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AL playoff homegrown rankings

The Rays are self made, and the Yankees produce far more talent than you think

Updated: September 30, 2011, 1:27 PM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus
Desmond Jennings and B.J. UptonAP Photo/Frank Franklin IIDesmond Jennings and B.J. Upton are just two of many homegrown Rays.

Whenever a team brings in a new regime or even simply talks about how to improve a struggling franchise, much of the talk revolves around a commitment to scouting and player development. But how much do this year's playoff contenders practice what is often preached? Here is a ranking of the American League postseason participants, based on how much of their success is self-made.

4. Detroit Tigers

The Tigers are a tribute to how to win without the commitment to scouting and player development, although, to be fair, plenty of their talent has come through the trading of young talent.