1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick – Tim Belcher
Drafted by the Minnesota Twins with the first pick in the 1983 baseball draft, Tim Belcher never suited up for the Twins major league ball club. He was drafted again with the first pick the following year by the New York Yankees but never played for them either. He was taken back by the A’s as a compensation pick later in ’84 and still never played a game for them. Finally, 4 years after being drafted Belcher was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers where he finally made it to the big show.
Belcher’s rookie season of 1988 was pretty impressive. He started 27 games for the Dodgers and finished the year with a 12-6 record. He finishe 3rd for the National League Rookie of the Year award behind Chris Sabo and Mark Grace. But, it was Belcher who ended up having the more memorable year – his Dodgers team won the 1988 World Series, and Belcher was the hero of Game 2 as he picked up a win over the mighty Oakland A’s team.
Tim Belcher’s career record of 146-140 is Ok. Ok by normal baseball standards, but not of someone selected as the first player in the draft!!! He was never an All-star. He never competed for a Cy Young award. He never reached the 20-win milestone. Tim Belcher was a good pitcher, just not worthy of the #1 pick!!!
4 out of 10. Points earned for being a member of a World Series championship team. Additional points earned for eclisping the 100-victory mark and for finishing 3rd in the ROY voting.