Archive for December, 2016

Puerto Rican Playoff Participants

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

The poor play of the new team Tiburones de Aguadilla has created an atmosphere where the four round robin playoff teams had already been decided by midseason. In the five team league four of the teams advance to the round robin to determine the Series del Caribe representative. Only two of those four teams have winning records. Below are the teams who will be playing in the round robin playoffs:

Cangrejeros de Santurce (28-12)

Their top hitter has been Ivan Dejesus Jr, who is the only player on the team with an average above .300 (.302). His .778 OPS is also tops on the team. With 14 RBIs and 17 runs scored only Juan Silva is ahead of him in run production. Silva leads the team and the league in RBIs with 19 and homeruns with five but his batting average prevents him from any Triple Crown contention with an ugly .192. Neftali Soto with his four homeruns and 13 RBIs matches Dejesus in run production with 18 runs scored. Hector Olivera, the former Cuban superstar has vanilla numbers with a .250 average with one homerun and 14 RBIs. Hector is only slugging .344.

Adalberto Flores has been putting up pinball machine numbers with his pitching going 4-0 with a 0.95 ERA in 11 starts. A WHIP of 0.88 is indicative of his 8/43 walk to whiff ratio in 57 innings. The opposition hits him at a .210 clip. He has not given up a run in six of his 11 starts. The Cuban Reiner Roybal has been just as impressive with a 3-2, 1.87 line with an opposition batting average of .237. Last year he stunk up AAA (6.65) and AA (7.43) for the Phillies, allowing the opposition to hit him at a .318 clip. Corey Black has accumulated 12 saves with his 0.43 ERA with an opposition batting average of .147. He hopes to fit himself in the Cubs bullpen in 2017. The most impressive pitcher is probably 40 year old setup man J.C. Romero who has yet to give up a run in 22.1 innings. The lefty pitcher has limited lefthanded hitters to a .071 average.

Indios de Mayaguez (26-14)

Jesmuel Valentin is shining playing under his dad with his 18 RBIs tied for the team lead with slugger Kennys Vargas. Valentin is hitting .257 while Vargas has been struggling with a .179 average, taking solace in the fact he has walked a league leading 24 times. The bat to fear has been Danny Ortiz who is hitting .340, tops in the league. His 19 runs scored is second to the 20 for Valentin. Half of Jonathan Rodriguez 26 hits have been doubles giving him the league lead in that category. Eddie Rosario has been a bust in his seven games (.179).

The top pitcher has been Hiram Burgos (4-1, 2.05) who has four shutouts in his 10 starts. Another Brewer Jorge Lopez hopes to bounce back from his disappointing 2016 (3-11, 5.78). The Puerto Rican hitters are not having much success with a .145 opposition average as Jorge has gone 1-1, 1.56 in his nine starts. He has not given up a run in six of his nine starts, though many of his starts have been in the two to four inning variety. The used to be wild Jonathan Sanchez seems to have his control together (19/39) to rack up a league leading five wins (5-2, 2.75).

Criollos de Caguas (19-21)

Rusney Castillo has provided some spark to the Criollos offense after joining them mid-December. He is raking at a .392 clip fueled by a streak of three consecutive games in which he produced three hits. The extra base hit production has been lacking with only three doubles out of his 20 hits. He is hitting .500 against lefthanded pitching. The big RBI man has been Rey Navarro, who has driven in 16 with his .290 average and 8 RBIs contributing to the cause. Andrew Velasquez leads the team in runs scored and the league in stolen bases with 14 in 17 attempts.

Ricardo Gomez (0-1, 1.66) has picked up saves in 15 of the Criollos 19 wins. Otherwise the pitching has not been awe inspiring.

Gigantes de Carolina (16-24)

Carlos Corporan (.321, 1, 17) is their top hitter. He would have the Triple Crown in hitting on the team if it was not for the two homeruns hit by J.J. Fernandez (.253) and Irving Falu (.201). Ozzie Martinez (.248) and Anthony Garcia have each slashed 10 doubles.

