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4/3/23 : Just Sayin 🤷‍♂️

Updated: Apr 4, 2023


A  couple of notes on a quiet day at the Complex (off day except for those players who are rehabbing from injuries).  Players have now been assigned to teams or to additional time at the Complex in the Player Development Center camp (affiliate rosters will be released tomorrow by at least a couple of the clubs- I will issue my roster articles concurrently).  Both the Reading and Jersey Shore clubs went north over the weekend and the Clearwater team has moved into the stadium clubhouse.


National League Roster Comparisons


As a player development advocate and general goofball 🥸 one of my periodic reviews is the composition of the major league rosters in regards to how each player was acquired.  I will eventually review all thirty teams but here’s a current breakdown of the National League clubs.


Twenty-nine percent of the rosters are players who were originally signed from the amateur ranks by the club they are playing for and developed internally.  The Cardinals lead the way in this category with 14 of their 26 active players meeting the criteria with the Nationals having the least with just two players.  The fifteen team average is eight (Phillies are basically at the average).


Free agent signings accounts for 37% of the roster totals - the Padres have the most with fifteen, the Brewers the least with four.  The National League average in this category is nine (Phillies have ten).


Trade acquisitions account for 29% of the rosters - the Marlins and Brewers each have 14 traded for players to lead the pact with the Cubs and Rockies having 4 each for the least.  The average is eight (Phillies have seven).


Lastly waiver claims (includes Rule 5 selections) represent 5 % of the roster totals - the Nationals and Diamondbacks lead the way with three apiece.  Three teams have no players in this category, the average is one (Phillies have two).


Data accumulated from the active rosters shown on each team’s MLB page - I performed my own research and tallies.


East :


Phillies : 7 originally signed/developed, 10 via free agency, 7 via trade, 2 waiver claims

Braves : 7 originally signed/developed, 10 via free agency, 8 via trade, 1 waiver claim

Mets : 7 originally signed/developed, 12 via free agency, 6 via trade, 1 waiver claim

Marlins : 5 originally signed/developed, 7 via free agency, 14 via trade, 0 waiver claims

Nationals : 2 originally signed/developed, 13 via free agency, 8 via trade, 3 waiver claims


Central :


Cardinals : 14 originally signed/developed, 5 via free agency, 6 via trade, 1 waiver claim

Brewers : 7 originally signed/developed, 4 via free agency, 14 via trade, 1 waiver claim

Pirates : 6 originally signed/developed, 7 via free agency, 11 via trade, 2 waiver claims

Cubs : 7 originally signed/developed, 14 via free agency, 4 via trade, 1 waiver claim

Reds : 11 originally signed/developed, 9 via free agency, 5 via trade, 1 waiver claim


West :


Dodgers : 10 originally signed/developed, 7 via free agency, 7 via trade, 2 waiver claims

Giants : 7 originally signed/developed, 13 via free agency, 6 via trade, 0 waiver claims

Padres : 3 originally signed/developed, 15 via free agency, 8 via trade, 0 waiver claims

Rockies : 10 originally signed/developed, 10 via free agency, 4 via trade, 2 waiver claims

Diamondbacks : 10 originally signed/developed, 7 via free agency, 6 via trade, 3 waiver claims


Just sayin - Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️


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