Grading Every MLB Team's Draft Performance over the Past Decade

Karl Buscheck@@KarlBuscheckContributor IIIMay 28, 2014

Grading Every MLB Team's Draft Performance over the Past Decade

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    The MLB draft is a crapshoot.

    It's the place where top picks frequently turn into monumental busts and 21st-round selections become lockdown closers. However, teams like the Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals have transformed the draft process into a science. 

    What follows are grades for all 30 MLB teams regarding their draft performance over the past decade.

    The grading criteria is two-fold. First, there is a major emphasis on how teams have done in the opening round. The grades take a look at each team's most successful first-rounder over the past 10 years as well as how many of its top selections have made it, briefly or not, to the major leagues.

    Second, the grades take into consideration how teams have done in Rounds 2-50. For each team, there is a rundown of how many draft picks are currently on the roster and how much production (in terms of WAR) they have been provided. 

Arizona Diamonbacks

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2006: Max Scherzer, RHP

    Overall Success Rate: Seven big leaguers out of 12 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 58.3 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Paul Goldschmidt, 8th Rd. 2009, 12.6 WAR
    • Chris Owings, 1st Rd. (Compensation) 2009, 1.4 WAR
    • A.J. Pollock, 1st Rd. 2009, 5.5 WAR
    • Wade Miley, 1st Rd. (Compensation) 2008, 4.9 WAR
    • Josh Collmenter, 7th Rd. 2007, 4.3 WAR
    • Mike Bolsinger, 15th Rd. 2010, -0.5 WAR
    • Chase Anderson, 9th Rd. 2010, 0.0 WAR
    • Evan Marshall, 4th Rd. 2011, 0.4 WAR

    Total WAR: 28.6 WAR

     

    Grade: C+

    The Arizona Diamondbacks put together an amazing run of first-round success from 2004 to 2009, as each of the club's top picks made it to the major leagues.

Atlanta Braves

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2007: Jason Heyward, OF

    Overall Success Rate: Three big leaguers out of eight first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 37.5 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Evan Gattis, 23rd Rd. 2010, 1.1 WAR
    • Freddie Freeman, 2nd Rd. 2007, 9.9 WAR
    • Andrelton Simmons, 2nd Rd. 2010, 10.5 WAR
    • Jason Heyward, 1st Rd. 2007, 20.1 WAR
    • Jordan Schafer, 3rd Rd. 2005, -2.4 WAR
    • Alex Wood, 2nd Rd. 2012, 2.0 WAR
    • Mike Minor, 1st Rd. 2009, 4.0 WAR
    • David Hale, 3rd Rd. 2009, 1.7 WAR
    • Gus Schlosser, 17th Rd. 2011, -0.1 WAR
    • Craig Kimbrel, 3rd Rd. 2008, 10.2 WAR

    Total WAR: 57.0 WAR

     

    Grade: A

    The Atlanta Braves haven't had a ton of success in the first round, but the team has been absolutely incredible otherwise. The Braves have managed to assemble a perennial playoff contender almost exclusively through shrewd drafting. 

Baltimore Orioles

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2007: Matt Wieters, C

    Overall Success Rate: Four big leaguers out of 10 first-round picks, per ESPN.com; 40 percent 

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Matt Wieters, 1st Rd. 2007, 13.7 WAR
    • Manny Machado, 1st Rd. 2010, 8.0 WAR
    • Zach Britton, 3rd Rd. 2006, 1.9 WAR
    • Brian Matusz, 1st Rd. 2008, 2.7 WAR

    Total WAR: 26.3 WAR

     

    Grade: C+

    The Baltimore Orioles have certainly landed some big names in recent drafts, but the quantity of players simply isn't there. 

Boston Red Sox

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2005: Jacoby Ellsbury OF

    Overall Success Rate: Two big leaguers out of 14 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 14.3 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Dustin Pedroia, 2nd Rd. 2004, 40.0 WAR
    • Will Middlebrooks, 7th Rd. 2007, 1.1 WAR
    • Jackie Bradley Jr. 1st Rd. (Compensation) 2011, -0.3 WAR
    • Ryan Lavarnway, 6th Rd. 2008, -0.9 WAR
    • Clay Buchholz, 1st Rd. (Compensation) 2005, 13.3 WAR
    • Brandon Workman, 2nd Rd. 2010, 0.1 WAR

    Total WAR: 53.3 WAR

     

    Grade: C+

    The Boston Red Sox have simply been terrible when it comes to first-round selections. The decision to draft Dustin Pedroia in the second round of the 2004 draft, however, was brilliant. 

