MLB: Drafting Talent—Ranking All 30 MLB Teams
Baseball is America's pastime. No one said it better than James Earl Jones in the 1989 movie Field of Dreams.
"The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It's been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good, and what could be again."
With over 200 minor league clubs affiliated with Major League Baseball, the sport penetrates every corner of this country.
In order to fill these rosters, baseball's Rule 4 Draft is held each year in June.
The days leading up to the draft do not contain nearly the hype of those of the NFL or NBA.
For teams drafting toward the end of the first round, their selection may not make it to the majors for years as they progress through the minor leagues.
Also, unlike the other three major sports in America, the baseball draft can last up to 50 rounds with more than 1,500 players drafted. Contrast that to seven rounds for the NFL and NHL and only two for the NBA.
Each club employs dozens of scouts to scour the globe looking for those special players that will someday make it to the big leagues.
So which teams do the best of discovering that talent?
I went through the 2010 major league rosters of all 30 teams. I included all field players that appeared in at least 50 games, and all pitchers that made at least 10 starts or 30 appearances. The result was a roster of 763 players.
Teams were ranked by the total number of players they either drafted or signed as amateur free agents that ended up on a major league roster—whether their own or another team's.
Interestingly, only 38.7 percent of players ended up on the 2010 roster of the team that drafted them.
No. 30: The Worst Drafting Team In Baseball—San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres get the dubious honor of kicking off this ranking.
In 2010, only 18 players drafted or signed by San Diego were playing on a major league roster, and only seven played for the Padres.
The main contributors were starting pitcher Mat Latos who led the Padres with 14 wins and a 2.92 ERA, and third baseman Chase Headley who led San Diego playing in 161 games.
Padre draftees on other 2010 rosters include first baseman Derrek Lee, who played 109 games for the Cubs, shortstop Jason Bartlett who played in 135 games for the Tampa Bay Rays, and starting pitcher Jake Peavy for the White Sox.
No. 29: Chicago White Sox
There are only 19 players drafted by the Chicago White Sox that made a major league roster in 2010, and only three were on the the White Sox' roster—the lowest total of any major league club.
These three included the double-play combination of shortstop Alexei Ramirez and second baseman Gordon Beckman along with starting pitcher Mark Buehrle.
No doubt the White Sox, who finished second to the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central have a different formula for success.
Other notable White Sox draftees include left fielder Carlos Lee, who hit 23 home runs for the Astros; relief pitcher Matt Guerrier, who led the Minnesota bullpen with 74 appearances; Detroit right fielder Magglio Ordonez, and center fielder Aaron Rowand of the World Champion San Francisco Giants.
No. 28: Cincinnati Reds
The Reds made only their second playoff appearance since 2000.
Like the White Sox, there are only 19 Cincinnati draft picks or signees on major league rosters, however unlike the White Sox, the Reds were able to hang on to 12 of theirs.
The best of the bunch is first baseman and National League MVP, Joey Votto who led the Reds with 37 home runs and 113 RBI.
Also on the roster for the Reds were outfielders Jay Bruce and Drew Stubbs, who were second and third on the team with 25 and 22 home runs, respectively.
Cincinnati also drafted four of the starting pitchers used in their rotation—Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto, Mike Leak, and Travis Wood.
A couple players drafted by Cincinnati on other rosters included relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman who made 50 appearances for the Brewers, outfielder Austin Kearns who played in 150 games for the Yankees and first baseman Adam Dunn who hit 38 home runs for the Nationals.
No. 27: Baltimore Orioles
There were 20 Baltimore-drafted players on major league rosters this past season.
Nine of them played for the Orioles.
Right fielder Nick Markakis led Baltimore with 45 doubles and a .297 batting average.
Three of their starting pitchers were drafted by the organization. Brian Matusz, Brad Bergerson, and Jake Arrieta combined to start 80 games, going 24-30 for the last place Orioles.
Jayson Werth, drafted by Baltimore in 1997, was second on the Philadelphia Phillies with 27 home runs and 85 RBI.
Another 1997 draft pick, Darnell McDonald played 117 games in center field for the Boston Red Sox.
No. 26: Kansas City Royals
Is there any coincidence that the Royals have had only had two winning seasons since 1994, and there are currently only 20 Kansas City draftees in baseball?