Mario Santiago (4-1, 1.85) and Giovanni Soto (4-3, 2.05) have been the Gigantes top starters. Santiago has a complete game seven inning shutout to his resume while Soto has not given up runs in five of his nine starts. He picked up wins in four of those five starts. The closing duties have been assigned by a committee with Kevin Herget (2-0, 1.86, 8 saves) and Chasen Bradford (1-1, 1.83, 6 saves) getting most of the opportunities. Raul Rivera has moved from the starting rotation to the closer role where he has picked up saves in his last three appearances. He is 1-3 with a 4.26 ERA as a starter but 1-0 and has yet to give up a run in his 8 relief appearances. The opposition is hitting him at a .176 clip when he comes out of the bullpen but a .273 clip as a starter.

Dominican Round Robin Playoffs Begin

Friday, December 30th, 2016

The top four teams in the Dominican League have been determined and they have begun their round robin playoff round. The four teams advancing are:

Gigantes del Cibao (27-23)

Wilmer Difo hit .333 in 14 games after replacing Hanser Alberto who hit .385 in his 16 games. The two combined for 24 RBIs, which when combined would have led the team and tied for the Dominican lead. As it is Rhys Hoskins with his four dingers and his 16 RBIs tied for the team lead with Ramon Torres, who also had four homeruns and 16 RBIs. Hoskins only hit .224 and played in 21 games to Torres 41 games, but Torres 26 runs scored led the league. Their 4 homeruns tied with a number of players for the Dominican regular season lead.

The pitching staff was led by veteran Terry Doyle (4-3, 2.70) and Alec Asher (2-1, 2.14). Doyle had 10 starts to the eight starts for Asher. No other starter had more than six. Ramon Ramirez (0-1, 1.57, 8 saves) and Chad Gaudin (1-0, 0.90, 4 saves) closed out 12 of the 27 Gigantes wins. Bryan Rodriguez was called on for two end of the regular season starts and combined for 9 shutout innings, allowing just two hits in those starts. He finished with 7 appearances and a 0.49 ERA.

Tigres del Licey (26-24)

Yamaico Navarro made an end of season impact (.350, 1, 3) for the Tigres, playing in only 9 games. He had an impressive 7/2 walk to whiff ratio. Little known Marco Hernandez led the team in homeruns (4), contributing 16 RBIs with his .286 average. Diory Hernandez led the team in RBIs with 18. Rymer Liriano (.258,1,14) had an inconsistent winter for the Tigres, striking out 34 times in 37 games and going 2 for 7 in stolen bases. Jorge Bonafacio (.248, 1, 16) played with his brother Emilio (.241). Jorge did not show the power expected of him but did gap 7 doubles to tie for the team lead.

Jairo Asencio was pounded at a .315 clip but was still trusted to give the Tigres 15 saves. He finished 1-3, 4.26. Rafael Soriano may have been the better alternative with his 2.66 ERA but he led the team in holds with 10. Matt Wisler had two starts in the Dominican, not allowing a run and striking out 12 in his 9 innings of work.

Aguilas Cibaenas (25-25)

Dylan Cozens led the team in homeruns with four, but his .165 average and 32 whiffs in 25 games were cause for concern. Ronny Rodriguez was their most consistent hitter with his .306 average, 10 doubles, three triples and three homeruns. He scored a team leading 24 times with 12 RBIs. Juan Perez slashed 13 doubles to lead the Dominican League, the doubles contributing to his .291 average and 23 runs scored. His only extra base hits were his doubles, but that was enough to tie him for the league lead in RBIs with 24.

Francisley Bueno (4-2, 1.64) and Roenis Elias (2-3, 2.47) were their most consistent starters. Bueno had a poor 16/23 walk to whiff ratio in his 49 innings. Myworld says keep a watch for Forrest Snow (0-3, 1.54). He always seems to perform well in winter, but it never translates to a major league job. Myworld thinks he is ready to make an impact. He had an impressive 14/36 walk to whiff ratio in 35 innings. Josh Judy was lights out, not allowing an earned run in his 21.2 innings of work to pick up 15 saves. The recently signed Norge Ruiz went 2-1, 3.77 in his three starts.

Leones de Escogido (25-25)

Rafael Bautista stole 12 bases in 14 attempts. He only hit .250 and three of his 28 hits went for extra bases, but he did cross the plate 22 times to lead the team. Ruben Sosa hit three doubles and three triples amongst his 43 hits, but that was still good enough to lead the team and tie for the league lead in RBIs with 24. He was also 11 for 20 in stolen base success ratio, a little bit better than a flip of the coin success rate.