Chicago Cubs

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2011: Javier Baez, SS

    Overall Success Rate: Four big leaguers out of nine first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 44.4 percent 

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Darwin Barney, 4th Rd. 2007, 6.0 WAR
    • Jeff Samardzija, 5th Rd. 2006, 5.8 WAR
    • Chris Rusin, 4th Rd. 2009, 0.5 WAR
    • James Russell, 14th Rd. 2007, 0.8 WAR
    • Blake Parker, 16th Rd. 2006, 0.3 WAR

    Total WAR: 13.4 

     

    Grade: D

    The Chicago Cubs don't have a lot to show for the last decade of drafts. Of course, that could change, as the club has made highly promising first-round selections in each of the past three drafts. 

Chicago White Sox

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2010: Chris Sale, LHP

    Overall Success Rate: Three big leaguers out of 10 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 30 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Gordon Beckham, 1st, 2008, 6.6 WAR
    • Marcus Semien, 6th Rd. 2011, 1.0 WAR
    • Erik Johnson, 2nd Rd. 2011, -0.1 WAR
    • Chris Sale, 1st Rd. 2010, 17.9 WAR
    • Jake Petricka, 2nd Rd. 2010, 2.0 WAR
    • Nate Jones, 5th Rd. 2007, 3.1 WAR

    Total WAR: 30.5 WAR

     

    Grade: B-

    Outside of the selection of Chris Sale, there's not too much to see here. Although that was an incredibly successful pick. 

Cincinnati Reds

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2005: Jay Bruce, OF

    Overall Success Rate: Seven big leaguers out of 10 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 70 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Zack Cozart, 2nd Rd. 2007, 5.1 WAR
    • Todd Frazier, 1st Rd. (Compensation) 2007, 7.4 WAR
    • Billy Hamilton, 2nd Rd. 2009, 1.1 WAR
    • Jay Bruce, 1st Rd. 2005, 14.9 WAR
    • Chris Heisey, 17th Rd. 2006, 4.2 WAR
    • Devin Mesoraco, 1st Rd. 2007, 1.1 WAR
    • Mike Leake, 1st Rd. 2009, 6.4 WAR
    • Homer Bailey, 1st Rd. 2004, 5.5 WAR
    • Tony Cingrani, 3rd Rd. 2011, 2.7 WAR
    • Logan Ondrusek, 13th Rd. 2005, 1.1 WAR
    • Sam LeCure, 4th Rd. 2005, 3.8 WAR

    Total WAR: 53.3

     

    Grade: A

    The Cincinnati Reds have draft picks all over their roster. From 2004 to 2010, every single one of their top picks made it to the big leagues. 

Cleveland Indians

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2011: Francisco Lindor, SS

    Overall Success Rate: Five big leaguers out of nine first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 55.5 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Jason Kipnis, 2nd Rd. 2009, 11.4 WAR
    • Lonnie Chisenhall, 1st Rd. 2008, 3.9 WAR
    • T.J. House, 16th Rd. 2008, 0.0 WAR
    • Cody Allen, 23rd RD. 2011, 2.0 WAR
    • Josh Tomlin, 19th Rd. 2006, 1.9 WAR

    Total WAR: 19.2

     

    Grade: D

    Aside from snagging Jason Kipnis with a second-round pick, the Cleveland Indians have done exceptionally poorly in the last decade. However, Cody Allen was a nice find in the 23rd round of the 2011 draft. 

