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Updated: Jun 9th, 2011
2011 MLB Draft: Which States Did the Best?
By: Jeff Spelman |

Cincinnati - A total of 495 high school prospects from 45 different states were chosen in this year’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. That number represents nearly a third of the 1,530 overall players chosen this year. In contrast, there were 179 junior college players chosen and a near-record 818 prospects from four-year colleges.

California, Florida and Texas combined for 36% of the high school players drafted. Puerto Rico and Canada both had strong showings with both having 16 high school players drafted. That would have ranked just behind Georgia, Arizona and North Carolina. 

So which states have the most bragging rights this year for producing Major League Draft picks directly from high school? If you look at the entire 50 rounds, here is how the state’s rank:

1. California – 88 high school players drafted

2. Florida – 57

3. Texas – 42

4. Georgia – 31

5. Arizona – 25

6. North Carolina - 17

7. Illinois – 16*

8. Pennsylvania – 15

9. Washington - 13

10. (tie) Alabama, Oklahoma, South Carolina – 12 each

13. (tie) Michigan, Mississippi, Tennessee – 10 each

16. (tie) Louisiana, New Jersey – 9 each

18. (tie) Kentucky, Missouri – 8 each

20. (tie) Hawaii, Kansas, Nevada, Virginia – 7 each

24. (tie) Indiana, Massachusetts – 6 each

26. (tie) Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, New York – 5 each

30. Ohio – 4

31. (tie) Maryland, Oregon – 3 each

33. (tie) Conn., Delaware, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin – 2 each

41. (tie) Idaho, Nebraska, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Wyoming – 1 each

46. (tie) Alaska, Maine, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia – 0 high school players drafted

*(Puerto Rico & Canada each had 16 high school players drafted as well)

Looking at the Top-100 High School Draft Prospects

If you consider only the very best high school draft picks (the Top-100), California, Florida, Texas and Georgia would finish 1-2-3-4 again, but some states such as Oklahoma (top-heavy in prep talent) would rate better. 

Here is a revised list (including Puerto Rico and Canada) spotlighting which states produced the most Top-100 high school draft picks this year:

1. California – 22

2. Florida – 14

3. Texas – 11

4. Georgia – 6

5. Oklahoma – 5

6. (tie) Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico – 4

8. (tie) Arizona, North Carolina – 3

Honorable Mention:

2 each – KS, MA, MS, NJ, NY, TN, VA, WA

1 each – AR, CN, CO, IL, MI, MO, MT, NH, NM, OH, SC, WY

About Jeff Spelman
Jeff Spelman is one of the most experienced and respected people in the amateur baseball scouting world. Spelman was the early pioneer of the showcase industry in 1992 and was the founder of Team One Baseball. Team One ran the country's top showcases throughout the 1990s and early 2000s with hundreds of future MLB Stars coming through their events. In fact, Spelman's Team One Baseball was responsible for 10,000+ players going on to play college ball, saw 2,000+ selected in the MLB Draft and had alumni of his events collectively earn over $500 million in college scholarships. Spelman sold the company to Baseball Factory in 2004. Spelman also helped form the Cape Cod Classic, was in charge of player selection and helped to get it televised on ESPNU. The Cape Cod Classic later became the Under Armour All-American Game. Spelman has also served as an amateur baseball scout and writer for CBS Sports/Yahoo!, and has served as the national scouting director for Rivals.com Baseball.
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Matt Bomeisl
Jun 09, 2011 (3:38pm)

How about Wyoming 1st rounder Brandon Nimmo! Looked like that kind of talent at every event we saw him at.

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Matt Bomeisl
Jun 09, 2011 (3:38pm)

As Jeff pointed out on Facebook, Ohio is one of the top 10 most populous states in the country, but disappointed by producing just 4 draft picks.

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Jeff Spelman
Jun 09, 2011 (3:56pm)

Ohio has endured a slow decline in producing high school prospects. There was a time when cities such as Cincinnati were producing as many as 2-3 first-rounders in a year (Dave Parker, Barry Larkin, Ken Griffey Jr., David Justice and many others played HS baseball in Cincinnati). The other populated state trending downward is New York. With 19 million people (3rd most populous state), NY produced five high school draft picks this year.

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Jeff Spelman
Jun 09, 2011 (4:00pm)

Arizona had a big year this year with 25 draft picks (nearly knocking off Georgia at #4). Puerto Rico came up big this year as well with 16 high school draft picks, an unusually high number.

Alabama, Oklahoma and South Carolina each had 12 draft picks, ranking among the 10 best states this year, despite the fact that none of those three states are among the top-20 in population.

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