Kelvin Marte (5-1, 1.44) was perhaps the top pitcher in the regular season. His 25 whiffs in 62.1 innings indicates a lack of overpowering stuff, but a .195 opponent average shows lack of barrel of the bat on ball contact. He led the Dominican League in ERA and was tied for first in wins. Justin Haley (2-0, 0.38) was almost unhittable in his five starts, limiting the opposition to a .156 average. He only allowed one run in his five starts, finishing his last three starts with 16.2 shutout innings.

Toros del Este (24-26) and Estrallas Orientales (23-27) just missed making the playoffs.

Twins and Rangers Roster from Domestic Draft

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Myworld takes a look at the last two teams to see what their roster would look like if they only relied on the domestic draft to build their team. Myworld only went back to 2005. The link these two teams have is they were both at one time located in D.C. We have to give our kudos to Allan Simpson and the Baseball America ultimate draft book for our research. Anything you want to know about any draft is compiled in this book that would put the Baseball Encyclopedia to shame.

The Twins find their roster filled with number ones who never fulfilled their potential, or who the Twins hope become late bloomers like Denard Span. The Rangers had a number of players on their roster from the 2007 - 2009 time period, but their offense is still lacking super stars. Chris Davis and Joey Gallo both exhibit light tower power that comes with lots of strikeouts. Gallo is still waiting to achieve some success in the majors and not turn into the second coming of Brandon Woods.

Minnesota Twins

2005 - Matt Garza (1) RHP, Brian Duensing (3) LHP, Steven Tolleson (5) UTL, Yonder Alonso (16 - DNS) 1B
2006 - Chris Parmelee (1) 1B, Jeff Manship (14) RHP, Danny Valencia (19) 3B, J.D. Martinez (36 - DNS) OF, Chase Anderson (42 - DNS) RHP
2007 - Ben Revere (1) OF, Seth Rosin (28 - DNS) RHP, Chase Anderson (40 - DNS) RHP, Chris Heston (47 - DNS) RHP,
2008 - Aaron Hicks (1) OF, Kolton Wong (16 - DNS), Aaron Barrett (20 - DNS) RHP, Michael Tonkin (30) RHP, Adam Conley (32 - DNS) LHP, George Springer (48 - DNS) OF
2009 - Kyle Gibson (1) RHP, Chris Hermann (6) C, Brian Dozier (8) 2B, Pat Light (28 - DNS) RHP
2010 - Eddie Rosario (4) OF, Ryan O’Rourke (13) LHP, Cody Martin (20 - DNS) RHP, A.J. Achter (46) RHP
2011 - Kyle Barraclough (40 - DNS) RHP
2012 - Byron Buxton (1) OF, Jose Berrios (1) RHP, J.T. Chargois (2) RHP, Tyler Duffy (5) RHP

Roster

C - Chris Herman
1B - Chris Parmalee, Yonder Alonso
2B - Brian Dozier, Kolton Wong
3B - Danny Valencia
SS - Steven Tolleson
OF - J.D.Martinez, Ben Revere, Aaron Hicks, George Springer, Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton
SP - Matt Garza, Adam Conley, Jose Berrios, Kyle Gibson, Chase Anderson
RP - Brian Duensing, Jeff Manship, Seth Rosin, Chris Heston, Aaron Barrett, Michael Tonkin, Pat Light, Ryan O’Rourke, Cody Martin, A.J. Achter, Kyle Barraclough, J.T. Chargois, Tyler Duffy

Texas Rangers

2005 - Taylor Teagarden (3) C, Chris Dominguez (17 - DNS) 3B
2006 - Chris Davis (5) 1B, Jacob Brigham (6) RHP, Craig Gentry (10) OF, Derek Holland (25) LHP
2007 - Julio Borbon (1) OF, Neil Ramirez (1) RHP, Tommy Hunter (1) RHP, Anthony Ranaudo (11 - DNS) RHP, Drew Pomeranz (12 - DNS) LHP, Mitch Moreland (17) 1B
2008 - Justin Smoak (1) 1B, Robbie Ross (2) LHP, Joe Wieland (4) RHP, Joey Butler (15) OF, Justin Miller (16) RHP, Tanner Roarke (25) RHP, Nate Frieman (28 - DNS) 1B, Matt Andriese (37 - DNS) RHP, Brad Miller (39 - DNS) SS
2009 - Tanner Scheppers (1) RHP, Robbie Erlin (3) LHP, Jabari Blash (9 - DNS), Aaron Barrett (27 - DNS) RHP
2010 - Luke Jackson (1) RHP, Justin Grimm (5) RHP, Jared Hoying (10) SS, Alex Claudio (27) LHP
2011 - Kyle Hendricks (80 RHP, Andrew Faulkner (14) LHP, Jerad Eickhoff (15) RHP, Ryan Rua (17) OF, Nick Martinez (18) RHP, Phil Klein (30) RHP, Brandon Finnegan (45 - DNS) LHP, C.J. Edwards (48) RHP
2012 - Joey Gallo (1) 3B, Alec Asher (4) RHP, Keone Kela (12) RHP
2013 - Alex Gonzalez (1) RHP

