Revisionist History and the Cubs' All-Homegrown Team

ASB updates: Jake Fox languished on the bench all 1st half and showed little production, well below that of his counterpart in this study, Alfonso Soriano.  Felix Pie got injured, but Corey Patterson of all people filled in to maintain the Cub homegrown requirement and excelled, but not quite to the level of Marlon Byrd.  Dontrelle Willis was a disaster, but could easily have been replaced with Andrew Cashner.  Every other position resulted in a wash between the homegrown option and the actual production the Cubs saw in the first half, with the exception of 3rd base, a big loser for the current Cubs.  CIONCLUSION: this roster was a gigantic waste of money for the Cubs, because they would have likely done just as well if Hendry hadn't made a single roster move outside of the draft.  

Aside: Why bother with free agent and trades?  In this example, the added expense of past success becomes more resented overcomes any true appreciation.  The fans associate their increased expenses with the big splash signing.  Maybe, just maybe, the cohesion from rising within the ranks as a cohesive unit amounts to something greater than the sum of all free-agent parts.


What if the Cubs spent no money on free-agents and made no trades?  Would this team be a perennial cellar-dwellar in the mold of the Washington Nationals or could they positioned for success like the Florida Marlins teams of yore?  Just for fun, I decided to construct a roster entirely of Cub minor-league products so we could speculate on how this team would do.  

LF -- Jake Fox

CF -- Felix Pie

RF -- Tyler Colvin

3B -- Casey McGehee

SS -- Starlin Castro

2B -- Ryan Theriot

1B -- Micah Hoffpauir

C -- Geovany Soto

Bench -- Josh Vitters, Robinson Chirinos, Eric Patterson, Ronny Cedeno, Darwin Barney

Starting 5 -- Carlos Zambrano, Randy Wells, John Garland, Ricky Nolasco, Dontrelle Willis

Bullpen -- Carlos Marmol, Kerry Wood, Renyel Pinto, Sean Marshall, James Russell, Todd Wellemeyer

 So there you have it.  I would argue that this team, if nothing else, would get off to a stronger start than the 2010 Cubs as we currently know them and probably receive fewer boos from their own fans in the process.  And it's certainly a squad I would enjoy watching and could definitely get behind.  Do I need to make any edits to the roster above?  Yes, I understand many of the guys are quite green behind the ears but I would have to think that without all the big salaries and egos involved it would produce a low-pressure atmosphere for the kids to succeed.

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