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8/5/23 : Researching the DSL/VSL to the Show Pipeline


Using Baseball Reference I dug into the Dominican/Venezuelan Summer League’s data for all thirty organizations.  I went back to 2010, reviewing that year and each one thereafter to ascertain how many ball players each club has had play in the major leagues that began their playing careers (actually appeared in league games) in the DSL or VSL, where each organization now operates their Dominican academy, their most recent year’s DSL team to produce a major leaguer and how many of the players who made it to the show are still active as players in the major leagues.  Note that the VSL disbanded in 2016.


With the thought process of being relatively current (why I chose 2010 to 2023 time frame) from my research I’ve found that including and since the 2010 DSL/VSL seasons 361 players who originally played in either the DSL or VSL have reached the major leagues, by my count 128 are still active in the show, 44 of those are still with the team that originally signed them .  The Yankees have produced the most (23) followed by the Astros (22), Rangers (19), Red Sox (17), Rays and Phillies (16). For the 2010 to 2023 DSL/VSL time period the Astros system has the most currently active major leaguers (11) albeit only five are playing for Houston. The Rays system has 10 currently active major leaguers with just two playing for the current Rays. The Astros currently have the most self developed players on their 2023 major league roster with five followed by the Cubs (4) and Phillies, Yankees, Royals and Angels (3).


Here’s what I found - listed in order by teams with most major leaguers produced from 2010 to 2023 who played in DSL/VSL any of those years


Yankees : 2010 to Present : 23 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 7 - current major leaguers on the Yankees - 3 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2018  - opened own Academy in 2005 -Boca Chica - latest remodel in 2016 - note : Gary Sanchez did not play in the DSL


P Joel De La Cruz, P Cesar Vargas, INF Abiatal Avelino, P Luis Severino (Yankees), SS Jorge Mateo (Orioles), P Domingo Acevedo, P Raynel Espinal, P Adonis Rosa, INF Diego Castillo, OF Estevan Florial, P Jhony Brito (Yankees), P Luis Medina (A’s), INF Jose Devers, INF Ezequiel Duran (Rangers), INF Oswaldo Peraza,  P Roansy Contreras, P Deivi Garcia, P Elvis Peguero (Brewers), P Anderson Severino, P Randy Vasquez, P Miguel Yajure, INF Oswald Cabrera (Yankees), P Rony Garcia


Astros : 2010 to Present : 22 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 11 - current major leaguers on the Astros - 5 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2017 - opened own Academy in 2010 - Santa Domingo


P Michael Feliz, P Enderson Franco, P Reymin Guduan, P Jundal Gustav, P Richard Rodriquez, OF Teoscar Hernandez (Mariners), P Elieser Hernandez, OF Bryan De La Cruz (Marlins), P Albert Abreu (Yankees),P Carlos Sanabria, P Jorge Alcala (Twins), P Jorge Guzman, P Cristian Javier (Astros), P Framber Valdez (Astros), IF Emmanuel Valdez (Red Sox), P Ronel Blanco (Astros), OF Yordan Alvarez (Astros), OF Gilberto Celestino, P Humberto Castellanos, P Yohan Ramirez (Pirates), P Nivaldo Rodriquez, P Luis Garcia (Astros)


Rangers : 2010 to Present : 19 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 4 - current major leaguers on the Brewers - 1 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2017 - opened own Academy in 2019 -Boca Chica


INF Hanser Alberto, C Jorge Alfaro (Red Sox), P Abel De Los Santos, INF Luis Marte, INF Ramon Urias (Orioles), P Jose Leclerc (Rangers), P Ricardo Rodriguez, P Yohander Mendez, P Pedro Payano, P Jonathan Hernandez, P Ariel Jurado, C Yohel Pozo, P Marcos Diplan, INF Yonny Hernandez, INF Anderson Tejeda, P Reiver Sanmartin, P Daniel Duarte (Reds), P Yerry Rodriquez, P Ronny Henriquez


Red Sox :   2010 to Present : 17 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 5 - current major leaguers on the Red Sox  - 2 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2018 - Academy in El Toro since 2004


SS Xander Bogaerts (Padres), P Raul Alcantara, P William Cuevas, P Frankie Montas (Yankees - IL), P Nefi Ogando, P Jonathan Aro, OF Manuel Margot (Rays), OF Luis Basabe, OF Javy Guerra, 3B Rafael Devers (Red Sox), P Gerson Bautista, P Jhonathan Diaz, P Darwinzon Hernandez, P Eduard  Bazardo, P Anderson Espinoza, P Denyi Reyes, P Brayan Bello (Red Sox)


