Big Leaguers Drafted, 1996-2013

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While playing with The Baseball Cube’s Draft Tool when researching a previous article, I came up with what I think is a neat little study: Since 1996—the first year all 30 teams had picks in the draft—which organizations have drafted the most big leaguers? Obviously quality trumps quantity, and while I didn’t calculate the current WAR for each group, I tried to quantify the usefulness of each group by looking at their total big league at-bats (with pitchers removed) and innings pitched.

This is just a quick-and-dirty snapshot, but still an interesting look into each team’s draft history. The results wound up looking like a pretty standard bell curve—with a few teams swimming in riches, a handful of teams wishing for mulligans on multiple years, and most teams lumped pretty closely in between.

There is obviously more than one way to win, but having prospects is always better than not having prospects. Also note that sometimes players are drafted that don’t make the big leagues but still net wins for the organization if they’re traded while they still have value.

With the help of Baseball America’s Executive Database, I decided to create each team’s draft profile from 1996-2013. Let’s take a look at each team, in ascending order . . . 

30. HOUSTON ASTROS (52)
Scouting Directors:
Dan O’Brien, Jr. (1996), David Lakey (1997-2004), Paul Ricciarini (2005-2007), Bobby Heck (2008-2012) & Mike Elias (2013)
Total AB: 31,344
Total IP: 9,018
Notable Players: Lance Berkman, Hunter Pence, John Buck, Ben Zobrist, Morgan Ensberg, Chris Johnson, Jason Castro, Roy Oswalt, Wade Miller, Tim Redding, Bud Norris, Chad Qualls, Brad Lidge & Jordan Lyles
Interesting Tidbit: The most recent Astros draft pick to play in the big leagues was drafted in 2009.

29. CLEVELAND INDIANS (62)
Scouting Directors:
Jay Robertson (1996), Lee MacPhail IV (1997-1998), Josh Byrnes (1999), John Mirabelli (2000-2007) & Brad Grant (2008-2013)
Total AB: 18,589
Total IP: 10,069
Notable Players: Luke Scott, Kevin Kouzmanoff, John McDonald, Ryan Church, Ben Francisco, Ryan Garko, Jason Kipnis, Lonnie Chisenhall, C.C. Sabathia, Jeremy Guthrie, David Riske, Aaron Laffey & Chris Archer
Interesting Tidbit: The Indians are tied with the Astros for having the fewest high school picks (9) to make it to the big leagues since 1996.

28. MINNESOTA TWINS (62)
Scouting Directors:
Mike Radcliff (1996-2007) & Deron Johnson (2008-2013)
Total AB: 40,651
Total IP: 8,251
Notable Players: Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer, Jacque Jones, Jason Kubel, Denard Span, Ben Revere, Aaron Hicks, Matt Garza, Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn, Glen Perkins & Kyle Gibson
Interesting Tidbit: Of all the players drafted since 1996, Joe Mauer has the highest career batting average (.323) of those who have accumulated at least 1,000 big league at-bats.

27. SEATTLE MARINERS (62)
Scouting Directors:
Roger Jongewaard (1996-1997), Frank Mattox (1998-2003), Bob Fontaine, Jr. (2004-2008) & Tom McNamara (2009-2013)
Total AB: 15,206
Total IP: 8,746
Notable Players: Adam Jones, Kyle Seager, Dustin Ackley, Brad Miller, Mike Zunino, Nick Franklin, Joel Pineiro, Gil Meche, Doug Fister, Brandon Morrow, Matt Thornton, J.J. Putz, Chris Tillman, Taijuan Walker & James Paxton
Interesting Tidbit: Kyle Seager has produced 7.7 fWAR over his first three seasons in Seattle. The only players to do better over their first three big league seasons as Mariners are Ichiro (15.9), Ken Griffey Jr. (14.4), Alvin Davis (9.3), and Alex Rodriguez (8.6).

26. CINCINNATI REDS (63)
Scouting Directors:
Julian Mock (1996-1997), DeJon Watson (1998-2000), Kasey McKeon (2001-2002), Leland Maddox (2003), Terry Reynolds (2004-2005) & Chris Buckley (2006-2013)
Total AB: 33,184
Total IP: 6,233
Notable Players: Adam Dunn, Austin Kearns, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs, Ben Broussard, Zack Cozart, Todd Frazier, Yonder Alonso, Billy Hamilton, Homer Bailey, Mike Leake, Travis Wood, B.J. Ryan, Scott Williamson & Tony Cingrani
Interesting Tidbit: At 6,233, the Reds have drafted and signed the second-fewest big league innings since 1996.

