Ranking all-drafted MLB teams since 2000: 30-21
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Ahead of the 2020 MLB Amateur Draft next week, theScore's MLB editors imagine a world where trades and free agency don't exist and clubs can only use players they drafted. We assembled teams from the last 20 drafts dating back to 2000 and ranked each from 30-1. Here's Part 1:

Note: Some players were moved to their secondary positions in order to build the best roster.

30-21 I 20-11 I 10-1

30. New York Yankees

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Starting lineup

Position Player Drafted WAR
C Austin Romine 2007 0.8
1B Shelley Duncan 2001 1.5
2B Rob Refsnyder 2012 -1.3
3B Nick Solak 2016 0.4
SS Tyler Wade 2013 -0.7
OF Brett Gardner 2005 37.0
OF Austin Jackson 2005 18.6
OF Aaron Judge 2013 17.8
DH Jake Cave 2011 2.3

Pitching staff

Role Player Drafted WAR
SP Phil Hughes 2004 17.7
SP Ian Kennedy 2006 16.6
SP Jeff Karstens 2003 4.1
SP Jordan Montgomery 2014 3.1
SP Caleb Smith 2013 2.2
CL David Robertson 2006 14.3
RP Dellin Betances 2006 11.3
RP Mark Melancon 2006 10.5
RP Tyler Clippard 2003 8.2
RP Joba Chamberlain 2006 6.8
RP David Phelps 2008 5.7
RP Shane Greene 2009 4.2

The Yankees certainly look much different when unable to flex their financial muscle. Judge is the biggest star drafted and developed in-house, but he's one of just four first-round picks to make this team. In fact, he's the club's only first-rounder to reach the majors since 2010. There have been significant issues in drafting and developing infielders, with the group amassing for negative WAR over 638 games. Of the 28 shortstops selected, not one ever cracked the majors. At least there are some elite arms to come out of the 'pen. The relievers have combined for 11 All-Star appearances and over 500 saves.

29. Cleveland Indians

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Starting lineup

Position Player Drafted WAR
C Roberto Perez 2008 8.6
1B Ryan Garko 2003 0.6
2B Jason Kipnis 2009 22.8
3B Lonnie Chisenhall 2008 8.0
SS Francisco Lindor 2011 27.2
OF Luke Scott 2001 11.4
OF Ryan Church 2000 8.3
OF Joey Wendle 2012 4.6
DH Kevin Kouzmanoff 2003 9.5

Pitching staff

Role Pitcher Drafted WAR
SP Chris Archer 2006 20.2
SP Jeremy Guthrie 2002 11.6
SP Drew Pomeranz 2010 9.6
SP Shane Bieber 2016 8.3
SP Josh Tomlin 2006 6.4
CL Cody Allen 2011 6.8
RP Vinnie Pestano 2006 2.6
RP Steven Wright 2006 2.4
RP Aaron Laffey 2003 2.2
RP Zach Putnam 2008 1.6
RP Tony Sipp 2004 1.5
RP Vidal Nuno 2009 0.7

Kipnis developed into a two-time All-Star and Lindor is currently one of the game's best players, but outside of those two, the lineup consists of an underwhelming cast. Of the 17 position players that the club has drafted in the first round since 2000, only Lindor has played more than 300 games. Things are only slightly better on the pitching side. Archer leads the staff as Cleveland is unable to complete the 2006 deal that sent the right-hander, John Gaub, and Jeff Stevens to the Cubs for infielder Mark DeRosa. Bieber will most likely develop into the best pitcher of the group following a sensational 2019 campaign.