At least their roster in 2010 contained half of them.
First baseman Billy Butler and right fielder David DeJesus led the Royals, each with a .318 batting average.
Joining DeJesus in the outfield were center fielder Mitch Maier and left fielder Alex Gordon, who replaced Scott Podsednik when he was traded to the Dodgers.
The Royals also drafted pitchers Zack Greinke, the 2009 AL Cy Young winner, and Luke Hochevar.
Other Royals' draft picks in the majors include designated hitter Johnny Damon, who played in 145 games with the Tigers; second baseman Mark Ellis of the Oakland A's and relief pitcher Chad Durbin, who went 4-1 in 64 appearance for the Phillies.
No. 25: Milwaukee Brewers
The Brewers, like the Royals, had 20 draftees currently playing on major league rosters with 10 of them on their roster.
The nucleus included power hitters Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, Ryan Braun and Corey Hart, who all hit at least 25 home runs in 2010.
Another Milwaukee draft pick, starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo, led the Brewers with a 14-7 record and a 3.84 ERA.
Other Milwaukee draftees of note include shortstop J.J. Hardy for the Twins, pitchers Ben Sheets and Craig Breslow of the Oakland A's and center fielder Tony Gwynn Jr. of the Padres.
No. 24: Tampa Bay Rays
At 96-66, the Tampa Bay Rays had the best record in the AL in 2010.
They did it with a roster that included 11 out of the 21 players drafted by the organization that played in the majors.
Left fielder Carl Crawford led the Rays with a .307 batting average, and led the team with 47 stolen bases.
Next to Crawford was center fielder B.J. Upton, who was second on the team with 42 steals.
The infield included third baseman Evan Longoria and catcher John Jaso.
Starting pitcher Wade Davis went 12-10 with a 4.07 ERA for the Rays.
Notable Tampa Bay draft picks include a trio of left fielders.
Jonny Gomes played in 148 games for the Reds.
Delmon Young led the Twins with 112 RBI and was second with 21 home runs.
AL MVP and batting champion Josh Hamilton led the Rangers with 32 home runs.
Another Tampa Bay draft pick is Aubrey Huff, who in his first year with the Giants led the team with 26 home runs and 86 RBI.
No. 23: Minnesota Twins
The Twins have 14 of the 21 major league players they drafted on their roster.
Two of these players are former league MVP winners in Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer.
Along with the M&M boys are five other regulars in the Minnesota lineup.
Michael Cuddyer led the Twins playing in 157 games moving from right field to fill in at first base for Morneau after he suffered a season-ending concussion in July.
Center fielder Denard Span played in 153 games, and right fielder Jason Kubel played in 143.
Third baseman Danny Valencia was called up in July and finished the season with a .311 batting average, second highest on the team.
Four of the Twins starting pitchers were drafted by the organization.
Scott Baker, Kevin Slowey, Nick Blackburn and Brian Duensing would combine to start 96 games for the Twins.
Notable major league players drafted by Minnesota include Angels' outfielder Torii Hunter, who made the move from center field to right field this season, starting pitcher Matt Garza who threw the first no-hitter in Tampa Bay's history, White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
No. 22: Washington Nationals
Including players drafted by the organization while in Montreal, the Nationals have nine of 22 players on their roster.
The left side of the Nationals' infield was anchored by short stop Ian Desmond and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.
Zimmerman was second on the team with 25 home runs and 85 RBI.
Outfielder Roger Bernadina was signed as an amateur free agent by the Montreal Expos in 2001. In 2010, he played 134 games backing up all three outfield positions.
Washington had three starting pitchers that they drafted.
Craig Stammen and John Lanman would combine to go 12-12 in 44 starts for the Nationals.
On June 8, 2009 first round pick Stephen Strasburg made his debut for Washington. He would start 12 games, going 5-3 before suffering a season-ending injury that required Tommy John surgery.
Other draft picks of note include Cincinnati's double-play combination of shortstop Orlando Cabrera and second baseman Brandon Phillips, and Yankees starting pitcher Javier Vasquez.
Detroit starting pitcher Armando Galarraga, who lost a perfect game on a bad call, was signed as an amateur free agent by Montreal in 1998.
