System requirements

Or: How I spent my Saturday morning.

Last week I tweeted about the success of the Rockies’ farm system in developing actual Rockies. Anyway, I wanted to see if any other team had drafted and developed players as well as Colorado, so, using the 25-man Division Series rosters from MLB.com, I compiled the lists of players who have spent their entire professional careers with their postseason teams.

This includes international free agents, which I realize in the case of guys like Hideki Matsui and Daisuke Matsuzaka is not really about development. Plus, guys like Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada likely only stayed with the Yanks because of the Yanks’ unique ability to pay them. But whatever, it’s just an exercise.

Obviously it’s not a perfect way to assess a team’s farm system, as in many cases, prospects are dealt for players who will help immediately. These are just lists. Don’t read too much into them.

Please excuse the terrible formatting, I’m not great with spreadsheets or WordPress and I have someplace to be in an hour. Anyway, here we go:


Twins (11/25)
Scott Baker
Nick Blackburn
Jesse Crain
Brian Duensing
Jose Mijares
Joe Mauer
Jose Morales
Matt Tolbert
Michael Cuddyer
Denard Span
Jason Kubel

Yankees (12/25)
Joba Chamberlain
Phil Coke
Phil Hughes
Mariano Rivera
David Robertson
Francisco Cervelli
Jorge Posada
Robinson Cano
Derek Jeter
Melky Cabrera
Brett Gardner
Hideki Matsui


Red Sox
(10/25)
Daniel Bard
Clay Buchholz
Jon Lester
Daisuke Matsuzaka
Hideki Okajima
Jonathan Papelbon
Jed Lowrie
Dustin Pedroia
Kevin Youkilis
Jacoby Ellsbury


Angels
(13/25)
Kevin Jepsen
John Lackey
Ervin Santana
Joe Saunders
Jered Weaver
Jeff Mathis
Mike Napoli
Bobby Wilson
Erick Aybar
Howie Kendrick
Kendry Morales
Robb Quinlan
Reggie Willits


Phillies
(10/25)
Antonio Bastardo
Cole Hamels
J.A. Happ
Kyle Kendrick
Ryan Madson
Brett Myers
Carlos Ruiz
Ryan Howard
Jimmy Rollins
Chase Utley


Rockies
(14/25)
Aaron Cook
Matt Daley
Ubaldo Jimenez
Franklin Morales
Chris Iannetta
Garrett Atkins
Clint Barmes
Todd Helton
Ian Stewart
Dexter Fowler
Brad Hawpe
Seth Smith
Ryan Spilborghs
Eric Young


Dodgers
(8/25)
Chad Billingsley
Jonathan Broxton
Clayton Kershaw
Hong-Chih Kuo
Ramon Troncoso
Russell Martin
James Loney
Matt Kemp


Cardinals
(11/25)
Mitchell Boggs
Blake Hawksworth
Kyle McLellan
Jason Motte
Adam Wainwright
Yadier Molina
Albert Pujols
Brendan Ryan
Skip Schumaker
Rick Ankiel
Colby Rasmus

And just for fun, the Mets as they ended the season:
Mets
(7/30)
Bobby Parnell
Mike Pelfrey
Tobi Stoner
Josh Thole
Daniel Murphy
David Wright
“Nick Evans”

That’s not at all fair to the Mets, of course, because Jon Niese, Jose Reyes and Fernando Martinez were on the disabled list at the end of the year. But life isn’t fair to the Mets.

I, for one, would like to see a team filled up with homegrown players, if only because that’s the most inexpensive way to fill out a roster. The Angels, for example, save money to spend on top-flight free agents — often foolishly — by filling in the spaces around the big-ticket items with players they developed themselves.

Now, it’s off to brunch with some Australians. Here’s hoping they don’t force me to eat Vegemite.

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