What you'd probably like to know during amateur draft week is which teams will get the most production out of the 2014 draft. Unfortunately, that's a question that we won't be able to answer for a while. So as a substitute, would you accept an examination of which teams have drafted the most (and best) major leaguers in recent years? As part of BP's partnership with Fox Sports, I attempted to answer that question (and others) in an article up today at the Fox Sports MLB page. Here's a teaser:
Whether or not a run of drafting success is attributable to skill, and whether or not it’s likely to last, it can be a big boon to a team. Successful draftees can mature into homegrown stars who deliver baseball’s most valuable commodity: cost-controlled wins. Alternatively, they can turn into trade chips who bring back proven performers. So as we wait a few days to see this year’s selections (and then wait a few years to see whether this year’s selections work out), it’s worth looking back at the teams whose drafts have proved most fruitful in the recent past. Some of the standouts are exactly the clubs you’d expect; others might make you do a double-take.
To do that double-take, check out the full article—and stay tuned for future exclusive weekly columns by Baseball Prospectus for Fox.
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