Colleges that produce the most MLB players
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.
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: 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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