All-time draft roster: NL East

June, 1, 2012
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Let's move on to the National League with our all-time draft rosters, the best players drafted and signed by each franchise. Remember that they didn't necessarily have to star with that team.

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Atlanta Braves
C -- Brian McCann
1B -- Ryan Klesko
2B -- Glenn Hubbard (sorry, Mark Lemke!)
3B -- Chipper Jones
SS -- Jeff Blauser
OF -- Dale Murphy
OF -- Dusty Baker
OF -- Brett Butler
DH -- David Justice
SP -- Tom Glavine
SP -- Jason Schmidt
SP -- Kevin Millwood
SP -- Steve Avery
SP -- Adam Wainwright
RP -- Steve Bedrosian

You know what's interesting? For all the attention given to the Braves' ability to develop pitchers, they've actually done a better job drafting outfielders: Jermaine Dye and Ron Gant couldn't make our roster, and then you have Jason Heyward (check back in 10 years). Pitchers? Remember, they traded for John Smoltz and signed Greg Maddux as a free agent. Schmidt was traded away for Denny Neagle and Wainwright for J.D. Drew. But the Braves have drafted only four pitchers to win 100 games -- Glavine, Schmidt, Millwood and Jason Marquis, not actually a high total.

Miami Marlins
C -- Charles Johnson
1B -- Adrian Gonzalez
2B -- Robert Andino
3B -- Josh Wilson
SS -- Dave Berg
OF -- Giancarlo Stanton
OF -- Mark Kotsay
OF -- Randy Winn
DH -- Josh Willingham
SP -- Josh Beckett
SP -- Josh Johnson
SP -- Jason Vargas
SP -- Nate Robertson
SP -- Brian Meadows
RP -- Steve Cishek

The Marlins have drafted extremely poorly throughout the history; in fact, they've never really developed a starting major league infielder outside of first base (and they traded Adrian Gonzalez for Ugueth Urbina) and only two quality starting pitchers. Amazing. What they did do in winning two World Series titles was produce Latin American talent (Miguel Cabrera, Edgar Renteria, Luis Castillo), sign veteran free agents (Kevin Brown, Al Leiter and others), and make interesting trades (expansion pick Trevor Hoffman for Gary Sheffield, Brown for Derrek Lee).

New York Mets
C -- Todd Hundley
1B -- Gregg Jefferies
2B -- Wally Backman
3B -- David Wright
SS -- Hubie Brooks
OF -- Darryl Strawberry
OF -- Lenny Dykstra
OF -- Mookie Wilson
DH -- Jeromy Burnitz
SP -- Nolan Ryan
SP -- Dwight Gooden
SP -- Jon Matlack
SP -- Mike Scott
SP -- A.J. Burnett
RP -- Rick Aguilera

No Tom Seaver? Technically, Seaver wasn't a draft pick. He was originally drafted by the Dodgers, but didn't sign. Under the draft rules of the time, that put him in the secondary phase of the 1966 draft. The Braves selected him and Seaver signed a contract, but commissioner Spike Eckert vetoed the contract because Southern Cal had already played two games (although Seaver didn't pitch). When the NCAA then ruled Seaver ineligible, Seaver and his father threatened a lawsuit against MLB. Rather than accepting the original contract, Eckert allowed other teams to match Atlanta's offer. The Mets won a lottery with the Phillies and Indians to secure Seaver's rights.

Philadelphia Phillies
C -- Bob Boone
1B -- Ryan Howard
2B -- Chase Utley
3B -- Mike Schmidt
SS -- Jimmy Rollins
OF -- Lonnie Smith
OF -- Greg Luzinski
OF -- Pat Burrell
DH -- Scott Rolen
SP -- Cole Hamels
SP -- Randy Wolf
SP -- Kevin Gross
SP -- Bob Walk
SP -- Dick Ruthven
RP -- Mike Jackson

Not surprisingly, the current core of Utley, Rollins, Howard and Hamels all make the squad. An outfield of Smith, Luzinski and Burrell would be comical to watch defensively -- three left fielders, all notorious for the defensive issues. One position the Phillies have done well with is catchers. Besides Boone, you have Darren Daulton, Mike Lieberthal, Ozzie Virgil and John Stearns.

Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos
C -- Gary Carter
1B -- Cliff Floyd
2B -- Tony Phillips
3B -- Ryan Zimmerman
SS -- Ian Desmond
OF -- Andre Dawson
OF -- Tim Raines
OF -- Marquis Grissom
DH -- Tim Wallach
SP -- Randy Johnson
SP -- Cliff Lee
SP -- Steve Rogers
SP -- Scott Sanderson
SP -- Bill Gullickson
RP -- Norm Charlton

Calm down. Give Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper a little time before we anoint them the great players in Expos/Nationals history. A lot of good players we couldn't find room for: Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips, Rondell White, Jason Bay, Delino DeShields, Archi Cianfrocco. OK, I just wanted to say Archi Cianfrocco. None of the big three of Carter, Dawson and Raines were first-round picks. Carter went in third round in 1974, Dawson in Round 11 in 1975 (he reached the majors a year later) and Raines was a fifth-rounder in 1977.

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