• Steve Potter

10/5/21 : Roster Truth - Part Two



Completing the roster analysis of the 10 playoff teams this season. We’ve reviewed the season ending 28 man rosters of each club. It’s an inaccuracy to state that winning clubs are mostly invested in developing their own players and placing them on the big league roster long term, at least for this season’s ending rosters 😳. Nine of the 10 playoff clubs roster makeup reflect the majority of the construction was acquired via trade/waivers or free agency, only the Cardinals had a 50-50 split between the two categories at year end.


Here’s the breakdown :


Rays : 82 % Trade/Waivers/Free Agency … 18 % “home grown” - 3 developed players on roster - acq. from 2016 or later


Brewers : 79 % Trade/Waivers/Free Agency … 21 % “home grown” - 3 developed players on roster - acq. from 2016 or later


Red Sox : 75 % Trade/Waivers/Free Agency … 25 % “home grown” - 2 developed players on roster - acq. from 2016 or later


Giants : 72 % Trade/Waivers/Free Agency … 28 % “home grown” - No developed players on roster - acq. from 2016 or later


Braves : 72 % Trade/Waivers/Free Agency … 28 % “home grown” - 2 developed players on roster - acq. from 2016 or later


Yankees : 72 % Trade/Waivers/Free Agency … 28 % “home grown” - No developed players on roster - acq. from 2016 or later


Dodgers - 61 % Trade/Waivers/Free Agency … 39 % “home grown” - 4 developed players on roster - acq. from 2016 or later


White Sox - 61 % Trade/Waivers/Free Agency … 39 % “home grown” - 6 developed players on roster - acq. from 2016 or later


Astros - 57 % Trade/Waivers/Free Agency … 43 % “home grown” - 4 developed players on roster - acq. from 2016 or later


Cardinals - 50 % Trade/Waivers/Free Agency … 50 % “home grown” - 6 developed players on roster - acq. from 2016 or later


Following is the breakdown of the five AL clubs … here’s a link to the previous article reflecting the 5 NL clubs roster breakdown - https://www.philliesbaseballfan.com/post/10-2-21-roster-truth


As a bonus I included the Phillies ending roster below as well … the Phillies numbers by comparison … 61 % Trade/Waivers/Free Agency … 39 % “home grown” - 3 developed players on roster - acq. from 2016 or later

Astros


Current Roster : 14 Pitchers & 14 Position Players

57 % of the roster was acquired via trade or free agency


12- Drafted/Signed & Developed : P Jose Urquidy ( signed 2015 ), P Lance McCullers Jr ( drafted 2012 ), P Luis Garcia ( signed 2017 ), P Framber Valdez ( signed 2015 ), 3B Alex Bregman ( drafted 2015 ), OF Kyle Tucker ( drafted 2015 ) , 1B Yuli Gurriel ( signed 2016 ) , SS Carlos Correa ( drafted 2012 ) , OF Chas McCormick ( drafted 2017 ), OF Jake Meyers ( drafted 2017 ) , C Jason Castro ( drafted 2008 - resigned as a free agent 2021 ) , 2B Jose Altuve ( signed 2007 )


11- Traded/Claimed : P Phil Maton ( trade with Indians 7/21 ), P Kendall Graveman ( trade with Mariners 7/21 ), P Cristian Javier ( signed 2015 ), P Ryan Pressly ( trade with Twins 2018 ), P Yimi Garcia ( trade with Marlins 7/21 ), P Brooks Raley ( trade with Reds 2020 ), P Blake Taylor ( trade with Mets 2019 ), P Zack Grienke ( trade with Diamondbacks 2019 ), INF Marwin Gonzalez ( trade with Red Sox 2011 - resigned as FA 2021 ), OF Yordan Alvarez ( trade with Dodgers 2016 ), IF Aledmys Diaz ( trade with Blue Jays 2018 )


5- Free Agents : P Jake Odorizzi ( signed 2021 ), P Ryne Stanek ( signed 2021 ), OF Michael Brantley ( signed 2018 & 2021 ), C Martin Maldonado ( signed 2019 ), OF Jose Siri ( signed 2020 )


