• Steve Potter

10/9/2020 : Playoff Roster Details


With the statement being made recently that the Phillies haven’t been able to develop major league talent well for 100 years I thought I’d take a look at the 2020 teams remaining in contention for their respective League championship to ascertain how they were built and see how it’s presently done.


Notes :


The Astros and Dodgers lead the way with internal development ... 61 percent of the Houston roster was acquired in that manner while LA’s roster consists of 50 percent internally developed players.


The Rays acquired 78 percent of their roster via trade or free agency ( 57 percent via trade ) ... although they have a highly ranked development system by the experts they predominantly have traded players away to acquire the current big league crew.


Not surprisingly the Yankees have acquired 58 % of their roster via trade or free agency but have equally developed as many players ( 36 % ) as they have traded for.


The Braves have built the present roster with 64 % of it coming via trade or free agency ... they match the Yankees at 36 % being internally developed.


The Dodgers have an even split on their roster ... half via trade/free agency and half via internal development. Free Agents on the roster equate to 25 percent while trades also amount to 25 percent.


Note that of the the players on the five rosters who were originally signed and developed by the team only four are from 2017 or later ... here’s a breakdown of when they were signed ... almost half were signed in 2014 or prior. Most were not overnight big leaguers 🤔.


Signed prior to 2014 - 39 %

2014 - 10 %

2015 : 27 %

2016 : 18 %

2017 : 5 %

2018 : 1 %


As a comparison amongst the Phillies present 40 man roster ( excluding the 3 IL listings ) 18 players ( all have at least appeared in the big leagues ) are originally signed and developed ( 45 % ) with 10 being pitchers ... of the 18 players 45 % ( eight ) are from the 2016 thru 2018 draft or signing periods ...


Here is the breakdown of the 28 players that each 2020 still contending team selected thus far to be on the playoff rosters ...


Houston Astros :


Pitchers : 13


Acquired in trade : 6

Zach Greinke

Ryan Pressly

Andrew Scrubb

Cy Sneed

Brooks Raley

Blake Taylor


Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed internally : 7

Luis Garcia

Josh James

Cristian Javier

Lance McCullers

Enoli Paredes

Jose Urquidy

Framber Valdez


Signed in 2017 : 1

Signed in 2015 : 4

Signed in 2014 : 1

Signed in 2012 : 1


Catchers : 3


Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed internally : 1

Garrett Stubbs - drafted and signed in 2015


Free Agent : 2

Dustin Garneau - signed in 2019

Martin Maldonado - signed in 2019


Infielders : 6


Acquired in trade : 1

Aledmys Diaz


Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed internally : 5

Jose Altuve - signed in 2007

Alex Bregman - drafted and signed in 2015

Carlos Correa - drafted and signed in 2012

Yuli Gurriel - signed in 2016

Abraham Toro - drafted and signed in 2016


Outfielders : 6

Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed internally : 4

Chas McCormick - drafted and signed in 2017

George Springer - drafted and signed in 2011

Myles Straw - drafted and signed in 2015

Kyle Tucker - drafted and signed in 2015


Free Agent : 2

Michael Brantley - signed in 2018

Josh Reddick - signed in 2016 - although originally acquired in trade with Oakland


Astros 28 man roster summary :


Acquired in Trade : 7

Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed : 17

Free Agent Signing : 4


61 % of the roster developed internally

25 % acquired via trade

14 % acquired via free agency/waiver claims


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Tampa Rays :


Pitchers : 13


Acquired in trade : 5

Nick Anderson

Oliver Drake

Pete Fairbanks

Tyler Glasnow

Ryan Yarbrough


Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed internally : 3

Diego Castillo - signed in 2014

Shane McClanahan - drafted and signed in 2018

Blake Snell - drafted and signed in 2011


Free Agent : 4

John Curtiss - signed in 2020

Charlie Morton - signed in 2018

Aaron Slegers - signed in 2020

Aaron Loup - signed in 2020


Waiver Claims : 1

Ryan Thompson - claimed from Astros - 2018


Catchers : 2


Acquired in trade : 2

Mike Zunino

Michael Perez


Infielders : 6


Acquired in trade : 4

Willy Adames

Yandy Diaz

Ji-Man Choi

Joey Wendle


Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed internally : 2

Mike Brosseau - signed 2016 as amateur free agent

Brandon Lowe -drafted and signed in 2015


Outfielders : 7


Acquired in trade : 5

Randy Arozarena

Manuel Margot

Hunter Renfroe

Austin Meadows

Brett Phillips


Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed internally : 1

Kevin Kiermaier - drafted and signed in 2010 ( 31st round 😳)


Free Agent : 1

Yoshi Tsutsugo - signed in December, 2019


Rays 28 man roster summary :


Acquired in Trade : 16

Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed : 6

Free Agent Signing : 5

Waivers Acquisition : 1


21 % of the roster developed internally

57 % acquired via trade

22 % acquired via free agency/waiver claims

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New York Yankees :


