There was a time when Andrew McCutchen was seen as a bad pick over Jay Bruce, just because Bruce arrived in the majors first. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

In 2008 Jay Bruce made it to the majors and hit 21 home runs in 413 at-bats, finishing fifth in the Rookie of the Year voting. Bruce was taken one pick after Andrew McCutchen, which had people questioning the selection of McCutchen. At the time, McCutchen was in the middle of a season where he had a .770 OPS in Triple-A.

Bruce remains a good player, but McCutchen has turned into an MVP.

Justin Smoak reached the majors in April of 2010. He also first reached Triple-A in July 2009. Meanwhile, Pedro Alvarez didn't reach Triple-A until 2010, and arrived in the majors two months after Smoak, despite being taken nine picks earlier. The...

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