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All-time draft roster: NL East

5/31/2012

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.

Other divisions: AL East | AL Central | AL West

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.