Again, like I said within the article for the American League breakdown there is not a right or wrong way to build a team, each team has its own philosophy and some are successful and some are not. This article is not to argue which philosophy is correct it’s intended for those curious minds that just wonder, like mine, which playoff contenders is the most “home” grown.
The following will show the National League teams in contention and the players that were drafted by that particular team and that is on the active roster. Again, I am only doing the teams that I believe still has a chance to make the playoffs via Division Winner or Wild Card. I am also including foreign born players that were not drafted, because MLB teams need to go through many steps to obtain one of these particular players and most countries will not allow their players to be eligible for the draft.National League East: (% drafter players of Current Roster)
Atlanta Braves: (56%)
National League Central: (% drafter players of Current Roster)
Pittsburg Pirates: (40%) St. Louis Cardinals: (68%) Cincinnati Reds: (40%)
Gerrit Coles Joe Kelly Homer Bailey
Jared Hughes Lance Lynn Aroldis Chapman
Tony Watson Tyler Lyons Tony Cingrani
Justin Wilson Seth Maness Ryan Hanigan
Tony Sanchez Shelby Miller Devin Mesoraco
Pedro Alvarez Trevor Rosenthal Zack Cozart
Jorely Mercer Kevin Siegrist Todd Frazier
Neil Walker Micheal Wacha Joey Votto
Starling Marte Yadier Molina Jay Bruce
Andrew McCutchen Matt Adams Chris Heisey
National League West: (% drafter players of Current Roster)
Los Angeles Dodgers: (32%)Wild Card: (% drafter players of Current Roster)
Arizona Diamondbacks: (32%)
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*All Research for the Players was through www.baseball-reference.com
As you can see the Cardinals with sixty-eight percent of their current roster being filled with draft picks, they are far ahead from any other MLB team on building from within. The closest in the National League is the Atlanta Braves at fifty-six percent.
The biggest surprise while doing the National League side is that Brandon Philips was not drafted by the Cincinnati Reds. For your homework you drafted him? I can't give all of the answers.