AL East Homegrown Teams

The ultimate measure of a farm system is how many quality major leaguers it produces. While we won’t know how the 2018 Organizational Talent Rankings will bear out for a few years, we can look back and see what teams have done well, and poorly, when it comes to identifying and developing future big leaguers.

Here is what every team’s 2018 lineup and starting rotation would look like if it was made up solely of players drafted or signed by that team. In other words, a look at the team if it was made up entirely of homegrown players.

We start with the American League East, and will roll out the rest of the divisions throughout the week.

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.


Chance Sisco 
1B Trey Mancini 
2B Jonathan Schoop 
3B Nick Delmonico
SS Manny Machado 
OF Hyun Soo Kim
OF Austin Hays 
OF Nick Markakis 
DH Matt Wieters

SP Jake Arrieta 
SP Kevin Gausman 
SP Dylan Bundy 
SP Zach Davies 
SP Eduardo Rodriguez 
RP Zach Britton

Honorable MentionAriel MirandaJosh HaderMychal Givens, David Hernandez, Koji UeharaCaleb JosephTim AdlemanPedro FlorimonParker BridwellWei-Yin ChenSteven BraultJim JohnsonDonnie HartOliver Drake

Analysis: The Orioles have long been short on starting pitching, but it’s not because they haven’t drafted it well or identified it internationally . The Orioles traded three of their most productive homegrown starters before they reached the majors (Zach Davies, Eduardo Rodriguez, Steven Brault), released another (Tim Adleman), traded Ariel Miranda after one appearance and Parker Bridwell after two, and famously cut bait on Jake Arrieta. Josh Hader, if he moves to the rotation, would make for seven MLB starting pitchers the Orioles traded or released when they were prospect-eligible….Offensively the Orioles have some big successes (Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop) but have struggled to develop homegrown outfielders or corner infielders, leading to some positional gymnastics—and the inclusion of two rookies and a fringe player—just to find enough big leaguers to fill out a homegrown lineup. In real life, the Orioles made up for this shortcoming with astute trades (Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo).


Christian Vazquez 
1B Anthony Rizzo 
2B Dustin Pedroia 
3B Rafael Devers 
SS Xander Bogaerts 
OF Andrew Benintendi 
OF Jackie Bradley Jr.
OF Mookie Betts 
DH Josh Reddick

SP Jon Lester 
SP Clay Buchholz 
SP Anibal Sanchez 
SP Raul Alcantara 
SP Chris Smith
RP Hunter Strickland

Honorable MentionJacoby EllsburyJed Lowrie, Hanley Ramirez, Travis ShawManuel MargotYoan MoncadaBrandon MossCarlos AsuajeJose IglesiasRyan Pressly, Alex Wilson, Matt Barnes, Jose Alvarez, Junichi TazawaMichael Kopech.

Analysis: The Red Sox may have the best lineup in the American League when it comes to homegrown players—and the worst starting rotation. Jon Lester is still going strong, but Clay Buchholz and Anibal Sanchez have largely been done since 2014 and Raul Alcantara and Chris Smith are up-and-down starters who had ERAs over 6.75 last year. The scary thing is, there are no better options. The Red Sox have not drafted or signed a future big league starter in any capacity since 2009, when they signed Alcantara. Top prospect Michael Kopech, now with the White Sox, is their best hope to change that….When it comes to identifying and developing position players, the Red Sox are elite. Adding Anthony Rizzo and Josh Reddick to their current lineup, with Jacoby Ellsbury, Jed Lowrie, Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw, Manny Margot, Brandon Moss, Yoan Moncada and others able to mix and match in, would make for one of the deepest and most fearsome offenses in the game.


