Beware, Stephen Strasburg

Our analysis indicates top pitching picks don't fare as well as position players

Updated: June 4, 2009, 1:47 PM ET
By David Schoenfield | ESPN.com

They say hitting is the most difficult thing to do in sports.

I beg to differ.

As the Nationals prepare to invest millions in Stephen Strasburg -- and, as Jim Caple writes, take on the risk of drafting a pitcher No. 1 -- we look at the history of pitchers selected high in the draft.

• Since the draft began in 1965, 101 pitchers have been drafted in the top five selections. (See full chart below.) Only 12 have won 100 games. (Josh Beckett is closing in, with 94; ...

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