25. NEW YORK METS (63)
Scouting Directors:
John Barr (1996-1997), Gary LaRocque (1998), Carmen Fusco (1999-2001), Jack Bowen (2002-2004), Russ Bove (2005), Rudy Terrasas (2006-2010), Chad MacDonald (2011) & Tommy Tanous (2012-2013)
Total AB: 27,782
Total IP: 8,072
Notable Players: David Wright, Ty Wigginton, Angel Pagan, Daniel Murphy, Mike Jacobs, Lastings Milledge, Ike Davis, Mike Carp, Scott Kazmir, Mike Pelfrey, Jon Niese, Aaron Heilman, Bobby Parnell & Matt Harvey
Interesting Tidbit: Of the top 10 at-bats leaders drafted by New York since 1996, four of them are on the current Mets team: David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Ike Davis and Lucas Duda.

24. BALTIMORE ORIOLES (65)
Scouting Directors:
Gary Nickels (1996-1998), Tony DeMacio (1999-2004), Joe Jordan (2005-2011) & Gary Rajsich (2012-2013)
Total AB: 33,039
Total IP: 8,300
Notable Players: Brian Roberts, Nick Markakis, Jayson Werth, Matt Wieters, Manny Machado, Erik Bedard, Josh Towers, John Maine, Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, Jim Johnson, Dylan Bundy & Kevin Gausman
Interesting Tidbit: Nearly 24 percent (7,896 of 33,039) of the Orioles’ drafted at-bats since 1996 have come from a top-10 pick with Nick Markakis, Matt Wieters and Manny Machado.

23. LOS ANGELES DODGERS (65)
Scouting Directors:
Terry Reynolds (1996-1998), Ed Creech (1999-2001), Tim Hallgren (2007-2009) & Logan White (2002-2006, 2010-2013)
Total AB: 33,126
Total IP: 9,793
Notable Players: Shane Victorino, James Loney, Russell Martin, Matt Kemp, Ted Lilly, Edwin Jackson, Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, James McDonald, Jonathan Broxton, Joel Hanrahan, Nate Eovaldi & Allen Webster
Interesting Tidbit: Of all players drafted and signed by the Dodgers to make it to the big leagues, nearly 57 percent of them (37 of 65) have come from the high school ranks—the highest percentage for any team. The second-highest total comes from the Braves, so Roy Clark will fit in well as the Dodgers’ new National Crosschecker.

22. PITTSBURGH PIRATES (66)
Scouting Directors:
Paul Tinnell (1996), Leland Maddox (1997-1998), Mickey White (1999-2001), Ed Creech (2002-2007), Greg Smith (2008-2011) & Joe Delli Carri (2012-2013)
Total AB: 32,909
Total IP: 10,181
Notable Players: Jose Bautista, Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker, Nate McLouth, Ryan Doumit, Jeff Keppinger, Rajai Davis, Paul Maholm, Kris Benson, Zach Duke, Chris Young, Tom Gorzelanny, Ian Snell & Gerrit Cole
Interesting Tidbit: Of the 10 drafted players in 2013 to hit 30+ home runs, two of them were originally Pirates draft picks—Jose Bautista and Pedro Alvarez.

21. TAMPA BAY RAYS (66)
Scouting Directors:
Dan Jennings (1996-2002), Cam Bonifay (2003-2004), Tim Wilken (2005) & R.J. Harrison (2006-2013)
Total AB: 44,224
Total IP: 12,562
Notable Players: Aubrey Huff, Carl Crawford, B.J. Upton, Delmon Young, Josh Hamilton, Evan Longoria, Jonny Gomes, Desmond Jennings, James Shields, David Price, Jeremy Hellickson, Jason Hammel & Matt Moore
Interesting Tidbit: Since 2008, no team has produced fewer big leaguers than the Rays with four. The only players drafted by the Rays since 2008 to make the big leagues are Tim Beckham, Zach Rosscup, Kevin Kiermaier and Derek Dietrich.

20. MIAMI MARLINS (67)
Scouting Directors:
 Orrin Freeman (1996-1998), Al Avila (1999-2001) & Stan Meek (2002-2013)
Total AB: 30,350
Total IP: 9,380
Notable Players: Mark Kotsay, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Willingham, Jeremy Hermida, Giancarlo Stanton, Logan Morrison, Christian Yelich, Josh Beckett, Nate Robertson, Josh Johnson, Jason Vargas & Jose Fernandez
Interesting Tidbit: Of the Marlins’ 68 big leaguers since 1996, 16 of them (23.5 percent) have come from California, including Mark Kotsay, Adrian Gonzalez, Jason Vargas, Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich.