No. 21: The World Series Champion San Francisco Giants
Although the Giants were ranked 21st in baseball with 22 former draft picks in the majors, the 11 on their roster puts them 10th among all teams.
Perhaps it's not the total, but the ones a team keeps that makes all the difference.
Third baseman Pablo Sandoval, signed as an amateur free agent in 2001, was second on the team playing in 152 games.
Catcher Buster Posey would play 108 games this season on his way to the NL Rookie of the Year.
The Giants' pitching staff would include closer Brian Wilson who led the bullpen with 70 appearances, 48 saves and a 1.81 ERA, and two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum who would win two games in the World Series.
Other San Francisco draft picks would include left fielder Fred Lewis of the Toronto Blue Jays, and starting pitcher Kevin Correia of the San Diego Padres.
Another notable player would be amateur free agent signee Francisco Liriano who would lead the Minnesota starting staff with a 3.62 ERA, going 14-10.
No. 20: Philadelphia Phillies
The Philadelphia Phillies had 23 draft picks playing in the majors in 2010, however, only seven ended up playing in Philadelphia.
That didn't keep them from having the best record in baseball this past season.
Like the Twins, the Phillies can boast two former MVP winners in Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins.
Howard led the Phillies with 31 home runs and 108 RBI.
Second baseman Chase Utley and catcher Carlos Ruiz were also signed by the Phillies.
Starting pitchers Cole Hamels and Kyle Hendrick would combine to start 64 games.
The list of former Philadelphia draft picks includes San Francisco left fielder Pat Burrell, Cubs' center fielder Marlon Byrd, Reds' third baseman Scott Rolen, and White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd.
The Houston Astros had four Phillies' draft picks on their roster with center fielder Michael Bourn, outfielder Jason Michaels, and starting pitchers Brett Myers and J.A. Happ.
No. 19: St Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals had 12 of 23 major league players they drafted on their 2010 roster.
They were led by first baseman Albert Pujols, who hit 42 home runs for the Cardinals.
Also a part of the regular line up were second baseman Skip Schumacher, shortstop Brandon Ryan, catcher Yadier Molina and center fielder Colby Rasmus.
The Cardinals' pitching staff included starter Jaime Garcia, who would go 13-8 for St. Louis, and relief pitchers Kyle McClellen, Mitchell Boggs, Jason Motte and Blake Hawksworth, who would combine to make 230 appearances out of the bullpen.
Some St. Louis draft choices that played on other teams include right fielder J.D. Drew of Boston, first baseman Daric Barton and center fielder Coco Crisp for Oakland, Philadelphia third baseman Placido Polanco and Washington second baseman Adam Kennedy.
No. 18: Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates have only six of their 24 draft picks that made the majors on their roster.
Only the Chicago White Sox had fewer draft picks on the roster in 2010.
Perhaps if Pittsburgh was able to retain more of the talent they drafted, it would not be 18 years since the Pirates were last above .500.
All six of the the players drafted by Pittsburgh on their roster are under the age of 30 and could be the foundation to build upon.
Center fielder Andrew McCutcheon, second baseman Neil Walker, third baseman Pedro Alvarez, and catcher Ryan Dourmit all hit at least 10 home runs.
The most notable former Pittsburgh draft pick in 2010 was undoubtedly Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays who led the majors with 54 home runs.
Other former Pittsburgh draft picks include center fielder Rajai Davis, who led the A's with 50 stolen bases, and All-star closer Matt Capps, who made 74 relief appearances for Washington and Minnesota.
No. 17: Boston Red Sox
Half of the 24 Boston draft picks or amateur free agents that played in the majors in 2010, were on the Red Sox' roster.
The left side of the Red Sox' infield includes draft picks Kevin Youkilis and former league MVP Dustin Pedroia.
Their 2010 pitching staff included several draft picks.
Closer Jonathan Papelbon saved 37 games for Boston.
Boston's top two starters were Jon Lester who went 19-9, and Clay Buchholz, who went 17-7, and Daniel Bard led the bullpen with 73 appearances and a 1.93 ERA.
Other Boston draft picks include Twins' starting pitcher Carl Pavano who led the team with a 17-11 record, second basemen David Eckstein of the Padres, and Freddy Sanchez of the Giants.
