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The Lack of Home-Grown Padre Stars 

There’s no question the Padres have a lot wrong with them right now. The organization is in flux and needs stability. Hopefully the search for a new GM ends well and Mike Dee and company find the right guy to take on this situation. There are many challenges ahead for San Diego’s future GM, including consistently producing home-grown talent that can contribute on the Big League level. The Padres have struggled more than most to do such a thing, while many teams have possibly found their franchise guy through either the draft or international signings. Here’s a look at some notable home-grown talent that have reached the Bigs on each MLB roster. I also picked one guy on team that I feel is either their franchise guy or most impactful player:

ARI
A.J. Pollock (Round 1, Pick 17, 2009 Draft), Chris Owings (Round 1, Pick 41, 2009 Draft), Wade Miley (Round 1, Pick 46, 2008 Draft), Paul Goldschmidt (Round 8, Pick 246, 2009 Draft), Miguel Montero (Signed as Amateur FA in 2001)

ATL

Mike Minor (Round 1, Pick 7, 2009 Draft), Jason Heyward (Round 1, Pick 14, 2007 Draft), Andrelton Simmons (Round 2, Pick 70,  2010 Draft), Freddie Freeman (Round 2, Pick 78, 2007 Draft), Alex Wood (Round 2, Pick 85, 2012 Draft), Craig Kimbrel (Round 3, Pick 96, 2008 Draft), Tommy La Stella (Round 8, Pick 266, 2011 Draft), Kris Medlen (Round 10, Pick 310, 2006 Draft), Evan Gattis (Round 23, Pick 704, 2010 Draft), Luis Avilan (Signed as Amateur FA in 2005), Brandon Beachy (Signed as Amateur FA in 2008), Julio Teheran (Signed as Amateur FA in 2007)

BAL

Manny Machado (Round 1, Pick 3, 2010 Draft), Brian Matusz (Round 1, Pick 4, 2008 Draft), Matt Wieters (Round 1, Pick 5, 2007 Draft), Nick Markakis (Round 1, Pick 7, 2003 Draft), Zach Britton (Round 3, Pick 85, 2006 Draft)

BOS

Jackie Bradley Jr. (Round 1, Pick 40, 2011 Draft), Clay Buchholtz (Round 1, Pick 42, 2005 Draft), Jon Lester (Round 2, Pick 57, 2002 Draft), Brandon Workman (Round 2, Pick 57, 2010 Draft), Dustin Pedroia (Round 2, Pick 65, 2004 Draft), Will Middlebrooks (Round 5, Pick 174, 2007 Draft), Xander Bogaerts (Signed as Amateur FA in 2009), Danial Nava (Signed as FA in 2008)

CHC

Darwin Barney (Round 4, Pick 127, 2007 Draft), Starlin Castro (Signed as Amateur FA in 2006), Junior Lake (Signed as Amateur FA in 2007)

CHW

Gordon Beckham (Round 1, Pick 8, 2008 Draft), Chris Sale (Round 1, Pick 13, 2010 Draft), Nate Jones (Round 5, Pick 179, 2007 Draft), Jose Abreu (Signed as Amateur FA in 2014)

CIN

Homer Bailey (Round 1, Pick 7, 2004), Mike Leake (Round 1, Pick 8, 2009 Draft), Jay Bruce (Round 1, Pick 12, 2005 Draft), Devin Mesoraco (Round 1, Pick 15, 2007 Draft), Joey Votto (Round 2, Pick 44, 2002 Draft), Billy Hamilton (Round 2, Pick 57, 2009 Draft), Zack Cozart (Round 2, Pick 79, 2007 Draft), Johnny Cueto (Signed as Amateur FA in 2004)

CLE

Lonnie Chisenhall (Round 1, Pick 29, 2008 Draft), Jason Kipnis (Round 2, Pick 63, 2009 Draft)

COL

Troy Tulowitzki (Round 1, Pick 7, 2005 Draft), Rex Brothers (Round 1, Pick 34, 2009 Draft), Nolan Arenado (Round 2, Pick 59, 2009 Draft), Charlie Blackmon (Round 2, Pick 72, 2008 Draft), Josh Rutledge (Round 3, Pick 107, 2010 Draft)

DET

Justin Verlander (Round 1, Pick 2, 2002 Draft), Rick Porcello (Round 1, Pick 27, 2007 Draft), Nick Castellanos (Round 1, Pick 44, 2010 Draft), Drew Smyly (Round 2, Pick 68, 2010 Draft), Alex Avila (Round 5, Pick 163, 2008 Draft)

