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Colleges With the Most MLB Draft Picks

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It’s the dream of every college baseball player to play professionally in Major League Baseball. College is where talents are identified, nurtured, and prepared for the grandest of stages. Here, players are able to up their skills and play with and against some of the biggest names in the league.

While there are many colleges in the country with solid baseball programs, some are known for producing the most talents who end up in the league. Here are the top college programs with the most MLB Draft picks in history.

Arizona State University (ASU)

151 MLB picks

The Sun Devils definitely share a special connection with the league. Since the inception of the MLB Draft in 1965, no other school has had more draft picks than ASU.The school has also drafted the most number one overall draft picks in MLB history (4). Rick Monday was the first ever player to hear his name announced in a MLB Draft when he was selected first overall in the 1965 Draft. The other three ASU players to be drafted first overall are Floyd Bannister (1976), Bob Horner (1978), and Spencer Torkelson (2020).

ASU also has the second most first-round draft picks (23), but are yet to produce a first-round draft selection since 2020. The Sun Devils had six players selected in the recently concluded 2022 MLB draft, the fifth straight year the program has produced at least five draft picks.

One hundred and fourteen (114) ASU alumni have made it to the major leagues. Some of the school’s most notable former players include Barry Bonds, Dustin Pedroia, Reggie Jackson, and Rick Monday.

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California State University, Fullerton

149 MLB picks

The Titans have won the National Championship four times. Matthew Moschetti was the first-ever drafted player produced by the school when he was selected in the 36th round of the 1968 MLB Draft.

Phil Nevin, who was selected first overall in 1992, remains the Titans only number one overall pick. However, Cal State Fullerton has produced 18 first round draft picks and 71 Major Leaguers as of 2022.

The University of Texas at Austin

140 MLB picks

The Longhorns are tied with Louisiana State University (LSU) for the second most national championships (6), behind the USC Trojans’ 12. They also hold the record for the most NCAA games won and most appearances at the College World Series (12).

Texas is without a No. 1 overall pick, but they have produced 23 first-round draft picks and 113 Major Leaguers. Notable alumni include Burt Hooton, Calvin Schiraldi, Keith Moreland, Roger Clemens, and Spike Owen.

Rice University

140 MLB picks

The Rice Owls are tied with the Longhorns for third most MLB draft picks. This college program has featured in 23 NCAA baseball tournaments, but is yet to make an appearance since 2017. The Rice Owls won their first (and only) national title in 2003, becoming the University’s first athletic team to win a national Championship. With the selection of Philip Humber, Jeff Niemann, and Wade Townsend in the first round of the 2004 MLB Draft, Rice became the first college baseball program to produce three first round drafts in the same draft class.

As of this writing, the Owls have produced 14 first-round picks and one No. 1 overall. In addition, 39 former Rice Owls have made it to the Major League.

The University of Florida

136 MLB picks

The Gators were crowned national champions in 2017 after 10 unsuccessful trips to the College World Series. In all, the college has made it to 12 College World Series and featured in 37 NCAA tournaments.

Florida has produced 79 Major Leaguers, including notable alumni Al Rosen, David Eckstein, and Haywood Sullivan. The school has also produced 14 first-round draft picks, although the wait for a No. 1 overall pick continues.

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