Where Diamondbacks Rank Among Teams With Most Homegrown Talent

Where Diamondbacks Rank Among Teams With Most Homegrown Talent
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It’s been a banner year for the Arizona Diamondbacks, with the National League franchise capturing its first league pennant since 2001 last fall before eventually falling to Texas in five games in the World Series.

The Torey Lovullo-managed team enters the 2024 MLB season with the franchise’s best preseason championship odds — +2500 at Bet365 Arizona —since 2016.

Better yet for Arizona fans is the fact the D’backs are doing all of this with a swath of homegrown talent, with draft picks like Corbin Carroll, Alek Thomas, Geraldo Perdomo, Brandon Pfaadt and Merrill Kelly pacing the team’s renaissance. 

That core of young talent has rejuvenated the Diamondbacks Arizona sports betting prospects, with the team currently holding the fourth-ranked farm system in the Majors according to The Athletic’s Keith Law. With MLB Spring Training camps opening this week, it made us wonder which team has done the best job at drafting and keeping talent. Utilizing FanGraphs.com, we found the number of players drafted or signed on each MLB team’s projected 40-man roster for the upcoming season.

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MLB Teams with Most Homegrown Talent

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

Arizona sports betting apps list the Los Angeles Dodgers as the World Series favorite at +360. Atlanta is second at +600.

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Arizona Among Leaders in Homegrown Talent

Of the D’backs’ 40-man MLB roster, 20 players were drafted by the club, representing the sixth highest percentage of any team in the league. Leaguewide, the leaders when it comes to the most homegrown players on a 40-man roster are Cleveland (25, or 62.5%), Colorado (24, or 60%) and Houston Astros (23, or 57.5).

Oddsmakers at ESPN BET Arizona give the D’backs a preseason win total over/under of 83.5. Arizona will look to use that homegrown talent to build on last year’s 84-78 campaign that saw the franchise sweep Milwaukee and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Wild Card and Divisional Series, before beating Philadelphia in seven games to make the World Series for the first time in 22 years. The regular season begins against Colorado on March 28 at Chase Field.

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Christopher Boan is the lead writer at BetArizona.com after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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