First-Round Draft Tendencies by Franchise (Part I)

The following is part I of a breakdown of the draft tendencies of teams picking in the first-round, dating back to 1965. Compensation round selections are also included.

Draft tendencies in this article are broken down by:

  • College vs High School vs Independent
  • Position Player vs Pitcher

A few interesting tidbits to be gleaned from this breakdown:

  • The Cardinals have had the most first/compensation round selections, with 76.
  • The A’s have the highest percentage of selections from the college rank, with 50-of-74 (68%).
  • The Braves have the highest percentage of selections from the high school rank, with 47-of-58 (81%).
  • The Rays have the highest percentage of selections that are position players, with 20-of-30 (67%).
  • The A’s, Twins, Red Sox and Padres have the highest number of selections that are position players, with 40.
  • The Rockies have the highest percentage of selections that are pitchers, with 30-of-32 (63%).
  • The Cardinals have the highest number of selections that are pitchers, with 40.

Pick # COL % HS % IND % POS % P %
Angels 61 29 48% 32 52% 0 0% 32 52% 29 48%
Astros 60 29 48% 31 52% 0 0% 33 55% 27 45%
Athletics 74 50 68% 23 31% 1 1% 40 54% 34 46%
Blue Jays 66 29 44% 37 56% 0 0% 35 53% 31 47%
Braves 58 11 19% 47 81% 0 0% 30 52% 28 48%
Brewers 56 28 50% 28 50% 0 0% 31 55% 25 45%
Cardinals 76 44 58% 32 42% 0 0% 36 47% 40 53%
Cubs 62 35 56% 27 44% 0 0% 31 50% 31 50%
D’backs 31 18 58% 13 42% 0 0% 13 42% 18 58%
Dodgers 58 27 47% 31 53% 0 0% 26 45% 32 55%
Giants 70 34 49% 36 51% 0 0% 37 53% 33 47%
Indians 63 29 46% 34 54% 0 0% 37 59% 26 41%
Mariners 44 22 50% 22 50% 0 0% 27 61% 18 41%
Marlins 29 10 34% 19 66% 0 0% 13 45% 16 55%
Mets 63 25 40% 38 60% 0 0% 38 60% 25 40%
Nationals 68 29 43% 39 57% 0 0% 34 50% 34 50%
Orioles 61 27 44% 34 56% 0 0% 29 48% 32 52%
Padres 70 39 56% 31 44% 0 0% 40 57% 30 43%
Phillies 51 14 27% 37 73% 0 0% 25 49% 26 51%
Pirates 58 21 36% 37 64% 0 0% 37 64% 21 36%
Rangers 68 31 46% 36 53% 1 1% 30 44% 38 56%
Rays 30 12 40% 18 60% 0 0% 20 67% 10 33%
Red Sox 73 36 49% 37 51% 0 0% 40 55% 33 45%
Reds 60 23 38% 37 62% 0 0% 31 52% 29 48%
Rockies 32 15 47% 17 53% 0 0% 12 38% 20 63%
Royals 61 26 43% 33 54% 2 3% 28 46% 33 54%
Tigers 56 21 38% 35 63% 0 0% 27 48% 29 52%
Twins 70 33 47% 36 51% 1 1% 40 57% 30 43%
White Sox 67 41 61% 26 39% 0 0% 35 52% 32 48%
Yankees 51 19 37% 32 63% 0 0% 26 51% 25 49%

All statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com

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