28. Seattle Mariners

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Starting lineup

Position Player Drafted WAR
C Mike Zunino 2012 13.9
1B Brad Miller 2011 8.3
2B Dustin Ackley 2009 6.9
3B Kyle Seager 2009 30.7
SS Chris Taylor 2012 10.0
OF Adam Jones 2003 29.4
OF Michael Saunders 2004 6.8
OF Tyler O'Neill 2013 1.4
DH Rene Rivera 2001 8.4

Pitching staff

Role Pitcher Drafted WAR
SP Doug Fister 2006 20.8
SP James Paxton 2010 17.1
SP Brandon Morrow 2006 12.4
SP Chris Tillman 2006 9.2
SP Taijuan Walker 2010 6.0
CL Edwin Diaz 2012 6.4
RP Ryan Yarbrough 2014 3.6
RP Josh Fields 2008 3.3
RP Shawn Kelley 2007 3.0
RP Carson Smith 2011 2.5
RP Emilio Pagan 2013 2.2
RP Eric O'Flaherty 2003 2.0

It's possible that things could have turned out differently had the Mariners not traded Jones and Tillman to the Orioles for Erik Bedard in 2008. The organization hasn't reached the postseason since 2001, and its draft record over the last two decades goes a long way in understanding why. Seager is the Mariners' underappreciated gem, as the third-round selection ranks sixth in home runs and seventh in WAR among third basemen since 2010. Both Fister and Paxton are solid starters but are more mid-rotation arms than true aces.

27. Chicago White Sox

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Starting lineup

Position Player Drafted WAR
C Josh Phegley 2009 1.3
1B Chris Carter 2005 3.1
2B Marcus Semien 2011 17.4
3B Gordon Beckham 2008 5.4
SS Tim Anderson 2013 7.8
OF Chris Young 2001 16.8
OF Ryan Sweeney 2003 8.5
OF Adam Engel 2013 0.3
DH Michael Morse 2000 4.7

Pitching staff

Role Pitcher Drafted WAR
SP Chris Sale 2010 44.5
SP Gio Gonzalez 2004 32.3
SP Brandon McCarthy 2002 16.0
SP Carlos Rodon 2014 6.9
SP Hector Santiago 2006 2.8
CL Addison Reed 2010 6.3
RP Daniel Hudson 2008 9.3
RP Nate Jones 2007 4.8
RP Chris Devenski 2011 4.2
RP Aaron Bummer 2014 1.6
RP Carlos Torres 2004 1.3
RP Jake Petricka 2010 0.7

On the whole, Chicago hasn't drafted well for some time. If not for a couple of top-flight starting pitchers in Sale and Gonzalez, the White Sox would look a lot worse. And the club never got a chance to enjoy Gonzalez's success, as the lefty was traded, re-acquired, and traded again before he appeared in the majors. It wasn't looking very good from a position-player perspective, either, prior to Semien's MVP-caliber 2019 campaign with the A's, though Anderson's emergence as an everyday guy does provide a boost.

26. San Diego Padres

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Starting lineup

Position Player Drafted WAR
C Nick Hundley 2005 1.9
1B David Freese 2006 19.2
2B Logan Forsythe 2008 9.8
3B Chase Headley 2005 27.5
SS Jason Bartlett 2001 17.0
OF Trea Turner 2014 14.3
OF Will Venable 2005 13.0
OF Hunter Renfroe 2013 4.2

Pitching staff

Role Pitcher Drafted WAR
SP Corey Kluber 2007 34.6
SP Mat Latos 2006 19.6
SP Miles Mikolas 2009 6.5
SP Joe Ross 2011 4.7
SP Joey Lucchesi 2016 3.1
CL Brandon Kintzler 2004 3.1
RP Brad Brach 2008 4.9
RP Cory Luebke 2007 3.5
RP Wade LeBlanc 2006 3.2
RP Tim Stauffer 2003 3.7
RP Nick Vincent 2008 5.4
RP Max Fried 2012 3.5

If anyone is wondering why the Padres failed to make the playoffs in the 2010s, this list of draft picks is a good place to start. With the exception of two-time Cy Young winner Kluber, who they gave up on far too early, and young star Turner, who was quickly dealt away in A.J. Preller's failed win-now experiment, San Diego has failed to identify many impact names. Even Headley, at one time a top prospect, only managed to produce one stellar season that boosted his overall value. The majority of their picks who've sustained themselves in the majors have done so as mere average contributors.

