Reviewing All 30 Teams in the 50 Years of MLB Draft History

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2015

Reviewing All 30 Teams in the 50 Years of MLB Draft History

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    The 2015 MLB amateur draft is set to begin on June 8, as the next wave of young talent will join the ranks of professional baseball.

    This year's draft will mark 51 years since the Kansas City Athletics selected outfield Rick Monday with the first overall pick in the first amateur draft in 1965.

    That gives us 50 years of draft history already in the books to look back on, and that's exactly what we've done with the following article to create a full review of all 30 MLB franchise's draft history.

    Included for each team will be the following:

    • Top 5 Draft Picks: A quick list of the five best draft picks the team has ever made. It should be noted, the WAR included for each player is their total while playing for that team, not their overall career WAR if they played elsewhere.
    • Biggest Draft Steal: The best late-round pick in team history. We were generally looking for someone taken after the 20th round here, though a few exceptions were made.
    • Biggest Draft Bust: The worst bust in team history. In every case this was a first-round pick, though this was not necessarily based on draft position, as things like expectations and bonus money also came into play.
    • All-Draft Team: A complete starting lineup of position players, two starting pitchers and a reliever make up each club's All-Draft Team of former draft picks.

    In all cases, the focus of the article was on the contributions a player made for the team that drafted him.

    So someone like Jeff Bagwell won't show up among the best picks in Boston Red Sox history, since his big league success came with another team in the Houston Astros.

    There's a lot to digest here, so sit back and enjoy. Also, if you think there's someone that may have been overlooked, you're encouraged to leave a comment below.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    1B Paul Goldschmidt8-2462009Texas State19.1
    SP Brandon Webb8-2491999Kentucky33.3
    RF Justin Upton1-12005Great Bridge HS (VA)14.3
    SS Stephen Drew1-142004Florida State15.7
    CF A.J. Pollock1-172009Notre Dame9.9

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • 2B Junior Spivey (36th Round, 1,085th Overall in 1996)

    Junior Spivey was the Diamondbacks' everyday second baseman in 2002 and 2003, before falling off the map. He earned a spot on the NL All-Star team and finished 14th in NL MVP voting in '02 when he hit .301/.389/.476 with 34 doubles, 16 home runs and 78 RBI for a 3.9 WAR.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • IF Corey Myers (First Round, Fourth Overall in 1999)

    One of four high schoolers taken in the top 10 in the 1999 draft that never reached the majors, Corey Myers didn't have the glove to stick at shortstop, and didn't have the bat to play corner infield. Over nine minor league seasons, seven spent in the Diamondbacks organization, he hit for a .272/.335/.406 career line.

    All-Draft Team

    • C Chris Snyder (2-'02)
    • 1B Paul Goldschmidt (8-'09)
    • 2B Junior Spivey (36-'96)
    • 3B Mark Reynolds (16-'04)
    • SS Stephen Drew (1-'04)
    • LF Conor Jackson (1-'03)
    • CF A.J. Pollock (1-'09)
    • RF Justin Upton (1-'05)
    • SP Brandon Webb (8-'00)
    • SP Josh Collmenter (15-'07)
    • RP Mike Koplove (29-'98)

Atlanta Braves

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    3B Chipper Jones1-11990The Bolles School (FL)85.0
    SP Tom Glavine2-471984Billerica HS (MA)58.7
    CF Dale Murphy1-51974Brigham Young46.9
    C Brian McCann2-642002Duluth HS (GA)23.4
    RF David Justice4-941985Thomas More College24.2

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • 2B Marcus Giles (53rd Round, 1,512 Overall in 1996)

    Marcus Giles spent six seasons with the Braves, and was one of the best offensive second basemen in the league for a brief time. He made the NL All-Star team in 2003, hitting .316/.390/.526 with 49 doubles and 21 home runs for a 7.8 WAR that ranked fourth in the NL.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • OF Mike Kelly (First Round, Second Overall in 1991)

    The 1991 Golden Spikes winner, Mike Kelly was never able to make the transition to the pro game, despite an impressive mix of power and speed. In six big league seasons, two of which were with the Braves, he hit .241/.300/.421 in 684 at-bats for a 0.4 WAR.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Brian McCann (2-'02)
    • 1B: Freddie Freeman (2-'07)
    • 2B: Glenn Hubbard (20-'75)
    • 3B: Chipper Jones (1-'90)
    • SS: Jeff Blauser (1-'84)
    • LF: Ron Gant (4-'83)
    • CF: Dale Murphy (1-'74)
    • RF: David Justice (4-'85)
    • SP: Tom Glavine (2-'84)
    • SP: Steve Avery (1-'88)
    • RP: Craig Kimbrel (3-'08)

Baltimore Orioles

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    SS Cal Ripken Jr.2-481978Aberdeen HS (MD)95.5
    1B Eddie Murray3-631973Locke HS (CA)56.3
    SP Mike Mussina1-201990Stanford47.6
    2B Brian Roberts1-501999South Carolina28.9
    RF Nick Markakis1-72003Young Harris College25.5

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • 1B David Segui (18th Round, 455th Overall in 1987)

    David Segui broke through as the Orioles' starting first baseman in 1993, posting a .751 OPS with 10 home runs and 60 RBI, but he was traded the following season. He returned in 2001 for a four-year stint to close out his career, and hit 139 career home runs playing for seven teams over 15 seasons.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • SP Adam Loewen (First Round, Fourth Overall in 2002)

    With the No. 4 pick in the 2002 draft, the Orioles made Adam Loewen their highest Canadian-born draft pick in history, and gave him a $3.2 million signing bonus that still ranks as the fifth-highest in team history.

