The Dodgers are quite possibly the best team in baseball and while many claim that the reason for it is their huge payroll, that simply is not the case. In recent years, the only major signings outside of AJ Pollock that the Dodgers have spent major money on have been to keep players they already had — namely Rich Hill, Kenley Jansen, and Justin Turner.
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) December 5, 2016
Current Roster Landscape
On the current 25-man roster, a whopping 16 of the 25 players were developed by the Dodgers.
The other nine players are the following: Dylan Floro, Rich Hill, Joe Kelly, Austin Barnes, David Freese, Kiké Hernandez, Max Muncy, Chris Taylor, and Justin Turner.
Stars of the System
Some of the most integral pieces — Kershaw, Buehler, Bellinger, Pederson, Verdugo, Seager — were all Dodgers’ farmhands. Even on the list of the nine players mentioned above, five of them were never really afforded everyday playing time until they reached Los Angeles.
#Dodgers have deals in place with 3 of 1st 4 draft picks — RHP Chris Anderson (1st) LHP Tom Windle (2nd) and 1B Cody Bellinger (4th)
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) June 12, 2013
Kapler and Gasparino
Current Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, once the Dodgers scouting director, and Billy Gasparino, the current director of amateur scouting, have made a combined effort to make sure the Dodgers are in position to contend for years to come.
Most of the players on the roster you see now will be there until 2023 or so, not to mention the fantastic farm system the Dodgers have that has yet to see all its components graduate to the big leagues.
The Dodgers are going to do well in the present and the future and it is largely in part to the fantastic work of Kapler and Gasparino. So the he next time you check out the Dodgers’ lineup, look and see how many are homegrown Dodgers. I guarantee you, you will be pleasantly surprised.