Where Do Tigers Rank Among Teams with Most Homegrown Talent?

Where Do Tigers Rank Among Teams with Most Homegrown Talent?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

With the Super Bowl behind us, we’re days away from pitchers and catchers reporting. Yes, it’s the start of the baseball season, when the 30 teams that comprise Major League Baseball take to the sunny outposts of Arizona and Florida to prep for the regular season.

So, what’s in store in Michigan sports betting for the state’s MLB team, the Detroit Tigers?

This spring, Detroit will look to find its form early on, as the franchise seeks to halt a nine-year playoff drought. ESPN BET Michigan lists the Tigers at +350 to win the AL Central (ranking behind the Minnesota Twins at -115).

The talk of baseball made us wonder: Which MLB team has done the best job at drafting and keeping talent in their city?

Utilizing FanGraphs.com, BetMichigan.com – you source for Michigan sportsbook apps - found the number of players on each MLB team that was homegrown (drafted or signed) on their projected 40-man roster for the upcoming season.

MLB Teams with Most Homegrown Talent

RankTeamNo. of PlayersPct. of Players
1Cleveland Guardians2562.5%
2Colorado Rockies2460%
3Houston Astros2357.5%
T-4Kansas City Royals2152.5%
T-4Los Angeles Angels2152.5%
6Arizona Diamondbacks2050%
T-7Detroit Tigers1947.5%
T-7Minnesota Twins1947.5%
T-7San Francisco Giants1947.5%
T-10Toronto Blue Jays1742.5%
T-10Cincinnati Reds1742.5%


Tigers Fare Well on Homegrown Talent

Of the players on the Tigers’ 40-man roster, 19 were drafted by the club. That gives them a percentage of 47.5% when it comes to homegrown talent, which ranks in a tie for 7th with the Twins and San Francisco Giants.

The Cleveland Guardians (25 players), Colorado Rockies (24 players), Houston Astros (23 players), Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels (21 apiece) lead the way when it comes to the number of homegrown players on their respective 40-man rosters.

For Detroit, that homegrown talent includes Riley Greene, Spencer Torkelson, Parker Meadows, Tarik Skubal and Akil Baddoo — who all figure to play a large role in the Tigers’ attempted renaissance from AL Central cellar dweller to playoff contender in 2024.

Of that homegrown group, Greene posted the highest WAR total in 2023, at 1.9, followed by Skubal (1.3 WAR), Torkelson (0.8) Baddoo (0.6) and Meadows (-0.1).

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Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan is a staff writer for BetMichigan.com. He has covered sports and sports betting for more than seven years and has worked for publications such as ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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