Roster

C - Taylor Teagarden
1B - Chris Davis, Mitch Moreland, Justin Smoak, Nate Freiman
2B - Jared Hoying
3B - Joey Gallo, Chris Dominguez
SS - Brad Miller
OF - Craig Gentry, Julio Borbon, Joey Butler, Jabari Blash, Ryan Rua
SP - Drew Pomeranz, Matt Andriese, Eddie Butler, Tanner Roark, Kyle Hendricks, Branden Finnegan
RP - Tommy Hunter, Neil Ramirez, Jacob Brigham, Derek Holland, Anthony Ranaudo, Robbie Ross, Joe Wieland, Tanner Scheppers, Robbie Erlin, Aaron Barrett, Luke Jackson, Justin Grimm, Alex Claudio, Andrew Faulkner, Jerad Eickhoff, Nick Martinez, Phil Klein, C.J. Edwards, Alec Asher, Keana Kela, Alex Gonzalez

Reds and Brewers Domestic Draft Rosters

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Not the two most exciting teams. Small market teams who must rely on the draft to build their rosters since competing for free agents and international stars can be expensive. Both teams have done a decent job building a roster but there are no real superstars. The Reds have done a good job of promoting at least one first round pick to the major leagues from 2005 to 2011. Though it is still early, the Brewers are still waiting for a player to make a significant contribution to their major league roster since the 2013 draft. Below are the rosters for the Reds and Brewers if they only relied on the players they selected in the domestic draft.

Cincinnati Reds

2005 - Jay Bruce (1) OF, Travis Wood (2) LHP, Sam LeClure (4) RHP, Adam Rosales (12) 3B/1B, John Axford (42 - DNS) RHP
2006 - Drew Stubbs (1) OF, Justin Turner (7) 3B, Chris Heisey (17) OF
2007 - Devin Mesoraco (1) C, Todd Frazier (1) 3B, Zack Cozart (2) SS, Taylor Jordan (18 - DNS) RHP, Jimmy Nelson (33 - DNS) RHP
2008 - Yonder Alonso (1) 1B, Pedro Villarreal (7) RHP
2009 - Mike Leake (1) RHP, Brad Boxberger (1) RHP, Billy Hamilton (2) OF, Tuccker Barnhart (10) C, Deven Marrero (12 - DNS) SS
2010 - Yasmani Grandal (1) C, Ryan LaMarre (2) OF, Kyle Waldrop (12) OF, Josh Smith (21) RHP, Tyler Wilson (35- DNS) RHP
2011 - Robert Stephensen (1) RHP, Tony Cingrani (3) LHP
2012 - Jon Mozcot (4) RHP, Matt Boyd (13 - DNS) LHP
2013 - Michael Lorenzen (1) RHP, Andrew Benintendi (31 - DNS) OF

Roster

C - Yasmani Grandal, Devin Mesoraco, Tucker Barnhart
1B - Yonder Alonso, Adam Rosales
2B - Deven Marrero
3B - Todd Frazier, Justin Turner
SS - Zack Cozart
OF - Jay Bruce, Billy Hamilton, Drew Stubbs, Chris Heisey, Ryan LaMarre, Kyle Waldrop, Andrew Benintendi
SP - Mike Leake, Jimmy Nelson, Robert Stephensen, Michael Lorenzen, John Axford, Travis Wood
RP - Sam LeCure, Taylor Jordan, Pedro Villarreal, Josh Smith, Tyler Wilson, Tony Cingrani, John Moscot, Matt Boyd

