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PG Top 10: 2002 Class Rankings

Blake Dowson        
Photo: Zack Greinke (Perfect Game)

Perfect Game has updated its player rankings for the 2020-2023 classes recently. With that in mind, we take a look at the first-ever class rankings Perfect Game produced way back in 2002, with some names you will likely recognize.

The college commitments listed weren’t all fulfilled — all of the players listed as taken in the 2002 draft chose to sign with the team that drafted them.

Rk. Player Pos. Commitment Draft Team MLB Debut
1 Scott Kazmir LHP Texas Rd 1, 15th (2002) Mets Rays (2004)
2 BJ (Melvin) Upton SS Florida State Rd 1, 2nd (2002) Rays Rays (2004)
3 Adam Loewen LHP Chipola College Rd 1, 4th (2002) Orioles Orioles (2006)
4 Christopher Gruler RHP Arizona State Rd 1, 3rd (2002) Reds No Debut
5 Zack Greinke RHP Clemson Rd 1, 6th (2002) Royals Royals (2004)
6 Jason Neighborgall RHP Georgia Tech Rd 3, 81st (2005) Diamondbacks No Debut
7 Mark McCormick RHP Baylor Rd 1, 43rd (2005) Cardinals No Debut
8 Jeff Francoeur OF Clemson Rd 1, 23rd (2002) Braves Braves (2005)
9 Denard Span OF None Rd 1, 20th (2002) Twins Twins (2008)
10 Sergio Santos SS USC Rd 1, 27th (2002) Diamondbacks White Sox (2010)

Kazmir ended his career with 108 wins, Upton launched 164 home runs, Greinke earned his 200th win this year, and Francoeur and Span have put together solid careers as well.

A few players to not make this list, who have since turned in great MLB careers – Jon Lester (No. 11), James Loney (No. 14), Cole Hamels (No. 19), Brian McCann (No. 24), Prince Fielder (No. 47) and Joey Votto (No. 198).

To view Perfect Game’s current rankings for the 2020-2023 classes, click on the following links: 2020 rankings, 2021 rankings, 2022 rankings, 2023 rankings.

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