    He spent parts of three seasons in the majors from 2006-08, going 8-8 with a 5.38 ERA in 164 innings, before converting to the outfield and returning in 2011 with the Blue Jays. He's perhaps best known for his performance in the 2006 World Baseball Classic when he blanked Team USA for 3.2 innings.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Matt Wieters (1-'07)
    • 1B: Eddie Murray (3-'73)
    • 2B: Brian Roberts (1-'99)
    • 3B: Doug DeCinces (3-'70)
    • SS: Cal Ripken Jr. (2-'78)
    • LF: Don Baylor (2-'67)
    • CF: Al Bumbry (11-'68)
    • RF: Nick Markakis (1-'03)
    • SP: Mike Mussina (1-'90)
    • SP: Mike Flanagan (7-'73)
    • RP: Gregg Olson (1-'88)

Boston Red Sox

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    SP Roger Clemens1-191983Texas81.3
    3B Wade Boggs7-221976H.B. Plant HS (FL)71.6
    LF Jim Rice1-151971T.L. Hanna HS (SC)47.4
    2B Dustin Pedroia2-242004Arizona State44.3
    SS Nomar Garciaparra1-121994Georgia Tech41.1

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • SP Bill Lee (22nd Round, 507th Overall in 1968)

    Bill "Spaceman" Lee began his career in the bullpen, but joined the Red Sox rotation in 1973. He was an All-Star in his first year as a starter, the first of three straight 17-win seasons. All told, the left-hander was 94-68 with a 3.64 ERA in 10 seasons in Boston.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • RP Craig Hansen (First Round, 26th Overall in 2005)

    Craig Hansen reached the majors the same season he was drafted after an impressive prep career at St. John's, but he was never able to figure things out in the majors with a 6.34 ERA in 95 career appearances. It wasn't all bad, though, as the Red Sox did manage to utilize him in the deal that brought Jason Bay to Boston.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Carlton Fisk (1-'67)
    • 1B: Mo Vaughn (1-'89)
    • 2B: Dustin Pedroia (2-'04)
    • 3B: Wade Boggs (7-'76)
    • SS: Nomar Garciaparra (1-'94)
    • LF: Jim Rice (1-'71)
    • CF: Fred Lynn (2-'73)
    • RF: Dwight Evans (5-'69)
    • SP: Roger Clemens (1-'83)
    • SP: Jon Lester (2-'02)
    • RP: Jonathan Papelbon (4-'03)

Chicago Cubs

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    SP Greg Maddux2-311984Valley HS (NV)33.8
    1B Mark Grace24-6221985San Diego State36.6
    SP Rick Reuschel3-671970Western Illinois48.3
    SP Kerry Wood1-41995Grand Prairie HS (TX)25.5
    RP Lee Smith2-281975Castor HS (LA)19.1

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • 1B Mark Grace (24th Round, 622nd Overall in 1985)

    The hit leader of the 1990s with 1,754 knocks, Mark Grace spent 13 seasons with the Chicago Cubs as a staple at first base. He finished his 16-year career with a .303/.383/.442 line and 2,445 hits on his way to a 46.1 WAR, of which 36.6 came as a member of the Cubs.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • 2B Ty Griffin (First Round, Ninth Overall in 1988)

    A standout at George Tech and with Team USA, Ty Griffin hit .257/.379/.412 in parts of nine minor league seasons, but he never reached the majors. The White Sox selected third baseman Robin Ventura with the next pick in the draft, while the hot corner continued to be a revolving door for the Cubs throughout the 1990s.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Geovany Soto (11-'01)
    • 1B: Mark Grace (24-'85)
    • 2B: Darwin Barney (4-'07)
    • 3B: Kris Bryant (1-'13)
    • SS: Shawon Dunston (1-'82)
    • LF: Dwight Smith (2-'84)
    • CF: Jerome Walton (2-'86)
    • RF: Derrick May (1-'86)
    • SP: Greg Maddux (2-'84)
    • SP: Rick Reuschel (3-'70)
    • RP: Lee Smith (2-'75)

Chicago White Sox

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    1B Frank Thomas1-71989Auburn68.2
    SP Mark Buehrle38-1,1391998Jefferson College (MO)49.0
    3B Robin Ventura1-101988Oklahoma State39.3
    DH Harold Baines1-11977St. Michael's HS (MD)24.5
    SP Chris Sale1-132010Florida Gulf Coast24.0

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • SP Mark Buehrle (38th Round, 1,139th Overall in 1998)

    Mark Buehrle has been a model of consistency throughout his career, winning double-digit games and topping the 200-inning mark every year from 2001-14. The left-hander threw a perfect game and a no-hitter during his time with the White Sox, and his 161 wins rank sixth all time in White Sox history.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • OF Joe Borchard (First Round, 12th Overall in 2000)

    A two-sport athlete at Stanford University, Joe Borchard was given a then-record $5.3 million bonus to pull him away from quarterbacking the football team. Despite his impressive raw power, Borchard was never able to put it all together, as he hit .205/.284/.352 with 26 home runs and 222 strikeouts in 716 at-bats.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Ron Karkovice (1-'82)
    • 1B: Frank Thomas (1-'89)
    • 2B: Ray Durham (5-'90)
    • 3B: Robin Ventura (1-'88)
    • SS: Bucky Dent (1-'70)
    • LF: Carlos May (1-'66)
    • CF: Aaron Rowand (1-'98)
    • RF: Harold Baines (1-'77)
    • SP: Mark Buehrle (38-'98)
    • SP: Chris Sale (1-'10)
    • RP: Bobby Thigpen (4-'85)

Cincinnati Reds

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    C Johnny Bench2-361965Binger HS (OK)75.0
    SS Barry Larkin1-41985Michigan70.2
    1B Joey Votto2-442002Richview College (ON)37.3
    CF Eric Davis8-2001980Fremont HS (CA)30.5
    SP Gary Nolan1-131966Oroville HS (CA)26.3

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • RF Ken Griffey Sr. (29th Round, 682nd Overall in 1969)

    A key cog in the Big Red Machine, Ken Griffey made three All-Star teams while hitting .303/.370/.434 in parts of 12 seasons with the Reds. He would go on to have a 19-year career, piling up 2,143 career hits and a 34.4 career WAR.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • SP Chris Gruler (First Round, Third Overall in 2002)

    The $2.5 million bonus given to Chris Gruler in 2002 still ranks as the largest bonus given to a draft pick in team history. He was 3-5 with a 5.05 ERA in 92.2 career minor league innings before injuries ended his career at the age of 22.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Johnny Bench (2-'65)
    • 1B: Joey Votto (2-'02)
    • 2B: Ron Oester (9-'74)
    • 3B: Chris Sabo (2-'83)
    • SS: Barry Larkin (1-'85)
    • LF: Adam Dunn (2-'98)
    • CF: Eric Davis (8-'80)
    • RF: Ken Griffey Sr. (29-'69)
    • SP: Gary Nolan (1-'66)
    • SP: Tom Browning (9-'82)
    • RP: Rob Dibble (1-'83)

Cleveland Indians

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    1B Jim Thome13-3331989Illinois Central College47.9
    LF Albert Belle2-471987LSU30.1
    SP CC Sabathia1-201998Vallejo HS (CA)27.5
    RF Manny Ramirez1-131991G. Washington HS (NY)29.9
    SP Charles Nagy1-171988Connecticut25.2

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • RP David Riske (56th Round, 1,560th Overall in 1996)