Milwaukee Brewers

2005 - Ryan Braun (1) LF, Michael Brantley (7) OF, Jemile Weeks (8 - DNS) 2B, Andrew Bailey (16 - DNS) RHP, Jake Arriata (26 - DNS) RHP
2006 - Jeremy Jeffress (1) RHP, Cole Gillespie (3) OF
2007 - Jonathan Lucroy (3) C, Eric Fryer (10) C, Donavan Hand (14) RHP
2008 - Brett Lawrie (1) 3B/2B, Jake Odorizzi (1) RHP, Logan Schafer (3) OF, Rob Wooten (13) RHP, Lucas Luetge (21) LHP, Sean Nolin (50 - DNS) LHP
2009 - Khris Davis (7) OF, Scooter Gennett (16) 2B, Tyler Cravy (17) RHP, Caleb Thielbar (18) LHP, Mike Fiers (22) RHP
2010 - Jimmy Nelson (2) RHP, Tyler Thornburg (3) RHP, Yadiel Rivera (9) SS, Jason Rogers (32) 1B
2011 - Taylor Jungmann (1) RHP, Jorge Lopez (2) RHP, Michael Reed (5) OF, David Goforth (7) RHP, Carlos Rodon (16 - DNS) LHP
2012 - Mitch Haniger (1) OF, Tyler Wagner (4) RHP, Buck Farmer (15 - DNS) RHP

Roster

C - Jonathan Lucroy, Eric Fryer
1B - Jason Rogers
2B - Scooter Gennett, Jemile Weeks
3B - Brett Lawrie
SS - Yadiel Rivera
OF - Ryan Braun, Michael Brantley, Cole Gillespie, Logan Schafer, Khris Davis, Michael Reed, Mitch Haninger
SP - Jake Arriata, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Fiers, Jimmy Nelson, Carlos Rodon
RP - Andrew Bailey, Jeremy Jeffress, Donovan Hand, Rob Wooten, Lucas Luetge, Sean Nolin, Tyler Cravy, Caleb Thielbar, Tyler Thornburg, Taylor Jungmann, Jorge Lopez, David Goforth, Buck Farmer, Tyler Wagner

Cuban Series Winding Down; Matanzas Breaks Cuban Win Record

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

The Cuban League is now down to the last four teams for the playoffs. Matanzas, Ciego de Avila, Villa Clara and Granma appear to be the final four teams with Holquin and Camaguey being eliminated. The four teams will then play it off to see who represents Cuba in the Series del Caribe, though the winning team can add players to their roster to enhance their lineup or rotation. If Granma does not make it to the finals expect Alfredo Despaigne to represent the winning Cuban team in the Series del Caribe. In the past the previous year’s champion (Ciego) represented Cuba in the Series del Caribe so this may be for next year’s representation.

Jefferson Delgado of Matanzas is the leading hitter in the Cuban League with his .407 average. Osvaldo Vazquez from Ciego de Villa is the leading homerun hitter with 17 though Alfredo Despaigne rarely plays in the league anymore once he signed a contract to play in Japan. Yordanis Samon of Matanzas has edged Vazquez in the RBI race by two 74 to 72. Yordanis drives his runs in by hitting the balls in the gaps, leading the league in doubles with 26 while adding 10 homeruns.

On the pitching front Lazaro Blano from Granma has the ERA lead with 1.70. Alain Sanchez from Villa Clara is the only other pitcher with an ERA under 2.00 (1.80). Blanco also leads in wins with 13. The strikeout crown appears to be in the hands of Matanzas Yoanni Yera, who is always messing with my spell check when his name is automatically converted to year. He has 119 whiffs in 111 innings, rare for a Cuban pitcher to elicit more whiffs than innings pitched. Vladimir Garcia from Ciego de Avila is 14 whiffs behind, but he has pitched in 152 innings.

The 69 wins by Matanzas is the most ever by a Cuban team in the Series Nacional. The previous record had been 66 by the Industriales. With one more game in the round robin Matanzas can go for 70 wins and add on to that win total with the four game playoffs. They are currently playing at a .775 winning percentage.

Of the four teams appearing in the four team playoffs Granma and Matanzas have yet to win a championship. Matanzas has come close by going into the playoffs with the best record, but they have yet to close it off with a championship win. Ciego and Villa Clara have a number of championships under their belt, with Ciego coming into this as defending champions.

Randy Smith and Shohei Otani Connection

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Randy Smith was recently hired by the Nippon Ham Fighters to be a senior adviser to their general manager and conduct duties as a major league scouting director. The Fighters current general manager Hiroshi Yoshimura worked under Smith when he was with the Detroit Tigers.

