MLB: My 30 Player Franchise Draft by Organization

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MLB: My 30 Player Franchise Draft by Organization
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Earlier today, ESPN and 30 of it's various well-respected analysts did an exercise that I found rather interesting. They proposed the question: If you were starting a franchise and you could pick any player in professional baseball and have them on your team for the duration of their career, who would be your franchise player?

I thought it might be an interesting exercise to do as well, so I put myself to the test as I played GM for 30 MLB franchises. To make it a bit more interesting, I randomly generated the order of selection for each franchise and tried to factor in park variables, organizational track records, as well as whether or not the team selecting leaned toward larger or smaller market players, but I did not consider financial implications. 

2011 MLB Franchise Draft:

  1. Pittsburgh Pirates -- Troy Tulowitzki, SS -- 26 years old
  2. Baltimore Orioles -- Evan Longoria, 3B -- 25 years old
  3. Boston Red Sox -- Ryan Braun, LF -- 27 years old
  4. Anaheim Angels -- Joe Mauer, C -- 28 years old
  5. Texas Rangers -- Felix Hernandez, RHP -- 25 years old
  6. Chicago White Sox -- Miguel Cabrera, 1B -- 28 years old
  7. Philadelphia Phillies -- Albert Pujols, 1B -- 31 years old
  8. Tampa Bay Rays -- Jason Heyward, RF -- 21 years old
  9. New York Mets -- Matt Kemp, CF -- 26 years old
  10. Milwaukee Brewers -- Joey Votto, 1B -- 27 years old
  11. Kansas City Royals -- Eric Hosmer, 1B -- 21 years old
  12. New York Yankees -- Bryce Harper, RF -- 18 years old
  13. Toronto Blue Jays -- Stephen Strasburg, RHP -- 22 years old
  14. Detroit Tigers -- Michael Pineda, RHP -- 22 years old
  15. San Diego Padres -- Clayton Kershaw, LHP -- 23 years old
  16. Arizona Diamondbacks -- Robinson Cano, 2B -- 28 years old
  17. Houston Astros -- Jose Bautista, RF -- 30 years old
  18. Colorado Rockies -- Mike Trout, CF -- 19 years old
  19. Cincinnati Reds -- Jay Bruce, RF -- 24 years old
  20. Florida Marlins -- Hanley Ramirez, SS -- 27 years old
  21. Minnesota Twins -- Buster Posey, C -- 24 years old
  22. Oakland Athletics -- Tommy Hanson, RHP -- 24 years old
  23. Atlanta Brave -- Josh Johnson, RHP -- 27 years old
  24. Washington Nationals -- Carlos Gonzalez, LF -- 25 years old
  25. Chicago Cubs -- Justin Upton, RF -- 23 years old
  26. St. Louis Cardinals -- Starlin Castro, SS -- 21 years old
  27. Seattle Mariners -- David Price, LHP -- 25 years old
  28. Los Angeles Dodgers -- Andrew McCutchen, CF -- 24 years old
  29. Cleveland Indians -- Mike Stanton, RF -- 21 years old
  30. San Francisco Giants -- Jon Lester, LHP -- 27 years old

Who doesn't belong in the top-30?

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Players who just missed the cut:

  1. Carlos Santana, C -- 25 years old
  2. Justin Verlander, RHP -- 28 years old
  3. Mat Latos, RHP -- 23 years old
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B -- 26 years old
  5. Jose Reyes, SS -- 27 years old
  6. Dustin Pedoria, 2B -- 27 years old
  7. Brett Anderson, LHP -- 23 years old
  8. Colby Rasmus, CF -- 24 years old
  9. Roy Halladay, RHP -- 34 years old
  10. Cole Hamels, LHP -- 27 years old

What do you think of my selections? What does your franchise draft look like using this order of selection for all 30 organizations?

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