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HomegrownTeam: Los Angeles Dodgers

Posted on: December 16, 2011 7:39 am
Edited on: December 16, 2011 7:41 am

By Matt Snyder

What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.

Do the Dodgers do well in drafts and international signings? The answer is a resounding yes. What they do with those players could certainly be questioned, but as far as building a foundation, few have been better in recent years. See below.


1. Dee Gordon, SS
2. Shane Victorino, RF
3. Matt Kemp, LF
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. Carlos Santana, C
7. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
8. Miguel Cairo, 2B

Starting Rotation

1. Clayton Kershaw
2. Edwin Jackson
3. Ted Lilly
4. Hiroki Kuroda
5. Chad Billingsley

If you don't like us using Kuroda -- some commenters have disagreed with including guys who were professional players in Japan in this series -- you can slide in James McDonald or the youngster Rubby De La Rosa.


Closer - Joakim Soria
Set up - Javy Guerra, Joel Hanrahan, Kenley Jansen, Takashi Saito, Jonathan Broxton, Pedro Feliciano, Cory Wade
Long - McDonald

Notable Bench Players

Russell Martin, Henry Blanco, James Loney, Blake DeWitt, Trayvon Robinson, Jerry Sands, Alex Cora

What's Good?

Spoiler Alert: This section is going to be much longer than "what's not." How about starting with the offensive firepower Victorino, Kemp, Konerko, Beltre and Santana bring in the 2-6 spots of the order? That is sick. Gordon has good potential and Gutierrez was a decent hitter before his stomach issues derailed him a few years ago. The starting rotation is good, deep, has a good lefty-righty mix and a true ace sitting at the top. The bullpen is so deep it's unimaginable. It's not as great as the Yankees' bullpen (Clippard-Robertson-Axford-Rivera) in this exercise, but this is definitely an elite unit. The bench is pretty damn good, too. Best of all, though, how about the defensive range? Gutierrez was widely considered the best center fielder in baseball before his stomach woes. Victorino is a three-time Gold Glover while he lost out to Kemp this season. I decided to shift Kemp to left because Victorino has a cannon that is an asset in right. Not that Kemp can't throw. This would be one insane defensive outfield. Beltre is the best defensive third baseman in baseball, too. That's a lot of help for an already-good pitching staff.

What's Not?

Anything would be a nitpick. Maybe that Dee Gordon might not yet be ready to lead off for this team? If that was the case, you could move up Victorino and then the bottom of the order becomes a bit weak. But, again, that's a nitpick.

Comparison to real 2011

I kind of chuckled during all the MVP arguments when people would say that Kemp played for a team that "sucks." The Dodgers finished 82-79. Yes, they were out of contention for pretty much all of the season, but they finished above .500, so they definitely don't suck. Of course, those real-life Dodgers couldn't hold a candle to this group. This is a World Series-caliber club, but the funny thing is, did you see Arizona's team? The D-Backs lineup is much better, but the Dodgers have the better defense and pitching. We'd have a nice battle for the NL West title and maybe even see a rematch in the NLCS. If only ...

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Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:53 pm

HomegrownTeam: Los Angeles Dodgers

And apparently it looks like I can't spell baseball: don't know your basbeball.  (Will watch it next time)

Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:51 pm

HomegrownTeam: Los Angeles Dodgers

Being a lifelong SF Giants fan it goes without saying, I cannot stand the Dodgers.  That being said, I have watched the Dodger organization "grow" their own and not many teams have better scouts and farm system than do the Dodgers.  Like the article has stated, what they do with those players is another matter.  I can sum it up with two words....  If you don't get that, you don't know your basbeball.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 3:37 pm

HomegrownTeam: Los Angeles Dodgers

Native Angeleno:

I don't think you know what we're doing in this series. Check out the italicized intro and go through a few of the other "teams."


- Matt

Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 3:25 pm

HomegrownTeam: Los Angeles Dodgers

What, you're saying the D-Backs' line-up is MUCH BETTER than the Dodgers', even with Ned Colletti's Dime Store Grab Bag???  Then you know little about either.  The ONLY area Arizona does better than LA in is MANAGEMENT, which is why they're winners and the Dodgers are mediocre (82-79 is NOT GOOD).  The Dodgers have a terrible owner, soon hopefully to be gone, the WORST GM in LA sports history, and a TERRIBLE manager, compared to Arizona's FAR superior managment.   

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:16 pm

HomegrownTeam: Los Angeles Dodgers

I don't know how you came up with Joel Hanrahan being better than Joakim Soria unless you're one of those guys who bet the farm on one full year. Hell entering 2011 Evan Meek was going to battle Joel Hanrahan for the closer role and the only reason that didn't happen is Meek was injured. If it weren't for an injury there is no telling who'd of ran away with the job. Evan Meek has overall better stuff as does Joakim Soria than Joel Hanrahan.

Since: Dec 16, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:14 am
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Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 8:17 am

HomegrownTeam: Los Angeles Dodgers

Hanrahan serving as the set-up man for Soria is like Mariano Rivera setting up Soriano. Hanrahan is clearly the better closer of the group since he has served as closer in Pittsburg for the last 2 seasons.

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