Rays :  2010 to Present : 16 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 10 - current major leaguers on the Rays - 2 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2017 - Academy located at San Antonio de Guerra - note : Wander Franco did not play in the DSL


C Oscar Hernandez (VSL), C Omar Narvaez - VSL (Mets), P Felipe Vasquez, P Jose Alvarado - VSL (Phillies - IL), P German Marquez - VSL (Rockies -IL), P Yonny Chirinos - VSL (Braves), C Rene Pinto - VSL (Rays), P Roberto Gomez, P Genesis Cabrera (Cardinals) , P Diego Castillo, P Christopher Sanchez (Phillies), IF Vidal Brujan (Rays), OF Jesus Sanchez (Marlins), P Angel Felipe (A’s), IF Jonathan Aranda, P Jose Lopez


Phillies : 2010 to Present  : 16 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 5 - current major leaguers on the Phillies - 3 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2018 - opened own Academy in 2017 - Boca Chica


P Lendy Castillo, P Hector Neris (Astros), UTL Willians Astudillo (VSL) P Severino Gonzalez (VSL), P Seranthony Dominguez (Phillies), P Ricardo Pinto (VSL), P Ranger Suarez - VSL (Phillies), P Edubray Ramos, P Edgar Garcia, P Adonis Medina, P Mauricio Llovera -VSL (Red Sox), P Sixto Sanchez, C Rafael Marchan, OF Simon Muzziotti, P Ramon Rosso, OF Johan Rojas (Phillies)


Mariners : 2010 to Present : 14 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 5 - current major leaguers on the Mariners - 1 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2018 - opened own Academy in 2014 -Boca Chica


P Vincente Campos - VSL, P Mayckol Guaita - VSL , P Osmer Morales - VSL, P Thyago Vieira - VSL, P Pablo Lopez - VSL (Twins), INF Luis Rengifo - VSL (Angels), OF Gabriel Guerrero, INF Ketel Marte (Diamondbacks), INF Erick Mejia, OF Luis Liberato, P Freddy Peralta ( Brewers), P Aneurys Zabala, P Juan Then, OF Julio Rodriquez (Mariners)


Nationals  : 2010 to Present : 14 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 4 - current major leaguers on the Nationals  - 2 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2018 - opened own Academy in 2014 - Boca Chica - Note - Juan Soto never played in the DSL


INF Wilmer Difo, P Wander Suero,  IF Jose Marmolejos, C Yermin Mercedes,  C Raudy Read, OF Rafael Bautista, P Reynaldo Lopez (Angels), P Phillips Valdez, P Jefry Rodriquez, IF Kelvin Gutierrez, OF Victor Robles (Nationals - IL), P Pedro Avila (Padres), P Joan Adon, P Jose Ferrer (Nationals)


Cardinals : 2010 to Present : 14 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 4 - current major leaguers on the Cardinals - 0 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2017 - opened own Academy in 2015 - Boca Chica  - note : Randy Arozarena and Adolis Garcia never played in the DSL


P Carlos Martinez, INF Breyvic Valera,  P Luis Perdomo, C Jose Godoy, INF Allen Cordoba, OF Magnueris Sierra, INF Edmundo Sosa (Phillies), P Sandy Alcantara (Marlins), P Junior Fernandez, INF Elehuris Montero (Rockies), P Johan Oviedo (Pirates), P Angel Rondon, C Ivan Herrera, P Jesus Cruz


Royals : 2010 to Present : 13 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 6 - current major leaguers on the Royals  - 3 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2018 - opened own Academy in 2012 - Guerra


INF Orlando Calixte, OF Jorge Bonifacio, INF Ramon Torres, P Yordano Ventura, P Miguel Almonte, P Andres Machado (Nationals), P Yunior Marte (Phillies), C Meibrys Viloria, C Freddy Fermin (Royals), C Sebastian Rivero,  INF Esteury Ruiz (A’s - IL), INF Maikel Garcia (Royals), P Angel Zerpa (Royals)


Diamondbacks :  2010 to Present : 13 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 4 - current major leaguers on the Diamondbacks - 2 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2018 - opened own Academy in 2021 - Boca Chica


OF Socrates Brito, P Yefry Ramirez, P Silvino Bracho, P Gabriel Moya, P Luis Castillo, P Luis Madero, P Jhoan Duran (Twins), P Luis Frias (Diamondbacks), INF Geraldo Perdermo (Diamondbacks), P Elvis Luciano, INF Liover Peguero (Pirates), P Justin Martinez, P Cristofer Ogando


