If Every Team Was Homegrown: AL West

We continue our 2018 homegrown roster series with the American League West. You can check out the American League East here and the American League Central here.

As a reminder, any player signed for entry into Major League Baseball is eligible to be listed with the team that signed them, so foreign professionals signed from Japan, Cuba, South Korea or other countries are included in addition to those drafted and signed, signed as international amateurs or signed as undrafted free agents.

Players must have been active in 2017 and are scheduled to be active in 2018 to be eligible.

AL WEST

HOUSTON ASTROS

C Jason Castro
1B Yuli Gurriel
2B Jose Altuve
3B Alex Bregman
SS Carlos Correa
OF Ben Zobrist
OF George Springer
OF Hunter Pence
DH J.D. Martinez

SP Dallas Keuchel
SP Lance McCullers
SP Mike Foltynewicz
SP Vince Velasquez
SP Nick Tropeano
RP Bud Norris

Honorable Mention: Delino Deshields Jr., Brett Phillips, Kike Hernandez, Teoscar Hernandez, Matt Albers, Fernando Abad, Tyler White, Rio Ruiz, Derek Fisher, Daniel Mengden

Analysis: The Astros long-running success at finding and developing position players is apparent. There are seven All-Stars in their homegrown lineup, plus another player (Alex Bregman) likely to become one. Even their second unit of outfielders--Delino DeShields, Brett Phillips and Teoscar Hernandez/Derek Fisher--is better than some other teams have in their starting lineups in this exercise…While the difference in quality between the Astros homegrown position players and pitchers isn’t as stark as the Red Sox or Twins, it is noticeable. Dallas Keuchel is a Cy Young winner, but their other four best homegrown starters all have battled injuries and inconsistency, and there is little quality depth behind them….Overall, though, the Astros still have one of the best and most well-rounded track records of finding and developing future impact major leaguers in today’s game.

LOS ANGELES ANGELS

C Martin Maldonado
1B Mike Napoli
2B Howie Kendrick
3B Kaleb Cowart
SS Jean Segura
OF Randal Grichuk
OF Mike Trout
OF Kole Calhoun
DH Mark Trumbo

SP Shohei Ohtani
SP Garrett Richards
SP Ervin Santana
SP Patrick Corbin
SP John Lackey
RP Darren O'Day

Honorable Mention: Tyler Chatwood, Sean Newcomb, Mike Clevinger, Matt Shoemaker, Tyler Skaggs, Miguel Gonzalez, C.J. Cron, Kendrys Morales, Francisco Rodriguez, Erick Aybar, Keynan Middleton, Will Smith, Cam Bedrosian, Jeff Mathis, Peter Bourjos, Andrew Romine, Alexi Amarista, Sean Rodriguez, Chris O'Grady, Alan Busenitz.

Analysis: No team in baseball comes close to the Angels track record of developing starting pitching. The Angels roll 11 deep in solid-average or better homegrown major league starters. Even if you take out Japanese import Shohei Ohtani, still no team in baseball would match the quality depth of the Angels homegrown starters. Their second group (Tyler Chatwood, Sean Newcomb, Mike Clevinger, Matt Shoemaker, Tyler Skaggs) could be subbed in for their first group, and it’d still be the best homegrown rotation in the division…Offensively the Angels have had particular success finding and developing powerful first base/designated hitter types with Mark Trumbo, C.J. Cron, Kendrys Morales and Mike Napoli, who began as a catcher but ultimately played more first base in his career. Their outfield is more than set as well with you know who….Where the Angels have struggled to identify and develop future everyday players is at second and third base. Howie Kendrick, a 2002 draft pick, is the Angels last successful everyday second baseman, and he hasn’t played the position primarily since 2015. Kaleb Cowart, meanwhile, is the latest in an underwhelming group of Angels homegrown third basemen post-Troy Glaus, and the best they have. Not coincidentally, the Angels will have their eighth different Opening Day third baseman in 10 seasons in 2018.