12- 2021 Rookie Debuts : UTL Ronnie Dawson ( drafted 2016 - played 6 games ), 2B Alex De Goti ( drafted 2016 - played 2 games ), P Kent Emanuel ( drafted 2013 - pitched in 10 games ), P Ralph Garza ( drafted 2015 - claimed by Twins off waivers 8/21 ) , P Ryan Hartman ( drafted 2016 - pitched in 1 game ), P Tyler Ivey ( drafted 2017 - pitched in 1 game ), P Seth Martinez ( Rule 5 draft from A’s 2020 - pitched in 3 games ), OF Chas McCormick ( drafted 2017 - played in 108 games ), OF Jake Meyers ( drafted 2017 - played in 49 games ), OF Jose Siri ( signed as FA 2020 - played in 21 games ), P Peter Solomon ( drafted 2017 - pitched in 6 games ), IF Jacob Wilson ( waiver claim from A’s 8/21 - played in 12 games in MLB 2021 )

White Sox


Current Roster : 15 Pitchers & 13 Position Players


61 % of the roster was acquired via trade or free agency


11 - Drafted/Signed & Developed : P Matt Foster ( drafted 2016 ), P Garret Crochet ( drafted 2020 ), P Carlos Rodon ( drafted 2014 ), P Aaron Bummer ( drafted 2014 ) , OF Adam Engel ( drafted 2013 ), SS Tim Anderson ( drafted 2013 ), OF Luis Robert ( signed 2017 ), C Zack Collins ( drafted 2016 ), OF Andrew Vaughn ( drafted 2019 ), 1B Jose Abreu ( signed 2013 ), UTL Gavin Sheets ( drafted 2017 )


13 - Traded/Claimed : P Dylan Cease ( trade with Cubs 2017 ), P Jose Ruiz ( waiver claim from Padres 2017 ), P Lance Lynn ( trade with Rangers 2020 ), P Lucas Giolito ( trade with Nationals 2016 ), P Michael Kopech ( trade with Red Sox 2016 ), P Reynaldo Lopez ( traded with Nationals 2016 ), P Ryan Burr ( trade with Diamondbacks 2017 ), P Craig Kimbrel ( trade with Cubs 2021 ), P Ryan Tepera ( trade with Cubs 2021 ), IF Yoan Moncado ( trade with Red Sox 2016 ), IF Leury Garcia ( trade with Rangers 2013 ), OF Eloy Jimenez ( trade with Cubs 2016 ), 2B Cesar Hernandez ( trade with Indians 7/21 )


4- Free Agents : P Liam Hendriks ( signed 2020 ), P Dallas Keuchel ( signed 2019 ), C Yasmani Grandal ( signed 2019 ), OF Billy Hamilton ( signed 3/21 )


4- 2021 Rookie Debuts : 3B Jake Burger ( drafted 2017 - played 15 games ), OF Romy Gonzalez ( Drafted 2018 - played 10 games ), UTL Gavin Sheets ( drafted 2017 - played 54 games ), OF Andrew Vaughn ( drafted 2019 - played 154 games )

Yankees


Current Roster : 16 Pitchers & 12 Position Players


72 % of the roster was acquired via trade or free agency


8 - Drafted/Signed & Developed : P Jordan Montgomery ( drafted 2014 ), P Luis Severino ( signed 2011 ), P Nestor Cortes Jr ( drafted 2013 ), OF Aaron Judge ( drafted 2013 ), C Kyle Higashioka ( drafted 2008 ), IF Tyler Wade ( drafted 2013 ), C Gary Sanchez ( signed 2009 ), OF Brett Gardner ( drafted 2005 )


14- Traded/Claimed : P Chad Green ( trade with Tigers 2015 ), P Joely Rodriguez ( trade with Rangers 7/21 ), P Jameson Taillon ( trade with Pirates 2021 ), P Clay Holmes ( trade with Pirates 7/21 ), P Luis Gil ( trade with Twins 2018 ), P Aroldis Chapman ( trade with Reds 2015 - re-signed 2016 after being traded to Cubs ), P Michael King ( trade with Marlins 2017 ), P Wandy Peralta ( trade with Giants 4/21 ), 3B Gio Urshela ( purchased from Jays 2018 ), IF Gleyber Torres ( trade with Cubs 2016 ), OF Joey Gallo ( trade with Rangers 2021 ), IF Rougned Odor ( trade with Rangers 4/21 ), OF Giancarlo Stanton ( trade with Marlins 2017 ), 1B Anthony Rizzo ( trade with Cubs 7/21 )