Tigers : 2010 to Present : 13 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 4 - current major leaguers on the Tigers  - 0 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2018 - opened own Academy in 2010 - San Pedro de Macoris


INF Eugenio Suarez - VSL (Mariners), P Angel Nesbitt - VSL , INF Harold Castro - VSL (Rockies), P Anthony Castro - VSL, P Eduardo Jiménez - VSL, OF Jose Azocar - VSL, P Jose Valdez, P David Paulino, P Sandy Baez, SS Willy Adames (Brewers), INF Domingo Leybar, P Gregory Soto (Phillies), P Angel De Jesus


Cubs : 2010 to Present : 12 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 6 - current major leaguers on the Cubs - 4 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2017 - opened own Academy in 2013 - La Gina


C Wilson Contreras (Cardinals), INF Marco Hernandez, 3B Jeimer Candelario (Cubs),  P Pedro Araujo, C Erick Castillo, P Felix Pena, P Jhon Romero, P Brailyn Marquez, INF Christopher Morel (Cubs), P Adbert Alzolay - VSL (Cubs), INF Andruw Monasterio - VSL ( Brewers), C Miguel Amaya (Cubs)


Blue Jays : 2010 to Present : 12 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 5 - current major leaguers on the Blue Jays - 0 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2017 - Academy - Boca Chica - note - Vladimir Guerrero Jr did not play in the DSL


P Jairo Labourt, P Miguel Castro (Diamondbacks), P Jimmy Cordero, P Jose Fernandez, P Angel Perdomo (Pirates), P Jesus Tinoco, IF Richard Urena, OF Edward Olivares (Royals), P Yennsy Diaz, P Dany Jiménez (A’s -IL), P Max Castillo, IF Gabriel Moreno (Diamondbacks - IL)


Giants : 2010 to Present : 12 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 5 - current major leaguers on the Giants - 2 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2019  - opened own Academy in 2016 -Boca Chica


P Ariel Hernandez, P Adalberto Mejia, P Reyes Moronta, INF Miguel Gomez, P Luis Castillo (Mariners), P Keury Mella, P Jonathan Loaisigna (Yankees - IL), P Kervin Castro, P Camilo Duval (Giants), P Jose Marte, P Gregory Santos (White Sox), OF Luis Matos (Giants)


Pirates : 2010 to Present : 12 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 4 - current major leaguers on the Pirates  - 2 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2018 - opened own Academy in 2009 -El Toro


INF Dilson Herrera (VSL), OF Willy Garcia,  INF Alen Hanson, P Luis Santos, INF Pablo Reyes (Red Sox), P Luis Escobar, P Edgar Santana, P Yerry De Los Santos (Pirates), IF Sherten Apostel, IF Rodolfo Castro (Phillies), P Osvaldo Bido (Pirates),  P Dario Agrazal


Mets : : 2010 to Present : 12 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 3 - current major leaguers on the Mets  - 0 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2018 - opened own Academy in 2008  - Boca Chica


P Luis Cessa, P Alberto Baldanado, P Hansel Robles, P Domingo Tapia, P Rafael Montero (Astros), P Nabil Crismatt, P Merandy Gonzalez, INF Andres Gimenez (Guardians), C Endy Rodriguez (Pirates), P Jenrry Mejia, P Gabriel Ynoa, P Jose Butto


Padres : 2010 to Present : 12 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 2 - current major leaguers on the Padres - 0 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2017 - opened own Academy in 2008 -Najayo


P Tayron Guerrero, P Frank Garces, OF Franchy Cordero, OF Franmil Reyes, P Jose Ruiz, IF Luis Urias, P Dinelson Laney, P Emmanuel Clase (Guardians), P Adrian Martinez, IF Eguy Rosario, IF Tucupita Marcano (Pirates IL), P Luis Patino


Rockies :  2010 to Present : 11 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 3 - current major leaguers on the Rockies - 1 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2016  - opened own Academy in 2013 -Boca Chica


C Jose Briceno, UTL Rosell Herrera, P Jayson Aquino, OF Yonathan Diaz, OF Ramiel Tapia, P Carlos Estevez (Angels), P Joel Payamps (Brewers), P Husacar Brazoban, P Antonio Senzatela (Rockies - IL), P Julian Fernandez, P Antonio Santos


Guardians : 2010 to Present : 10 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 5 - current major leaguers on the Guardians - 2 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2018 - opened own Academy in 2019 - San Antonio de Guerra - note Jose Ramirez did not play in the DSL