Colorado Rockies

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2005: Troy Tulowitzki, SS

    Overall Success Rate: Four big leaguers out of 12 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 33.3 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Troy Tulowitzki, 1st Rd. 2005, 36.9 WAR
    • Nolan Arenado, 2nd Rd. 2009, 5.7 WAR
    • Charlie Blackmon, 2nd Rd. 2008, 2.0 WAR
    • Corey Dickerson, 8th Rd. 2010, 1.2 WAR
    • Jordan Pacheco, 9th Rd. 2007, -2.8 WAR
    • Josh Rutledge, 3rd Rd. 2010,  -1.0 WAR
    • Rex Brother, 1st Rd. (Compensation), 2009, 5.5 WAR

    Total WAR: 47.5

     

    Grade: B-

    Aside from the selection of Troy Tulowitzki, the Colorado Rockies have been awful in the first round. However, the team has managed to pick up some key contributors in the second round and beyond. 

Detroit Tigers

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2004: Justin Verlander, RHP

    Overall Success Rate: Eight big leaguers out of nine first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 88.8 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Alex Avila, 5th Rd. 2008, 10.6 WAR
    • Nick Castellanos, 1st. Rd. 2010, -0.8 WAR
    • Bryan Holaday, 6th Rd. 2010, 0.3 WAR
    • Danny Worth, 2nd Rd. 2007, -0.7 WAR
    • Justin Verlander, 1st Rd. 2004, 40.9 WAR
    • Rick Porcello, 1st Rd. 2007, 7.7 WAR
    • Drew Smyly, 2nd Rd. 2010, 4.9 WAR 
    • Corey Knebel, 1st Rd. 2013, -0.1 WAR
    • Luke Putkonen, 2nd Rd. 2007, 0.5 WAR

    Total WAR: 63.3

     

    Grade: B

    The Detroit Tigers have enjoyed a substantial amount of success drafting starting pitchers, but position players have been a whole different story.

Houston Astros

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2011: George Springer, OF

    Overall Success Rate: Three big leaguers out of nine first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 33.3 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Jason Castro,1st Rd. 2008, 5.7 WAR
    • George Springer, ist Rd. 2011, 0.9 WAR
    • Dallas Keuchel, 7th Rd. 2009, 2.6 WAR

    Total WAR: 9.2

     

    Grade: F

    This grade could rise greatly once Carlos Correa debuts, but right now, the Houston Astros are receiving almost zero production at the big league level from the past 10 drafts.

Kansas City Royals

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2005: Alex Gordon, 3B

    Overall Success Rate: Six big leaguers out of 10 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 60 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Eric Hosmer, 1st Rd. 2008, 4.7 WAR
    • Mike Moustakas, 1st Rd. 2007, 3.8 WAR
    • Alex Gordon, 1st Rd. 2005, 24.2 WAR
    • Billy Butler, 1st Rd. 2004, 12.9 WAR
    • Jarrod Dyson, 50th Rd. 2006, 5.2 WAR
    • Greg Holland, 10th Rd. 2007, 7.8 WAR
    • Lois Coleman, 5th Rd. 2009, 3.0 WAR
    • Danny Duffy, 3rd Rd. 2007, 1.8 WAR
    • Michael Mariot, 8th Rd. 2010, -0.2 WAR
    • Aaron Crow, 1st Rd. 2009, 2.8 WAR

    Total WAR: 66.0

     

    Grade: B+

    It's no secret how the Kansas City Royals build their roster. While the team has done a great job drafting position players, its track record selecting pitchers is less impressive.

Los Angeles Angels

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2009: Mike Trout, OF

    Overall Success Rate: Five big leaguers out of nine first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 55.5 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Mike Trout, 1st Rd. 2009, 23.4 WAR
    • Kole Calhoun, 8th Rd. 2010, 1.0 WAR
    • Hank Conger, 1st Rd. 2006, 2.6 WAR
    • C.J. Cron, 1st Rd. 2011, -0.1 WAR
    • Garrett Richards, 1st Rd. (Compensation) 2009, 0.8 WAR
    • Jered Weaver, 1st Rd. 2004, 34.7 WAR
    • Mike Morin, 13th Rd. 2012, 0.1 WAR
    • Mike Kohn, 13th Rd. 2008, 1.2 WAR

    Total WAR: 63.7

     

    Grade: B-

    The Los Angeles Angels pulled off one of the best picks of the last decade in selecting Mike Trout and have otherwise done a solid job of landing a mixture of bats and arms. 