25. Detroit Tigers

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Starting lineup

Position Player Drafted WAR
C Alex Avila 2008 14.6
1B Jack Hannahan 2001 4.5
2B Devon Travis 2012 4.8
3B Nicholas Castellanos 2010 10.4
SS Don Kelly 2001 0.2
OF Curtis Granderson 2002 47.6
OF Matt Joyce 2005 17.1
OF Cameron Maybin 2005 14.9
DH James McCann 2011 2.2

Pitching staff

Role Pitcher Drafted WAR
SP Justin Verlander 2004 72.0
SP Rick Porcello 2007 27.9
SP Drew Smyly 2010 8.4
SP Spencer Turnbull 2014 3.3
SP Casey Mize 2018 N/A
CL Andrew Miller 2006 12.6
RP Chad Green 2013 5.7
RP Corey Knebel 2013 4.3
RP Burke Badenhop 2005 3.5
RP Joel Zumaya 2002 2.7
RP Casey Fien 2006 1.9
RP Kyle Ryan 2010 1.1

Dave Dombrowski ran the Tigers for much of the last 20 years, and the result was either trading promising prospects for big-league reinforcements or neglecting the draft altogether. It wasn't all bad - Verlander, Granderson, and Porcello are homegrown success stories, while Miller and Maybin were turned into Miguel Cabrera in a deal that no one will second-guess - but the cupboard is quite bare outside of the headliners. It's so scarce that Mize, the No. 1 pick in 2018, cracks this rotation despite not yet being on Detroit's 40-man roster.

24. Toronto Blue Jays

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Starting lineup

Position Player Drafted WAR
C Yan Gomes 2009 14.2
1B Adam Lind 2004 9.4
2B Cavan Biggio 2016 2.4
3B Aaron Hill 2003 21.0
SS Bo Bichette 2016 1.7
OF Kevin Pillar 2011 11.8
OF Jake Marisnick 2009 6.1
OF Travis Snider 2006 3.3
DH Eric Thames 2008 4.8

Pitching staff

Role Pitcher Drafted WAR
SP Noah Syndergaard 2010 18.8
SP Marcus Stroman 2012 15.8
SP Shaun Marcum 2003 11.9
SP Ricky Romero 2005 8.7
SP Anthony DeSclafani 2011 6.7
CL Casey Janssen 2004 5.9
RP Brett Cecil 2007 7.5
RP Aaron Sanchez 2010 5.7
RP Dustin McGowan 2000 4.3
RP Aaron Loup 2009 3.1
RP Sam Dyson 2010 3.0
RP Brandon League 2001 2.9

Both Bichette and Biggio being on this list, despite having only just completed their rookie campaigns, serves as the most glaring evidence that Toronto hasn't had the best luck at the draft over the last two decades. Hill had some nice years with the Blue Jays, making his lone All-Star appearance in 2009 when he also finished 12th in AL MVP voting. Syndergaard has shown flashes of brilliance with the Mets since the trade that brought R.A. Dickey north of the border, but injuries have prevented him from truly ascending to the top tier of major-league pitchers. At one point, Syndergaard, Stroman, Sanchez, DeSclafani, and Justin Nicolino looked like the rotation of the future, but none remain on the roster.

23. Baltimore Orioles

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Starting lineup

Position Player Drafted WAR
C Matt Wieters 2007 17.4
1B Christian Walker 2012 2.1
2B Mike Fontenot 2001 4.8
3B Stevie Wilkerson 2014 -1.0
SS Manny Machado 2010 33.2
OF Nick Markakis 2003 29.2
OF Trey Mancini 2013 5.2
OF Nolan Reimold 2005 1.6
DH Mike Yastrzemski 2013 2.2

Pitching staff

Role Pitcher Drafted WAR
SP Jake Arrieta 2007 23.8
SP Kevin Gausman 2012 13.5
SP Zach Davies 2011 7.8
SP Dylan Bundy 2011 7.2
SP John Means 2014 3.0
CL Zack Britton 2006 9.8
RP Jim Johnson 2001 6.0
RP Josh Hader 2012 6.0
RP David Hernandez 2005 5.6
RP Mychal Givens 2009 5.6
RP Brian Matusz 2008 4.5
RP Chris Ray 2003 0.9