    David Riske holds the title of being the latest-drafted player to spent at least 10 seasons in the majors, according to Cliff Corcoran of Sports Illustrated. In six seasons with the Indians, he posted a 3.55 ERA and 1.261 WHIP over 287 appearances as a solid setup option.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • SP Jeremy Sowers (First Round, Sixth Overall in 2004)

    A Vanderbilt product, Jeremy Sowers went 14-4 with a 2.37 ERA in his first pro season, and he entered 2006 as the No. 53 prospect in baseball. He joined the Indians' rotation that season and went 7-4 with a 3.57 ERA and two shutouts as a rookie, but he was just 11-26 with a 5.63 ERA over the next three seasons before calling it a career after 2010.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Ray Fosse (1-'65)
    • 1B: Jim Thome (13-'89)
    • 2B: Jason Kipnis (2-'09)
    • 3B: Buddy Bell (16-'69)
    • SS: Jerry Dybzinski (15-'77)
    • LF: Albert Belle (2-'87)
    • CF: Rick Manning (1-'72)
    • RF: Manny Ramirez (1-'91)
    • SP: CC Sabathia (1-'98)
    • SP: Charles Nagy (1-'88)
    • RP: Paul Shuey (1-'92)

Colorado Rockies

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    1B Todd Helton1-81995Tennessee61.2
    SS Troy Tulowitzki1-72005Long Beach State38.0
    LF Matt Holliday7-2101998Stillwater HS (OK)18.4
    3B Nolan Arenado2-592009El Toro HS (CA)10.4
    SP Aaron Cook2-701997Hamilton HS (OH)15.6

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • OF Eric Young Jr. (30th Round, 887th Overall in 2003)

    While Dexter Fowler (14th round) could certainly be called a steal, we'll dig a little deeper here and go with the son of an inaugural Rockies player in Eric Young Jr. The speedster spent parts of five seasons in Colorado, hitting .261/.329/.342 with 70 stolen bases.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • SP Greg Reynolds (First Round, Second Overall in 2006)

    The highest pick in Rockies franchise history, Greg Reynolds made a grand total of 27 appearances (16 starts) for the team, going 5-8 with a 7.47 ERA and 1.691 WHIP. Players selected after him that year include Evan Longoria (No. 3), Clayton Kershaw (No. 7) and Max Scherzer (No. 11).

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Chris Iannetta (4-'04)
    • 1B: Todd Helton (1-'95)
    • 2B: Clint Barmes (10-'00)
    • 3B: Nolan Arenado (2-'09)
    • SS: Troy Tulowitzki (1-'05)
    • LF: Matt Holliday (7-'98)
    • CF: Dexter Fowler (14-'04)
    • RF: Brad Hawpe (11-'00)
    • SP: Aaron Cook (2-'97)
    • SP: Jeff Francis (1-'02)
    • RP: Rex Brothers (1-'09)

Detroit Tigers

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    SS Alan Trammell2-261976Kearny HS (CA)70.4
    2B Lou Whitaker5-991975Martinsville HS (VA)74.9
    SP Jack Morris5-981976Brigham Young37.9
    SP Justin Verlander1-22004Old Dominion41.7
    RF Kirk Gibson1-121978Michigan State27.6

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • LF Bobby Higginson (12th Round, 336th Overall in 1992)

    Drafted in the 12th round after a standout career for Temple University, Bobby Higginson went on to enjoy a solid 11-year career with the Tigers. All told he posted an .813 OPS with 187 home runs, 709 RBI and 91 stolen bases. His best season came in 2000 when he hit .300/.377/.538 with 30 home runs and 102 RBI.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • SP Kyle Sleeth (First Round, Third Overall in 2003)

    The first pitcher off the board in 2003, Kyle Sleeth jumped straight to the High-A level to begin his pro career. He missed the following season to Tommy John surgery, and was never able to bounce back, going 12-21 with a 6.30 ERA and 1.603 WHIP in three minor league seasons before calling it a career.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Lance Parrish (1-'74)
    • 1B: Tony Clark (1-'90)
    • 2B: Lou Whitaker (5-'75)
    • 3B: Travis Fryman (1-'87)
    • SS: Alan Trammell (2-'76)
    • LF: Bobby Higginson (12-'92)
    • CF: Curtis Granderson (3-'02)
    • RF: Kirk Gibson (1-'78)
    • SP: Jack Morris (5-'76)
    • SP Justin Verlander (1-'04)
    • RP: Mike Henneman (4-'84)

Houston Astros

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    2B Craig Biggio1-221987Seton Hall65.1
    1B Lance Berkman1-161997Rice48.0
    SP Roy Oswalt23-6841996Holmes CC (MS)45.5
    SP J.R. Richard1-21969Arizona State21.5
    RP Billy Wagner1-121993Ferrum College16.0

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • SP Roy Oswalt (23rd Round, 684th Overall in 1996)

    One of the biggest draft steals of all time, Roy Oswalt was selected out of Holmes Community College in Mississippi. He burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2001, and in 10 seasons with the Astros he went 143-82 with a 3.24 ERA and 1.196 WHIP. He finished in the top five in Cy Young voting five different times, and won 20 games in back-to-back seasons in 2004 and 2005.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • OF Willie Ansley (First Round, Seventh Overall in 1988)

    A product of Plainview High School in Texas, Willie Ansley entered the 1990 season as the No. 38 prospect in the league. He would hit .259/.377/.369 in seven seasons in the minors, independent league and Mexican League but never reached the majors. Robin Ventura and Tino Martinez, among others, were drafted after him.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Jason Castro (1-'08)
    • 1B: Lance Berkman (1-'97)
    • 2B: Craig Biggio (1-'87)
    • 3B: Ken Caminiti (3-'84)
    • SS: Julio Lugo (43-'94)
    • LF: Luis Gonzalez (4-'88)
    • CF: Brian Hunter (2-'89)
    • RF: Hunter Pence (2-'04)
    • SP: Roy Oswalt (23-'96)
    • SP: J.R. Richard (1-'69)
    • RP: Billy Wagner (1-'93)

Kansas City Royals

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    3B George Brett2-291971El Segundo HS (CA)88.4
    CF Willie Wilson1-181974Summit HS (NJ)42.2
    SP Kevin Appier1-91987Antelope Valley College47.3
    SP Bret Saberhagen19-4801982Grover Cleveland HS (CA)40.8
    LF Alex Gordon1-22005Nebraska30.9

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • SP Paul Splittorff (25th Round, 575th Overall in 1968)

    Paul Splittorff stands as the Royals' franchise leader in starts (392), wins (166) and innings pitched (2,554.2). He spent his entire 15-year career in Kansas City, and he finished seventh in AL Cy Young voting in 1978 when he went 19-13 with a 3.40 ERA and 13 complete games.

