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Cubs’ 1st Rd pick Ryan Harvey & the 2003 MLB Draft

By bullpenbrian at 03.12.2013 2 comments.

Ryan Harvey

Who can forget the Cubs’ first round draft pick in 2003–Ryan Harvey.

Jim Hendry used the 6th overall pick to draft the Florida high school outfielder with a shotgun arm and raw plate power. Unfortunately, Harvey wasn’t able to showcase those talents in the big leagues. He never made it past Double-A with Chicago.

His best minor league season came in 2005 with low-level Single-A Peoria where he hit 24 HRs, 30 doubles and drove in 100 runs in 117 games.

Harvey spent the following season at high-level Single-A Daytona hitting 20 HRs, 25 doubles and driving in 84 runs in 122 games.

But despite Harvey’s ever present power, improving his batting average and on-base percentage proved to be a continuous struggle.

Strikeouts, in particular, plagued Harvey throughout his minor league journey–most notably 137 Ks in 2005 and 125 Ks in 2006.

His on-base percentage, not surprisingly, hovered around .300, and eventually slipped into the low 200s at Double-A.

By 2009 Harvey was out of the Cubs’ system, leaving another black eye on Hendry’s draft selections. Granted, the former GM did select Tim Lincecum in 2003, but more on that choice and the rest of the Cubs’ picks later.


Hind sight being 20-20, Hendry missed big-time on some awfully good players who came out of the 2003 draft.

{1st Overall: Delmon Young (Tampa Bay), 2nd Overall: Rickie Weeks (Milwaukee), 3rd Overall: Kyle Seeth (Detroit), 4th Overall: Tim Stauffer (San Diego) and 5th Overall: Chris Lubanski (Kansas City) were taken prior to Harvey.}

Below lists first round picks taken after Harvey, which is comprised mostly of players who have gone on to have quality big league careers, or at the very least, reached the major leagues.

-7th Overall: Nick Markakis (Baltimore)
-8th Overall: Paul Maholm (Pittsburgh)
*Went (9-6, 3.74) in 21 stats with the Cubs last year.

-9th Overall: John Danks (Texas)
-10th Overall: Ian Stewart (Colorado)
*I’m including Stewart because he’s a current Cub.

-13th Overall: Aaron Hill (Toronto)
-17th Overall: David Murphy (Boston)
-18th Overall: Brad Snyder (Cleveland)
*The Cubs later claimed him on waivers in 2009 where he hit .308, 25 HRs and drove in 106 runs with Triple-A Iowa. He played sparingly for Chicago the following two seasons appearing in 20 games total.

-20th Overall: Chad Cordero (Montreal)
-22nd Overall: David Aardsma (San Francisco)
*The Cubs traded for Aardsma (and Jerome Williams) in 2005 sending the Giants in return LaTroy Hawkins and cash. Aardsma went (3-0, 4.08) in 45 games for Chicago in 2006 before he was flipped to the White Sox for Neal Cotts.

-24th Overall: Chad Billingsley (Los Angeles)
-29th Overall: Carlos Quentin (Arizona)


Now a look at some of the more notable Supplemental draft picks in 2003.

-31st pick: Matt Murton (Boston)
*The Cubs would acquire Murton the following season as part of the Nomar Garciaparra trade. Big Red played in parts of four seasons with the Cubs before being packaged with Josh Donaldson, Sean Gallagher and Eric Patterson in a trade to Oakland for Chad Gaudin and Rich Harden in July of 2008.

-36th pick: Jarrod Saltalamacchia (Atlanta)
-37th pick: Adam Jones (Seattle)


Other notable selections from the 2003 draft.

-Rd 2: Andre Ethier (Oakland)
-Rd 4: Jonathan Papelbon (Boston)
-Rd 4: Michael Bourn (Philadelphia)
-Rd 6: Matt Kemp (Los Angeles)
-Rd 7: Ian Kinsler (Texas)
-Rd 24: Brian Wilson (San Francisco)
-Rd 30: Jonny Venters (Atlanta)


Notable Cubs selections in the 2003 draft.

-Rd 2: Jake Fox
-Rd 6: Sean Marshall
-Rd 10: Casey McGehee
-Rd 14: Matt LaPorta
-Rd 24: Sam Fuld
-Rd 48: Tim Lincecum
*Yes, the Freak was drafted by Hendry but didn’t sign. Two years later Cleveland selected Lincecum in the 42nd round, but did not sign. The Giants won the lottery in 2006 taking Lincecum 10th overall.

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2 Comments

  1. Matt Kemp in the 6th round. It is truly an imperfect science.

    • bullpenbrian says:

      Isn’t it. With all the scouting technology, sabermetrics and media coverage you’d think the system for drafts would be a push-button formula. But every year we’re reminded draft picks are far from certainties.

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