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2006: Clayton Kershaw, LHP

    Overall Success Rate: Five big leaguers out of 10 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 50 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Dee Gordon, 4th Rd. 2008, 0.4 WAR
    • Scott Van Slyke, 14th Rd. 2005, 1.6 WAR
    • Clayton Kershaw, 1st Rd. 2006, 32.9 WAR

    Total WAR: 34.9

     

    Grade: D

    Aside from the inspired selection of Clayton Kershaw, the Los Angeles Dodgers have received minimal contributions from draft picks. However, players like Corey Seager and Zach Lee could change that. 

Miami Marlins

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2011: Jose Fernandez, SP

    Overall Success Rate: Seven big leaguers out of 10 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 70 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Christian Yelich, 1st Rd. 2010, 2.2 WAR
    • Giancarlo Stanton, 2nd Rd. 2007, 18.3 WAR
    • Tom Koehler, 18th Rd. 2008, 2.2 WAR
    • Jose Fernandez, 1st Rd. 2011, 7.4 WAR
    • A.J. Ramos, 21st Rd. 2008, 1.7 WAR
    • Dan Jennings, 9th Rd. 2008, 1.0 WAR
    • Chris Hatcher, 5th Rd. 2006, -0.9 WAR
    • Steve Cishek, 5th Rd. 2007, 5.5 WAR

    Total WAR: 37.4

     

    Grade: C

    The Miami Marlins have managed to draft two of the more promising young players in baseball in Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton. Still, they haven't accumulated the necessary quantity of talent for a team that spends so little on the free-agent market. 

Milwaukee Brewers

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2005: Ryan Braun, OF

    Overall Success Rate: Five big leaguers out of 11 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 29.4 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Jonathan Lucroy, 3rd Rd. 2007, 11.2 WAR
    • Scooter Gennett, 16th Rd. 2009, 2.2 WAR
    • Khris Davis, 7th Rd. 2009, 2.3 WAR
    • Ryan Braun, 1st Rd. 2005, 35.8 WAR
    • Logan Schafer, 3rd Rd 2008, 0.8 WAR
    • Yovani Gallardo, 2nd Rd. 2004, 14.4 WAR
    • Tyler Thornburg, 3rd Rd. 2010, 2.7 WAR
    • Rob Wooten, 13th Rd. 2008, 0.4 WAR

    Total WAR: 69.8

     

    Grade: A-

    Led by the selection of Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers have nabbed quite a few impact hitters over the past decade. However, aside from Yovani Gallardo, the club has failed to acquire starters via the draft. 

Minnesota Twins

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2012: Byron Buxton

    Overall Success Rate: Eight big leaguers out of 13 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 61.5 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Brian Dozier, 8th Rd. 2009, 6.2 WAR
    • Trevor Plouffe, 1st Rd. 2004, 2.5 WAR
    • Aaron Hicks, 1st Rd. 2008, 0.3 WAR
    • Chris Parmelee, 1st Rd. 2006, 1.3 WAR
    • Kyle Gibson, 1st Rd. 2009, -0.2 WAR
    • Glen Perkins, 1st Rd. 2004, 7.8 WAR
    • Anthony Swarzak, 2nd Rd. 2004, 2.2 WAR
    • Brian Duensing, 3rd Rd. 2005, 5.8 WAR

    Total WAR: 25.9

     

    Grade: C

    The Minnesota Twins have picked up an array of bullpen arms in recent drafts, but they have failed to find any starting pitchers. Unsurprisingly, a subpar starting staff has been one of the club's central issues over the past few seasons. 