HOU

Jason Castro (Round 1, Pick 10, 2008 Draft), George Springer (Round 1, Pick 11, 2011 Draft), Dallas Keuchel (Round 7, Pick 221, 2009 Draft), Jose Altuve (Signed as Amateur FA in 2007)

KC

Alex Gordon (Round 1, Pick 2, 2005 Draft), Mike Moustakas (Round 1, Pick 2, 2007 Draft), Eric Hosmer (Round 1, Pick 3, 2008 Draft), Aaron Crow (Round 1, Pick 12, 2009 Draft), Billy Butler (Round 1, Pick 14, 2004 Draft), Danny Duffy (Round 3, Pick 96, 2007 Draft), Greg Holland (Round 10, Pick 306, 2007 Draft)

LAA

Jered Weaver (Round 1, Pick 12, 2004 Draft), C.J. Cron (Round 1, Pick 17, 2011 Draft), Hank Conger (Round 1, Pick 25, 2006 Draft), Mike Trout (Round 1, Pick 25, 2009 Draft), Garrett Richards (Round 1, Pick 42, 2009 Draft), Howard Kendrick (Round 10, Pick 294, 2002 Draft), Erick Aybar (Signed as Amateur FA in 2002), Matt Shoemaker (Signed as Amateur FA in 2008)

LAD

Clayton Kershaw (Round 1, Pick 7, 2006 Draft), Dee Gordon (Rond 4, Pick 127, 2008 Draft), Matt Kemp (Round 6, Pick 181, 2003 Draft), Yasiel Puig (Signed as Amateur FA in 2012)

MIA

Jose Fernandez (Round 1, Pick 14, 2011 Draft), Christian Yelich (Round 1, Pick 23, 2010 Draft), Giancarlo Stanton (Round 2, Pick 76, 2007 Draft), Steve Cishek (Round 5, Pick 166, 2007 Draft)

MIL

Rickie Weeks (Round 1, Pick 2, 2003 Draft), Ryan Braun (Round 1, Pick 5, 2005 Draft), Yovani Gallardo (Round 2, Pick 46, 2004 Draft), Tyler Thornburg (Round 3, Pick 96, 2010 Draft), Jonathan Lucroy (Round 3, Pick 101, 2007 Draft), Khris Davis (Round 7, Pick 226, 2009 Draft), Scooter Gennett (Round 16, Pick 496, 2009 Draft), Wily Peralta (Signed as Amateur FA in 2005)

MIN

Joe Mauer (Round 1, Pick 1, 2001 Draft), Aaron Hicks (Round 1, Pick 14, 2008 Draft), Kyle Gibson (Round 1, Pick 22, 2009 Draft), Glen Perkins (Round 1, Pick 22, 2004 Draft), Brian Dozier (Round 8, Pick 252, 2009 Draft)

NYM

Matt Harvey (Round 1, Pick 7, 2010 Draft), David Wright (Round 1, Pick 38, 2001 Draft), Josh Satin (Round 6, Pick 194, 2008 Draft), Lucas Duda (Round 7, Pick 243, 2007 Draft)

NYY

Derek Jeter (Round 1, Pick 6, 1992 Draft), Brett Gardner (Round 3, Pick 109, 2005 Draft)

OAK

Sonny Gray (Round 1, Pick 18, 2011 Draft), Sean Doolittle (Round 1, Pick 41, 2007 Draft), Yoenis Cespedes (Signed as Amateur FA in 2012)

PHI

Chase Utley (Round 1, Pick 15, 2000 Draft), Cole Hamels (Round 1, Pick 17, 2002 Draft), Jimmy Rollins (Round 2, Pick 46, 1996 Draft), Ryan Howard (Round 5, Pick 140, 2001 Draft)

PIT

Gerrit Cole (Round 1, Pick 1, 2011 Draft), Pedro Alvarez (Round 1, Pick 2, 2008 Draft), Andrew McCutchen (Round 1, Pick 11, 2005 Draft), Jordy Mercer (Round 3, Pick 79, 2008 Draft), Justin Wilson (Round 5, Pick 144, 2008 Draft), Tony Watson (Round 9, Pick 278, 2007 Draft)

SD

Tim Stauffer (Round 1, Pick 4, 2003 Draft), Jace Peterson (Round 1, Pick 58, 2011 Draft), Jedd Gyorko (Round 2, Pick 59, 2010 Draft), Cory Luebke (Round 1, Pick 63, 2007 Draft), Chase Headley (Round 2, Pick 66, 2005 Draft)< Will Venable (Round 7, Pick 218, 2005 Draft), Kevin Quackenbush (Round 8, Pick 263, 2011 Draft), Tommy Medica (Round 14, Pick 424, 2010 Draft), Nick Vincent (Round 18, Pick 555, 2008 Draft), Odrisamer Despaigne (Signed as Amateur FA in 2014)

