You decide.   The way the current system of free agent rankings and compensation works the amateur draft and free agent signings are linked whether we like it or not.Omar Minaya's first amateur draft as GM of the New York Mets was the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.   Below is a brief look at how many picks each National League team has made, what picks have been impacted by free agent signings, how many of those picks have made it to the Major Leagues, who they are and what overall # pick those players that have made it were from their 2005-2008 drafts inclusive.   The 2009 draft is not included because no player taken that year has made their major league debut.   The American League is not included because they are not the main competition from day-to-day and because they have the DH which upsets me greatly (but truthfully because I just don't have the time).For those who don't know, basically a team will have more overall picks as compensation for losing major league players via free agency (Type A or B free agents), and fewer if it signs players via free agency (Type A free agents).   These picks gained or lost are early round picks which is generally when the prime talent is considered to be available.The teams are listed in descending order based on their total number of picks made in these 4 drafts.   A team which neither signed nor lost any free agents, or maintained a balance of both, would have 50 picks annually or 200 total during the period of time being examined here should they choose to exercise all their picks, but not all teams use their full allotment of picks as you'll see if you actually read all this.   Whether the draft picks were signed or not is not a factor.   If more than one team made the same number of total picks those teams are listed alphabetically.So please take a look at the information below, note how many picks some teams had and how few others had due to the way they utilize Type A & B free agents and/or the way they simply decide to stop drafting, and note what these teams have thus far produced with those picks and let us know your conclusions in the comments section.   Who is balancing free agency and the draft well?   Who is not?   Is Omar Minaya?Braves: 209 total picks, 6 have reached the majors, 3%.In 2005 the Braves received the 41st overall pick (supplemental) and the 77th overall pick from the Yankees signing of FA P Jaret Wright.   In 2006 they received the 38th overall pick (supplemental) and the 72nd overall pick from the Yankees signing of FA P Kyle Farnsworth, and the 43rd overall pick (supplemental) and the 51st overall pick from the Dodgers signing of FA SS Rafael Furcal.   In 2007 they received the 33rd overall pick (supplemental) and the 69th overall pick from the Orioles signing of FA P Danys Baez.   In 2008 they received the 40th overall pick (supplemental) from the Royals signing of FA P Ron Mahay.   Thus the 9 extra picks.   None of their compensation picks have reached the majors.Cardinals: 207 total picks, 13 have reached the majors, 6%.In 2005 the Cardinals received the 28th overall pick and the 43rd overall pick (supplemental) from the Red Sox signing of FA SS Edgar Renteria, and the 46th overall pick (supplemental) and the 70th overall pick from the Giants signing of FA C Mike Matheny.   In 2006 they received the 42nd overall pick (supplemental) and the 54th overall pick from the Giants signing of FA P Matt Morris, and the 76th overall pick from the Phillies signing of FA 3B Abraham Nunez.   In 2007 they received the 36th overall pick (supplemental) and the 71st overall pick from the Brewers signing of FA P Jeff Suppan.   In 2008 they received the 39th overall pick (supplemental) from the Rays signing of FA P Troy Percival.   The Cardinals chose not to exercise their final 3 picks of the 2005 amateur draft.   Thus the net of 7 extra picks.   3 of their compensation picks have reached the majors (Colby Rasmus, Chris Perez & Clayton Mortensen).Diamondbacks, 207 total picks, 10 have reached the majors, 5%.In 2005 the Diamondbacks received the 31st overall pick (supplemental) and the 83rd overall pick from the Mariners signing of FA 1B Richie Sexson.   In 2006 they received the 34th overall pick (supplemental) and the 86th overall pick from the Giants signing of FA P Tim Worrell.   In 2007 they received the 50th overall pick (supplemental) from the Brewers signing of FA SS Craig Counsell and the 61st overall pick (supplemental) from the Mariners signing of FA P Miguel Batista.   In 2008 they received the 43rd overall pick (supplemental) from the Twins signing of FA P Livan Hernandez.   Thus the 7 extra picks.   