Dodgers Draft: Ranking the best players selected 29th overall

George Brett, Kansas City Royals (Photo by Owen C. Shaw/Getty Images)
George Brett, Kansas City Royals (Photo by Owen C. Shaw/Getty Images) /
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George Brett, Kansas City Royals. (Photo by Ron Kuntz Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images) /

Best 29th overall picks in MLB Draft: 1) George Brett

Another player technically chosen in the second round, George Brett was the 29th overall pick of the 1971 MLB draft. Selected by the Kansas City Royals, Brett played his entire 21-year career with the team that drafted him.

By far, the best player selected 29th overall, Brett built a Hall-of-Fame career in Kansas City, earning 13 All-Star appearances, winning three Silver Slugger Awards, three batting titles, a Gold Glove Award, and the American League MVP in 1980. Few players have a trophy case as stocked as George Brett’s.

The left-handed hitting infielder had a season for the ages in 1980, leading the Royals to the American League pennant. He batted an amazing .390/.454/.664, all league-leading marks, along with 24 home runs, 118 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases.

Brett ended his two plus decades in the majors with a career .305 batting average. He exceeded 3,000 hits (3,154) after leading the league in hits in three seasons, routinely accumulating 150+ knocks.

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This isn’t to suggest the Dodgers will find a generational talent like Brett with the 29th overall pick, but it shows it is possible to find talent despite not having the highest pick in the first round.