Every MLB team's best and worst 1st-round picks since 2001
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Major League Baseball's amateur draft gets underway Monday, and arguably no pro sport features a more daunting selection process. In baseball, it's not at all abnormal for a first overall pick to flame out and not make the majors.

The past 17 drafts have produced tons of first-round busts - a veritable "who's who" of "Who?!" Almost every team's worst pick is either a completely unknown name or one that's gained infamy.

However, some clubs have demonstrated a penchant for success with their top picks. Let's take a look at all 30 teams, grade their performances, and remind you of their greatest successes and most abysmal failures since 2001, starting with the teams that may require summer school.

Seattle Mariners

Best Pick Worst Pick
Taijuan Walker Danny Hultzen

It's kind of remarkable that Seattle has made two of the worst selections in recent memory with so little luck to counterbalance it, but such is the case for a team that used No. 2 picks on Hultzen and Dustin Ackley. Walker, Brandon Morrow, and Mike Zunino - who looked like a miss until recently - are the only success stories from the Mariners' crop of first-rounders.

Grade: F

Cincinnati Reds

Best Pick Worst Pick
Jay Bruce Chris Gruler

The Reds get a harsh grade due to squandering very early picks, exemplified by taking Gruler third overall in 2002. The selection of Homer Bailey still has to be viewed as a success. Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal are notable hits as well.

Grade: F

New York Mets

Best Pick Worst Pick
Matt Harvey Philip Humber

There's a reason for the Mets' reputation as the franchise that can't get it together. Humber did throw a perfect game - with the White Sox, in his only good season as a major leaguer. Meanwhile, their best pick, Harvey, was recently designated for assignment and traded, though that followed a New York career with memorable flashes of dominance. Michael Conforto, Scott Kazmir, and Mike Pelfrey are the other notables.

Grade: F

St. Louis Cardinals

Best Pick Worst Pick
Kolten Wong Brett Wallace

Though the Cardinals have churned out farmhand after farmhand, their track record in the first round isn't so impressive, with Wong, Michael Wacha, and Shelby Miller their best picks despite 22 first-round selections since 2001. However, none of those picks have been in the top 10, and only six have been in the top 20.

Grade: F

San Diego Padres

Best Pick Worst Pick
Trea Turner Matt Bush

Bush may have revived his career, but he remains one of the biggest busts in recent memory. Turner looks remarkable, but San Diego traded him away in the three-team Wil Myers deal. Other notables include Cory Spangenberg and Hunter Renfroe.

Grade: D-

Boston Red Sox

Best Pick Worst Pick
Andrew Benintendi Trey Ball

Jacoby Ellsbury may be a better pick than Benintendi, but let's go with a more recent selection who quickly graduated to the big leagues. Other than that, the Red Sox have missed on a lot of guys, like Daniel Bard and Blake Swihart.

Grade: D

New York Yankees

Best Pick Worst Pick
Aaron Judge Carl Henry

The Yankees may have the worst crop of first-rounders - and it'd be even worse if Judge hadn't stormed onto the scene last season. Other quality picks include Ian Kennedy and Phil Hughes, while New York also selected but couldn't sign Gerrit Cole. Despite always drafting late, the Yankees somehow ended up with the most prolific slugger of a generation.

Grade: D

Texas Rangers

Best Pick Worst Pick
Mark Teixeira Thomas Diamond

Though their other notable selections are Justin Smoak and Lewis Brinson, the Rangers get a little extra love for taking Teixeira fifth overall in a particularly weak 2001 draft class.

Grade: D

Toronto Blue Jays

Best Pick Worst Pick
Noah Syndergaard Max Pentecost

It's a close call between Aaron Hill and Marcus Stroman in terms of the Jays' second-best first-rounder, and choosing the runner-up doesn't get much easier on the other side. Pentecost may still pan out, but the 11th overall pick afforded to the Jays for not signing the previous year's 10th pick was left unprotected in this past Rule 5 Draft. Other notables include Aaron Sanchez, Ricky Romero, J.P. Arencibia, and Jeff Hoffman.