6- Free Agents : P Domingo German ( signed 2015 ), P Jonathan Loaisiga ( signed 2016 ), P Corey Kluber ( signed 2021 ), P Lucas Luetge ( signed 2020 ), P Gerrit Cole ( signed 2019 ), IF Andrew Velazquez ( signed 1/21 )


6- 2021 Rookie Debuts : OF Trey Amburgey ( drafted 2015 - played in 2 games ), P Luis Gil ( trade with Twins 2018 - pitched in 6 games ), 1B Chris Gittens ( drafted 2014 - played in 16 games ), P Brody Koerner ( drafted 2015 - pitched in 2 games ), IF Hoy Park ( signed 2014 - traded to Pirates 7/21 ), P Stephen Ridings ( signed as free agent 2021 - pitched in 5 games )

Red Sox


Current Roster : 15 Pitchers & 13 Position Players


75 % of the roster was acquired via trade or free agency


7- Drafted/Signed & Developed : P Matt Barnes ( drafted 2011 ), P Darwinzon Hernandez ( signed 2013 ), P Tanner Houck ( drafted 2017 ), 3B Rafael Devers ( signed 2013 ), SS Xander Bogaerts ( signed 2009 ), IF Bobby Dalbec ( drafted 2016 ), C Christian Vazquez ( drafted 2008 )


11 - Traded/Claimed : P Adam Ottavino ( trade with Yankee 2021 ), P Hansel Robles ( trade with Twins 7/21 ), P Garrett Whitlock ( Rule 5 selection from Yankees 2020 ), P Eduardo Rodriguez ( trade with Orioles 2014 ), P Nick Pivetta ( trade with Phillies 2020 ), P Chris Sale ( trade with White Sox 2016 ), P Austin Davis ( trade with Pirates 7/21 ), OF Kyle Schwarber ( trade with Nationals 7/21 ), IF Travis Shaw ( waiver claim from Brewers 8/21 ), OF Alex Verdugo ( trade with Dodgers 2020 ), IF Christian Arroyo ( waiver claim from Indians 2020 )


10- Free Agents : P Hirokazu Sawamura ( signed 2021 ), P Garrett Richards ( signed 2021 ), P Martin Perez ( signed 2019 ), P Nathan Eovaldi ( signed 2018 ), P Ryan Brasier ( signed 2018 ), C Kevin Plawecki ( signed 2020 ), IF Jose Iglesias ( signed 9/21 ), OF Hunter Renfroe ( signed 2020 ), IF Kiki Hernandez ( signed 2/21 ) & DH JD Martinez ( signed 2018 )


10- 2021 Rookie Debuts : P Eduardo Bazardo ( signed 2014 - pitched in 2 games ), P Kutter Crawford ( drafted 2017 - pitched in 1 game ), OF Jarren Duran ( drafted 2018 - played in 33 games ), P Raynel Esoinal ( Rule 5 from Yankees 2019 - pitched in 1 game ), IF Jack Lopez ( signed as free agent 1/21 - played in 7 games ), P Kaleb Ort ( rule 5 draft from Yankees 2020 - pitched in 1 game ), P Hirokazu Sawamura ( signed 2021 - 33 yrs old - pitched in 55 games ), P Connor Seabold ( trade with Phillies 2020 - pitched in 1 game ), P Garrett Richards ( signed as free agent from Yankees 2021 - pitched in 46 games ) & C Connor Wong ( trade with Dodgers 2020 - played in 6 games ).

Rays


Current Roster : 15 Pitchers & 13 Position Players


82 % of the roster was acquired via trade or free agency


5- Drafted/Signed & Developed : P Josh Fleming ( drafted 2017 ), P Shane McClanahan ( drafted 2018 ), IF Brandon Lowe ( drafted 2015 ), OF Kevin Kiermaier ( drafted 2010 ), SS Wander Franco ( signed 2017 )


