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Daniel Wilco | | June 6, 2018

Colleges with the most first-round MLB draft picks

Dominant Mize in the running for Golden Spikes Award

The first amateur Major League Baseball draft took place in 1965. Since then, 1,516 players have been drafted in the first round of the MLB draft.

Of those, almost 700 came from an NCAA school. 

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And no school is more represented in that list than Stanford. Nico Hoerner, drafted No. 24 by the Chicago Cubs, became the Cardinal’s 24th player taken in the first round — more than any other college. 

There are 94 other NCAA schools that have had at least two players taken in the first round. Here’s a look at the top 20:

Rank College First round draft picks No. 1 overall picks Conference
1 Stanford 24 1 Pac-12
T2 Arizona State 21 3 Pac-12
T2 Texas 21 0 Big 12
4 Florida State 20 1 ACC
5 Vanderbilt 16 2 SEC
T6 North Carolina 15 1 ACC
T6 Southern California 15 0 Pac-12
T8 Rice 14 1 C-USA
T8 Florida 14 0 SEC
10 Cal State Fullerton 13 1 Big West
T11 UCLA 12 1 Pac-12
T11 Clemson 12 1 ACC
T11 Wichita State 12 0 American
T14 Louisiana State 11 1 SEC
T14 Oklahoma State 11 0 Big 12
T14 Georgia Tech 11 0 ACC
T14 Fresno State 11 0 MWC
T14 Arizona 11 0 Pac-12
T14 Mississippi State 11 0 SEC
T14 South Carolina 11 0 SEC

Three of the top seven schools hail from the Pac-12, but it's actually the SEC that holds the record for most first round draft picks with 112, two ahead of the ACC. The Pac-12 sits just behind at 109.

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Those three conferences account for 48.6 percent of all NCAA first-round draftees since 1965.

Thanks to the Detroit Tigers taking Auburn’s Casey Mize with the first pick of 2018’s draft, the SEC is also in a tie with the ACC for the most top overall draft picks.

Only 25 of the 54 No. 1 draft picks since 1965 have been from NCAA schools, and the SEC and ACC combine for 10 of those, with the Pac-12 adding another four.

But no individual school has more No. 1 overall picks than Arizona State.

The very first player ever taken in the amateur draft was Arizona State outfielder Rick Monday, drafted No. 1 overall in 1965 by the Kansas City Athletics. In 1976, the Houston Astros selected pitcher Floyd Bannister, and in 1978, the Atlanta Braves took outfielder Bob Horner, both Sun Devils.

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Vanderbilt is the only other school to have more than one player taken first overall. In 2007, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays took pitcher David Price, and in 2015, the Arizona Diamondbacks picked shortstop Dansby Swanson.

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