Grade: D

Atlanta Braves

Best Pick Worst Pick
Jason Heyward Cody Johnson

Recent selections may be changing the narrative, but the Braves have not been especially good at using their first-round picks. Jason Heyward, Mike Minor, and Jeff Francoeur are hits, and Mike Soroka's recent graduation is another positive development.

Grade: D

Philadelphia Phillies

Best Pick Worst Pick
Cole Hamels Joe Savery

The Phillies have come to the podium just 11 times in the first round since 2001. Ending up with Hamels and Aaron Nola is impressive, while J.P. Crawford seems to finally be living up to the hype.

Grade: D

Colorado Rockies

Best Pick Worst Pick
Troy Tulowitzki Greg Reynolds

The Rockies were one of two teams that passed on Evan Longoria, instead taking Reynolds second overall in 2006. Recency bias works in Colorado's favor here as Jon Gray looks to have solved the problem of pitching at Coors Field, while David Dahl and Brendan Rodgers are on-the-cusp talents.

Grade: D

Miami Marlins

Best Pick Worst Pick
Jose Fernandez Kyle Skipworth

Before his untimely death, Fernandez was the most exciting young pitcher in the sport and an integral part of the Marlins' turnaround. Beyond him, Miami hasn't been particularly stellar, with Christian Yelich and Andrew Heaney as the club's most recognizable first-rounders.

Grade: D+

Tampa Bay Rays

Best Pick Worst Pick
Evan Longoria Wade Townsend

It's a close call for best pick: Longoria at third overall or David Price at No. 1. The Rays, who routinely draft high, also selected Tim Beckham and Melvin Upton Jr.

Grade: C-

Chicago White Sox

Best Pick Worst Pick
Chris Sale Courtney Hawkins

The White Sox provide the encyclopedia entry for TINSTAAPP: There Is No Such Thing As A Pitching Prospect. For every Sale, there's an Aaron Poreda or two, and it's still not clear if Carlos Rodon or Carson Fulmer are going to pan out.

Grade: C

Cleveland Indians

Best Pick Worst Pick
Francisco Lindor Jeremy Sowers

Typically described as a glove-first shortstop, Lindor has grown into a generational talent for Cleveland, and he single-handedly burnishes the reputation of the franchise's scouting department. Drafting Drew Pomeranz, Lonnie Chisenhall, Tyler Naquin, and Bradley Zimmer doesn't hurt either.

Grade: C

Milwaukee Brewers

Best Pick Worst Pick
Ryan Braun Matt LaPorta

For very different reasons, it'll be interesting to see whether Braun or fellow Brewers draftee Prince Fielder makes the Hall of Fame. Beyond those two, the best picks Milwaukee has turned up in the first round are Jeremy Jeffress and Brett Lawrie.

Grade: C

Oakland Athletics

Best Pick Worst Pick
Nick Swisher Michael Choice

Swisher was part of the Moneyball draft, the 2002 season described in Michael Lewis' book. Though he still stands as their best pick of this millennium, the A's have fared pretty well, also grabbing Sonny Gray, Addison Russell, and emergent defensive wizard Matt Chapman.

Grade: C

Chicago Cubs

Best Pick Worst Pick
Kris Bryant Josh Vitters

The Cubs have landed some big-time star power in the first round, but they're judged more critically since they've had so many top 10 selections, including five in the last six years. It's still pretty remarkable that all five - Bryant, Javy Baez, Albert Almora, Kyle Schwarber, and Ian Happ - have made it to the majors.

Grade: C+

Pittsburgh Pirates

Best Pick Worst Pick
Andrew McCutchen Bryan Bullington

Taking a future Hall of Famer 11th overall is a very effective distraction from the fact the Pirates selected Bullington at No. 1 in what's perhaps the biggest bust in baseball history. Other notable Pittsburgh picks include Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Neil Walker, and Austin Meadows.