Pitchers : 14


Acquired in trade : 3

Luis Cessa

Chad Green

Michael King


Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed internally : 4

Deivi Garcia - signed in 2015

Jonathan Holder - drafted and signed 2014

Jordan Montgomery - drafted and signed 2014

Nick Nelson - drafted and signed 2016


Free Agent : 7

Zack Britton - signed in 2019

Aroldis Chapman - signed in 2016

Gerrit Cole - signed in December, 2019

JA Happ - signed 2018

Jonathan Loaisiga - signed 2016

Adam Ottavino - signed 2019

Masahiro Tanaka - signed 2014


Catchers : 2


Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed internally : 2

Kyle Higashioka - drafted and signed 2008

Gary Sanchez - signed 2009


Infielders : 6


Acquired in trade : 3

Gleybar Torres

Gio Urshela

Luke Voit


Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed internally : 2

Mike Ford - signed 2013

Tyler Wade - drafted and signed 2013


Free Agent : 1

DJ LeMahieu - signed 2019


Outfielders : 6


Acquired in trade : 4

Clint Frazier

Aaron Hicks

Giancarlo Stanton

Mike Tauchman


Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed internally : 2

Brett Gardner - drafted and signed 2005

Aaron Judge - drafted and signed 2013


Yankees 28 man roster summary :


Acquired in Trade : 10

Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed : 10

Free Agent Signing : 8


36 % of the roster developed internally

36 % acquired via trade

28 % acquired via free agency/waiver claims

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Atlanta Braves :


Pitchers : 15


Acquired in trade : 4

Max Fried

Shane Greene

Mark Melancon

Huascar Ynoa


Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed internally : 5

Ian Anderson - drafted and signed 2016

AJ Minter - drafted and signed 2015

Jacob Webb - drafted and signed 2014

Bryse Wilson - drafted and signed 2016

Kyle Wright - drafted and signed 2017


Free Agent : 5

Chris Martin - signed 2019

Tyler Matzek - signed 2019

Darren O’Day - signed 2019

Wil Smith - signed 2019

Josh Tomlin - signed 2020


Waiver Claims : 1

Grant Dayton - 2017 from Dodgers


Catchers : 2


Free Agent : 2

Travis d’Arnaud - signed 2019

Tyler Flowers - originally drafted by Braves in 2005 ... went to White Sox 2009 - signed by Braves 2015


Infielders : 6


Acquired in trade : 2

Charlie Culbertson

Dansby Swanson


Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed internally : 3

Ozzie Albies - signed 2013

Freddie Freeman - drafted and signed 2007

Austin Riley - drafted and signed 2015


Free Agent : 1

Pablo Sandoval - signed 2020


Outfielders : 5


Acquired in trade : 1

Adam Duvall


Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed internally : 2

Ronald Acuna Jr - signed 2015

Cristian Pache - signed 2015


Free Agent : 2

Nick Markakis - signed 2014

Marcel Ozuna - signed 2019


Braves 28 man roster summary :


Acquired in Trade : 7

Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed : 10

Free Agent Signing : 10

Waiver Claim : 1


36 % of the roster developed internally

25 % acquired via trade

39 % acquired via free agency/waiver claims


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Los Angeles Dodgers :


Pitchers : 14


Acquired in trade : 3

Dylan Floro

Brusdar Graterol

Adam Kolarek


Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed internally : 8

Pedro Baez - signed 2007

Walker Buehler - drafted and signed 2015

Tony Gonsolin - drafted and signed 2016

Victor Gonzalez - signed 2012

Kenley Jansen - signed 2009

Clayton Kershaw - drafted and signed 2006

Dustin May - drafted and signed 2016

Julio Urias - signed 2012


Free Agent : 2

Joe Kelly - signed 2018

Blake Treinen - signed 2019


Signed off Waivers : 1

Jake McGee - signed 2020


Catchers : 2


Acquired in trade : 1

Austin Barnes


Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed internally : 1

Will Smith - drafted and signed 2016


Infielders : 7


Acquired in trade : 1

Enrique Hernandez


Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed internally : 4

Matt Beaty - drafted and signed 2015

Cody Bellinger - drafted and signed 2014

Gavin Lux - drafted and signed 2016

Corey Seager - drafted and signed 2012


Free Agent : 2

Max Muncy - signed 2017

Justin Turner - signed 2014


Outfielders : 5


Acquired in trade : 2

Mookie Betts

Chris Taylor


Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed internally : 1

Joc Pederson - drafted and signed 2010


Free Agent : 2

Terrance Gore - signed 2020

AJ Pollock - signed 2019


Dodgers 28 man roster summary :


Acquired in Trade : 7

Drafted or Originally Signed and Developed : 14

Free Agent Signing : 6

Signed off Waivers : 1


50 % of the roster developed internally

25 % acquired via trade

25 % acquired via free agency/waiver claims


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It’s only data but I thought I would share ...


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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