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Orioles, Cubs, KC Royals worst in majors at developing power hitters


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I had some of this data embedded in another thread, but I wanted to put the final tally in it's own thread for dissemination to the OH crowd.

I compiled all of the hitters since 1998 that have hit 30 HRs in a season and assigned an organization as responsible fore their development. In most cases that is obvious but in some cases the player bounced around in the minors and I tried to give them to the organization that had them in the high minors as they were breaking into the majors.

Players listed by Team:

Baltimore(1)

S. Finley

Boston(6)

Ellsbury

J. Reddick

M. Vaughn

E. Burks

N. Garciaparo

B. Moss

NYY(6)

Soriano

M. Lowell

J. Posado

H. Matsui

R. Cano

B. Williams

Tampa(3)

A. Huff

J. Hamilton

E. Longaria

Toronto(6)

V. Wells

A. Hill

A. Lind

S. Green

F. McGriff

C. Delgado

Detroit(3)

C. Granderson

P. Nevin

B. Higginson

Kansas City(1)

C. Beltran

Cleveland(9)

B. Giles

J. Bell

J. Thome

A. Belle

G. Sizemore

B. Phillips

M. Ramirez

R. Branyan

R. Sexon

Chicago WS(7)

S. Sosa

F. Thomas

C. Lee

M. Cameron

J. Crede

R. Ventura

M. Ordonez

Minnesota(5)

D. Ortiz

J. Morneau

T. Hunter

M. Cuddyer

J. Kubel

Oakland(7)

M. McGwire

N. Swisher

T. Batista

J. Canseco

E. Chavez

J. Giambi

M. Tejada

LA Angels(9)

T. Glauss

J. Edmonds

G. Anderson

K. Morales

D. Bichette

T. Salmon

M. Trumbo

M. Napoli

M. Trout

Seattle(9)

B. Boone

K. Griffey

A. Rodriguez

T. Martinez

E. Martinez

R. Ibanez

A. Jones

J. Cruz

M. Morse

Houston(6)

M. Ensberg

R. Hidalgo

L. Berkman

B. Abreu

L. Gonzalez

J. Bagwell

Texas(10)

T. Hafner

C. Pena

M. Teixeira

H. Blalock

I. Rodriguez

J. Gonzalez

C. Davis

F. Tatis

I. Kinsler

D. Palmer

Milwaukee(10)

P. Fielder

B. Hall

G. Vaughn

R. Braun

J. Jaha

G. Jenkins

J. Valentine

G. Sheffield

JJ. Hardy

C. Hart

St. Louis(3)

A. Pujols

J. Drew

R. Lankford

Cincinatti(4)

A. Dunn

R. Sanders

E. Encarnacion

J. Bruce

Pittsburgh(5)

J. Bautista

P. Alvarez

A. Ramirez

B. Bonds

A. McCutchen

Chicago Cubs(1)

R. Palmiero

LA Dodgers(7)

A. Beltre

P. Konerko

E. Karros

M. Piazza

H. Rodriguez

R. Mondesi

M. Kemp

San Francisco(2)

R. Aruilla

M. Williams

San Diego(3)

J. Bay

D. Lee

C. Headley

Colorado(2)

T. Helton

M. Holliday

Arizona(5)

C. Quentin

P. Goldschmidt

C. Young

J. Cust

M. Reynolds

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Oops left out the NL East

Washington(8)

M. Stairs

L. Walker

B. Wilkerson

A. Gallaragha

C. Floyd

B. Fullmer

M. Alou

V. Gurerrero

Atlanta(8)

J. Dye

D. Justice

V. Castilla

A. LaRoche

R. Klesco

C. Jones

J. Lopez

A. Jones

NY Mets(4)

D. Wright

J. Burnitz

J. Kent

I. Davis

Miami(8)

M. Cabrerra

G. Stanton

D. Uggla

A. Gonzalez

J. Willingham

C. Everett

C. Johnson

P. Wilson

Philadelphia(6)

R. Howard

P. Burrel

C. Utley

J. Rollins

M. Lieberthal

S. Rolen

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Please explain how Seattle is responsible for Adam Jones' power development? He had never hit more than 25 in the minors and did not hit 30 until he was here for 5 seasons. You cannot just look at what team drafted the player when determining who is responsible for their power development. Also, Chris Davis never got a shot with Texas, but you give them credit for developing his power. Say Steve Pearce catches fire the second half and finishes with 30 HR, do the Pirates get credit for that simply because they drafted him? What if Nolan Reimold hits 30 HRs next year for Toronto, do the Orioles get credit for that?

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Adam Jones ring any bells? You know the guy we developed who makes it a habit to hit 30 HR's. Wasn't Chris Davis an Orioles creation?

And this just goes to show you we don't allocate enough resources to hitting. I'm sick of this buy the bats stuff. Enough, develop your bats too.

I'm sick of the top picks usually being pitchers. Most of our top hitters actually became successful MLB players like Markakis, Wieters and Machado.

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Jeez, you guys are a tough crowd

Yes my criteria was who drafted and/or largely developed a player in their minor league system, regardless of whether he was a "power" hitter at the time. It goes both ways, I gave the O's credit for Steve Finley and was on the fence with Jayson Werth, despite neither player hitting 30 HRs until years after they left the O's.

Thought it was an interesting list

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Jeez, you guys are a tough crowd

Yes my criteria was who drafted and/or largely developed a player in their minor league system, regardless of whether he was a "power" hitter at the time. It goes both ways, I gave the O's credit for Steve Finley and was on the fence with Jayson Werth, despite neither player hitting 30 HRs until years after they left the O's.

Thought it was an interesting list

Gave you rep for this list.

The Orioles have a very uneven system of player development. On one hand, we get guys like BRob and Markakis once in a blue moon, then we get lucky with Tillman (still a solid #2/#3 overall) but there's not been a long consistent train of players to develop into superstar hitters out of our system.

I think that's going to change with Brady being involved, but historically, it hasn't looked great.

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Adam Jones ring any bells? You know the guy we developed who makes it a habit to hit 30 HR's. Wasn't Chris Davis an Orioles creation?

And this just goes to show you we don't allocate enough resources to hitting. I'm sick of this buy the bats stuff. Enough, develop your bats too.

I'm sick of the top picks usually being pitchers. Most of our top hitters actually became successful MLB players like Markakis, Wieters and Machado.

Has Adam ever played a game in our MiL system?

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