    Tip of the cap to speedy outfielder Jarrod Dyson, who has turned into a solid big league contributor after being taken in the 50th round of the 2006 draft.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • OF Bubba Starling (First Round, Fifth Overall in 2011)

    The $7.5 million bonus given to Bubba Starling stands as the second-highest bonus of all time, and it took that hefty price to sign him away from a commitment to play baseball and football at Nebraska. There is still time for the 22-year-old to turn things around, but thus far he's hit .243/.333/.400 with a 31.1 percent strikeout rate.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Mike Macfarlane (4-'85)
    • 1B: Eric Hosmer (1-'08)
    • 2B: Ruben Gotay (31-'00)
    • 3B: George Brett (2-'71)
    • SS: David Howard (32-'86)
    • LF: Alex Gordon (1-'05)
    • CF: Willie Wilson (1-'74)
    • RF: Bo Jackson (4-'86)
    • SP: Kevin Appier (1-'87)
    • SP: Bret Saberhagen (19-'82)
    • RP: Greg Holland (10-'07)

Los Angeles Angels

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    CF Mike Trout1-252009Millville HS (NJ)31.8
    SP Chuck Finley1-41985 (J)Louisiana Monroe52.2
    RF Tim Salmon691989Grand Canyon U.40.5
    SP Jered Weaver1-122004Long Beach State37.0
    LF Garrett Anderson4-1251990Kennedy HS (CA)28.0

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • RP Scot Shields (38th Round, 1,137th Overall in 1997)

    Scot Shields broke through in 2002 when he posted a 2.20 ERA in 29 appearances to help the Angels to a World Series title. From there he became one of the league's top setup men, posting a 3.18 ERA, 1.244 WHIP and 8.1 K/9 in 491 appearances over 10 seasons. His 12.2 WAR from 2001-10 ranks 11th among all relievers during that span.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • C Danny Goodwin (First Round, First Overall in 1975)

    The No. 1 overall pick in 1971 and 1975, Danny Goodwin played just 63 games with the Angels, hitting .226/.291/.365 for a minus-0.1 WAR. That was followed by three seasons with the Twins and one with the Athletics, on his way to a minus-1.7 WAR for his career.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Mike Napoli (17-'00)
    • 1B: Wally Joyner (3-'83)
    • 2B: Howie Kendrick (10-'02)
    • 3B: Troy Glaus (1-'97)
    • SS: Gary Disarcina (6-'88)
    • LF: Garrett Anderson (4-'90)
    • CF: Mike Trout (1-'09)
    • RF: Tim Salmon (3-'89)
    • SP: Chuck Finley (1-'85)
    • SP: Jered Weaver (1-'04)
    • RP: Troy Percival (6-'90)

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    SP Clayton Kershaw1-72006Highland Park HS (TX)40.3
    C Mike Piazza62-1,3901988Miami Dade College31.9
    1B Steve Garvey1-131968Michigan State36.4
    SP Orel Hershiser17-4401979Bowling Green State39.9
    3B Ron Cey3-531968 (S)Washington State47.5

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • C Mike Piazza (62nd Round, 1,390th Overall in 1988)

    The quick version of the Mike Piazza story, via Alan Schwarz of the New York Times: "His father, Vince, was a good friend of Tommy Lasorda, the longtime manager of the Dodgers. As the June 1988 amateur draft approached, Lasorda asked his organization to select Mike Piazza, then at a Miami junior college, merely as a feel-good favor."

    In seven seasons with the Dodgers, Piazza would hit .331/.394/.572 with 177 home runs and 563 RBI, making six All-Star teams and winning six Silver Sluggers on his way to becoming the best offensive catcher in the history of the game.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • SP Bill Bene (First Round, Fifth Overall in 1988)

    Bill Bene never reached the majors and went 18-34 with a 5.45 ERA and 1.902 WHIP in 49 starts and 203 relief appearances in the minors. He is perhaps best known for spending six months in jail a few years back, for his role in selling "illegal karaoke jukeboxes," according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Mike Piazza (62-'88)
    • 1B: Steve Garvey (1-'68)
    • 2B: Davey Lopes (2-'68)
    • 3B: Ron Cey (3-'68)
    • SS: Bill Russell (9-'66)
    • LF: Bill Buckner (2-'68)
    • CF: Matt Kemp (6-'03)
    • RF: Mike Marshall (6-'78)
    • SP: Clayton Kershaw (1-'06)
    • SP: Orel Hershiser (17-'79)
    • RP: Charlie Hough (8-'66)

Miami Marlins

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    RF Giancarlo Stanton2-762007Notre Dame HS (CA)23.5
    SP Josh Beckett1-21999Spring HS (TX)10.7
    SP Josh Johnson4-1132002Jenks HS (OK)18.2
    C Charles Johnson1-281992Miami11.7
    SP Jose Fernandez1-142011Braulio Alonso HS (FL)7.4

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • RP A.J. Ramos (21st Round, 638th Overall in 2009)

    Selected out of Texas Tech, A.J. Ramos has emerged as a reliable late-inning arm the past two seasons, recording 31 holds with a 2.69 ERA, 1.250 WHIP and 9.9 K/9. This season he has stepped into the closer's role for the struggling Steve Cishek, posting a 1.03 ERA, 0.835 WHIP and 11.6 K/9.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • 3B Josh Booty (First Round, Fifth Overall in 1994)

    Josh Booty was one of the best high school football players in the nation in 1994, but he was an equally good baseball player, and the Marlins gave him a then-record $1.6 million signing bonus. However, he hit just .198/.256/.356 in five minor league seasons and went 7-for-30 with four RBI in 13 games over parts of three major league seasons.

