Adam Wainwright, RHP, Cardinals
Hometown: Brunswick, Ga.
Adam Wainwright seemed destined to be a home-state hero for the Braves. He was Georgia's Gatorade Player of the Year in 2000 after a dominant senior season at Glynn Academy in Brunswick, Ga., and Atlanta selected him with the 29th overall pick in that year's Draft. A few months later, he was one of the top prospects in all of baseball.
But in 2003, the Braves sent Wainwright to the Cardinals in a deal involving outfielder J.D. Drew. The righty has since developed into one of the game's best pitchers as a member of the Cardinals.
Wainwright still resides in St. Simons, Ga., with his high school sweetheart and now-wife, Jenny, and their three children. It's just a few miles from Brunswick, where Wainwright's older brother, Trey, first got him involved in sports after their parents had divorced when Wainwright was young. His father had moved to Florida and wasn't there to teach him to play baseball.
Eventually, Wainwright became an All-State kicker and wide receiver in football, but his true potential lied on the baseball field. He turned down a few scholarship offers, including one from Georgia Tech, after being selected in the first round of the 2000 First-Year Player Draft.
Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.