SEA
Dustin Ackley (Round 1, Pick 2, 2009 Draft), Nick Franklin (Round 1, Pick 27, 2009 Draft), Taijuan Walker (Round 1, Pick 43, 2010 Draft), Kyle Seager (Round 3, Pick 82, 2009 Draft), James Jones (Round 4, Pick 113, 2009 Draft), James Paxton (Round 4, Pick 132, 2010 Draft), Felix Hernandez (Signed as Amateur FA in 2002)

SF

Buster Posey (Round 1, Pick 5, 2008 Draft), Madison Bumgarner (Round 1, Pick 10, 2007 Draft), Tim Lincecum (Round 1, Pick 10, 2006 Draft), Matt Cain (Round 1, Pick 25, 2002 Draft), Brandon Crawford (Round 4, Pick 117, 2008 Draft), Brandon Belt (Round 5, Pick 147, 2009 Draft), Pablo Sandoval (Signed as Amateur FA in 2003)

STL

Shelby Miller (Round 1, Pick 19, 2009 Draft), Michael Wacha (Round 1, Pick 19, 2012 Draft), Kolten Wong (Round 1, Pick 22, 2011 Draft), Adam Wainwright (Round 1, Pick 29, 2000 Draft), Lance Lynn (Round 1, Pick 39, 2008 Draft), Jon Jay (Round 2, Pick 74, 2006 Draft), Joe Kelly (Round 3, Pick 98, 2009 Draft), Daniel Descalso (Round 3, Pick 112, 2007 Draft), Yadier Molina (Round 4, Pick 113, 2000 Draft), Allen Craig (Round 8, Pick 256, 2006 Draft), Tyler Lyons (Round 9, Pick 289, 2010 Draft), Seth Maness (Round 11, Pick 350, 2011 Draft), Matt Carpenter (Round 13, Pick 399, 2009 Draft), Jason Motte (Round 19, Pick 575, 2003 Draft), Trevor Rosenthal (Round 21, Pick 639, 2009 Draft), Jaime Garcia (Round 22, Pick 680, 2005 Draft), Matt Adams (Round 23, Pick 699, 2009 Draft), Kevin Siegrist (Round 41, Pick 1235, 2008 Draft), Oscar Taveras (Signed as Amateur FA in 2008)

TB

David Price (Round 1, Pick 1, 2007 Draft), Evan Longoria (Round 1, Pick 3, 2006 Draft), Alex Cobb (Round 4, Pick 109, 2006 Draft), Jeremy Hellickson (Round 4, Pick 118, 2005 Draft), Matt Moore (Round 8, Pick 245, 2007 Draft)

TEX

Colby Lewis (Round 1, Pick 38, 1999 Draft), Mitch Moreland (Round 17, Pick 530, 2007 Draft), Derek Holland (Round 25, Pick 748, 2006 Draft), Yu Darvish (Signed as Amateur FA in 2012), Leonys Martin (Signed as Amateur FA in 2011), Rougned Odor (Signed as Amateur FA in 2011), Jurickson Profar (Signed as Amateur FA in 2009)

TOR

Marcus Stroman (Round 1, Pick 22, 2012 Draft), Brett Cecil (Round 1, Pick 38, 2007 Draft), Adam Lind (Round 3, Pick 83, 2004 Draft), Casey Janssen (Round 4, Pick 117, 2004 Draft), Drew Hutchinson (Round 15, Pick 460, 2009 Draft)

WAS

Bryce Harper (Round 1, Pick 1, 2010), Stephen Strasburg (Round 1, Pick 1, 2009 Draft), Ryan Zimmerman (Round 1, Pick 4, 2005 Draft), Ross Detwiler (Round 1, Pick 6, 2007 Draft), Anthony Rendon (Round 1, Pick 6, 2011 Draft), Drew Storen (Round 1, Pick 10, 2009 Draft), Jordan Zimmermann (Round 2, Pick 67, 2007 Draft), Danny Espinosa (Round 3, Pick 87, 2008 Draft)

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About the author: Brad Beattie

San Diego born and raised. Love the Padres, the Chargers, and all things (for the most part) San Diego. Will continue to follow San Diego sports through both the ups and down, and I hope to hear your opinions as you follow them too.