Shohei Otani pitches for the Nippon Ham Fighters. Randy Smith was general manager of the San Diego Padres from 1993 to 1995. He returned to the Padres in 2003 to be the special assistant to the general manager. In 2011 he became Vice President of Player development and International Scouting for the Padres, a post he held until 2016. The Padres have a working agreement with the Fighters, though they probably do not have the resources to sign Otani to a contract.

What Are the Odds

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

Myworld is visiting New York for the Christmas holidays. On my very first day out in the city I put on a shirt I bought in Australia when I visited there about a decade ago. While eating lunch at restaurant a family walked in. The young boy was calling her mother “mum” so my first thought was they were from England. The family sat at a table next to mine giving me the opportunity to ask them where they were from. They said Melbourne, Australia. They smiled when I took off my jacket and showed my sweat shirt that made reference to Melbourne, Australia.

Returning to the hotel a family was waiting at an elevator. I thought the father was wearing a Hanshin Tiger jersey. When I asked him about it he said it was an Australian football jersey and they were from Melbourne. I took off my jacket again and showed them my Melbourne sweat shirt. When I informed them that they were the second family from Melbourne that I had met in New York they said there were some good deals on flights to New York.

What are the odds with a city as big as New York the first two people I come into contact with are from Melbourne, Australia? Makes me want to take my second visit there. Perhaps next year, when the winter season begins again.

Australia Beats World Again

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

For the second consecutive year Team Australia beat the World. Australia got their second hit of the night on a two out single by Trent D’Antonio in the bottom of the ninth. Last year in the All Star game it was D’Antonio that delivered the walk off hit. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and Stefan Welch was the man the Aussies swarmed after his single to right field scored D’Antonio with the game winning run. Two balls skipping past the catcher were critical to the Aussie win.

It was Japanese battery that allowed the Aussies to score their first run without benefit of a hit in the sixth inning. Keisuke Honda issues multiple walks to load the bases. He is replaced by his Japanese teammate Shogo Noda. Noda throws a pitch that skips past catcher Hitoto Komazuki to allow the Aussies to score their first run to tie the game 1-1.

The first hit by Team Australia was in the third inning by Mitch Nilsson. Their next hit would not come until the ninth, when they double their hit total to win the game. Stefan Welch was voted the MVP for the game after his game winning hit.

The World team was also helped by walks to score their only run. Two walks in the fourth inning was followed by a Kevin Padlo sacrifice fly to give the world an early 1-0 lead.

Norge Ruiz Signs with Athletics

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

One of the better pitchers out of Cuba, Norge Ruiz signed with the Oakland Athletics. Not a big pitcher, standing less than 6′0″ with a pedestrian fastball, he will need to rely on his location to get major league hitters out. Myworld watched him pitch in the Series del Caribe in Puerto Rico. While he did not give up a lot of runs he always seemed to be working out of jams. Myworld expects him to end up in a relief role if he makes the majors, though the Athletics are short on starting pitchers.

The 22 year old received a $2 million bonus from the Athletics. Because of his age those $2 million will count against the Athletics international spending cap, though the Athletics have never been active in signing international players the last couple years, unless they have come from Cuba. The Athletics were already over their international salary cap after signing Lazaro Armentaros to a $3 million bonus, meaning Ruiz cost them $4 million after the payment of a $2 million penalty.

Ruiz has a number of pitchers with the change and slider being his best pitches. He will get hitters to pound the ball on the ground giving him the opportunity to slither out of danger.

Diamondbacks and Rockies Roster Based on Domestic Drafts

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Both are relatively new teams that quickly made the playoffs for being expansion teams. Both have struggled to get to the playoffs after their early success. Both signed an ace for the rotation. The Diamondbacks signed theirs but traded him away. The Rockeis could not sign theirs. The Rockies drafted some pretty stellar shortstops, though both the Rockies and Diamondbacks drafted a future star shortstop. Again, the Diamondbacks traded him away while the Rockies never signed him. The Diamondbacks got a bargain on a first baseman with their ninth round pick. Myworld takes a look at what these two teams rosters would be like if they relied only on the domestic draft to fill their rosters, looking at the drafts from 2005 to present.