New York Mets

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2010 Matt Harvey

    Overall Success Rate: Four big leaguers out of eight first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 50 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Lucas Duda, 7th Rd. 2007, -0.6 WAR
    • Daniel Murphy, 13th Rd. 2006, 9.7 WAR
    • Eric Campbell, 8th Rd.2008, 0.4 WAR
    • Juan Centeno, 32nd Rd. 2007, 0.0 WAR
    • Matt den Dekker, 5th Rd. 2010, 0.0 WAR
    • Dillon Gee, 21st Rd. 2007, 5.8 WAR
    • Jon Niese, 7th Rd. 2005, 5.6 WAR
    • Jacob deGrom, 9th Rd. 2010, 0.7 WAR
    • Josh Edgin, 30th Rd. 2010, 0.1 WAR
    • Bobby Parnell, 9th Rd. 2005, 1.7 WAR

    Total WAR: 23.4

     

    Grade: C-

    Aside from Daniel Murphy, the New York Mets have done extremely poorly when it comes to drafting position players. As far as pitchers are concerned, starters Dillon Gee and Jon Niese stand out as the two most productive picks. 

New York Yankees

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2006: Ian Kennedy, RHP

     Overall Success Rate: Three big leaguers out of 10 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 30 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Brett Gardner, 3rd Rd. 2005, 21.0 WAR
    • J.R. Murphy, 2nd Rd. 2009, 0.3 WAR
    • Chase Whitley, 15th Rd. 2010, 0.4 WAR
    • David Phelps, 14th Rd. 2008, 2.7 WAR
    • Preston Claiborne, 17th Rd. 2010, 0.7 WAR
    • Dellin Betances, 8th Rd. 2006, 0.9 WAR
    • David Robertson, 17th Rd. 2006, 10.0 WAR
    • Adam Warren, 4th Rd. 2009, 2.2 WAR

    Total WAR: 38.2 WAR

     

    Grade: C

    The New York Yankees have not made good use of their first-round picks over the past decade. However, the club has managed to stockpile a decent collection of relievers in the middle rounds of the draft. 

Oakland Athletics

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2011: Sonny Gray, RHP

    Overall Success Rate: Six big leaguers out of 10 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 60 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Sean Doolittle, 1st Rd. (Compensation) 2007, 2.4 WAR
    • Sonny Gray, 1st Rd. 2011, 3.2 WAR

    Total WAR: 5.6 WAR

     

    Grade: C

    The Oakland Athletics don't have more draft picks on the roster because general manager Billy Beane won't stop trading them. The executive has dealt the team's top pick from the 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010 drafts. 

Philadelphia Phillies

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2013: J.P Crawford

    Overall Success Rate: Three big leaguers out of six first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 50 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Cody Asche, 4th Rd. 2011, -0.4 WAR
    • Dom Brown, 20th Rd. 2006, -0.5 WAR
    • Darin Ruf, 20th Rd. 2009, 0.2 WAR
    • David Buchanan, 7th Rd. 2010, 0.2 WAR
    • Mario Hollands, 10th Rd. 2010, 0.2 WAR
    • Jake Diekman, 30th Rd. 2007, 0.5 WAR
    • Justin De Fratus, 11th Rd. 2007, 0.5 WAR

    Total WAR: 0.7 WAR

     

    Grade: F

    The Philadelphia Phillies have only had six first-round picks in the past decade, as the club has consistently opted to sign free agents attached to draft-pick compensation. Of course, the picks the Phillies have held onto haven't exactly gone to good use. 

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2005: Andrew McCutchen

    Overall Success Rate: Seven big leaguers out of 11 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 63 percent

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Neil Walker, 1st Rd. 2004, 11.3 WAR
    • Jordy Mercer, 3rd Rd. 2008, 2.1 WAR
    • Pedro Alvarez, 1st Rd. 2008, 5.3 WAR
    • Andrew McCutchen, 1st Rd. 2005, 28.9 WAR
    • Gerrit Cole, 1st Rd. 2011, 1.9 WAR
    • Brandon Cumpton, 9th Rd. 2010, 0.9 WAR
    • Tony Watson, 9th Rd. 2007, 3.4 WAR
    • Jared Hughes, 4th Rd. 2006, 0.7 WAR
    • Justin Wilson, 5th Rd. 2008, 1.9 WAR

    Total WAR: 56.4 

     

    Grade: B+

    Over the past decade, the Pittsburgh Pirates have done quite well for themselves in the first round of the draft. However, the club's mid- to late-round finds have been primarily limited to bullpen pieces. 

