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Colleges that produce the most MLB players

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On April 28, the Los Angeles Rams selected Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, immediately making him the face of the franchise. On June 9, the Philadelphia Phillies will make the first pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, and whoever they choose will not face the type of pressure Goff currently must deal with.

This is not just because of a perceived lack of star power in this year's draft class, but more so due to the nature of baseball. Most top prospects spend a few years in the minor leagues before ever sniffing The Show.

Further, MLB teams routinely choose high school players that few followers of the game have ever heard of. Current MLB rosters are filled with high school and international talent, and the attention paid to college baseball pales in comparison to college football or basketball.

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Because of this, most active players who played in college aren't strongly identified with their schools. Still, plenty of today's stars once dominated at the NCAA level, and PointAfter found the college programs with the most active MLB players.

Because players often transfer to different schools, each player was only counted toward the last school he attended. To be considered active, players must be on a team's 25-man roster. Players with big league experience on a team's 40-man roster but currently on the disabled list were also counted towards a school's total. In all, 10 colleges have at least seven active players, and we'll work our way up until we reach the No. 1 college program, which has a dozen big leaguers on current rosters.

Note: All roster information is as of May 15, 2016. Schools with the same number of MLB players are sorted by alphabetical order.

#10. Ole Miss Rebels

Number of active MLB players: 7
Players: Aaron Barrett, Chris Coghlan, Zack Cozart, Lance Lynn, Drew Pomeranz, Alex Presley, Seth Smith

Coghlan was a first-round pick in 2006 and won the 2009 NL Rookie of the Year Award, batting .321 in 128 games. The Cardinals took Lynn in the first round of the 2008 draft, and the right-hander was a key member of the franchise's World Series title in 2011.

#9. LSU Tigers

Number of active MLB players: 7
Players: Louis Coleman, Kevin Gausman, Nick Goody, Will Harris, Aaron Hill, D.J. LeMahieu, Aaron Nola

Nola was a two-time winner of the SEC Pitcher of the Year Award and was the No. 7 pick in the 2014 draft. LeMahieu was a member of the Tigers' national championship-winning team in 2009 and was a second-round pick by the Cubs in the 2009 draft. He made his first All-Star appearance in 2015.

#8. Florida Gators

Number of active MLB players: 7
Players: Matt den Dekker, Anthony DeSclafani, Cole Figueroa, Darren O'Day, Paco Rodriguez, David Ross, Preston Tucker

O'Day was undrafted out of college but has become one of the best relief pitchers in baseball, making his first All-Star appearance in 2015. Ross was drafted in the seventh round in 1998 and won the 2013 World Series as a member of the Red Sox.

#7. Virginia Cavaliers

Number of active MLB players: 8
Players: Kyle Crockett, Sean Doolittle, Brandon Guyer, Phil Gosselin, Javier Lopez, Mark Reynolds, Tyler Wilson, Ryan Zimmerman

Zimmerman was the No. 4 overall pick in 2005 and has won two Silver Slugger Awards as a member of the Nationals. Doolittle was the No. 41 overall pick in the 2007 draft and was the ACC Player of the Year in 2006.

#6. Texas Longhorns

Number of active MLB players: 8
Players: Brandon Belt, J.P. Howell, Cory Knebel, Andrew McKirahan, Cameron Rupp, Huston Street, Drew Stubbs, Brandon Workman

Street was a member of the Longhorns' 2002 College World Series championship team and won the 2005 AL Rookie of the Year Award. He has made two All-Star appearances in his career and recorded his 300th save on July 22, 2015.

#5. North Carolina Tar Heels

Number of active MLB players: 8
Players: Dustin Ackley, Tim Federowicz, Matt Harvey, Chris Iannetta, Andrew Miller, Mike Morin, Kyle Seager, Adam Warren

Harvey was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2010 draft. He made his first All-Star appearance in 2013 and was the NL Comeback Player of the Year in 2015.

#4. Miami Hurricanes

Number of active MLB players: 8
Players: Yonder Alonso, Ryan Braun, Adam Eaton, Yasmani Grandal, Chris Hermann, Jon Jay, Danny Valencia, Jemile Weeks

Braun was the National Freshman of the Year in 2003 and was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award in 2005. He was drafted with the No. 5 overall pick by the Brewers in 2005 and has made six All-Star appearances in his career. Grandal was the No. 12 overall pick in 2010 and made his first All-Star appearance in 2015.

#3. Vanderbilt Commodores

Number of active MLB players: 9
Players: Pedro Alvarez, Curt Casali, Caleb Cotham, Ryan Flaherty, Sonny Gray, Drew Hayes, Mike Minor, David Price, Drew VerHagen

Price won the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy as a junior and was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft. He's made five All-Star appearances and won the 2012 AL Cy Young Award as a member of the Rays.

