The Yanks Have Homegrown Players!

Kevin RozellSenior Writer IAugust 3, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 22:  Phil Hughes #65 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Baltimore Orioles on July 22, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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The Yankees have been knocked by many baseball fans and the media about not having homegrown players. Most people think that they just buy all of their players, but that’s far from the truth. In fact, they have the highest percentage (56%) of homegrown players on their 25-man roster in the American League. In all of baseball, the only team that has a higher percentage of homegrown players is the Colorado Rockies, who stand at 64%. Who would have guessed that they hae that many homegrown players.

The homegrown players on the Yankees 25-man roster are:

Alfredo Aceves, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Coke, Phil Hughes, Mark Melancon, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, Jorge Posada, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Cody Ransom, Melky Cabrera and Hideki Matsui.

(14/25 Players on the 25-man roster)

It looks like the whole bullpen is pretty much homegrown. Brian Bruney is the only one who isn’t from the Yankee farm system.

We all know the Yankees spend millions of dollars on superstars, but they also have a lot of talent coming through the farm systsem that are already impacting the organization.

Players on the 40-man roster who are also homegrown:

Brett Gardner (DL) , Chien-Ming Wang (DL), Anthony Claggett, Edwar Ramirez, Francisco Cervelli, Ramiro Pena and Shelley Duncan

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