San Diego Padres

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2012: Max Fried, LHP

     Overall Success Rate: Two big leaguers out of 11 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 18 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Jedd Gyorko, 2nd Rd. 2010, 1.1 WAR
    • Chase Headley, 2nd Rd. 2005, 18.6 WAR
    • Tommy Medica, 14th Rd. 2010, 0.7 WAR
    • Nick Vincent, 18th Rd. 2008, 2.2 WAR
    • Kevin Quackenbush, 8th Rd. 2011, -0.1 WAR

    Total WAR: 22.5

     

    Grade: F

    The San Diego Padres have been almost impossibly bad when it comes to drafting in the first round. Aside from a couple of strong second-round picks in Chase Headley and Jedd Gyorko, the Padres have almost nothing to show for the last decade of drafts.

San Francisco Giants

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2008: Buster Posey

    Overall Success Rate: Four big leaguers out of 10 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 40 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Buster Posey, 1st Rd. 2008, 19.0 WAR
    • Brandon Belt, 5th Rd. 2009, 8.7 WAR
    • Brandon Crawford, 4th Rd. 2008, 6.3 WAR
    • Madison Bumgarner, 1st Rd. 2007, 11.9 WAR
    • Tim Lincecum, 1st Rd. 2006, 23.1 WAR
    • Sergio Romo, 28th Rd. 2005, 7.8 WAR

    Total WAR: 76.8 WAR

     

    Grade: A

    The San Francisco Giants have utilized the draft to build a two-time World Series-winning club. There's no doubt that general manager Brian Sabean is one of the top executives in all of baseball. 

Seattle Mariners

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2010: Taijuan Walker, RHP

     Overall Success Rate: Eight big leaguers out of 10 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 80 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Mike Zunino, 1st Rd. 2012, 0.5 WAR
    • Brad Miller, 2nd Rd. 2011, 1.6 WAR
    • Kyle Seager, 3rd Rd. 2009, 8.3 WAR
    • Dustin Ackley, 1st Rd. 2009, 7.5 WAR
    • Michael Saunders, 11th Rd. 2004, 3.6 WAR
    • Stefan Romero, 12th Rd. 2010, -0.7 WAR
    • James Jones, 4th Rd. 2009, 0.8 WAR
    • Nick Franklin, 1st Rd. 2009, 2.0 WAR
    • Brandon Maurer, 23rd Rd. 2008, -1.9 WAR
    • Dominic Leone, 16th Rd. 2012, 0.7 WAR
    • James Paxton, 4th Rd. 2010, 1.6 WAR

    Total WAR: 24.0 WAR

     

    Grade: C+

    The Seattle Mariners have tons of former draft picks on the roster. The problem, though, is that almost all of them have underachieved. Of course, that could change when starters Taijuan Walker and James Paxton return from injuries. 

St. Louis Cardinals

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2012: Michael Wacha 

    Overall Success Rate: Nine big leaguers out of 15 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 60 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Matt Carpenter, 13th Rd. 2009, 8.0 WAR
    • Matt Adams, 23rd Rd. 2009, 2.3 WAR
    • Kolten Wong, 1st Rd. 2011, 0.7
    • Allen Craig, 8th Rd. 2006, 7.0 WAR
    • Jon Jay, 2nd Rd. 2006, 8.9 WAR
    • Daniel Descalso, 3rd Rd. 2007, 0.4 WAR
    • Shane Robinson, 5th Rd. 2006, 0.5 WAR
    • Tony Cruz, 26th Rd. 2007, -0.9 WAR
    • Shelby Miller, 1st Rd. 2009, 4.5 WAR
    • Michael Wacha, 1st Rd. 2012, 2,6 WAR
    • Lance Lynn, 1st Rd. 2008, 4.9 WAR
    • Joe Kelly, 3rd Rd. 2009, 3.7 WAR
    • Jamie Garcia, 22nd Rd, 2005, 4.5 WAR
    • Trevor Rosenthal, 21st Rd. 2009, 1.4 WAR
    • Seth Maness, 11th Rd. 2011, 1.5 WAR
    • Sam Freeman, 32nd Rd. 2008, 0.1 WAR
    • Kevin Siegrist, 41st Rd. 2008, 1.9 WAR

    Total WAR: 52.0 WAR

     

    Grade: A-

    As of late, the St. Louis Cardinals have simply owned the draft. The club's brain trust also has an impressive ability to land talented pitchers from the first selections to the final rounds. 