19- Traded/Claimed : P Andrew Kittredge ( trade with Mariners 2016 ), P Luis Patino ( trade with Padres 2020 ), P Pete Fairbanks ( trade with Rangers 2019 ), P Ryan Yarbrough ( trade with Mariners 2017 ), P JT Chargois ( trade with Mariners 7/21), P JP Feyereisen ( Trade with Brewers 5/21 ), P Drew Rasmussen ( trade with Brewers 5/21 ), P Shane Baz ( trade with Pirates 2018 ), P Chris Mazza ( trade with Red Sox 2/21 ), OF Randy Arozarena ( trade with Cardinals 2020 ), DH Nelson Cruz ( trade with Twins 7/21 ), C Mike Zunino ( trade with Mariners 2018 ), OF Austin Meadows ( trade with Pirates 2018 ), OF Manuel Margot ( trade with Padres 2018 ), IF Joey Wendle ( trade with A’s 2017 ) , 1B Ji-Man Choi ( trade with Brewers 2018 ), OF Brett Phillips ( trade with Royals 2020 ) , IF Yandy Diaz ( trade with Indians 2018 ) & C Francisco Mejia ( trade with Padres 2020 )


4- Free Agents : P Michael Wacha ( signed 2020 ), P Matt Wisler ( trade with Giants 6/21 ), P David Robertson ( signed 8/21 ), P Colin McHugh ( signed 2/21 )


8- 2021 Rookie Debuts : P Shane Baz ( trade with Pirates 2018 ), IF Vidal Brujan ( signed 2014 ), SS Wander Franco ( signed 2017 ), P Louis Head ( signed as Free Agent 2/21 ), P Brent Honeywell ( drafted 2014 ), OF Josh Lowe ( drafted 2016 ), IF Kevin Padlo ( waiver claim from Mariners 8/21 ) & IF Taylor Walls ( drafted 2017 )


And …


Just as a comparative


Phillies :

The Season - Three of the 11 players on the current roster who were developed internally were also drafted or signed in the past six years ( 2 - 2017, 1 - 2018 ) … seven rookies debuted in 2021 … 61 % of current active roster was acquired via trade or free agency


The youngest player to see game action was 22 year old catcher Rafael Marchan who appeared in 20 games ( signed 2015 ). The oldest was pitcher Brandon Kintzler ( 36 yrs old ).

Current Roster : 15 Pitchers & 13 Position Players


11 - Drafted/Signed & Developed : P Hector Neris ( signed 2010 ), P Aaron Nola ( drafted 2014 ), P Kyle Dohy ( drafted 2017 ), P Bailey Falter ( drafted 2015 ), P Ranger Suarez ( signed 2012 ), P Adonis Medina ( signed 2014 ), OF Matt Vierling ( drafted 2018 ), IF Freddy Galvis ( signed 2006 ), 3B Alec Bohm ( drafted 2018 ), C Andrew Knapp ( drafted 2013 ), P Seranthony Dominguez ( signed 2012 )


9- Traded/Claimed : P Ian Kennedy ( Trade with Rangers 2021 ), P Hans Crouse ( Trade with Rangers 2021 ), P Jose Alvarado ( Trade with Rays 2020 ), P Kyle Gibson ( trade with Rangers 2021 ), P Christopher Sanchez ( Trade with Rays 2019 ), P Sam Coonrad ( trade with Giants 2021 ) , 2B Jean Segura ( trade with Mariners 2019 ), OF Odubel Herrera ( Rule 5 - 2014 ), C JT Realmuto ( trade with Marlins 2019 )


8- Free Agents : P Cam Bedrosian ( signed 2021 ), P Zack Wheeler ( signed 2019 ), IF Ronald Torreyes ( signed 2020 ), OF Travis Jankowski ( signed 2020 ) , SS Didi Gregorius ( signed 2020 ) , OF Bryce Harper ( signed 2019 ) , OF Andrew McCutchen ( signed 2019 ) , UTL Brad Miller ( signed 2021 )


7- 2021 Rookie Debuts : P Hans Crouse, OF Matt Vierling, P Bailey Falter, P Damon Jones ( drafted 2017 ), UTL Luke Williams ( drafted 2015 ), IF Nick Maton ( drafted 2017 ), P Christopher Sanchez


IL - P Connor Brogdon ( drafted 2017 ), 1B Rhys Hoskins ( drafted 2014 ), OF Roman Quinn ( drafted 2011 ), P Jo Jo Romero ( drafted 2016 ), P Zach Eflin ( trade with Dodgers 2014 ) , P Archie Bradley ( signed as free agent 2021 )


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️



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