September 23, 1948 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Right|
Steven Lynn Chilcott (born September 23, 1948) is a former baseball catcher from Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, who was drafted by the New York Mets as the first overall pick in the 1966 Major League Baseball Draft, a spot ahead of Reggie Jackson. He was awarded a $75,000 signing bonus, which he invested in real estate.
Chilcott seemed to be well on his way to making the majors when, in 1967 while playing for the Winter Haven Mets in the Florida State League, he dived back toward second base when the pitcher tried to pick him off. He dove into the bag and slammed into it full force with his right arm, dislocating his shoulder and ending his season. He was plagued by injuries for the rest of his career. The Mets released him in 1971, and he signed with the New York Yankees. However, he was released after only playing 24 games in 1972, and his career was over at age 24.
Chilcott never played higher than Triple-A, and became one of two number-one picks in the baseball draft to retire without ever reaching the major leagues (the other is Brien Taylor, the first overall pick in the 1991 draft). Matt Bush, the 2004 #1 overall pick, has not officially retired from baseball, but will likely become the third number-one pick to fail to make the majors due to ongoing legal troubles.
- Fletcher, Jeff (August 20, 1994). "WHERE ARE THEY NOW: STEVE CHILCOTT : A Premature End to Promising Career : Baseball: No. 1 pick in '66, plagued by injuries in minors, didn't play in even one big-league game.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 19, 2012.
|First overall pick in the MLB Entry Draft