Dammit, what's wrong with you people? Why do you feel the overriding need to chime in on pg. 3 of a thread with the same shite that gets repeated by everybody and their mother ad nauseum, without having read any of the arguments in the thread itself?
Shit, man. I just laid out the case that what everybody is saying is not really true. There is a pretty even 3-way split among foreigners, U.S. players straight from HS, and U.S. players from college. This doesn't seem to change one bit whether you are talking about the very top talent of MLB, or for MLB players in general. It's roughly 1/3-1/3-1/3 pretty much all the way through.
Why do people have to be such ignorant pricks?
From the 2012 MLB All-Star Rosters ( LINK
Foreign (17): Cano, Beltre, Bautista, Ortiz, Votto, Sandoval, Furcal, Me. Cabrera, Beltran, Mi. Cabrera, A. Cabrera, Andrus, Molina, Ruiz, Altuve, Castro, Gonzalez
Straight from U.S. HS (18): Napoli, Fielder, Jeter, Hamilton, Kemp, Mauer, Konerko, Ad. Jones, Trout, Trumbo, Butler, Wright, Ch. Jones, Desmond, Bruce, Harper, McCutchen, Stanton
From U.S. colleges (10): Granderson, Posey, Uggla, Wieters, Kinsler, Dunn, LaHair, Freese, Bourn, Braun Pitchers
Foreign (4): Darvish, Hernandez, Rodney, Chapman
Straight from U.S. HS (10): Harrison, Jim Johnson, Peavy, Sabathia, Cain, Gio Gonzalez, Hamels, Hanrahan, Kershaw, Lynn
From U.S. colleges (14): Cook, Nathan, Perez, Price, Sale, Verlander, Weaver, Wilson, Dickey, Kimbrel, Miley, Papelbon, Strasburg, Street Players who turned down college scholarships to sign pro contracts after negotiations:
Harrison -- NCSU
Peavy -- Auburn
Sabathia -- Hawaii
Hanrahan -- Nebraska
Kershaw -- TAMU
Jeter -- Michigan (actually took fall classes there)
Trout -- ECU
Butler -- UF
Wright -- GT
Holliday -- Oklahoma St.
McCutchen -- UF
Stanton -- SCAL
So hitters: 17/18/10
And pitchers: 4/10/14
So basically, the same rough 3-way split is seen at the very top as everywhere else.
The foreigners definitely have a huge comparative advantage when it comes to producing the game's best hitters, but the best pitchers still mostly come from college ball.