1 of their compensation picks has reached the majors (Micah Owings).Marlins, 207 total picks, 9 have reached the majors, 4%.In 2005 the Marlins received the 22nd overall pick and the 34th overall pick (supplemental) from the Giants signing FA P Armando Benitez, the 29th overall pick and 44th overall pick (supplemental) from the Yankees signing FA P Carl Pavano,   and the 79th overall pick (supplemental) from the Twins signing of C Mike Redmond.   In 2006 they received the 36th overall pick (supplemental) and the 90th overall pick from the Blue Jays signing of FA P A.J. Burnett.   Thus the 7 extra picks.   4 of their compensation picks have reached the majors (Ryan Tucker, Sean West, Brett Hayes & Chris Coghlan).Phillies, 205 total picks, 5 have reached the majors, 2%.In 2005 the Phillies lost their 1st round pick for signing FA P Jon Leiber.   In 2006 they received the 18th overall pick and the 37th overall pick (supplemental) from the Mets signing of FA P Billy Wagner, and lost their 1st round pick for signing FA P Tom Gordon.   In 2007 they received the 37th overall pick (supplemental) and the 107th overall pick from the Indians signing of FA OF David Dellucci.   In 2008 they received the 34th overall pick (supplemental) and the 51st overall pick from the Giants signing of FA OF Aaron Rowand, and the 110th overall pick (supplemental) for failure to sign a previous draft pick.   Thus the net of 5 extra picks.   None of their compensation picks have reached the majors.Nationals, 203 total picks, 7 have reached the majors, 3%.In 2005 the Nationals lost their 2nd round draft pick for signing FA 3B Vinny Castilla and their 3rd round draft pick for signing FA SS Christian Guzman.   In 2006 they received the 22nd overall pick from the A's signing of FA P Esteban Loaiza and the 70th overall pick from the Angels signing of FA P Hector Carrasco.   In 2007 they received the 31st overall pick (supplemental) and the 67th overall pick from the Cubs signing of FA OF Alfonso Soriano, and the 49th overall pick (supplemental) for the Mariners signing of FA OF Jose Guillen.   Thus the net of 3 extra picks.   1 of their compensation picks has reached the majors (Jordan Zimmermann).Reds, 202 total picks, 8 have reached the majors, 4%.In 2007 the Reds received the 34th overall pick (supplemental) and the 104th overall pick from the Giants signing of FA 1B Rich Aurilia, and the 53rd overall pick (supplemental) from the Mets signing of FA P Scott Schoeneweis.   In 2008 they lost their 2nd round draft pick for signing FA P Francisco Cordero.   Thus the net of 2 extra draft picks.   None of their compensation picks have reached the majors.Rockies, 202 total picks, 2 have reached the majors, 1%.In 2005 the Rockies received the 32nd overall pick (supplemental) and the 52nd overall pick from the Nationals signing of FA 3B Vinny Castilla.   Thus 2 extra draft picks.   None of their compensation picks have made the majors.Pirates, 200 total picks, 3 have reached the majors, 1%.Brewers, 199 total picks, 5 have reached the majors, 3%.In 2005 the Brewers lost their 2nd round pick for signing FA C Damian Miller.   In 2007 they lost their 2nd round pick for signing FA P Jeff Suppan.   In 2008 they received the 32nd overall pick (supplemental) and the 53rd overall pick from the Reds signing of FA P Francisco Cordero, and the 35th overall pick (supplemental) and the 54th overall pick from the White Sox signing of FA P Scott Linebrink.   The Brewers chose not to exercise their final 3 picks in the 2007 draft.   Thus the net loss of 1 pick.   None of their compensation picks have reached the majors.Cubs, 199 total picks, 3 have reached the majors, 2%.In 2005 the Cubs received the 108th overall pick from the Red Sox signing of FA P Matt Clement.   In 2006 they lost their 2nd round pick for signing FA P Bobby Howry, their 3rd round pick for signing FA P Scott Eyre and their 4th round pick for signing FA OF Jacque Jones.   In 2007 they received the 48th overall pick (supplemental) from the Dodgers signing of FA OF Juan Pierre, and lost their 2nd round pick for signing FA OF Alfonso Soriano.   In 2008 they received the 41st overall pick (supplemental) from the Brewers signing of FA C Jason Kendall.   Thus the net loss of 1 pick.   None of their compensation picks has made the majors.Giants, 199 total picks, 12 have reached the majors, 6%.In 2005 the Giants lost their 1st round pick for signing FA P Armando Benitez, their 2nd round pick for signing FA C Mike Matheny, and their 3rd round pick for signing FA SS Omar Vizquel.   In 2006 they received the 33rd overall pick (supplemental) and the 89th overall pick from the Cubs signing of FA P Scott Eyre, and they lost their 2nd round pick for signing FA P Matt Morris and their 3rd round pick for signing FA P Tim Worrell.   