No. 16: AL Pennant Winners—The Texas Rangers
There were 25 major league players in 2010 that were drafted or signed by the Texas Rangers.
Nine of those draft picks were on the Rangers roster at the start of the 2010 season.
Pitchers Colby Lewis, C.J. Wilson, Tommy Hunter and Scott Feldman started a combined 109 games for the Rangers, and 17-year veteran Darren Oliver made 64 relief appearance in his return to the Rangers in 2010.
Notable Ranger draft picks on other major-league rosters include a couple of first basemen in Mark Teixeira who played for the Yankees and Carlos Pena of the Tampa Bay Rays.
A couple of starting pitchers in Chicago were also drafted by the Rangers—John Danks of the White Sox and Ryan Dempster of the Cubs.
Ivan Rodriguez, a 20-year veteran catcher for the Washington Nationals, was signed as an amateur free agent by the Rangers in 1988 and made his debut with Texas in 1991.
This completes the first half of the ranking, now on to the top 15.
No. 15: Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays also had 25 draft picks playing in the major leagues this past season with 10 of them on their roster.
The Blue Jays led all of baseball with 257 home runs, 46 more than the second-place Red Sox.
Center fielder Vernon Wells (31), second baseman Aaron Hill (26), and designated hitter Adam Lind (23), all former Toronto draft picks, accounted for 80 home runs.
Four pitchers in their rotation were also drafted by the Blue Jays.
Ricky Romero led the team in wins with a 14-9 record followed by Shawn Marcum with a 13-8 record.
Brett Cecil and Marc Rzepczynski combined to go 19-11 in 42 starts.
Other former Blue Jay draft picks include center fielder Alexis Rios for the Chicago White Sox, Minnesota shortstop Orlando Hudson, and a couple of third basemen—Casey Blake for the Dodgers, and Michael Young for the Rangers.
Relief pitcher Brandon Lyon led the Astros' bullpen with 79 appearances.
Toronto signed Baltimore shortstop Cesar Izturis as an amateur free agent.
No. 14: Cleveland Indians
The Cleveland Indians had 26 players they drafted on major-league rosters, but only eight of them played for the Indians.
The only field player drafted by the Indians on their roster was center fielder Trevor Crowe.
The other seven players included relief pitchers Rafael Perez and Tony Sipp, who led the Cleveland bullpen with 70 appearances.
Starting pitcher Fausto Carmona has become the ace of the staff with a 13-14 record.
Notable former Indian draft picks include Yankee starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia, Minnesota designated hitter Jim Thome who led the Twins with 25 home runs, and is currently eighth on the all-time home run list.
Third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff played in a 143 games for Oakland, and catcher Victor Martinez played in a 127 games for Boston, are another couple of former Cleveland draft picks.
No. 13: Florida Marlins
Like Cleveland, the Florida Marlins have 26 players in the majors that they either drafted or signed as amateur free agents, also like the Indians, they have only eight of them on their roster in 2010.
First baseman Gaby Sanchez was second on the Marlins playing in 150 games.
Rookie right fielder Mike Stanton made his major league debut and was second on the team with 22 home runs.
The Marlins also had three of their draft picks in the starting rotation. Chris Volstad (12-9), Josh Johnson (11-6), and Alex Sanabia (5-3) started 70 games this season.
Other notable Florida signees include a couple of first basemen that were in the running for league MVP awards. Amateur free agent Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers finished second in the AL MVP voting, and Adrian Gonzalez of the San Diego Padres finished fourth in the NL MVP race.
A couple of starting pitchers that made their MLB debut with the Marlins include Boston's Josh Beckett, a former draft pick, and Washington's Livan Hernandez, who was signed as an amateur free agent.
No. 12: New York Mets
The Mets had 12 of 26 draft picks or free agents that made it to the majors on their 2010 roster.
The Mets' infield included first baseman Ike Davis and third baseman David Wright, two former draft picks, and shortstop Jose Reyes, who was signed as an amateur free agent.
Center fielder Angel Pagan is another New York draft pick.
Combined, these four hit 70 of the Mets' 128 home runs.
The starting rotation included Mike Pelfry and Jonathan Niese, who combined to start 63 games in 2010.