Arizona Diamondbacks

2005 - Justin Upton (1) OF
2006 - Max Scherzer (1) RHP, Brooks Brown (1) RHP, Brett Anderson (2) LHP, Tony Barnette (10) RHP
2007 - Rey Navarro (3) SS, Bobby LaFromboise (14 - DNS) LHP, Josh Collmenter (15) RHP, Sammy Solis (18 - DNS) LHP, Tommy Layne (26) LHP, Evan Scribner (28) RHP
2008 - Wade Miley (1) LHP, Bryan Shaw (2) RHP, Collin Cowgill (5) OF, Daniel Webb (12 - DNS) RHP, Ryan Cook (27) RHP, Jake Elmore (34)2B
2009 - A.J. Pollock (1) OF, Matt Davidson (1) 3B, Chris Owings (1) SS, Marc Krauss (2) OF, Keon Broxton (3) OF, Paul Goldschmidt (8) 1B, Chase Anderson (9) RHP
2010 - Zach Walters (9) SS, Mike Bolsinger (15) RHP, Adam Eaton (19) OF
2011 - Trevor Bauer (1) RHP, Archie Bradley (1) RHP, Andrew Chafin (1) LHP, Evan Marshall (4) RHP
2012 - Jake Lamb (6) 3B
2013 - Braden Shipley (1) RHP, Aaron Blair (1) RHP
2015 - Dansby Swanson (1) SS

Roster

C - None
1B - Paul Goldschmidt
2B - Jake Elmore, Zack Walters
3B - Jake Lamb, Matt Davidson
SS - Chris Owings, Dansby Swanson, Rey Navorro
OF - Justin Upton, Adam Eaton, Collin Cwogill, Marc Krauss, Keon Broxton, A.J. Pollock
SP - Max Scherzer, Wade Miley, Trevor Bauer, Archie Bradley, Braden Shilpey, Aaron Blair
RP - Sammy Solis, Josh Collmenter, Tony Barnette, Brooks Brown, Brett Anderson, Bobby LaFromboise, Tommy Layne, Evan Scribner, Bryan Shaw, Daniel Webb, Ryan Cook, Chase Anderson, Mike Bolsinger, Andrew Chafin, Evan Marshall

Colorado Rockies

2005 - Troy Tulowitski (1) SS, Chaz Roe (1) RHP, Chris Martin (21 - DNS) RHP
2006 - Michael McHenry (7) C, Will Harris (9) RHP, Andrew Cashner (18 - DNS) RHP, Justin Miller (47 - DNS) RHP
2007 - Jordan Pacheco (9) C, Matt Reynolds (20) LHP, Chris Sale (21 - DNS) LHP, Logan Shafer (47 - DNS) OF
2008 - Christian Friedrich (1) LHP, Charlie Blackmon (2) OF, Chris Dominguez (5 - DNS) 3B, Thomas Field (24) SS
2009 - Tyler Matzek (1) LHP, Rex Brothers (1) LHP, Nolan Arenado (2) 3B, Ben Paulson (3) 1B, Rob Scahill (8) RHP, Dustin Garneau (19) C, Corey Dickerson (29 - DNS) OF
2010 - Kyle Parker (1) OF, Chad Bettis (2) RHP, Josh Ruttledge (3) SS, Corey Dickerson (8) OF, Christian Bergman (24) RHP, Marco Gonzalez (29 - DNS) LHP
2011 - Trevor Story (1) SS, Peter O’Brien (3 - DNS) 1B, Preston Tucker (16 - DNS) OF
2012 - David Dahl (1) OF, Eddie Butler (1) RHP, Tom Murphy (3) C, Scott Oberg (15) RHP, Dansby Swanson (38 - DNS) SS
2013 - Jon Gray (1) RHP

Roster

C - Michael McHenry, Jordan Pacheco, Tom Murphy, Dustin Garneau
1B - Ben Paulsen, Peter O’Brien
2B - Josh Ruttledge, Thomas Field
3B - Nolan Arenado, Chris Dominguez
SS - Troy Tulowitski, Trevor Story, Dansby Swanson
OF - David Dahl, Logan Shafer, Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson, Kyle Parker, Preston Tucker
SP - Chris Sale, Andrew Cashner, Jon Gray, Eddie Butler, Marco Gonzalez, Chad Bettis
RP - Chaz Roe, Chris Martin, Will Harris, Justin Miller, Matt Reynolds, Christian Friedrich, Tyler Matzek, Rex Brothers, Rob Scahill