OAKLAND ATHLETICS

C Kurt Suzuki
1B Matt Olson
2B Cliff Pennington
3B Matt Chapman
SS Addison Russell
OF Andre Ethier
OF Yoenis Cespedes
OF Chad Pinder
DH Ryon Healy

SP Sonny Gray
SP Dan Straily
SP Trevor Cahill
SP A.J. Griffin
SP Tyson Ross
RP Sean Doolittle

Honorable Mention: Huston Street, Joe Blanton, Santiago CasillaIan Krol, Blake Treinen, Andrew Bailey, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Robertson, Ryan Dull, Jose Torres, Michael Ynoa, Bruce Maxwell

Analysis: The Athletics have a history of successfully identifying and developing power hitters, with Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Yoenis Cespedes and Ryon Healy all averaging at least 27 home runs per 162 games in their careers. Addison Russell and Andre Ethier both have 20-home run seasons on their ledgers as well…While the Athletics starting lineup has punch, there is very, very little depth beyond it, with utilityman Daniel Robertson the best of the rest of the A’s active homegrown position players…The Athletics have had some success developing starting pitching, but haven’t kept it. After last summer’s Sonny Gray trade, all five of organization’s best homegrown starters now play for other teams. The same is true of most of the best relievers the organization has produced….It’s also noticeable how little success the Athletics have had internationally, with Cespedes--who was a Cuban professional--the only impact talent the Athletics have signed internationally in the 21st century.

SEATTLE MARINERS

C Mike Zunino
1B Luis Valbuena
2B Brad Miller
3B Kyle Seager
SS Ketel Marte
OF Chris Taylor
OF Adam Jones
OF Shin-Soo Choo
DH Asdrubal Cabrera

SP Felix Hernandez
SP James Paxton
SP Michael Pineda
SP Taijuan Walker
SP Luiz Gohara
RP Edwin Diaz

Honorable Mention: Ichiro Suzuki, Chris Tillman, Doug Fister, Hisashi Iwakuma, Erasmo Ramirez, Brandon Morrow, J.C. Ramirez, Carson Smith, Dominic Leone, Shawn Kelley, Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Carter Capps, Josh Fields, Brandon Maurer, Rene Rivera, John Hicks, Guillermo Heredia, Pat Kivlehan, Ji-Man Choi

Analysis: The Mariners have the longest playoff drought of any team in the four major sports. They likely wouldn’t be in that position if not for so many poor trades throughout their history. The Mariners homegrown lineup and rotation have plenty of everyday regulars and and solid-average or better starting pitchers. However, seven of their top nine homegrown position players in today’s game were traded away, as were three of their top five homegrown starters, moves than encompass 15 years and three different general managers….There is room to upgrade in the middle infield and at first base, but a lot of other teams have much lesser players at those positions in their homegrown histories…One particular area of strength for the Mariners has been developing identifying and developing pitching, although they largely haven’t kept it. In addition to the five quality starters in their homegrown rotation, Doug Fister, Chris Tillman, Hisashi Iwakuma, Erasmo Ramirez and J.C. Ramirez have all had success as starters in recent years, while Brandon Morrow, Dominic Leone, Shawn Kelley, Josh Fields, Brandon Maurer and Carter Capps have had excellent bullpen campaigns.

TEXAS RANGERS

C Manny Pina
1B Chris Davis
2B Ian Kinsler
3B Joey Gallo
SS Leury Garcia
OF Nick Williams
OF Odubel Herrera
OF Nomar Mazara
DH Edwin Encarnacion

SP Yu Darvish
SP Kyle Hendricks
SP Martin Perez
SP Tanner Roark
SP R.A. Dickey
RP Carl Edwards

Honorable Mention: Justin Smoak, Mitch Moreland, Rougned Odor, Edinson Volquez, Jerad Eickhoff, Scott Feldman, Tommy Hunter, Lewis Brinson, Jorge Alfaro, Joaquin Benoit, Derek Holland, Jesse Chavez, Nick Martinez, Leonys Martin, Leury Garcia, Craig Gentry, Keone Kela, Alex Claudio, Tanner Scheppers, Robbie Ross

Analysis: The Rangers have been exceptional at finding lefthanded power hitters in the 21st century. Chris Davis, Joey Gallo, Justin Smoak and Mitch Moreland make for a potent quartet, and Rougned Odor, Nomar Mazara and Odubel Herrera have all shown promise as well….Despite their current rotation shortcomings, the Rangers actually have a solid history of identifying and developing starting pitchers, both internationally (Yu Darvish, Martin Perez, Edinson Volquez) and in the draft (Kyle Hendricks, Tanner Roark, R.A. Dickey, Jerad Eickhoff). Trades have just thinned the crop…Shortstop is the most glaring hole the Rangers have had developmentally, with utilityman Leury Garcia the only real option--and he has played just 21 games as a shortstop in the majors….The Rangers international scouting has long been celebrated, and for good reason. They can claim a dozen full-time big leaguers originally signed by them in today’s game, one of the most successful international track records of any club.

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