Dodgers, Twins Have Most Homegrown Players On 2019 Postseason Rosters
For evidence of the Dodgers’ player development machine, look no further than their postseason roster.
Sixteen of the 25 players on the Dodgers’ Division Series roster are homegrown, the most of any team in the 2019 postseason.
The Twins are next with 13 homegrown players. The Cardinals follow with 12.
Two of the Dodgers' homegrown players (Hyun-Jin Ryu and Kenta Maeda) were signed as foreign professionals and another (Russell Martin) returned to the Dodgers after re-signing with them in the offseason. Even if those three are removed from the Dodgers’ total, they would still be tied for the most homegrown players of any playoff team with 13.
For the purpose of this exercise, "homegrown" is defined as the team that originally signed the player.
The Dodgers' homegrown talent encompasses every demographic. Nine are pitchers and seven are position players. Five were signed internationally and 11 were acquired through the draft. Some were acquired last decade (i.e. Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen) and others were acquired this decade (i.e. Cody Bellinger, Gavin Lux).
The Cardinals match that total. In addition to the 12 homegrown players on their roster, seven others (Tommy Pham, Joe Kelly, Matt Adams, Adam Ottavino, Luke Voit, Tyler Lyons and Aledmys Diaz) are on other teams’ postseason rosters.
The Yankees have eight homegrown players on their postseason roster and another nine on other teams’ postseason rosters.
Among teams who missed the playoffs, the D-backs, Mariners and Tigers have the most homegrown players on postseason rosters with nine.
The list of former D-backs playing in the postseason for other teams is a star-studded one: Max Scherzer, Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock, Adam Eaton, Gerardo Parra, Dansby Swanson, Chase Anderson, Wade Miley and Colin Poche.
The nine homegrown Mariners participating in the postseason for other teams are James Paxton, Chris Taylor, Emilio Pagan, Ryan Yarbrough, Mike Zunino, Ji-Man Choi, Freddy Peralta, Asdrubal Cabrera and Zack Littell. And for the Tigers: Justin Verlander, Andrew Miller, Matt Joyce, Chad Green, Hernan Perez, Fernando Rodney, Cameron Maybin, Willy Adames, and Avisail Garcia.
Here is the full list of homegrown players on each team’s postseason roster.
NOTE: Wild Card game rosters are used for Brewers and Athletics. All other teams are Division Series rosters.
*Initially signed by the team as an amateur and returned to the team after playing elsewhere.
Dodgers (16): Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Kenley Jansen, Pedro Baez, Kenta Maeda, Dustin May, Ross Stripling, Julio Urias, Matt Beaty, Cody Bellinger, Gavin Lux, Joc Pederson, Russell Martin*, Corey Seager, Will Smith
Cardinals (12): Yadier Molina, Jack Flaherty, Dakota Hudson, Carlos Martinez, Matt Carpenter, Paul DeJong, Tommy Edman, Ryan Helsley, Kolten Wong, Harrison Bader, Randy Arozarena, Daniel Ponce de Leon
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In addition, here is a chart of all players in the postseason who were developed by other teams.
Angels (5): Patrick Corbin, Howie Kendrick, Darren O'Day, C.J. Cron, Martin Maldonado
Astros (5): Mike Foltynewicz, Ramon Laureano, Dallas Keuchel, Kikè Hernandez, Jason Castro
Athletics (4): Max Muncy, Sean Doolittle, Yairo Munoz, Kurt Suzuki
Blue Jays (6): Eric Thames, Franklin Barreto, Yan Gomes, Roberto Osuna, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jake Marisnick
Braves (2): Charlie Morton, Junior Guerra
Brewers (5): Nick Anderson, Mike Fiers, Khris Davis, Jake Odorizzi, Michael Brantley
Cardinals (7): Tommy Pham, Joe Kelly, Matt Adams, Adam Ottavino, Luke Voit, Tyler Lyons, Aledmys Diaz
Cubs (7): Josh Donaldson, Rich Hill, Gleyber Torres, DJ LeMahieu, Marwin Gonzalez, Robinson Chirinos, Jay Jackson
D-backs (9): Max Scherzer, Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock, Adam Eaton, Gerardo Parra, Dansby Swanson, Chase Anderson, Wade Miley, Colin Poche
Dodgers (3): Yordan Alvarez, Joakim Soria, Devin Smeltzer
Giants (5): Matt Duffy, Adam Duvall, Jonathan Loaisiga, Sergio Romo, Ehire Adrianza
Indians (6): Yandy Diaz, Drew Pomeranz, Josh Tomlin, Gio Urshela, Hector Rondon, Joey Wendle
Mariners (9): James Paxton, Chris Taylor, Emilio Pagan, Ryan Yarbrough, Mike Zunino, Ji-Man Choi, Freddy Peralta, Asdrubal Cabrera, Zack Littell
Marlins (3) : Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Mark Canha
Mets (5): Nelson Cruz, Yusmeiro Petit, Adam Kolarek, Luis Cessa, Joe Smith
Nationals (3): Jesus Luzardo, Ryan Buchter, Sheldon Neuse
Orioles (5): Josh Hader, Nick Markakis, Zack Britton, Jonathan Schoop, Oliver Drake
Padres (5): Max Fried, Trea Turner, David Freese, Cory Spangenberg, Eric Sogard
Phillies (4): J.A. Happ, Jake Diekman, Trevor May, Travis d'Arnaud
Pirates (4): Gerrit Cole, Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows, Robbie Grossman
Rangers (5): Jurickson Profar, Edwin Encarnacion, Alex Claudio, Manny Pina, Luke Jackson
Rays (1): Genesis Cabrera
Red Sox (6): Travis Shaw, Josh Reddick, J.B. Wendelken, Anibal Sanchez, Hunter Strickland, Ryan Pressly
Reds (6): Yasmani Grandal, Justin Turner, Billy Hamilton, Aroldis Chapman, Didi Gregorius, Tanner Rainey
Rockies (5): Dexter Fowler, Chaz Roe, Chris Martin, Rafael Ortega, Will Harris
Royals (4): Zack Greinke, Mike Moustakas, Sean Manaea, Lorenzo Cain
Tigers (9): Justin Verlander, Andrew Miller, Matt Joyce, Chad Green, Hernan Perez, Fernando Rodney, Cameron Maybin, Willy Adames, Avisail Garcia
Twins (2): Liam Hendriks, Brian Dozier
White Sox (5): Marcus Semien, Jose Martinez, Daniel Hudson, Chris Bassitt, Josh Phegley
Yankees (9): Mark Melancon, Shane Greene, Francisco Cervelli, Giovanny Gallegos, Tyler Webb, Ben Gamel, Tyler Austin, John Brebbia, Jake Cave