Mets draft picks and amateur free agents on other major league rosters included a trio of closers—Matt Lindstrom for Houston, Octavio Dotel of Pittsburgh and Heath Bell of San Diego.
There was also a trio starters that included Brian Bannister of the Royals, Scott Kazmir of the Angels, and A.J. Burnett of the Yankees.
Center fielder Carlos Gomez of the Brewers, right fielder Nelson Cruz of the Rangers and first baseman Ty Wigginton were also first signed by the Mets.
No. 11: Detroit Tigers
Like the New York Mets, the Tigers would have 26 players in the majors that they drafted or signed as free agents, with 12 of those playing in Detroit.
The Tiger infield would include draft picks Brandon Inge at third, and catcher Alex Avila, along with amateur free agent Ramon Santiago at shortstop.
The outfield would include rookie Brennan Boesch and Ryan Raburn.
The ace of the Tiger pitching staff, Justin Verlander, who went 18-9 in 2010, is also a Tiger draft pick.
Other players who were discovered by the Tigers on other rosters include outfielders Curtis Granderson of the Yankees, Andres Torres of the Giants, and Cody Ross of the Marlins.
There was also a trio of relief pitchers who were either first or second on their respective teams in appearances. Francisco Cordero for the Reds and Fernando Rodney for the Angels were amateur free agents signed by Detroit, and Jason Frasor of the Blue Jays was a draft pick of the Tigers.
Now on to the top 10!
No. 10: Houston Astros
The Houston Astros kick off the top 10 with 21 draft picks and seven amateur free agents for a total of 28 players on major-league rosters in 2010.
However, only nine of these players were on their roster to start the season. This ranks then 19th among teams in retaining their talent.
Right fielder Hunter Pence played in a 156 games for the Astros, leading the team with 25 home runs and 91 RBI.
Starting pitchers Bud Norris and Wandy Rodriguez would combine to start 59 games, going a combined 20-22 in 2010.
A couple of Houston draft picks that would not end the season in Houston include first baseman Lance Berkman, who was traded to the Yankees and starting pitcher Roy Oswalt who was dealt to Philadelphia.
Other draft picks or amateur free agents include outfielder Bobby Abreu with the Angels, right fielder Ben Zobrist with Tampa Bay, and third basemen Brooks Conrad with Atlanta and Melvin Mora with Colorado.
A couple of starting pitchers include the Mets' Johan Santana, signed as an amateur free agent, and Freddy Garcia of the White Sox.
No. 9: Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim
By the end of the 2010 season the Angels would field 14 players among the 27 draft picks and amateur free agents that made a major league roster.
With the return of Alberto Callaspo in the trade with Kansas City in July, the entire Angels' infield consisted of players originally signed by the Angels—catcher Jeff Mathis, first baseman Mike Napoli, who lead the Angles with 26 home runs, second baseman Howie Kendrick, shortstop Erick Aybar and Callaspo at third.
The Los Angeles outfield would include Reggie Willits and the debut of center fielder Peter Bourjos, the heir apparent to Torii Hunter.
The Angels' pitching staff would include starter Jared Weaver and relievers Kevin Jespen and Scot Shields drafted by the organization and starter Ervin Santana who led the team with a 17-10 record, and reliever Francisco Rodriguez signed as amateur free agents.
The list of Angels' draft picks on other teams includes closer Bobby Jenks of the White Sox, starting pitcher John Lackey of Boston, who lead the Red Sox with 33 starts.
Starting pitcher Joe Saunders would start the 2010 season in Los Angeles but end it in Arizona.
Other former picks of the Angels include outfielders Jim Edmonds, who played with Milwaukee and Cincinnati in 2010, and Garrett Anderson of the Dodgers. A couple of infielders include first baseman Troy Glaus of Atlanta and second baseman Sean Rodriguez of Tampa Bay.
No. 8: Colorado Rockies
The Colorado Rockies are eighth with 27 players in the majors that were drafted by them.
However, they are tops with 16 of these playing in Colorado.
The entire starting lineup for the Rockies with the exception of catcher are players drafted by the organization.
Todd Helton (1B), Clint Barnes (2B) , Troy Tulowitzki (SS), Ian Stewart (3B), Seth Smith (LF), Dextor Fowler (CF) all played in over 100 games for the Rockies, and Brad Hawpe (RF) played in 88.
