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ONE FOR THE AGES

For teams with a top 12 overall pick in the 2005 draft, the deck was stacked heavily in their favor.

The D-backs drafted Justin Upton with the first pick. Alex Gordon went next to the Royals. The Mariners whiffed on Jeff Clement at No. 3, but Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan Braun, Ricky Romero, Troy Tulowitzki, Andrew McCutchen and Jay Bruce all went in the top dozen picks. In all, 75 percent of the top 12 players in the 2005 draft developed into all-stars.

There isn’t an international draft. The proliferation of high-profile foreign signings and million-dollar bonuses doesn’t have deep enough history to run a comparable analysis on the international side.

But even considering only recent years,

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