Dodgers Draft: Ranking the best players selected 29th overall

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Best 29th overall picks in MLB Draft: 2) Adam Wainwright

Starting pitcher Adam Wainwright was selected 29th overall by the Atlanta Braves in the 2000 MLB draft. The right-hander quickly became one of the best pitching prospects in MLB. After showing off his stuff in Rookie League and the low minor leagues as an 18-20 year-old, Baseball America had him ranked as one of the top 50 prospects in all of baseball.

The Braves ended up trading Wainwright to St. Louis in a blockbuster deal for outfielder J.D. Drew following the 2003 season. After struggling with some initial injury troubles, the Georgia native developed into the Ace of the Cardinals staff by 2009, in which he led the National League in wins, games started, and innings pitched. He would win 20 games and earn his first All-Star appearance in 2010, before being shutdown for Tommy John surgery in 2011.

Returning from his elbow injury in 2012, Wainwright barely skipped a step. He won 14 games in 2012, before finding his name atop the NL leaderboards for wins, games started, complete games, and innings pitched in 2013, joining the All-Star ranks again.

Wainwright has won 162 games over his 14-year career, with a 3.39 ERA, striking out 1,776 hitters while walking only 576.