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MLB Draft Rankings: How has each team fared over the past 10 years?

Team Draft Rankings 16-30

We examined each pick for every team over the past 10 years, amounting to nearly 15,000 selections, in an effort to identify the teams that are the most successful at uncovering talent in the annual amateur entry draft. We then categorized them by how far those players have advanced in their careers, and used those relative degrees of success to determine each team's rank. Some of the most interesting findings are shown in the table below.

In addition to the current players selected over that time span, we also identify a number of other notable tidbits:

- The total number of picks each team made (including sandwich picks earned and lost in free agency).

- The total number of those picks that have reached the majors (whether with the team that drafted them or not).

- The best pick from players taken outside of the top two rounds.

- The player taken highest in the first round who never reached their potential.

- The best player who was drafted but never signed and then went on to stardom elsewhere.

- And finally, the player who was drafted and signed, but was then either traded, released or otherwise lost.

1Milwaukee Brewers

Picks

MLB

Steal

Bust

Unsigned

Traded/Cut

489

29

Manny Parra(42nd round, 2001)

Mike Jones

Hunter Pence

Dana Eveland

Current Key Players: Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, J.J. Hardy, Manny Parra, Rickie Weeks, Ryan Braun, Yovani Gallardo (pictured)

Lowdown: The prime example of a good team built through the draft. Seven of Milwaukee's current top 10 in RBIs are homegrown, as is the ace of the rotation.

2Boston Red Sox

Picks

MLB

Steal

Bust

Unsigned

Traded/Cut

502

37

Kevin Youkilis(8th round, 2001)

Rick Asadoorian

Pedro Alvarez

Freddy Sanchez

Current Key Players: Youkilis, Jonathan Papelbon (pictured), Dustin Pedroia, Jon Lester, Manny Delcarmen

Lowdown: Boston's system is dripping with young stars (Youkilis, Pedroia, Papelbon) and a seemingly never-ending supply of live arms.

3Philadelphia Phillies

Picks

MLB

Steal

Bust

Unsigned

Traded/Cut

479

29

Ryan Howard(5th round, 2001)

Greg Golson

Joe Saunders

Michael Bourn

Current Key Players: Howard, Chase Utley (pictured), Cole Hamels, Brett Myers, J.A. Happ

Lowdown: Few teams can match the talent the Phils have cobbled together on draft day over the last 10 years, including MVPs of the NL (Howard) and World Series (Hamels).

4Tampa Bay Rays

Picks

MLB

Steal

Bust

Unsigned

Traded/Cut

497

46

James Shields(16th round, 2000)

Dewon Brazelton

Jacoby Ellsbury

Josh Hamilton

Current Key Players: Evan Longoria (pictured), Carl Crawford, B.J. Upton, Shields, Andy Sonnanstine, David Price

Lowdown: Held the top pick in four of the last 10 drafts, including the ill-fated selection of Hamilton in '99 for which they have just the $50,000 Rule 5 fee to show.

5Los Angeles Dodgers

Picks

MLB

Steal

Bust

Unsigned

Traded/Cut

489

43

Andy LaRoche(39th round, 2003)

Bryan Morris

Luke Hochevar

Jason Bartlett

Current Key Players: Matt Kemp (pictured), James Loney, Chad Billingsley, Clayton Kershaw, Jonathan Broxton, Russell Martin, Corey Wade, James McDonald

Lowdown: Just think what baseball's best team (record-wise) might look like if they had 2001 sixth-round pick Edwin Jackson and his 2.16 ERA for Detroit in the rotation.

6Minnesota Twins

Picks

MLB

Steal

Bust

Unsigned

Traded/Cut

512

37

Jason Kubel(12th round, 2000)

B.J. Garbe

Paul Maholm

Matt Garza

Current Key Players: Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer (pictured), Kubel, Glen Perkins, Kevin Slowey, Nick Blackburn, Denard Span

Lowdown: Only two of the Twins' seven top 20 picks in the first round have panned out, but deeper selections such as Slowey (73rd overall) and Morneau (89th) more than make up for the early drought.

7Colorado Rockies

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Picks

MLB

Steal

Bust

Unsigned

Traded/Cut

501

36

Brad Hawpe(11th round, 2000)

Matt Harrington

Jesse Litsch

Ryan Shealy

Current Key Players: Troy Tulowitzki (pictured), Chris Iannetta, Ian Stewart, Dexter Fowler, Ryan Spilborghs, Garrett Atkins, Hawpe, Clint Barmes, Jeff Francis, Jeff Baker

Lowdown: A simple strategy of drafting college players from major programs built nearly the entire roster that reached the 2007 World Series.