    He retired from baseball in 1998 and enrolled at LSU, where he spent two seasons as the team's quarterback before being taken in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL draft.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Charles Johnson (1-'92)
    • 1B: Gaby Sanchez (4-'05)
    • 2B: Dave Berg (39-'93)
    • 3B: Matt Dominguez (1-'07)
    • SS: Osvaldo Martinez (11-'06)
    • LF: Christian Yelich (1-'10)
    • CF: Mark Kotsay (1-'96)
    • RF: Giancarlo Stanton (2-'07)
    • SP: Josh Beckett (1-'99)
    • SP: Josh Johnson (4-'02)
    • RP: Steve Cishek (5-'07)

Milwaukee Brewers

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    SS/CF Robin Yount1-31973Taft HS (CA)77.0
    3B/DH Paul Molitor1-31977Minnesota59.6
    OF Ryan Braun1-52005Miami37.2
    SP Ben Sheets1-101999Louisiana Monroe25.6
    1B Prince Fielder1-72002Eau Gallie HS (FL)16.8

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • SP Mike Fiers (22nd Round, 676th Overall in 2009)

    After spending parts of the past three seasons on the Brewers' staff, including going 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA in 127.2 innings as a rookie in 2012, Mike Fiers has finally carved out a full-time place in the rotation. The 29-year-old has gone 2-5 with a 4.06 ERA and 10.8 K/9 in 10 starts this season.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • 3B Antone Williamson (First Round, Fourth Overall in 1994)

    A first-team All-American in 1993 and 1994, Antone Williamson was expected to move quickly through the Brewers' system. He hit .309/.383/.469 with seven home runs and 90 RBI in a full season at Double-A in 1995, but it was all downhill from there. His only taste of the big leagues was a 24-game stint in 1997, when he hit .204 with six RBI in 54 at-bats.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Jonathan Lucroy (2-'07)
    • 1B: Prince Fielder (1-'02)
    • 2B: Jim Gantner (12-'74)
    • 3B: Paul Molitor (1-'77)
    • SS: Robin Yount (1-'73)
    • LF: Geoff Jenkins (1-'95)
    • CF: Darryl Hamilton (11-'86)
    • RF: Ryan Braun (1-'05)
    • SP: Ben Sheets (1-'99)
    • SP: Chris Bosio (2-'82)
    • RP: Dan Plesac (1-'83)

Minnesota Twins

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    CF Kirby Puckett1-31982 (J)Triton College50.9
    SP Bert Blyleven3-551969Santiago HS (CA)49.3
    C Joe Mauer1-12001Cretin HS (MN)46.3
    1B Kent Hrbek17-4321978Kennedy HS (MN)38.4
    CF Torii Hunter1-201993Pine Bluff HS (AR)27.2

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • 3B Corey Koskie (26th Round, 715th Overall in 1994)

    Corey Koskie spent seven seasons with the Twins, hitting .280/.373/.463 with 101 home runs and 437 RBI on his way to a 22.2 WAR. His best season came in 2001, when he hit .276/.362/.488 with 37 doubles, 26 home runs, 103 RBI and 27 steals for a 6.5 WAR.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • SP Adam Johnson (First Round, Second Overall in 2000)

    The first pitcher drafted in 2000, Adam Johnson made his pro debut at the High-A level after signing. He impressed with a 2.47 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 62.1 innings, and made the jump to the majors the following season. He had an 8.28 ERA in 25 innings that season, and would make just two more career appearances in the majors.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Joe Mauer (1-'01)
    • 1B: Kent Hrbek (17-'78)
    • 2B: Chuck Knoblauch (1-'89)
    • 3B: Gary Gaetti (1-'79)
    • SS: Pat Mears (12-'90)
    • LF: Jacque Jones (2-'96)
    • CF: Kirby Puckett (1-'82)
    • RF: Torii Hunter (1-'93)
    • SP: Bert Blyleven (3-'69)
    • SP: Brad Radke (8-'91)
    • RP: Eddie Guardado (21-'90)

New York Mets

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    SP Dwight Gooden1-51982Hillsborough HS (FL)41.6
    3B David Wright1-382001Hickory HS (VA)49.9
    RF Darryl Strawberry1-11980Crenshaw HS (CA)36.5
    CF Mookie Wilson2-421977South Carolina20.7
    SP Matt Harvey1-72010North Carolina8.2

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • SP Dillon Gee (21st Round, 663rd Overall in 2007)

    After a five-start debut in 2010, Dillon Gee joined the Mets rotation full time the following season, going 13-6 with a 4.43 ERA and 1.376 WHIP in 160.2 innings. In parts of six seasons with the team, he's gone 40-36 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.291 WHIP for a 5.6 WAR.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • C Steve Chilcott (First Round, First Overall in 1966)

    Steve Chilcott is the original cautionary tale for selecting a high school catcher early in the first round, as he is one of just two No. 1 overall picks to never reach the majors. In seven minor league seasons, he hit .248/.349/.429, spending just 96 games above the Single-A level.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Todd Hundley (2-'87)
    • 1B: Dave Magadan (2-'83)
    • 2B: Wally Backman (1-'77)
    • 3B: David Wright (1-'01)
    • SS: Kevin Elster (2-'84)
    • LF: Lenny Dykstra (13-'81)
    • CF: Mookie Wilson (2-'77)
    • RF: Darryl Strawberry (1-'80)
    • SP: Dwight Gooden (1-'82)
    • SP: Matt Harvey (1-'10)
    • RP: Roger McDowell (3-'82)

New York Yankees

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    SS Derek Jeter1-61992Central HS (MI)71.8
    SP Andy Pettitte22-5941990San Jacinto College51.6
    1B Don Mattingly19-4931979Reitz Memorial HS (IN)42.2
    SP Ron Guidry3-671971Louisiana Lafayette47.9
    C Jorge Posada24-6461990Calhoun CC (AL)42.7

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • SP Andy Pettitte (22nd Round, 594th Overall in 1990)

    The New York Yankees struck gold not once but twice in the late rounds of the 1990 draft, taking Andy Pettitte in the 22nd round and Jorge Posada in the 24th round. We'll go with Pettitte as the choice here, as he helped the team to four World Series titles and went 219-127 with a 3.94 ERA in 15 seasons with the team.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • SP Brien Taylor (First Round, First Overall in 1991)

    The story of Brien Taylor is a sad one, as he looked to be headed for stardom before suffering a dislocated shoulder and torn labrum protecting his brother in a bar fight. When he returned his electric stuff was gone, and his career was officially derailed, making him one of the biggest "what ifs" in baseball history.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Jorge Posada (24-'90)
    • 1B: Don Mattingly (19-'79)
    • 2B: Pat Kelly (9-'88)
    • 3B: Mike Pagliarulo (6-'81)
    • SS: Derek Jeter (1-'92)
    • LF: Dan Pasqua (3-'82)
    • CF: Brett Gardner (3-'05)
    • RF: Ron Bloomberg (1-'67)
    • SP: Andy Pettitte (22-'90)
    • SP: Ron Guidry (3-'71)
    • RP: David Robertson (17-'06)

Oakland Athletics

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    LF Rickey Henderson4-961976Technical HS (CA)72.5
    1B Mark McGwire1-101984USC42.8
    RF Reggie Jackson1-21966Arizona State48.0
    3B Sal Bando6-1191965Arizona State52.0
    SP Vida Blue2-271967Del Soto HS (LA)29.1

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • C Gene Tenace (20th Round, 340th Overall in 1965)

    One of the top catchers of the 1970s, Gene Tenace was an on-base machine and a solid defender behind the plate. In his four seasons as the Athletics everyday catcher from 1973-76, he hit .244/.381/.444 while averaging 25 home runs, 78 RBI and a 4.8 WAR.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • SP Todd Van Poppel (First Round, 14th Overall in 1990)

    Todd Van Poppel was the consensus top player in the 1990 draft, but with Scott Boras as his adviser and a scholarship offer from the University of Texas in place, he fell due to obvious signability concerns. He wound up slipping to the A's at No. 14, and they signed him to a then-record three-year, $1.2 million major league deal.