Tampa Bay Rays

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2007: David Price, LHP

    Overall Success Rate: Three big leaguers out of 15 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 20 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Evan Longoria, 1st Rd. 2006, 37.4 WAR
    • Desmond Jennings, 10th Rd. 2006, 10.1 WAR
    • David Price, 1st Rd. 2007, 18.8 WAR
    • Alex Cobb, 4th Rd. 2006, 6.7 WAR
    • Jake McGee, 5th Rd. 2004, 3.2 WAR
    • Matt Moore, 8th Rd. 2007, 4.6 WAR

    Total WAR: 80.8

     

    Grade: B

    The Tampa Bay Rays have a knack for drafting superstars. Plus, the team boasts an impressive track record of finding quality starting pitchers. 

Texas Rangers

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2008: Justin Smoak, 1B 

    Overall Success Rate: Four big leaguers out of 15 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 26.6 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Derek Holland, 25th Rd. 2006, 7.5 WAR
    • Mitch Moreland, 17th Rd. 2007, 2.3 WAR
    • Robbie Ross, 2nd Rd. 2008; 2.7 WAR
    • Tanner Scheppers, 1st Rd (Compensation), 1.7 WAR
    • Nick Tepesch, 14th Rd. 2010, 0.3 WAR
    • Nick Martinez, 18th  Rd. 2009, 1.2 WAR

    Total WAR: 15.7

     

    Grade: F

    When Justin Smoak is your best first-round pick from the entire last decade, that's not a good sign. The Texas Rangers haven't done much better in the later rounds either, although Mitch Moreland does qualify as an excellent 17-round find. 

Toronto Blue Jays

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2011: Aaron Sanchez 

    Overall Success Rate: Seven big leaguers out of 14 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 50 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Adam Lind, 3rd Rd. 2004, 7.3 WAR
    • Kevin Pillar, 32nd Rd. 2011, 0.2 WAR
    • Drew Hutchinson, 15th Rd. 2009, 1.5 WAR
    • Brett Cecil, 1st Rd. (Compensation) 2007, 4.3 WAR
    • Aaron Loup, 9th Rd. 2009, 2.8 WAR
    • Casey Janssen, 4th Rd. 2004, 8.1 WAR

    Total WAR: 24.2

     

    Grade: C-

    The Toronto Blue Jays had plenty of top picks who landed in the big leagues, but none of them were star-quality players. Of the later picks who did make it to Toronto, the vast majority were bullpen arms. 

Washington Nationals

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    Best First-Round Draft Pick of the Last Decade

    2005: Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

    Overall Success Rate: Eight big leaguers out of 12 first-round draft picks, per ESPN.com; 66.6 percent

     

    Draft Picks Still on Roster

    • Danny Espinoza, 3rd Rd. 2008, 5.2 WAR
    • Ian Desmond, 3rd Rd. 2004, 9.7 WAR
    • Bryce Harper, 1st Rd. 2010, 8.8 WAR
    • Anthony Rendon, 1st Rd. 2011, 1.0 WAR
    • Tyler Moore, 16th Rd. 2008, -0.6 WAR
    • Ryan Zimmerman, 1st Rd. 2005, 34.2 WAR
    • Steven Souza, 3rd Rd. 2007, -0.1 WAR
    • Stephen Strasburg, 1st Rd. 2009, 9.1 WAR
    • Jordan Zimmermann, 2nd Rd. 2007, 12.3 WAR
    • Craig Stammen, 12th Rd. 2005, 3.8 WAR
    • Ross Detwiler, 1st Rd. 2006, 2.9 WAR
    • Drew Storen, 1st Rd. 2009, 2.9 WAR
    • Aaron Barrett, 9th Rd. 2010, 1.0 WAR

    Total WAR: 90.2

     

    Grade: A

    The Washington Nationals have cleaned up in the first round, and they have also done an excellent job of picking up high-quality arms in the mid-to-late rounds.

     

    Note: All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.

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