In 2007 they received the 22nd overall pick and the 43rd overall pick (supplemental) from the Dodgers signing of FA P Jason Schmidt, the 29th overall pick and the 32nd overall pick (supplemental) from the Mets signing of FA OF Moises Alou, and the 51st overall pick (supplemental) from the Reds signing of FA P Mike Stanton, and they lost their 2nd round pick for signing FA P Barry Zito, their 3rd round pick for signing FA 1B Rich Aurilia, and their 4th round pick for signing FA OF Dave Roberts.   In 2008 they received the 37th overall pick (supplemental) from the Phillies signing of 3B Pedro Feliz, and they lost their 2nd round pick for signing FA OF Aaron Rowand.   Thus the net loss of 1 pick.   2 of their compensation picks have made the majors (Emmanuel Burriss & Conor Gillaspie).Astros, 192 total picks, 3 have reached the majors, 2%.In 2005 the Astros received the 38th overall pick (supplemental) and the 89th overall pick from the Mets signing of FA OF Carlos Beltran.   In 2007 they lost their 1st round pick for signing FA OF Carlos Lee, and their 2nd round pick for signing FA P Woody Williams.   In 2008 they received the 38th overall pick (supplemental) from the Rays signing FA P Trever Miller, and the 109th overall pick (supplemental) for failure to sign a previous draft pick.   The Astros chose not to exercise their final 4 picks of the 2005 amateur draft and their final 6 picks of the 2007 amateur draft.   Thus a net loss of 8 picks.   1 of their compensation picks has made the majors (Tommy Manzella).Mets, 191 total picks, 9 have reached the majors, 5%.In 2005 the Mets lost their 2nd round pick for signing FA P Pedro Martinez and their 3rd round pick for signing FA OF Carlos Beltran.   In 2006 they lost their 1st round pick for signing FA P Billy Wagner.   In 2007 they received the 42nd overall pick (supplemental) and the 77th overall pick from the Indians signing of FA P Roberto Hernandez, and they received the 47th overall pick (supplemental) and 99th overall pick from the Orioles signing of FA P Chad Bradford, and they lost their 1st round pick for signing FA OF Moises Alou.   In 2008 the Mets received the 18th overall pick and the 33rd overall pick (supplemental) from the Braves signing FA P Tom Glavine.   The Mets chose not to exercise their final 10 picks in the 2007 draft.   Thus a net loss of 9 picks.   1 of their compensation picks has reached the majors (Eddie Kunz).Padres, 187 total picks, 10 have reached the majors, 5%.In 2005 the Padres received the 35th overall pick (supplemental) and the 76th overall pick from the Red Sox signing FA P David Wells.   In 2006 they received the 35th overall pick (supplemental) and the 53rd overall pick from the Orioles signing FA P Roberto Hernandez.   In 2007 they received the 40th overall pick (supplemental) and the 81st overall pick from the Astros signing FA P Woody Williams, they received the 46th overall pick (supplemental) and the 134th overall pick from the Giants signing FA OF Dave Roberts, they received the 57th overall pick (supplemental) from the Mets signing FA P Chan Ho Park, they received the 63rd overall pick (supplemental) from the A's signing FA P Alan Embree, and they received the 64th overall pick (supplemental) from the Giants signing FA 1B Ryan Klesko. In 2008 they received the 42nd overall pick (supplemental) from the Brewers signing FA OF Mike Cameron, they received the 46th overall pick (supplemental) for the Astros signing FA P Doug Brocail, and they received the 111th overall pick (supplemental) for failure to sign a previous draft pick.   The Padres chose not to exercise their final 5 picks in the 2006 draft, their final 15 picks in the 2007 draft and their final 7 picks in the 2008 draft.   Thus a net loss of 13 picks.   2 of their compensation picks have made it to the majors (Cesar Ramos & Nick Hundley).Dodgers, 186 total picks, 4 have reached the majors, 2%.In 2005 the Dodgers received the 40th overall pick (supplemental) and the 51st overall pick from the Mariners signing of FA 3B Adrian Beltre, and they lost their 1st round pick for signing FA P Derek Lowe.   In 2006 they received the 26th overall pick and the 31st overall pick (supplemental) from the Angels signing FA P Jeff Weaver, and they lost their 2nd round pick for signing FA SS Rafael Furcal and their 3rd round pick for signing FA 3B Bill Mueller.   In 2007 they received the 20th overall pick and the 39th overall pick (supplemental) from the Red Sox signing FA SS Julio Lugo, and they lost their 1st round pick for signing FA P Jason Schmidt.   In 2007 the Dodgers chose not to exercise their final 11 picks of the draft and in 2008 they chose not to exercise their final 5 picks.   Thus a net loss of 14 picks.   1 of their compensation picks has made it to the majors (Luke Hochevar).