With Major League Baseball's first-year player draft recently taking place, it’s an appropriate time to examine the best current homegrown teams.
More than ever, organizations are relying on young, inexpensive talent to piece together teams that are expected to compete year in and year out. As the Los Angeles Dodgers and Angels are making painfully apparent this season, it takes more than an open checkbook to win championships.
So what exactly is a homegrown player?
To be considered homegrown—for the sake of this article, at least—a player must have been either drafted or signed as an amateur free agent by the team that he currently plays for. Additionally, the player must not have spent time as a member of any other organization after being drafted or signed.
The criteria considers both quality and quantity. A team cannot simply make this list because it has a large amount of homegrown players on the roster. A team that has six high-quality homegrown players on its roster would rank higher than a team with 10 below-average homegrown players.
Of course, the team as a whole must be competitive as well.
Begin the slideshow to view to top homegrown teams in baseball.
*All statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.