Chad Jennings of LoHud inspired this piece after reading his Ones That Got Away article on Saturday. On the heels of the Jesus Montero deal, one can’t help but wonder what the Yanks would look like if they never embarked on making bold moves like that, ones where they give up significant talent in order to fill a need on the 25 man roster. This list represents the best players currently playing in the major leagues who came up through the Yankee system. Of course, baseball is a game of adjustments and its difficult to say if a player who found success elsewhere would have done the same here. Someone with the talent level of a Jesus Montero will likely succeed anywhere. But Tyler Clippard? A seemingly small adjustment can make all the difference for someone like him. In a recent segment on MLBN Ian Kennedy credited working with his pitching coach on a small mechanical adjustment to his strong 2011 campaign. On the Yanks, we’ve seen firsthand how much impact Kevin Long has had on players, most notably Curtis Granderson. Would that have happened elsewhere? Hard to say.
In any case, I wanted to see what the roster might look like had the Yankees made no free agent signings and no deals since Brian Cashman took over baseball ops in 2005. I’m restricting my list to players the Yankees drafted, so someone like SS Alberto Gonzalez (acquired in the 2nd Randy Johnson deal) or Wilson Betemit (traded for Scott Proctor) won’t make the team. With that out of the way, here’s your all homegrown 2012 Yankees:
LINEUP (in no particular order)
CF Brett Gardner
RF Melky Cabrera
1B Shelly Duncan
C Jesus Montero
3B Brandon Laird
LF Jose Tabata
DH Jorge Vazquez (or Juan Miranda)
2B Robinson Cano
SS Derek Jeter
Bench Austin Jackson, Eduardo Nunez, Frankie Cervelli
RHP Ian Kennedy
RHP Ivan Nova
RHP Arodys Vizcaino
RHP Phil Hughes
RHP Hector Noesi (Joba Chamberlain)
RHP Mariano Rivera
RHP David Robertson
RHP Mark Melancon
RHP Alfredo Aceves
LHP Mike Dunn
LHP Phil Coke
RHP Tyler Clippard
The bullpen looks strong, but the lineup looks like something out of the 1970′s. The rotation has some upside, but you would need a good amount of luck for that starting 5 to be championship caliber this year. Since I know you’re all wondering, the projected payroll for the all homegrown 2012 Yankees would be 72.43M. I would think Joba would be a starter on this team and when healthy would have taken the place of Noesi. So I didn’t assign him a set rotation spot, but did count his salary.
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