    In parts of five seasons in Oakland he went 18-29 with a 5.75 ERA, though he was able to carve out an 11-year career with six different teams pitching mostly in relief.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Terry Steinbach (9-'83)
    • 1B: Mark McGwire (1-'84)
    • 2B: Mike Gallego (2-'81)
    • 3B: Sal Bando (6-'65)
    • SS: Walt Weiss (1-'85)
    • LF: Rickey Henderson (4-'76)
    • CF: Dwayne Murphy (15-'73)
    • RF: Reggie Jackson (1-'66)
    • SP: Vida Blue (2-'67)
    • SP: Tim Hudson (6-'97)
    • RP: Huston Street (1-'04)

Philadelphia Phillies

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    3B Mike Schmidt2-301971Ohio106.5
    2B Chase Utley1-152000UCLA61.4
    SP Cole Hamels1-172002Rancho Bernardo HS (CA)42.6
    SS Jimmy Rollins2-461996Encinal HS (CA)46.1
    1B Ryan Howard5-1402001Missouri State17.8

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • C Darren Daulton (25th Round, 628th Overall in 1980)

    One of the top catchers of the 1990s, Darren Daulton made three All-Star teams during his 14 seasons with the Phillies. He finished top 10 in MVP voting in 1992 (.908 OPS, 27 HR, 109 RBI) and 1993 (.875 OPS, 24 HR, 105 RBI), and overall he hit .245/.357/.427 with 134 home runs, 567 RBI and a 22.4 WAR in Philadelphia.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • OF Jeff Jackson (First Round, Fourth Overall in 1989)

    Drafted three spots ahead of Frank Thomas, outfielder Jeff Jackson hit .504 with 16 home runs, 72 RBI and 46 steals in 119 at-bats as a high school senior, per BR Bullpen. He was unable to make the jump to pro ball, though, hitting .234/.311/.354 in nine minor league seasons with a 30.4 percent strikeout rate.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Mike Lieberthal (1-'90)
    • 1B: Ryan Howard (5-'01)
    • 2B: Chase Utley (1-'00)
    • 3B: Mike Schmidt (2-'71)
    • SS: Jimmy Rollins (2-'96)
    • LF: Greg Luzinski (1-'68)
    • CF: Jason Michael (4-'98)
    • RF: Pat Burrell (1-'98)
    • SP: Cole Hamels (1-'02)
    • SP: Kevin Gross (1-'81)
    • RP: Ryan Madson (9-'98)

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    LF Barry Bonds1-61985Arizona State50.1
    CF Andrew McCutchen1-112005Fort Meade HS (FL)34.9
    RF Dave Parker14-3321970Courter Tech HS (OH)34.7
    C Jason Kendall1-231992Torrance HS (CA)30.6
    SP John Candelaria2-471972LaSalle Academy (NY)32.1

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • OF Nate McLouth (25th Round, 749th Overall in 2000)

    A standout on some bad Pirates teams during the late 2000s, Nate McLouth had a huge season in 2008, making the All-Star team and leading the team in hits (165), doubles (46), triples (four), home runs (26), RBI (94), runs (113) and stolen bases (23).

    Honorable mention to reliever Mike Gonzalez, who was taken in the 30th round in 1997 and had a 2.37 ERA, 28 saves and a 10.6 K/9 mark over 168 appearances with the team.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • SP Bryan Bullington (First Round, First Overall in 2002)

    Selected over consensus top talent B.J. Upton, Ball State right-hander Bryan Bullington made a quick climb to the majors and debuted in 2005. However, he spent the bulk of the next three seasons in the minors before being designated for assignment in 2008.

    He bounced around from there, last pitching for the Royals in 2010, where he went 1-4 with a 6.12 ERA in 13 games (five starts). His one win that season would be the only one of his career, and it was a glimmer of what could have been, as he threw eight innings of two-hit, shutout ball against a 95-win Yankees team.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Jason Kendall (1-'92)
    • 1B: Kevin Young (7-'90)
    • 2B: Neil Walker (1-'04)
    • 3B: Richie Hebner (1-'66)
    • SS: Dale Berra (1-'75)
    • LF: Barry Bonds (1-'85)
    • CF: Andrew McCutchen (1-'05)
    • RF: Dave Parker (14-'70)
    • SP: John Candelaria (2-'72)
    • SP: Gerrit Cole (1-'11)
    • RP: Matt Capps (7-'02)

San Diego Padres

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    RF Tony Gwynn3-581981San Diego State68.8
    RF Dave Winfield1-41973Minnesota31.9
    SP Jake Peavy15-4721999St. Paul's Episcopal (AL)24.7
    SP Randy Jones5-971972Chapman U. (CA)18.9
    3B Chase Headley2-662005Tennessee19.1

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • 1B/OF Kyle Blanks (42nd Round, 1,241st Overall in 2004)

    Selected out of small Yavapai College in Arizona, big 6'6" slugger Kyle Blanks appeared to be headed for big things when he posted an .868 OPS with 10 home runs in 148 at-bats a a rookie. Injuries kept him from truly breaking out, but he has still made a bigger contribution than the vast majority of 42nd-round picks.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • OF Donovan Tate (First Round, Third Overall in 2008)

    Flip a coin here between Matt Bush and Donovan Tate, as both guys have earned their place among the biggest draft busts of all time. While the Bush selection was made in part to save money, Tate cost the team a $6.25 million signing bonus, and the team had high hopes he'd become a star.

    Consider the following from Padres director of player development Grady Fuson, via Corey Brock of MLB.com:

    We've kind of said, worst-case scenario, maybe a Mike Cameron...somebody that hits .240, .250, a lot of punchouts maybe, but big bombs and plays as good a defense as you get. Durable, athletic, steals a lot of bases. Best-case scenario, you got the whole ball of wax. You got an Andruw Jones or something in his best years.

