Earlier this year, Harold Baines was elected to the Hall of Fame via the veterans committee. While his selection into the Hall of Fame was controversial to most, Sox fans agree that it is well-deserved for the former first-round draft pick.
Baines was selected with the first overall pick in the 1977 MLB draft and would make his major league debut in 1980. Through his career that lasted 22 seasons, Baines collected 2,866 hits. He would play 14 seasons with the Sox over three separate stints with the franchise. With the Sox, Baines was a three-time All-Star.
The Sox did have some success while Baines was a player with the team that includes a postseason berth in 1983. Baines would finish his playing career in 2001 with the Sox. He has a statue of himself at Guaranteed Rate Field and his no. 3 jersey number has been retired by the Sox.
Baines could easily be considered as the best first-round draft pick in Sox history. However, the next player on the list as more of an edge when it comes to not only the best first-round draft pick but the best draft pick overall in Sox history.