#2. Arizona State Sun Devils

Number of active MLB players: 10
Players: Tony Barnette, Jake Barrett, Kole Calhoun, Andre Ethier, Jason Kipnis, Mike Leake, Dustin Pedroia, Andrew Romine, Eric Sogard, Brett Wallace

Pedroia was a second-round pick in 2004 and went on to win the 2008 AL MVP Award. Wallace won back-to-back Pac-10 Player of the Year Awards in 2007 and 2008 and was the No. 13 overall pick in 2008.

#1. Long Beach State Dirtbags

Number of active MLB players: 12
Players: Matt Duffy, Danny Espinosa, Marco Estrada, Jared Hughes, Evan Longoria, Cesar Ramos, Bryan Shaw, Troy Tulowitzki, Jered Weaver, Vance Worley, Jason Vargas, Nick Vincent

With a dozen current big leaguers, the Dirtbags are the most represented program in today's MLB landscape. Weaver won the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy in 2004. Tulowitzki (No. 7 in 2005) and Longoria (No. 3 in 2006) are the only top-10 picks from Long Beach State currently in the pros.

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Ranking all 30 MLB stadiums

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Colleges that produce the most MLB players

30. Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay Rays

The playing surface is a mixture of grass and artificial turf, and there are fire inspection rings in play over head. Must be a joy to play in.

(AP Photo)

29. Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays

The only things worse than this warehouse-looking place are the metric measurements on the outfield walls.


28. Coliseum, Oakland A's

Any place sewage seeps back through the clubhouse drains probably isn’t a suitable location for pro sports.

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

27. Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas Rangers

Remember when this place was state of the art? Neither do we.

(AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)

26. U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago White Sox

What’s more bland than the Chicago White Sox? Their uniforms. What’s worse than that? The stadium.

(AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

25. Turner Field, Atlanta Braves

This place won’t live to see its 20th birthday. Good luck to the Braves’ next home, which will probably still always be empty, too.

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

24. Marlins Park, Miami Marlins

Makes perfect sense for an orange and teal team to play in a stadium with neon green everything. Also, has anyone ever figured out what exactly this is? 

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

23. Angel Stadium, Los Angeles Angels

Nothin’ like some fake rocks in center field to really set the mood for a baseball game.


22. Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians

The fact that it’s no longer Jacobs Field bumps this down at least five spots.


21. Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals

Can this place just stay out of the playoffs just once?


20. Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati Reds

How cheap is that wind tunnel?

 (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

19. Chase Field, Arizona Diamondbacks

Center field is the deepest part of the stadium, guys. The wall doesn’t need to be that high.

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18. Yankee Stadium, New York Yankees

Great place to see the best baseball players of the 20th century.

(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

17. Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers

Bernie sliding down that slide for every home run is ridiculous and awesome at the same time. Every time.

(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

16. Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Phillies

Once you get over the fact that some little league parks have deeper fences? Cool place to catch a game.

 (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

15. Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Dodgers

They should probably just name it Vin Scully Stadium at this point. Might help them out in these rankings.

 (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

14. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City Royals

The scoreboard being shaped like a long crown is a bit odd, but you can’t blame them for playing up the whole royalty thing.

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

13. Coors Field, Colorado Rockies

If it’s not a blizzard in Denver, Coors Field is still pretty impressive. But let’s lose those humidors and get these balls flying like its 2001. 

(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

12. Comerica Park, Detroit Tigers

Credit to the grounds crew for making sure the infield didn’t collapse through the ground while Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera manned the corners. That approached a good 600 pounds of man.

 (AP Photo/Matt Halip)

11. Minute Maid Park, Houston Astros

Get back to us next year, once that ridiculous hill and flag pole are scrapped.

(AP Photo/Bob Levey)

10. Target Field, Minnesota Twins

You probably won’t want to sit outside in Minnesota until about mid-June, but after that, Target Field is tough to beat.

 (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

9. Citi Field, New York Mets

Ownership may be fresh out of cash, but at least its stadium has an awesome selection of $12 beers. 

(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

8. Nationals Park, Washington Nationals

It’s been seven years, and the team just can’t sell these naming rights. Strangely, this makes the park even cooler.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

7. Safeco Field, Seattle Mariners

For a stadium that opened up in 1999, the Mariners’ digs have held up pretty well -- even when their roster hasn’t.

 (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

6.. Petco Park, San Diego Padres

Fun fact: An old candy factory building was physically moved to make room for the stadium. 

(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

5. Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox

Relax, Fenway is definitely an amazing place to watch a game. But sitting directly behind a pole and/or facing the left-center field wall just isn’t always appealing.


4. Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs

We’re glad the Cubs decided to keep their old home intact, but there’s no two ways about it: Until renovation is complete, Wrigley is a dump.

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

3. PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates

After two decades under .500, the Pirates are finally playing some winning ball again. Good thing, because their park deserves as many games as possible.

 (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

2. Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore Orioles

Still as beautiful as the day it opened in 1992, Camden Yards is headed toward becoming the next legendary American ballpark. 

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

1. AT&T Park, San Francisco Giants

Already 15 years and three names later, AT&T Park remains the best place to watch a Major League Baseball game. Between the amazing food, packed-out stands and the glistening bay in right field, San Francisco is lucky to call it home. 

(AP Photo)


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