The rotation also consisted of two starters who were drafted by the organization in Aaron Cook and Jeff Francis, who combine started 43 games in 2010.
Also in the starting rotation were amateur free agents Jhoulys Chacin and the ace of the rotation Ubaldo Jimenez who went 19-8, and finished third in the NL Cy Young voting.
A few of the players on other teams that were either drafted by Colorado or signed as amateur free agents include: White Sox left fielder Juan Pierre who played in 160 games, Milwaukee shortstop Craig Counsell, Giants' shortstop Juan Uribe, Seattle second baseman Chone Figgins and St Louis left fielder Matt Holliday.
No. 7: Oakland A's
Oakland had 31 draftees or amateur free agents on major-league rosters in 2010, but only seven that were on the A's roster.
Catcher Kurt Suzuki, who led the team with 71 RBI, and shortstop Cliff Pennington are the only two field players on the roster that Oakland drafted.
The Oakland pitching rotation contained three draftees.
Trevor Cahill led Oakland with an 18-8 record and a 2.97 ERA.
Dallas Braden would make 30 starts for the A's going 11-14 with a 3.50 ERA.
Vin Mazzaro went 6-8 with a 4.27 ERA in 24 starts.
Other notable former Oakland A's draft picks or amateur free agents:
Right fielder Nick Swisher played in 150 games for the New York Yankees hitting 29 home runs and 89 RBI.
Amateur free agent Miguel Tejeda played in 156 for Baltimore and San Diego this year.
Right fielder Andre Ethier was second on the Dodgers with 23 home runs playing in 139 games.
Starting pitcher Tim Hudson led the Atlanta Braves with a 17-9 record and a 2.83 ERA.
Colorado closer Huston Street made 44 appearances in 2010 going 4-4 with 20 saves and a 3.61 ERA.
No. 6: Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs also have 31 former draft picks or amateur free agents that played on major league roster this season.
The Cubs fielded 10 of these players on their roster in 2010.
Rookie outfielder Tyler Colvin appeared in 135 games for the Cubs playing at all three outfield positions.
Starlin Castro made his major debut this year, playing 125 games at shortstop. He led the Cubs with a .300 batting average.
Catcher Geovany Soto played in 105 games hitting .280 with 17 home runs and 53 RBI
Other big league players drafted by the Chicago Cubs:
Milwaukee third baseman Casey McGehee played in 157 games, he was one of five Brewers to hit more than 20 home runs and his 104 RBI led the Brewers.
Ryan Theriot played in 150 games between the Cubs and Dodgers with a .270 batting average.
Philadelphia pitcher Jamie Moyer, the oldest player in baseball at 47, was drafted by the Cubs in 1984. In 2010 he started 19 games for the Phillies going 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA.
Left-handed relief pitcher Scott Downs made 67 appearance for the Toronto Blue Jays going 5-5 with a 2.64 ERA.
No. 5: Arizona Diamondbacks
There were 23 players on major league rosters that Arizona drafted, plus another nine signed as undrafted free agents.
Nine of these 32 played for the Diamondbacks in 2010.
The left side of the Diamondback infield was anchored by shortstop Stephen Drew and third baseman Mark Reynolds who played in 151 and 145 games respectively. Reynolds led the team with 32 home runs.
Outfielders Gerardo Parro and Justin Upton manned the corner outfield positions each playing 133 games for the Diamondbacks.
Other major league players that Arizona drafted include:
Second baseman Dan Uggla led the Marlins with 33 home runs and 105 RBI.
Chicago White Sox right fielder, Carlos Quentin was second on the team with 26 home runs and 87 RBI.
Toronto first baseman Lyle Overbay was one of seven Blue Jays to hit at least 20 home runs this season.
Carlos Gonzalez, signed as an amateur free agent by Arizona, led the Colorado Rockies playing in 145 games with 34 home runs and 117 RBI.
No. 4: Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves drafted 26 players and signed another seven as amateur free agents that played in the majors in 2010.
Perhaps they could have used a few more than the eight that were on their roster.
Catcher Brian McCann led the Braves with 21 home runs and 77 RBI playing in 143 games. McCann was drafted in 2002.