8Washington Nationals

Picks

MLB

Steal

Bust

Unsigned

Traded/Cut

500

36

Jason Bay(22nd round, 2000)

Clint Everts

Fred Lewis

Grady Sizemore
Brandon Phillips
Cliff Lee

Current Key Players: Ryan Zimmerman (pictured), John Lannan, Ross Detwiler

Lowdown: Earned a reputation as the feeder system for the rest of MLB while in Montreal, but Zimmerman is the lone bright spot during the D.C. era.

9Arizona Diamondbacks

Picks

MLB

Steal

Bust

Unsigned

Traded/Cut

506

44

Brandon Webb(8th round, 2000)

Corey Myers

Ian Kinsler

Dan Uggla

Current Key Players: Webb, Justin Upton (pictured), Stephen Drew, Chris Snyder, Conor Jackson, Mark Reynolds, Chad Tracy

Lowdown: The Snakes' calling card is power, having drafted Carlos Quentin, Uggla, Reynolds and Upton. However, the best choice by far was Webb.

10Florida Marlins

Picks

MLB

Steal

Bust

Unsigned

Traded/Cut

501

33

Josh Willingham(17th round, 2000)

Jeff Allison

Adam LaRoche

Josh Beckett
Adrian Gonzalez

Current Key Players: Josh Johnson (pictured), Jeremy Hermida, Chris Volstad

Lowdown: Appropriately the team's prime two choices -- No. 1 in 2000 and No. 2 in 1999 -- resulted in the two best picks (Gonzalez and Beckett, respectively).

11Texas Rangers

Picks

MLB

Steal

Bust

Unsigned

Traded/Cut

498

36

Ian Kinsler(17th round, 2003)

Chad Hawkins

Noah Lowry

Aaron Harang

Current Key Players: Kinsler (pictured), Hank Blalock, Chris Davis, C.J. Wilson, Scott Feldman, Derek Holland, Taylor Teagarden

Lowdown: Have done an excellent job on offense (Mark Teixeira, Kinsler, Blalock, Edwin Encarnacion) with some solid pitchers, though the best (John Danks, Harang) never made contributions for Texas at the big-league level.

12Pittsburgh Pirates

Picks

MLB

Steal

Bust

Unsigned

Traded/Cut

492

35

Nate McLouth(25th round, 2000)

Bryan Bullington

Stephen Drew

Chris Young (P)

Current Key Players: Nyjer Morgan, Ryan Doumit, Paul Maholm (pictured), Zach Duke, Ian Sell, Matt Capps

Lowdown: Last year's choice of Pedro Alvarez with the second-overall pick ended Pittsburgh's streak of taking pitchers in the team's previous six drafts in which they had a top 10 pick.

13St. Louis Cardinals

Picks

MLB

Steal

Bust

Unsigned

Traded/Cut

489

35

Albert Pujols(13th round, 1999)

Blake Williams

Kevin Correia

Dan Haren

Current Key Players: Pujols (pictured), Yadier Molina, Colby Rasmus, Chris Duncan, Skip Schumaker, Chris Perez

Lowdown: On the surface, the Cardinals look solid but unspectacular, but then you realize Pujols was the 402nd player taken in '99, which earns the Redbirds a lofty perch in itself.

14Atlanta Braves

Picks

MLB

Steal

Bust

Unsigned

Traded/Cut

519

42

Adam LaRoche(29th round, 2000)

Josh Burrus

J.P. Howell

Adam Wainwright

Current Key Players: Brian McCann (pictured), Jeff Francoeur, Yunel Escobar, Kelly Johnson

Lowdown: Peach Pickers: Nearly 10 percent of the Braves' picks either lived in Georgia or played college ball there, including the trio of McCann, Francoeur and Wainwright.

15Detroit Tigers

Picks

MLB

Steal

Bust

Unsigned

Traded/Cut

471

29

Curtis Granderson(3rd round, 2002)

Eric Munson

Anthony Reyes

Cody Ross

Current Key Players: Justin Verlander, Granderson (pictured), Rick Porcello, Clete Thomas, Jeff Larish, Ryan Raburn, Joel Zumaya

Lowdown: Verlander, Granderson and Porcello are the real deal, and two more premium picks (Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin) were used in a trade for Miguel Cabrera.