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Musings on the 2017 All Star rosters

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Some thoughts on the roster origin breakdowns

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Earlier this morning I broke down the player origins of the 2017 MLB All Star Game rosters. You can find the American League here, with the National League over here. The rosters are very different this year.

Here’s a compiled summary
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Four-Year Colleges: 16
Two-Year Collleges: 1
High Schools: 11 (California 2, Florida 2, one each from Arizona, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ontario, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas)
First or Second Round Picks: 17
Third through Fifth Round: 3
Sixth through 10th Round: 6
11th round or later: 2
International Free Agents: 4 (Dominican Republic 2, Curacao 1, Venezuela 1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Four-Year Colleges: 11
Two-Year Collleges: 2
High Schools: 10 (Florida 3, one each from California, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and Texas)
First or Second round picks: 13
Third through Fifth round: 4
Sixth through 10th round: 4
11th round or later: 2
International Free Agents: 14 (Dominican Republic 8, Venezuela 3, Curacao 1, Japan 1, Mexico 1).

COMBINED
Four-Year Colleges: 27
Two-Year Colleges: 3
High Schools: 21 (Florida 5, California 3, North Carolina 2, Puerto Rico 2, Tennessee 2, Texas 2, Arizona 1, Minnesota 1, New Jersey 1, New York 1, Ontario 1)
First or Second round picks: 30
Third through Fifth round: 7
Sixth through 10th round: 10
11th round or later: 4
International Free Agents: 18 (Dominican Republic 10, Venezuela 4, Curacao 2, Japan 1, Mexico 1).

MUSINGS
It is a one-year snapshot but I don’t think the overall results are too surprising. Most of the talent comes out of the early rounds of the draft, as you’d expect. There’s a slight lean to college talent. The two big warm-weather states of California and Florida are productive, but the Dominican Republic is even more so.

It is interesting that the deep south (GA, SC, MS, AL) high schools, notably the frequent draft hotbed of Georgia, produced no one this year while cold weather states like Minnesota, New York, and New Jersey did. Puerto Rico also seems to be improving of late.

You could break it down further by pitchers and hitters and the college guys could be broken down by conference but I think that is better left for a multi-year study for a larger sample.