to crack a big-league roster after being claimed off waivers by the White Sox in 2012.

2008: Brian Matusz, LHP, Baltimore Orioles

Matusz was considered a top-five MLB prospect after being drafted by the O's in 2008. After struggling as a starter in his first four seasons, he converted to the bullpen full-time in 2013 and found success. He finished his eight-year career with a 27-41 record and 4.92 ERA in 280 appearances (69 starts).

2009: Tony Sanchez, C, Pittsburgh Pirates

Sanchez made his MLB debut with Pittsburgh in 2013. He played only 52 games in the big leagues and last played for Double-A Frisco in 2019.

2010: Christian Colon, SS, Kansas City Royals

Colon's MLB career hasn't gone the way he had hoped, but he did come through in a crucial spot for Kansas City in the 2015 World Series. In Game 5, his first appearance of the playoffs, Colon hit an RBI single for the World Series-clinching run. Today, he's in the Blue Jays minor league system.

2011: Dylan Bundy, RHP, Baltimore Orioles

Bundy made his MLB debut in 2012 but injuries forced him out of the big leagues until 2016. The righty spent five seasons with Baltimore before being traded to the Los Angeles Angels in 2019. He's 1-7 with a 6.68 ERA with Anaheim this season and 45-55 with a 4.74 ERA for his career.

2012: Kevin Gausman, RHP, Baltimore Orioles

Gausman had an up-and-down career with the Orioles, Braves and Reds before landing with the Giants in 2021. The 30-year-old has been dominant for San Francisco this season going 8-3 with a 1.74 ERA to this point while earning his first All-Star nod. Gausman is 58-69 with a 4.01 ERA for his MLB career.

2013: Kohl Stewart, RHP, Minnesota Twins

Stewart made his big-league debut with the Twins in 2018 and bounced back and forth between the minors and majors. He signed a one-year deal with the Cubs this past offseason and has a 5.27 ERA in five appearances (four starts) this year.

 

2014: Kyle Schwarber, C/OF, Chicago Cubs

Schwarber was a fan favorite in Chicago for six seasons, including two years in which he slugged 30-plus homers. Drafted as a catcher, Schwarber has since converted to a full-time outfielder. He signed a one-year deal with the Nationals this past offseason and exploded for 16 home runs in June, earning National League Player of the Month honors. That big month propelled Schwarber to the first All-Star selection of his career.

2015: Dillon Tate, RHP, Texas Rangers

Tate never debuted with the Rangers as he was traded to the Yankees in the deal that brought Carlos Beltran to Texas in 2016. He never appeared in a game for New York either, with the Yankees sending him to Baltimore in their 2018 trade for Zack Britton. In three seasons with the Orioles, Tate is 1-6 with a 4.66 ERA in 27 apperances out of the 'pen.

2016: Riley Pint, RHP, Colorado Rockies

Pint never made his MLB debut. The 23-year-old pitched out of High-A Spokane's bullpen this year, posting a 3.38 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings. He announced his retirement from baseball last month due to injuries and control problems.

2017: Brendan McKay, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays

McKay was ranked as the Rays' third-best prospect by MLB.com in 2017. He made his big-league debut in 2019 and went on to post a 2-4 record and 5.14 ERA in 13 appearances (11 starts). The southpaw hasn't appeared in a game since then due to left shoulder surgery.

2018: Nick Madrigal, SS, Chicago White Sox

Drafted as a shortstop, Madrigal has found a home with the White Sox as their starting second baseman. He made his MLB debut in 2020 and appeared in 29 games that season, hitting .340 before undergoing shoulder surgery. He hit .305 in 54 games this year before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury.

2019: JJ Bleday, OF, Miami Marlins

Bleday is spending his 2021 season with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos of the Double-A South League. In 54 games, the Marlins' No.2 ranked prospect is hitting .198 with six homers.

2020: Asa Lacy, LHP, Kansas City Royals

Lacey is with the Quad Cities River Bandits of the High-A Central League and is 2-4 with a 4.83 ERA in 11 starts. He is the third-ranked prospect in Kansas City's system, per MLB Pipeline.