Our 2018 homegrown roster series, where we see what every teams lineup and pitching staff for this year would look like with only homegrown players, wraps with the National League West. You can check out the American League East here, American League Central here and American League West here. The National League East is here and the National League Central is here.
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.
Honorable mention: Carlos Gonzalez, Ender Inciarte, Gerardo Parra, Mark Reynolds, Keon Broxton, Stephen Drew, Brett Anderson, Jorge De La Rosa, Andrew Chafin, Emilio Bonifacio, Matt Davidson, Tony Barnette, Collin Cowgill, Jake Barrett, Evan Scribner
Analysis: The D-backs have one of the best, most complete teams in baseball when it comes to homegrown talent, no surprise given they drafted the most big leaguers of any organization heading into last season…The Diamondbacks track record of identifying and developing outfielders is among the very best in baseball, with four All-Stars (Justin Upton, A.J. Pollock, Carlos Gonzalez, Ender Inciarte), another premier player (Adam Eaton), a two-time Gold Glove winner (Gerardo Parra) and a 20-20 player (Keon Broxton). They are similarly loaded in the dirt, with All-Stars in Miguel Montero, Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb, everyday starters in Chris Owings and Dansby Swanson, and highly accomplished veterans like Mark Reynolds and Stephen Drew in reserve….The one area the D-backs could be considered a tad short is in the rotation, but it’s still fronted by three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and three accomplished veterans. The fifth spot is shakier, with now-reliever Archie Bradley able to be swapped out for scuffling Brett Anderson if desired.
Analysis: Similar to the D-backs, the Rockies have an illustrious track record of developing outfielders. Corey Dickerson, Dexter Fowler and Charlie Blackmon are all All-Stars, Matt Holliday was an MVP candidate in his prime, Seth Smith has long been a steady everyday player and David Dahl and Raimel Tapia are two promising potential cornerstones…The left side of the infield is similarly loaded with Nolan Arenado, Troy Tulowitzki and Trevor Story, but second basemen and first basemen have not been strengths of the Rockies developmentally. Story has never actually played second base in the majors, and Ryan McMahon has 24 big league plate appearances under his belt, but there are no better options…The Rockies starting pitching successes have all come from college (Jon Gray, Kyle Freeland, Eddie Butler, Chad Bettis, Tyler Anderson) or Venezuela (Antonio Senzatela, Jhoulys Chacin). The last effective Dominican starter they signed was Ubaldo Jimenez in 2001, and the best of their high school pitcher draft selections, to date, has been Chaz Roe.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Honorable mention: Matt Kemp, Joc Pederson, Edwin Jackson, Ross Stripling, Jharel Cotton, A.J. Ellis, Joakim Soria, Jonathan Broxton, Daniel Coulombe, Pedro Baez, Justin Ruggiano, Alejandro De Aza, Luis Garcia, Yimi Garcia, Jumbo Diaz, Brock Stewart, Walker Buehler, Willie Calhoun, Alex Verdugo
Analysis: The Dodgers have long been known as a franchise that scouts well internationally, and that holds true. A third of their best homegrown lineup, three-fifths of their starting rotation and their best reliever were all international signees. There’s even a bit of international flair with some of their draft picks, such as Russell Martin (Canada) and Jharel Cotton (Virgin Islands)….The Dodgers are particularly strong at developing infielders, and as such, Cody Bellinger gets moved to the outfield to fit in the best lineup. Joc Pederson and Matt Kemp on the bench still give the Dodgers two accomplished outfielders and is representative of the franchise’s considerable position player depth…. The Dodgers developed the best pitcher in the game in Clayton Kershaw, but they haven’t been able to follow up in the draft since picking him in 2006. Kenta Maeda and Hyun-Jin Ryu were signed as foreign professionals and Julio Urias is out of Mexico. Their best drafted starting pitcher post-Kershaw, Nate Eovaldi, has a career 4.21 ERA and missed all of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery. Cotton, the only Dodgers draft pick post-Kershaw who pitched regularly out of a rotation last year, had a 5.58 ERA. Walker Buehler will try and break the Dodgers drought when it comes to finding future starters in the draft.
SAN DIEGO PADRES
Honorable mention: Logan Forsythe, Brandon Kintzler, Matt Bush, Nick Vincent, Nick Hundley, Cory Spangenberg, Oliver Perez, Eric Sogard, Wade LeBlanc, Jace Peterson, Odrisamer Despaigne, Colin Rea, Trevor Gott, Franchy Cordero, Miles Mikolas, Andrew Albers
Analysis: The Padres have historically been very strong at identifying second and third basemen, with Chase Headley, David Freese, Logan Forysthe and Jedd Gyorko all holding everyday spots in the majors, while Eric Sogard and Cory Spangenberg are firmly on big league rosters, if not impact contributors….The Padres also have identified starting pitching fairly well but largely haven’t kept it. Four of the Padres five best homegrown starters--Corey Kluber, Joe Ross, Matt Andriese and Max Fried--were all traded as prospects….Developing homegrown first basemen and outfielders has long been a problem for the Padres and, interestingly enough, those are the weak points in their current farm system. Mallex Smith and Travis Jankowski are second-division regular/backup-types, while the jury remains out on Hunter Renfroe. Despite the shakiness of that outfield group, there are no better options…As for first base, the last time the Padres had a homegrown everyday player at that position was John Kruk in 1987-88.
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Honorable mention: Pablo Sandoval, Franicsco Liriano, Dan Otero, Tommy Joseph, Derek Law, Chris Stratton, Joe Biagini, Heath Hembree, Hector Sanchez, Kelby Tomlinson, Andrew Susac, Ariel Hernandez, Austin Slater
Analysis: One of the worst homegrown position groups in baseball is the Giants outfielders, which correlates directly to their real-life problems. Adam Duvall is a bonafide big leaguer, but beyond that, the Giants have failed to identify or develop future everyday outfielders, either in the draft or internationally, for years. Adrianza is a utilityman and Parker is a career backup, and yet the Giants have no better outfielders in their homegrown history….They have certainly done a much better job with catchers, infielders and their pitching staff, although the collection of arms is much weaker in 2018 than in past years when Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Ryan Vogelsong and Jonathan Sanchez were in their primes….A solid staring infield is complemented by Pablo Sandoval and Tommy Joseph--who both have their flaws but are accomplished--off the bench, the rotation has options beyond the starting five and the bullpen runs deep….The Giants have done an notably excellent job finding and developing catchers, with Buster Posey, of course, and also Andrew Susac and Hector Sanchez, who remain in the majors as backstops today.