The Orioles' inability to develop pitchers is about as well-known as any draft narrative around the league. The best pitcher the club developed by far, Jake Arrieta, didn't flourish until the club traded him away, as he'd go on to win the 2015 NL Cy Young award and lead the Chicago Cubs to a title the following year. And that's saying nothing of Hader or Davies. Hitters, meanwhile, have gone on to have some decent careers in Baltimore. Machado developed into a legitimate superstar after being taken third overall in 2010. A scout once said, "Sliced bread is actually the greatest thing since Matt Wieters." While the catcher has carved out a decent career, he couldn't always live up to the hype. The club will surely look for Adley Rutschman to match or exceed Wieters' production.

22. Minnesota Twins

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Starting lineup

Position Player Drafted WAR
C Joe Mauer 2001 52.5
1B Mitch Garver 2013 4.1
2B Brian Dozier 2009 24.0
3B Trevor Plouffe 2004 5.0
SS Niko Goodrum 2010 2.7
OF Aaron Hicks 2008 11.8
OF Eddie Rosario 2010 10.5
OF Denard Span 2002 28.0
DH Jason Kubel 2000 1.9

Pitching staff

Role Pitcher Drafted WAR
SP Matt Garza 2005 22.6
SP Scott Baker 2003 15.5
SP Kyle Gibson 2009 13.0
SP Jose Berrios 2012 9.9
SP Kevin Slowey 2005 7.7
CL Glen Perkins 2004 7.7
RP Pat Neshek 2002 6.2
RP Jesse Crain 2002 5.4
RP Brian Duensing 2005 5.3
RP Taylor Rogers 2012 5.0
RP Anthony Swarzak 2004 2.7
RP Dereck Rodriguez 2011 1.2

The Twins struck gold when they selected hometown catcher Mauer first overall in 2001. The 2009 AL MVP is destined for Cooperstown and is the clear highlight in a mixed bag of Twins draft picks from the last 20 years. Minnesota hasn't won a playoff series since 2002, and much of that has to do with the lack of star power to emerge from the draft. Dozier was a bright spot, but he was traded before the current competitive iteration really took shape. Other than Garver, Rosario, and Berrios, most of the current roster was built through trades, free agency, or the international market. If Byron Buxton (second overall pick in 2012) can live up to his potential, this ranking could change substantially.

21. Pittsburgh Pirates

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Starting lineup

Position Player Drafted WAR
C Jacob Stallings 2012 1.4
1B Josh Bell 2011 3.8
2B Neil Walker 2004 21.8
3B Pedro Alvarez 2008 7.7
SS Jordy Mercer 2008 8.3
OF Andrew McCutchen 2005 49.9
OF Jose Bautista 2000 35.6
OF Rajai Davis 2001 12.3

Pitching staff

Role Pitcher Drafted WAR
SP Gerrit Cole 2011 28.8
SP Paul Maholm 2003 16.5
SP Chris Young 2000 13.0
SP Jameson Taillon 2010 9.5
SP Tyler Glasnow 2011 2.8
CL Matt Capps 2002 4.3
RP Zach Duke 2001 15.4
RP Tom Gorzelanny 2003 7.3
RP Justin Wilson 2008 5.4
RP Tony Watson 2007 5.0
RP Sean Burnett 2000 1.2
RP Jared Hughes 2006 0.5

The Pirates have unearthed their fair share of gems in the draft, even if several didn't find stardom until after they left Pittsburgh. While the club can boast about having drafted an MVP (McCutchen), 50-homer man (Bautista), and strikeout machine (Cole), among other notable names, there are too many errors overall that make it clear to see why the Bucs have spent many years in the league's basement. Alvarez was their best find at third base, but the 2008 second overall pick is now considered a bust. It doesn't help that they passed on Buster Posey to take Alvarez, leaving Stallings as their best homegrown catcher by default. On the pitching side, Cole is the only starter who's made a sustained impact in the majors, although Taillon and Glasnow have both shown that kind of potential when healthy and still have time to grow. Too many of their pitchers have turned into career middle relievers.

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