19. MILWAUKEE BREWERS (67)
Scouting Directors:
Ken Califano (1996-1999), Jack Zduriencik (2000-2008) & Bruce Seid (2009-2013)
Total AB: 33,633
Total IP: 5,839
Notable Players: Prince Fielder, J.J. Hardy, Rickie Weeks, Ryan Braun, Corey Hart, Bill Hall, Michael Brantley, Jonathan Lucroy, Brett Lawrie, Ben Sheets, Yovani Gallardo, Manny Parra, Tom Wilhelmsen, Jake Odorizzi & Jimmy Nelson
Interesting Tidbit: At 5,839, the Brewers have drafted and signed the fewest innings of any team since 1996. Nearly half (46 percent) of those innings come from Ben Sheets and Yovanni Gallardo, who are followed by Manny Parra, Craig Breslow, Dana Eveland and Tom Wilhelmsen.

18. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (67)
Scouting Directors:
Mike Arbuckle (1996-2001) & Marti Wolever (2002-2013)
Total AB: 41,911
Total IP: 13,172
Notable Players: Jimmy Rollins, Pat Burrell, Chase Utley, Marlon Byrd, Ryan Howard, Michael Bourn, Domonic Brown, Travis D’Arnaud, Randy Wolf, Brett Myers, Cole Hamels, Gavin Floyd & Ryan Madson
Interesting Tidbit: The Phillies are tied with the Rangers (three apiece) as the team that has drafted the most players who have gone on to hit 200+ HRs. The Phillies players to do it are Ryan Howard (311), Pat Burrell (292) and Chase Utley (217). Jimmy Rollins has 199.

17. BOSTON RED SOX (68)
Scouting Directors:
Wayne Britton (1996-2001), David Chadd (2002-2004) & Jason McLeod (2005-2009), Amiel Sawdaye (2010-2013)
Total AB: 39,599
Total IP: 9,215
Notable Players: Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, David Eckstein, Shea Hillenbrand, Freddy Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Adam Everett, Jed Lowrie, Josh Reddick, Anthony Rizzo, Will Middlebrooks, Jackie Bradley, Jon Lester, Justin Masterson, Clay Buchholz & Jonathan Papelbon
Interesting Tidbit: Since 1996, the Red Sox have drafted and signed 11 different all-stars.

16. NEW YORK YANKEES (68)
Scouting Directors:
Lin Garrett (1996-2004) & Damon Oppenheimer (2005-2013)
Total AB: 11,461
Total IP: 9,874
Notable Players: Nick Johnson, Austin Jackson, Brett Gardner, Marcus Thames, Eric Milton, Ian Kennedy, Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Tyler Clippard, Phil Coke & David Robertson
Interesting Tidbit: At 11,461, the Yankees have drafted and signed the fewest at-bats of any team since 1996. The team’s leading player during that span was the oft-inured Nick Johnson, though he will soon be passed by Austin Jackson. I did not count pitchers in the at-bats totals, but if I did the Yankees would have two in the top 10 during this time span: Ian Kennedy (219 at-bats) and Eric Milton (205).

15. WASHINGTON NATIONALS (69)
Scouting Directors:
Ed Creech (1996-1997), Jim Fleming (1998-2001), Dana Brown (2002-2009) & Kris Kline (2010-2013)
Total AB: 38,984
Total IP: 9,036
Notable Players: Brandon Phillips, Jason Bay, Ryan Zimmerman, Milton Bradley, Grady Sizemore, Brad Wilkerson, Ian Desmond, Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon, Cliff Lee, Stephen Strasburg & Jordan Zimmermann
Interesting Tidbit: The Expos’ 2000 draft has to go down as one of the most successful in recent history with Grady Sizemore (3rd round), Cliff Lee (4) and Jason Bay (22).

14. COLORADO ROCKIES (70)
Scouting Directors:
Pat Daugherty (1996-1999) & Bill Schmidt (2000-2013)
Total AB: 52,438
Total IP: 9,354
Notable Players: Matt Holliday, Juan Pierre, Chone Figgins, Troy Tulowitzki, Brad Hawpe, Dexter Fowler, Chris Iannetta, Nolan Arenado, Jake Westbrook, Aaron Cook, Jeff Francis & Jason Jennings
Interesting Tidbit: Rockies scouting director Bill Schmidt is the longest-tenured current scouting director in baseball.

