Rockies Home-Grown Nucleus Carried Them Into Post-Season

There is a special bond in the Rockies clubhouse.

It’s not by chance.

The Rockies have a strong core of home-grown players, which creates a relationship at the big-league level. Whether it’s a veteran player or a rookie they have that common experience of coming up through the organization, playing on the same fields for the same managers, coaches and instructors.

And it is paying off.

The Rockies 25-man post-season roster included 14 home-grown players, and that’s without Jon Gray, who had the third-best winning percentage among the starting pitchers, but was left off the NL Division Series roster for the series with the Brewers.

The Astros and Dodgers tied for the second most, with 11. The Yankees had 10, Red Sox nine, Braves and Indians eight apiece, and Brewers six.

The Cubs may have been eliminated in the Wild-Card Round by the Rockies, and the Orioles may have had the worst record in the regular-season, but both organizations had eight players developed in their farm systems on the rosters of teams that advanced to the Division Series.

What stands out about the 14 Rockies is that there was a fairly balanced split between pitchers (six) and position players (eight).

Three of the four Rockies starting pitchers were originally signed by the organization — Kyle Freeland, Tyler Anderson and Antonio Senzatela, and while the fourth starter, German Marquez, was an original signee of the Rays, he spent a year at Double-A with the Rockies, and made his big-league debut in a Colorado uniform.

The Rockies bullpen included Chad Bettis, Scott Oberg and Harrison Musgrave. The starting lineup included outfielders Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl, shortstop Trevor Story, third baseman Nolan Arenado, and catcher Chris Iannetta. Rookies Ryan McMahon and Garrett Hampson were on the bench, along with veteran Matt Holliday.

The Dodgers had 11, including seven pitchers, and four outfielders. None of their infielders came up through the farm system. The Astros also had 11, which included eight position players. The Yankees were the other team in double figures with 10, even though they have a reputation for buying players and not developing them.

The Home-Grown Post-Season Rosters

Rockies (12) Dodgers (11)
LHP Kyle Freeland LHP Clayton Kershaw
LHP Tyler Anderson LHP Caleb Ferguson
LHP Harrison Musgrave LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu
RHP Antonio Senzatela RHP Walker Buehler
RHP Chat Bettis RHP Kenley Jansen
RHP Scott Oberg RHP Pedro Baez
OF Charlie Blackmon RHP Kenta Maeda
OF David Dahl OF Cody Bellinger
OF Matt Holliday OF Joc Pederson
C Chris Iannetta OF Matt Kemp
1B Ryan McMahon OF Yasiel Puig
2B Garrett Hampson
3B Nolan Arenado
SS Trevor Story
Astros (11) Yankees (10)
RHP Dallas Keuchel RHP Dellin Betances
RHP Lance McCullers RHP Jonathan Holder
RHP Josh James RHP David Robertson
1B Tyler White RHP Luis Severino
2B Jose Altuve RHP Masahiro Tanaka
SS Carlos Correa C Aistom Romine
3B Alex Gregman C Gary Sanchez
OF George Springer 3B Miguel Andujar
OF Tony Kemp OF Aaron Judge
OF Myles Straw OF Brett Gardner
OF Tyler White
Red Sox (9) Braves (8)
RHP Brandon Workman RHP Chad Sobotka
RHP Matt Barnes RHP Julio Teheran
C Blake Swihart LHP A.J. Minter
C Christian Vazquez C Tyler Flowers
SS Xander Bogaerts 1B Freddie Freeman
3B Rafael Devers 2B Ozzie Albies
OF Mookie Betts 3b Johan Camargo
OF Andrew Benintendi OF Ronald Acuna
OF Jackie Bradley, Jr.
Indians (8) Brewers (6)
RHP Cody Allen RHP Corbin Burnes
RHP Shane Bieber RHP Jeremy Jeffress
OF Jason Kipnis RHP Brandon Woodruff
Francisco Lindor SS Orlando Arcia
3B Jose Ramirez OF Ryan Braun
DH Yandy Diaz OF Lorenzo Cain
OF Greg Allen
C Rioberto Perez
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