    Instead, Tate has been good for a .237/.351/.321 line in parts of five minor league seasons, and he has yet to climb above the High-A level where he is currently playing.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Nick Hundley (2-'05)
    • 1B: John Kruk (3-'81)
    • 2B: Tim Flannery (6-'78)
    • 3B: Chase Headley (2-'05)
    • SS: Khalil Greene (1-'02)
    • LF: Dave Winfield (1-'73)
    • CF: Kevin McReynolds (1-'81)
    • RF: Tony Gwynn (3-'81)
    • SP: Jake Peavy (15-'99)
    • SP: Randy Jones (5-'72)
    • RP: Gary Lucas (19-'76)

San Francisco Giants

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    C Buster Posey1-52008Florida State24.9
    1B Will Clark1-21985Mississippi State35.5
    SP Madison Bumgarner1-102007South Caldwell HS (NC)16.7
    3B Matt Williams1-31986UNLV33.9
    SP Tim Lincecum1-102006Washington23.6

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • CF Marvin Benard (50th Round, 1,391st Overall in 1992)

    One of just seven 50th-round picks to ever reach the majors, outfielder Marvin Benard posted an 8.6 WAR over nine seasons and 891 games with the Giants. He was a career .271/.343/.402 hitter, and his best season came in 1999 when he posted an .816 OPS with 36 doubles, 16 home runs and 27 stolen bases.

    Reliever Sergio Romo deserves a mention as well, as he was a 28th-round pick back in the 2005 draft.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • OF Gary Brown (First Round, 24th Overall in 2010)

    A huge first full season as a pro from Gary Brown in 2011 left the Cal State Fullerton product looking like a future star, as he hit .336/.407/.519 with 34 doubles, 13 triples, 14 home runs, 80 RBI and 53 steals at the High-A level. He was unable to make the jump from there, though, and he has bounced around the waiver wire this season.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Buster Posey (1-'08)
    • 1B: Will Clark (1-'85)
    • 2B: Robby Thompson (1-'83)
    • 3B: Matt Williams (1-'86)
    • SS: Chris Speier (1-'70)
    • LF: Gary Mathews (1-'68)
    • CF: Chili Davis (11-'77)
    • RF: Jack Clark (13-'73)
    • SP: Tim Lincecum (1-'06)
    • SP: Madison Bumgarner (1-'07)
    • RP: Gary Lavelle (20-'67)

Seattle Mariners

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    CF Ken Griffey Jr.1-11987Archbishop Moeller HS (OH)70.4
    SS Alex Rodriguez1-11993Westminster Christian (FL)38.0
    1B Alvin Davis6-1381982Arizona State19.8
    SP Mark Langston2-351981San Jose State19.4
    3B Kyle Seager3-822009North Carolina15.1

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • OF Raul Ibanez (36th Round, 1,006th Overall in 1992)

    It was not until his second go-around with the Mariners that Raul Ibanez really made an impact, but he gets the nod here anyway. A part-time player when he left for Kansas City in 2004, he posted an .831 OPS and averaged 23 home runs and 98 RBI from 2004-08. He even returned for a third time in 2013, putting up a .793 OPS with 29 home runs.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • C Jeff Clement (First Round, Third Overall in 2005)

    The 2005 draft goes down as one of the deepest in baseball history, and Jeff Clement is without question the biggest bust in the class. The USC product moved quickly, debuting in 2007 and going 6-for-16 with two home runs in nine games down the stretch.

    He hit just .227/.295/.360 in an extended 203 at-bat look the following season, and was never able to establish himself at the big league level. The Mariners eventually shipped him to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for shortstop Jack Wilson.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Dave Valle (2-'78)
    • 1B: Alvin Davis (6-'82)
    • 2B: Harold Reynolds (1-'80)
    • 3B: Kyle Seager (3-'09)
    • SS: Alex Rodriguez (1-'93)
    • LF: Phil Bradley (3-'81)
    • CF: Ken Griffey Jr. (1-'87)
    • RF: Dave Henderson (1-'77)
    • SP: Mark Langston (2-'81)
    • SP: Erik Hanson (2-'86)
    • RP: Mike Schooler (2-'85)

St. Louis Cardinals

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    1B Albert Pujols13-4021999Maple Woods CC (MO)86.4
    C Yadier Molina4-1132000Ladislao Martinez HS (PR)29.4
    C Ted Simmons1-101967Southfield HS (MI)44.8
    CF Ray Lankford3-721987Modesto Junior College37.5
    1B Keith Hernandez42-7851971Capuchino HS (CA)34.3

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • 1B Keith Hernandez (42nd Round, 785th Overall in 1971)

    He may be better know for his time with the New York Mets, but Keith Hernandez had plenty of success with the Cardinals as well. He hit .299/.385/.448 with 81 home runs and 595 RBI in his 10 seasons with the team, won six Gold Glove awards and took home NL MVP in 1979.

    The current roster is also loaded with draft steals, including Matt Carpenter (13-'09), Matt Adams (23-'09), Kevin Siegrist (41-'08), Trevor Rosenthal (21-'09), Seth Maness (11-'11), Jaime Garcia (22-'05) and Tony Cruz (26-'07).

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • OF Paul Coleman (First Round, Sixth Overall in 1989)

    Taken one pick before Frank Thomas, Coleman was a highly touted two-sport star at Frankston High School in Texas when the Cardinals drafted him hoping they'd found the next Bo Jackson. He was far from it, though, as he hit .233, .209 and .185 in his first three pro seasons and was released by the end of 1993.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Yadier Molina (4-'00)
    • 1B: Albert Pujols (13-'99)
    • 2B: Skip Schumaker (5-'01)
    • 3B: Matt Carpenter (13-'09)
    • SS: Garry Templeton (1-'74)
    • LF: Vince Coleman (10-'82)
    • CF: Ray Lankford (3-'87)
    • RF: Brian Jordan (1-'88)
    • SP: Matt Morris (1-'95)
    • SP: Bob Forsch (26-'68)
    • RP: Todd Worrell (1-'82)

Tampa Bay Rays

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    3B Evan Longoria1-32006Long Beach State40.8
    LF Carl Crawford2-521999Jefferson Davis HS (TX)35.5
    SP David Price1-12007Vanderbilt21.3
    SP James Shields16-4662000Williams S. Hart HS (CA)19.3
    UT Aubrey Huff5-1621998Miami11.7

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • OF Kevin Kiermaier (31st Round, 941st Overall in 2010)

    Kevin Kiermaier entered last season as the No. 10 prospect in the Tampa Bay system, and by season's end he had worked his way into regular playing time. He finished his rookie season with a .263/.315/.450 line that included 16 doubles, 10 home runs and 35 RBI, which coupled with his terrific defense was good for a 3.6 WAR.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • SP Dewon Brazelton (First Round, Third Overall in 2001)