13. CHICAGO WHITE SOX (73)
Scouting Directors:
Duane Shaffer (1996-2000, 2004-2007) & Doug Laumann (2001-2003, 2008-2013)
Total AB: 26,524
Total IP: 14,572
Notable Players: Aaron Rowand, Chris Young, Joe Crede, Gordon Beckham, Mike Morse, Mark Buehrle, Kip Wells, Josh Fogg, Gio Gonzalez, Brandon McCarthy, Chris Sale, Daniel Hudson & Addison Reed
Interesting Tidbit: The White Sox are one of six teams (along with the Twins, Phillies, Yankees, Athletics and Rockies) to have just two different scouting directors during this time period.

12. TEXAS RANGERS (73)
Scouting Directors:
Sandy Johnson (1996), Chuck McMichael (1997-2000), Tim Hallgren (2001), Grady Fuson (2002), Ron Hopkins (2003-2009) & Kip Fagg (2010-2013)
Total AB: 46,166
Total IP: 12,907
Notable Players: Mark Teixiera, Carlos Pena, Ian Kinsler, Travis Hafner, Edwin Encarnacion, Chris Davis, Aaron Harang, Doug Davis, R.A. Dickey, C.J. Wilson, John Danks & Derek Holland
Interesting Tidbit: Since 1996, there have been 71 pitchers drafted who have gone on to pitch 1,000+ innings in the big leagues. The Rangers are tied with the Phillies and Athletics in drafting the most players (five apiece) on that list. The Rangers draft picks in that club are Aaron Harang, Doug Davis, R.A. Dickey, C.J. Wilson and John Danks.

11. TORONTO BLUE JAYS (74)
Scouting Directors:
Tim Wilken (1996-2000), Chris Buckley (2001-2003), Jon Lalonde (2004-2009), Andrew Tinnish (2010-2012) & Brian Parker (2013)
Total AB: 59,031
Total IP: 9,398
Notable Players: Michael Young, Vernon Wells, Alex Rios, Orlando Hudson, Casey Blake, Aaron Hill, Felipe Lopez, Reed Johnson, Adam Lind, David Bush, Shaun Marcum, Ricky Romero, Brett Cecil, Brandon League, Billy Koch & Drew Hutchison
Interesting Tidbit: The Blue Jays have drafted and signed the most big league at-bats since 1996—and that makes sense looking at their list of hitters—but I bet you’d be surprised to learn that the pitcher with the most innings who was drafted and signed by the Blue Jays since 1996 is Mark Hendrickson.

10. KANSAS CITY ROYALS (75)
Scouting Directors:
Art Stewart (1996-1997), Terry Wetzel (1998-2000), Deric Ladnier (2001-2008), J.J. Picollo (2009-2010) & Lonnie Goldberg (2011-2013)
Total AB: 32,892
Total IP: 10,030
Notable Players: Mark Ellis, David DeJesus, Billy Butler, Mike Aviles, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Wil Myers, Zack Greinke, Luke Hochevar, Chad Durbin, Jeremy Affeldt, J.P. Howell & Aaron Crow
Interesting Tidbit: Since 1996, the Royals have drafted the second-fewest pitchers to make 100 big league starts, with two (Zack Greinke & Luke Hochevar). They are tied with Cincinnati (Homer Bailey & Mike Leake), Cleveland (C.C. Sabathia & Jeremy Guthrie) and Milwaukee (Ben Sheets & Yovani Gallardo). The only team with fewer is 250 miles east on I-70—the Cardinals have just one so far, Dan Haren.

9. LOS ANGELES ANGELS (75)
Scouting Directors:
Bob Fontaine Jr. (1996-1999), Donny Rowland (2000-2003), Eddie Bane (2004-2010) & Ric Wilson (2011-2013)
Total AB: 28,594
Total IP: 10,358
Notable Players: Troy Glaus, Mike Trout, Howie Kendrick, Casey Kotchman, Mike Napoli, Mark Trumbo, Peter Bourjos, John Lackey, Jered Weaver, Joe Saunders, Scott Schoeneweis, Scot Shields, Bobby Jenks, Pat Corbin, Garrett Richards, Jordan Walden & Tyler Skaggs
Interesting Tidbit: So far, there have been 15 players drafted before Mike Trout in the 2009 draft to make the big leagues. Their collective fWAR? 37.2. Trout’s? 21.1.

