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:
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* - 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.
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.