Gary Sanchez 
1B Greg Bird 
2B Robinson Cano 
3B Miguel Andujar 
SS Eduardo Nunez 
OF Melky Cabrera 
OF Austin Jackson 
OF Aaron Judge 
DH Brett Gardner

SP Luis Severino SP Masahiro Tanaka SP Ivan Nova SP Jordan Montgomery SP Ian Kennedy RP Dellin Betances

Honorable MentionBen GamelMark MelanconDavid RobertsonAdam WarrenTyler ClippardShane GreeneTommy KahnleDavid PhelpsMike DunnArodys VizcainoPhil HughesZach McAllisterFrancisco Cervelli, Jose Pirela, George Kontos

Analysis: The Yankees draft history has been more miss than hit, but a strong international program makes up for it. Half of their best homegrown position players were international signings, as were three-fifths of their top homegrown starters… The Yankees haven’t missed completely domestically. They’ve done exceptionally well drafting righthanders who develop into impact relievers (Dellin Betances, Mark Melancon, David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle, Adam Warren, Shane Greene, David Phelps, Tyler Clippard) and have had some big hits drafting outfielders with Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Austin Jackson and Ben Gamel….The Yankees haven’t produced quite the the star depth of the Red Sox offensively, but have developed more than enough quality position players and a vastly superior group of arms.


Omar Narvaez 
1B John Jaso 
2B Derek Dietrich 
3B Evan Longoria 
SS Tim Beckham 
OF Andrew Toles 
OF Kevin Kiermaier 
OF Mikie Mahtook 
DH Stephen Vogt

SP David Price 
SP Alex Cobb 
SP German Marquez 
SP Blake Snell 
SP Jacob Faria 
RP Wade Davis

Honorable MentionFelipe Rivero, Alex Colome, Jake McGee, James ShieldsMatt MooreJeremy HellicksonJason HammelJesse HahnBrent HoneywellKirby YatesEnny RomeroJoey RickardTaylor Motter

Analysis: The Rays recent record of developing homegrown position players is astoundingly poor, with a homegrown lineup saved from being the worst in the division only by the Blue Jays’ even more abysmal record. Evan Longoria has long been a star and Kevin Kiermaier is a keeper, but beyond that the Rays have struggled to identify or develop anyone better than a second-division regular or backup, either in the draft or internationally. To put it in perspective, the Rays drafted and signed 12 position players in either the first or supplemental first rounds from 2010-14—only one (Mike Mahtook) projects to be in the big leagues on 2018 Opening Day…. The Rays pitching record is much, much better, with 10 established major league starters to choose from, another on the way in top prospect Brent Honeywell, and an impressive collection of impact relievers from both Latin America and the U.S.


Yan Gomes 
1B Eric Thames 
2B Ryan Goins 
3B Ryan Schimpf 
SS Adeiny Hechavarria 
OF Jake Marisnick 
OF Kevin Pillar 
OF Anthony Alford 
DH Adam Lind

SP Noah Syndergaard 
SP Marcus Stroman 
SP Aaron Sanchez 
SP Kendall Graveman 
SP Joe Musgrove 
RP Roberto Osuna

Honorable MentionSam DysonBrett CecilDustin McGowanJeff HoffmanAnthony DeSclafaniDaniel NorrisMiguel Castro, Matt Boyd, Justin NicolinoRyan TeperaAaron LoupDanny FarquharDanny BarnesMarc RzepczynskiFranklin Barreto

Analysis: The Blue Jays have as good a track record drafting righthanders as any club in baseball, scoring with Noah Syndergaard, Aaron Sanchez and Joe Musgrove as high schoolers in the supplemental first round and Marcus Stroman and Kendall Graveman out of college. That reputation will only be enhanced if Jeff Hoffman reaches his potential and Anthony DeSclafani successfully returns from injury….On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Blue Jays have the worst homegrown lineup in the division, and maybe all of Major League Baseball. With a host of second-division regulars, platoon players and up-and-down types, the Blue Jays are woefully short on homegrown offensive talent, especially in the infield. The club made up for it with hugely successful trades and free agent signings (Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Russell Martin, Troy Tulowitzki), but with that group largely moving on or aging out, the Blue Jays’ lack of viable internal options has shown. There is hope down the road—Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette are on the way and, with Anthony Alford, may be able to reverse the Blue Jays poor recent history of homegrown position players.

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