Grade: C+

Baltimore Orioles

Best Pick Worst Pick
Manny Machado Billy Rowell

Evaluating the Orioles' draft success since 2001 hinges on the fate of their more recent selections. While Machado is a bona fide star and Nick Markakis is an underappreciated major leaguer, the yields on Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, and Hunter Harvey will truly determine how much acclaim Baltimore's scouts deserve.

Grade: B-

Detroit Tigers

Best Pick Worst Pick
Justin Verlander Kyle Sleeth

If there was any doubt that Verlander's headed for Cooperstown, it should be gone now, and drafting a Hall of Famer warrants celebration. The Tigers have also taken Rick Porcello and Nicholas Castellanos, plus Andrew Miller, then a starter who hadn't yet remade himself into one of the game's most elite relievers.

Grade: B

Minnesota Twins

Best Pick Worst Pick
Joe Mauer Matt Moses

Like the Tigers, the Twins' best pick is a likely Hall of Famer. While Mauer hasn't cemented his case like Verlander, Minnesota's draft resume also features the selections of Denard Span, Byron Buxton, Ben Revere, Aaron Hicks, Kyle Gibson, Matt Garza, Glen Perkins, and Trevor Plouffe. Few became stars, but picking that many major leaguers is an achievement in itself.

Grade: B

Houston Astros

Best Pick Worst Pick
Carlos Correa Mark Appel

Like the Cubs, the Astros are evaluated more critically because they had so many high picks. Houston intentionally fielded terrible teams to ensure it had the top selection in three consecutive drafts, highlighted by Correa in 2012. However, the Astros did snag George Springer 11th overall a year earlier.

Grade: B+

Washington Nationals

Best Pick Worst Pick
Bryce Harper Bill Bray

It required almost no skill to draft Harper first overall, since he'd been the consensus No. 1 pick essentially since his birth. Even Stephen Strasburg was a lock for any scouting department. Consider Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman, though, and it's clear the Nationals have done more than just get lucky.

Grade: B+

Los Angeles Angels

Best Pick Worst Pick
Mike Trout Chevy Clarke

It's worth remembering that Trout went 25th overall, and was passed over by multiple teams, including the Angels. That's right: Los Angeles may have seen something special in Trout, but not special enough to prevent the club from taking Randal Grichuk at 24th overall. It's not too damning, though, since the Angels have also picked Jered Weaver and Sean Newcomb.

Grade: A-

Los Angeles Dodgers

Best Pick Worst Pick
Clayton Kershaw Ethan Martin

The big-market Dodgers seem to favor drafting high-ceiling high school pitchers that other teams are afraid to select. That means sometimes you end up with Cooperstown-bound Kershaw, and other times you end up with, uh, Scott Elbert. In recent memory, Los Angeles has also nabbed Corey Seager and Walker Buehler.

Grade: A

Arizona Diamondbacks

Best Pick Worst Pick
Max Scherzer Barret Loux

Who gets credit for Scherzer? It's a complicated question, but for our purposes, it doesn't matter whether the Diamondbacks knew what they had because they were the team that took him. And it wasn't an isolated bolt of inspiration, as Arizona also drafted A.J. Pollock, Justin Upton, Trevor Bauer, Archie Bradley, and Dansby Swanson.

Grade: A

San Francisco Giants

Best Pick Worst Pick
Madison Bumgarner Tim Alderson

A huge part of Even-Year Magic can be attributed to how well the Giants used their first-round picks. Aside from Bumgarner, the Giants have made off with Buster Posey, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Joe Panik.

Grade: A

Kansas City Royals

Best Pick Worst Pick
Zack Greinke Luke Hochevar

The Royals may not have drafted a lock for the Hall of Fame like the other top teams (though Greinke should make it), but they've found both star power and depth in the first round. Along with the Cy Young winner, they've hit on Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Alex Gordon. While those players may have experienced downturns in recent years, Kansas City doesn't win the 2015 World Series without them.

Grade: A+

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