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Today In Brewer History: Happy Anniversary, Prince Fielder

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Yesterday in this space we discussed the Brewers' decision to draft Rickie Weeks #2 overall in 2003. 364 days earlier they also made a pretty good decision in the draft in 2002.

With the #7 overall pick that season the Brewers selected Eau Galle high school outfielder Prince Fielder. Just like in 2003, having a top pick was no guarantee of success. In this case, however, you have to wonder how things might have changed if the Brewers and Royals could've swapped selections:

Pick Team Player Position Career Games Career WAR (rWAR)
1 Pirates Bryan Bullington P 26 -0.3
2 Rays B.J. Upton SS 857* 11.9
3 Reds Chris Gruler P 0 0
4 Orioles Adam Loewen P 49* 0.2
5 Expos Clint Everts P 0 0
6 Royals Zack Greinke P 252* 27.7
7 Brewers Prince Fielder 1B 1050* 16.1

* - Career game totals are as of Saturday.

Despite making his pro debut at age 18 Fielder crushed minor league pitching, hitting 91 home runs over 448 games. He was a top 15 prospect in all of baseball for Baseball America in 2004 (#10), 2005 (#15) and 2006 (#11), and a full time major leaguer for the first time in 2006.

Over his six full-time seasons as a Brewer Fielder missed just 13 games. His 230 career home runs are the second most in franchise history.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to 2001 Brewer Robert Perez. He turns 43.

Today is also the 42nd anniversary of the Brewers drafting catcher Darrell Porter with the #4 overall pick in the 1970 draft. We covered that event in this space last year.