Second baseman Martin Prado was signed as an amateur free agent a year earlier. In 2010, he led Atlanta with a .307 batting average with 40 doubles and scoring 100 runs.
Rookie right fielder Jason Heyward was second on the team with 18 home runs, 72 RBI, and 29 doubles.
Third baseman Chipper Jones has played all 19 of his major-league seasons with the Braves.
Starting pitcher Tommy Hanson along with Tim Hudson would lead the team with 34 starts. Hanson, drafted in 2005, had a 10-11 record with a 3.33 ERA.
Left-handed reliever Jonny Venters was second on the team pitching 79 out of the bullpen going 4-4 with a 1.95 ERA.
Other Braves' draft picks include first baseman Adam LaRoche and second baseman Kelly Johnson who played 151 and 154 games for Arizona.
The Texas Rangers would have two amateur free agents, signed Atlanta in 2005, on their AL Pennant-winning team, shortstop Elvis Andrus and AL Rookie of the Year, closer Neftali Feliz.
No. 3: New York Yankees
The New York Yankees have 34 players first signed by the Yankees on major-league rosters in 2010.
Not surprising, almost half of them—16, were signed as amateur free agents.
What was surprising is that 12 of these players were on the Yankees roster in 2010.
Catcher Francisco Cervelli, an amateur free agent, platooned with Jorge Posada.
The double play combination of Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano both signed their first professional contracts with New York. Left fielder Brett Gardiner played in 150 games and led the Yankees with 47 stolen bases.
The pitching staff included starters Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes, who combined to make 52 starts for the Yankees.
Reliever Joba Chamberlain led the bullpen with 73 appearances, and closer Mariano Rivera had 33 saves in 2010.
Some of the notables players on other rosters includes Atlanta left fielder Melky Cabrera, infielder Mike Lowell of the Boston Red Sox, Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano.
The Detroit Tigers had center fielder Austin Jackson and relief pitcher Phil Coke.
On the Pirates roster were left fielder Jose Tebata and starting pitcher Jeff Karstens.
No. 2: Seattle Mariners
Seattle had the worst record in baseball in 2010.
Perhaps they needed a few more than nine of the 35 players they either drafted or signed a free agents that played in the majors.
Among the nine that played with Seattle was 2010 American League Cy Young winner, Felix Hernandez, who went 13-12 for the Mariners.
As a sign how bad the Mariners were, two other starting pitchers drafted by Seattle were Doug Fister who went 6-14 and Ryan Rowland-Smith who went 1-10.
A couple of starting pitchers drafted by the Mariners include Derek Lowe of Atlanta who went 16-12, and Brandon Morrow of Toronto with a 10-7 record.
Tampa Bay closer Rafael Soriano, an amateur free agent signed by Seattle led the American league with 45 saves.
Boston designated hitter David Ortiz led the Red Sox with 32 home runs. Ortiz was signed as an amateur free agent by Seattle in 1992.
Probably the biggest name would be former Seattle draft pick Alex Rodriguez, currently sixth all time with 613 home runs.
No. 1: The Best Drafting Team in Baseball—The Los Angeles Dodgers!
The Dodgers had 21 players they drafted and another 16 they signed as amateur free agents that played on major league rosters in 2010.
Of the 10 players on the Los Angeles roster, first baseman James Loney led the Dodgers with 41 doubles, and center fielder Matt Kemp who led the team with 28 home runs.
When the Dodgers acquired Ted Lily from the Cubs, it was a reunion with the starting pitcher they drafted in 1996. For Lily, 2010 was the first time he wore the Dodgers' uniform in 12 seasons at the major league level.
Along with fellow starters Clayton Kershaw, Hiroki Kuroda, and Chad Billingsley, they started 106 games for the Dodgers.
Another draft pick, closer Jonathan Broxton made 64 appearances and had 22 saves.
Former Dodgers picks that were leaders on their respective teams include Boston third baseman who led the Red Sox with 49 doubles and 28 home runs, and 102 RBI.
Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko led his team with 39 home runs and 111 RBI.
Center fielder Shane Victorino had 10 triples to lead the Phillies.
Reliever Darren O'Day of the Rangers led his team with 72 appearance out of the bullpen.
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