When making the first overall pick in the MLB draft, it's been historically wise to take a hitter. The likes of Justin Upton, Joe Mauer, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Hamilton, Pat Burrell, Darin Erstad, Alex Rodriguez, Chipper Jones, Ken Griffey Jr., B.J. Surhoff, Shawon Dunston, Darryl Strawberry, Bob Horner, and Harold Baines were all No. 1 picks over the past 30-some years. Heck, even a guy like Phil Nevin was productive.
The pitchers taken No. 1 were David Price, Luke Hochevar, Bryan Bullington, Matt Anderson, Kris Benson, Brien Taylor, Ben McDonald, Andy Benes, Tim Belcher, Mike Moore, Floyd Bannister, and David Clyde. Certainly, there are some decent pitchers in there, but none that match their hitting counterparts.