Earlier today, Will McIlroy took a look at some of the key prospects in the Tribe farm system. Hopefully, a few of those guys quickly make their way to the majors, because the Tribe currently features a roster devoid of home-grown talent.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Indians Opening Day roster featured just seven players drafted by the franchise – nearly half as many as the next lowest total (13).
The Rangers lead the way with 24 home-grown players, followed by the Athletics and Cardinals (23 each).
It’s tough to put too much stock in this low number, considering the Indians have traded away multiple quality home-grown players in recent years, but it is somewhat concerning. A small market team like the Indians can’t expect to compete by building a team through free agency, so if this number doesn’t begin to grow in the near future, the Tribe could be in trouble.