INF Erik Gonzalez, P Phillips Valdez, INF Ivan Castillo, P J.C. Mejia (Brewers), OF Oscar Gonzalez (Guardians), P Francisco Perez,  INF Jose Fermin (Cardinals), P Luis Oviedo, C Yanier Diaz (Astros), INF Brayan Rocchio (Guardians)


Marlins : 2010 to Present : 10 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 3 - current major leaguers on the Marlins - 1 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2016 - opened own Academy in 2022 - Boca Chica  - note P Felix Bautista started with Marlins at their Dominican Academy but was released and signed by the Orioles - I included him on Orioles list


P Domingo German (Yankees), P Jose Urena (Rockies), P Miguel Del Pozo, P Jarlin Garcia, P Francis Martes, P Cristofer Oganda, P Jose Quijada, P Humberto Mejia, OF Jerar Encarnacion, P George Soriano (Marlins)


Angels : 2010 to Present : 10 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 3 - current major leaguers on the Angels - 3 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2016 - opened own Academy in 2013  -Boca Chica


P Jairo Diaz, INF Jose Rondon, P Victor Alcantara, P Eduardo Paredes, P Jaime Barria (Angels), P Jose Rodriquez, P Oliver Ortega, P Elvin Rodriquez, P Jose Suarez (Angels - IL), P Jose Soriano (Angels)


Twins : : 2010 to Present  : 10 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 3 - current major leaguers on the Twins -  0 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2017 - opened own Academy in 2017 - Boca Chica


P Felix Jose, P Randy Rosario, INF Engelb Vielma, P Fernando Romero, P Johan Quezada, P Luis Gil (Yankees - IL), P Brusdar Graterol (Dodgers), P Huascar Yona (Braves - IL), P Edwar Colins, P Prelander Berroa


Reds :  2010 to Present : 8 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 4 - current major leaguers on the Reds - 1 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2019 - opened new Academy in 2023 -Guerra


Ronald Torreyes (VSL), P Alejandro Chacin (VSL), P Wandy Peralta (Yankees), OF Aristedes Aquino, OF Jose Siri (Rays),  P Dauri Moreta (Pirates), INF Elly De La Cruz (Reds) , P Eduardo Salazar


Dodgers : : 2010 to Present : 8 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 4 - current major leaguers on the Dodgers - 0 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2018 - opened own Academy in 1987 - San Antonio Guerra - renovated in 2017


C Webster Rivas, P Jose Dominguez, P Dennis Santana, C Keibert Ruiz (Nationals) SS Oniel Cruz (Pirates - IL), P Edwin Uceta (Mets -IL) , P Jose Hernandez (Pirates), P Darien Nunez


Braves : 2010 to Present : 7 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 2 - current major leaguers on the Braves - 0 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2016 - Academy  - San Pedro de Macorís - Note - Ronald Acuna Jr & Ozzie Albies never played in the DSL.


IF Daniel Castro, IF Joey Meneses (Nationals), IF Jose Peraza, P Mauricio Cabrera, IF Johan Camargo, C William Contreras (Brewers), P Guillermo Zuniga.


White Sox : : 2010 to Present : 7 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 2 - current major leaguers on the White Sox  - 2 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2019 - remodeled Academy in 2017 - Boca Chica


INF Yolmer Sanchez, P Robinson Leyer, C Carlos Perez, OF Luis Robert Jr (White Sox), INF Jose Rodriquez, P Jairo Labourt, P Edgar Navarro ( White Sox)


Athletics : 2010 to Present : 7 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 0 - current major leaguers on the Athletics - 0 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2017 - Academy - Boca Chica


INF Renato Nunez, P Jose Torres, INF Yairo Munoz, P Ronald Herrera, OF Luis Barrera, INF Jordan Diaz, P Norge Ruiz


Brewers : 2010 to Present : 5 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 3 - current major leaguers on the Brewers - 1 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2018 - opened own Academy in 2011 -Ramon Santana, San Pedro de Macoris


INF Orlando Arcia (Braves), P Miguel Diaz, P Jorge Lopez (Marlins), P Miguel Sanchez, P Abner Uribe (Brewers)


Orioles : 2010 to Present : 2 major leaguers - current major leaguers in bold with their current team - 2 - current major leaguers on the Orioles - 1 - last DSL season to produce major leaguer - 2017 - started building own Academy 2021 - Guerra


P Eduardo Rodriquez (Tigers), P Felix Bautista (Orioles)


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