Did you know: Between 2001 and 2010 a total of 149 pitchers were selected within the first 30 picks of the amateur draft. The outcomes and career trajectory of those pitchers is dramatic when the group is separated into two categories:
Did Not Experience Surgery Before Age 26: 5,800+ ML Games Started, 540 WAR
Did Experience Surgery Before Age 26: 1,100+ ML Games Started, 50 WAR
All the way up and down the draft, good health is the key to finding future, cost-controlled Major League pitching and sustained organizational success.