    After going 13-2 with a 1.42 ERA and 154 strikeouts in 127 innings as a junior at Middle Tennessee State, Dewon Brazelton was expected to be the future ace of the Rays staff. That wouldn't be the case, though, as all told he went 8-23 with a 5.98 ERA in 54 games (41 starts) before being traded to the San Diego Padres for another failed prospect in Sean Burroughs.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Toby Hall (9-'97)
    • 1B: Aubrey Huff (5-'98)
    • 2B: Tim Beckham (1-'08)
    • 3B: Evan Longoria (1-'06)
    • SS: Reid Brignac (2-'04)
    • LF: Carl Crawford (2-'99)
    • CF: B.J. Upton (1-'02)
    • RF: Rocco Baldelli (1-'00)
    • SP: David Price (1-'07)
    • SP: James Shields (16-'00)
    • RP: Jake McGee (5-'04)

Texas Rangers

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    1B Mark Teixeira1-52001Georgia Tech21.5
    SP Kenny Rogers38-8161982Plant City HS (FL)31.6
    2B Ian Kinsler17-4962003Missouri35.1
    C Jim Sundberg1-21973 (J)Iowa34.7
    LF Rusty Greer10-2791990U. of Montevallo22.3

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • SP Kenny Rogers (39th Round, 816th Overall in 1982)

    Over the course of his 20-year career, Kenny Rogers played for the Rangers three different times for a total of 12 seasons. In 1,909 innings of work he was 133-96 with a 4.16 ERA, 21 complete games, six shutouts and 28 saves for a 31.6 WAR.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • SP David Clyde (First Round, First Overall in 1973)

    In the history of baseball, there may not be a single player who was mishandled worse than David Clyde.

    A Texas high school star, Clyde allowed just three earned runs in 148 innings of work during his senior year at Westchester High School, and the Rangers kept him close to home when they took him first overall.

    In an effort to use the buzz surrounding the left-hander to boost ticket sales, he was immediately sent to the big leagues, with the plan being to give him two starts before shipping him off to the minors.

    However, he impressed in those two starts (11 IP, 3 ER, 14 K) and wound up staying in the majors the rest of the year, tacking another 93.1 innings of work onto his 18-year-old arm in the process.

    Fast-forward six years and he was out of baseball before he turned 25.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Jim Sundberg (1-'73)
    • 1B: Mark Teixeira (1-'01)
    • 2B: Ian Kinsler (17-'03)
    • 3B: Hank Blalock (3-'99)
    • SS: Curt Wilkerson (4-'80)
    • LF: Rusty Greer (10-'90)
    • CF: Oddibe McDowell (1-'84)
    • RF: Jeff Burroughs (1-'69)
    • SP: Kenny Rogers (39-'82)
    • SP: Kevin Brown (1-'86)
    • RP: C.J. Wilson (5-'01)

Toronto Blue Jays

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    SP Dave Stieb5-1061978Southern Illinois57.4
    SP Roy Halladay1-171995Arvada West HS (CO)48.5
    SP Jimmy Key3-561982Clemson49.4
    CF Vernon Wells1-51997Bowie HS (TX)28.7
    SP Pat Hentgen5-1331986Fraser HS (MI)26.7

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • 2B Orlando Hudson (43rd Round, 1,280th Overall in 1997)

    Orlando Hudson for six different teams over the course of his 11-year career, with the first four of those seasons coming as a member of the Blue Jays. He hit .270/.328/.418 during his time north of the border, winning his first of four Gold Glove awards in 2005 before being traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Troy Glaus.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • SS Augie Schmidt (First Round, Second Overall in 1982)

    One of four shortstops taken with the first seven picks of the 1982 draft, University of New Orleans product Augie Schmidt never reached the majors for the Blue Jays or any other team. He hit .257/.350/.338 in five minor league seasons, and is currently the coach at Carthage College.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Pat Borders (6-'82)
    • 1B: John Olerud (3-'89)
    • 2B: Aaron Hill (1-'03)
    • 3B: Ed Sprague (1-'88)
    • SS: Alex Gonzalez (13-'91)
    • LF: Shannon Stewart (1-'92)
    • CF: Vernon Wells (1-'97)
    • RF: Jesse Barfield (9-'77)
    • SP: Dave Stieb (5-'78)
    • SP: Roy Halladay (1-'95)
    • RP: Billy Koch (1-'96)

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    Top 5 Draft Picks in Team History

    PlayerRd-PickYearSchoolWAR
    C Gary Carter3-531972Sunny Hills HS (CA)55.6
    LF Tim Raines5-1061977Seminole HS (FL)48.9
    RF Andre Dawson11-2501975Florida A&M48.1
    SP Steve Rogers1-41971 (S)Tulsa45.3
    3B Tim Wallach1-101979Cal State Fullerton36.8

    Biggest Draft Steal in Team History

    • SP David Palmer (21st Round, 489th Overall in 1976)

    Andre Dawson as an 11th-round pick was tremendous value for this franchise, but as far as a legitimate draft steal is concerned, let's go with right-hander David Palmer. In six seasons with the Expos, he went 38-26 with a 3.26 ERA in 86 starts and 36 relief appearances for a 6.8 WAR.

    Looking specifically at Nationals draft choices, current first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore was a 16th-round pick in 2008.

    Biggest Draft Bust in Team History

    • SP B.J. Wallace (First Round, Third Overall in 1992)

    An Olympian in 1992, Wallace was selected after a standout college career at Mississippi State. He went 11-8 with a 3.28 ERA and 8.3 K/9 in his first pro season at High-A, but shoulder issues derailed him from there, as he made just 23 more minor league appearances before retiring in 1996. He was selected three picks before Derek Jeter.

    As far as the Nationals in particular are concerned, outfielder Destin Hood was a second-round pick in 2008 that the team had high hopes for, but he has yet to reach the majors and is now in the Cleveland Indians farm system.

    All-Draft Team

    • C: Gary Carter (3-'72)
    • 1B: Brad Fullmer (2-'93)
    • 2B: Jose Vidro (6-'92)
    • 3B: Tim Wallach (1-'79)
    • SS: Ian Desmond (3-'04)
    • LF: Tim Raines (5-'77)
    • CF: Marquis Grissom (3-'08)
    • RF: Andre Dawson (11-'75)
    • SP: Steve Rogers (1-'71)
    • SP: Stephen Strasburg (1-'09)
    • RP: Chad Cordero (1-'03)

    All standard and advanced stats (including WAR), as well as draft and school information, courtesy of Baseball-Reference.

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