8. ATLANTA BRAVES (77)
Scouting Directors:
Paul Snyder (1996-1999), Roy Clark (2000-2009) & Tony DeMacio (2010-2013)
Total AB: 40,676
Total IP: 12,805
Notable Players: Adam LaRoche, Jeff Francoeur, Brian McCann, Kelly Johnson, Yunel Escobar, Mark DeRosa, Marcus Giles, Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Andrelton Simmons, Jason Marquis, Adam Wainwright, Matt Harrison, Kris Medlen & Craig Kimbrel
Interesting Tidbit: Of all the teams, the Braves have the most high school draft picks to reach the big leagues since 1996 (42).

7. CHICAGO CUBS (78)
Scouting Directors:
Jim Hendry (1996-2000), John Stockstill (2001-2005), Tim Wilken (2006-2012) & Jaron Madison (2013)
Total AB: 27,436
Total IP: 14,367
Notable Players: Corey Patterson, Eric Hinske, Ryan Theriot, Geovany Soto, Josh Donaldson, Kyle Lohse, Jon Garland, Ricky Nolasco, Dontrelle Willis, Scott Downs, Mark Prior, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija & Andrew Cashner
Interesting Tidbit: Since 1996, there have been 50 pitchers drafted who have gone on to make 200+ starts in the big leagues, and 33 of those players were drafted in the first two rounds. The Cubs have been able to find workhorse starters after that and have the most pitchers (3—Ricky Nolasco, Dontrelle Wills & Kyle Lohse) to get 200+ starts after being drafted in the third round or later.

6. DETROIT TIGERS (78)
Scouting Directors:
Jeff Scott (1996), Greg Smith (1997-2004), David Chadd (2005-2010) & Scott Pleis (2011-2013)
Total AB: 38,727
Total IP: 8,809
Notable Players: Curtis Granderson, Brandon Inge, Cody Ross, Matt Joyce, Cameron Maybin, Alex Avila, Jeff Weaver, Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello, Jacob Turner & Drew Smyly
Interesting Tidbit: The 2005 Tigers draft is tied with the 2000 Cubs, 2004 Athletics and 2007 Cardinals as producing 11 different big leaguers so far. That number is the most for any team since 1996. The Tigers’ 2005 draft included Cameron Maybin (1), Chris Robinson (3), Kevin Whelan (4), Jeff Larish (5), Clete Thomas (6), Anthony Claggett (11), Matt Joyce (12), Casper Wells (14), Michael Hollimon (16), Burke Badenhop (19), and Will Rhymes (27).

5. OAKLAND ATHLETICS (81)
Scouting Directors:
Grady Fuson (1996-2001) & Eric Kubota (2002-2013)
Total AB: 41,485
Total IP: 17,345
Notable Players: Eric Chavez, Nick Swisher, Andre Ethier, Eric Byrnes, Ryan Ludwick, Kurt Suzuki, Mark Teahen, Bobby Crosby, Gerald Laird, Cliff Pennington, Tim Hudson, Barry Zito, Mark Mulder, Joe Blanton, Jeremy Bonderman, Trevor Cahill, Rich Harden, Kevin Gregg, Huston Street, Andrew Bailey & Sonny Gray
Interesting Tidbit: Since 1996, no team has been responsible for drafting and signing more innings than the Athletics. In fact, the A’s have nearly a 3,000-inning cushion over the next-closest team, the White Sox. Moneyball caught criticism for glossing over the fact that the Athletics already had some excellent players on their team, and there’s no greater market inefficiency with today’s financial landscape than drafting and developing your own talent.

4. SAN DIEGO PADRES (82)
Scouting Directors:
Brad Sloan (1996-2000), Bill Gayton (2001-2009), Jaron Madison (2010-2012) & Billy Gasparino (2013)
Total AB: 24,467
Total IP: 8,884
Notable Players: Jason Bartlett, Chase Headley, Xavier Nady, Khalil Greene, Will Venable, Nick Hundley, David Freese, Jedd Gyorko, Jake Peavy, Brian Lawrence & Mat Latos
Interesting Tidbit: From 1996-2011, the Padres are the only team (with Matt Bush) to have the first-overall pick not make it to the big leagues. They’ve made up for it by being the team with the second-most players to make the big leagues since 1996 (behind the Cardinals) who were drafted in the 20th round or later. That group is led by Kyle Blanks (42), Steve Delabar (29), Dylan Axelrod (30) and Brandon Kintzler (40).

3. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (85)
Scouting Directors:
Bob Hartsfield (1996-1997), Matt Nerland (1998-2007) & John Barr (2008-2013)
Total AB: 17,155
Total IP: 13,935
Notable Players: Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Kevin Correia, Ryan Vogelsong, Jonathan Sanchez, Jerome Williams, Madison Bumgarner, Brian Wilson, David Aardsma, Sergio Romo & Zack Wheeler
Interesting Tidbit: It’s no surprise that the Giants have won with pitching. That’s been out of necessity. While the team has drafted the fourth-most MLB innings since 1996, it ranks as the third lowest (behind just the Yankees and Mariners) in terms of position player at-bats drafted during that time span. Since 1996, the Giants have drafted and signed just seven players who have eclipsed 1,000 big league at-bats: Nate Schierholtz, Buster Posey, Fred Lewis, Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt, Mike Caruso and Kevin Frandsen.

2. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (90)
Scouting Directors:
Don Mitchell (1996-1999), Mike Rizzo (2000-2006), Tom Allison (2007-2010) & Ray Montgomery (2011-2013)
Total AB: 45,778
Total IP: 12,918
Notable Players: Lyle Overbay, Dan Uggla, Stephen Drew, Mark Reynolds, Justin Upton, Paul Goldschmidt, Carlos Quentin, Adam Eaton, Brad Penny, Brandon Webb, Chris Capuano, Max Scherzer, Brett Anderson, Jarrod Parker & Trevor Bauer
Interesting Tidbit: Arizona’s draft success has been well-rounded. The Diamondbacks are the only team over this time span to be in the top 20 percent for drafted at-bats and drafted innings pitched.

1. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (94)
Scouting Directors:
Marty Maier (1996-1997, 2001-2003), Ed Creech (1998), John Mozeliak (1999-2000, 2004), Jeff Luhnow (2005-2011) & Dan Kantrovitz (2012-2013)
Total AB: 55,021
Total IP: 9,233
Notable Players: Albert Pujols, Adam Kennedy, J.D. Drew, Coco Crisp, Jack Wilson, Yadier Molina, Colby Rasmus, Brendan Ryan, Jon Jay, Allen Craig, Matt Carpenter, Matt Adams, Kolten Wong, Dan Haren, Braden Looper, Jaime Garcia, Lance Lynn, Chris Perez, Jason Motte, Joe Kelly, Shelby Miller, Trevor Rosenthal & Michael Wacha
Interesting Tidbit: It included a couple international signees, but the Cardinals’ 2013 World Series roster had 19 homegrown players.

Now, a couple things need to be kept in mind when looking at raw data like this: 1) The sheer number of big leaguers is just one way to look at things. 2) Scouting departments are complicated, and numerous people always deserve credit for cultivating players. That being said, the guys at the top are there for a reason and, ultimately, they typically have the final say on a player. So, since I had the information handy, let’s take a look at which individual scouting directors had the most success during this time span (1996-2013), as measured by total big leaguers . . .

RK. SCOUTING DIRECTOR BIG LEAGUERS CURRENT ROLE
1 Matt Nerland 66 Giants — Senior Advisor, Scouting
2 Ed Creech 58 Giants — Senior Advisor, Scouting
3 Mike Radcliff 57 Twins — VP of Player Personnel
4 Bill Gayton 53 Diamondbacks — Pro Scout
5 Bill Schmidt 50 Rockies — Scouting Director
6 Greg Smith 49 Pirates — Assistant General Manager
7 Roy Clark 49 Dodgers – National Crosschecker
8 Stan Meek 47 Marlins — Scouting Director
9 Duane Shaffer 47 Mariners — Pro Scouting Western Supervisor
10 Jack Zduriencik 46 Mariners — General Manager
11 Tim Wilken 46 Cubs — Special Assistant to the GM
12 David Chadd 45 Tigers — VP of Amateur Scouting
13 Lin Garrett 45 Out of baseball
14 Chris Buckley 44 Reds — Scouting Director
15 Eric Kubota 44 Athletics — Scouting Director
16 Jeff Luhnow 44 Astros — General Manager
17 Marti Wolever 43 Phillies — Scouting Director
18 Dan Jennings 41 Marlins — General Manager
19 Mike Rizzo 41 Nationals — General Manager
20 Grady Fuson 40 Athletics — Special Assistant to the GM