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How did Brian Sabean and his staff build the San Francisco Giants 2014 World Series roster? The farm system had a lot to do with it.

Madison Bumgarner
Madison Bumgarner
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Here's a look at the construction of the World Series roster for the 2014 National League champion San Francisco Giants. How did Brian Sabean and his staff build this team?

REGULAR LINEUP:

Buster Posey, C:
Drafted by the Giants in the first round, fifth overall, in 2008 from Florida State University.

Brandon Belt, 1B:
Drafted by the Giants in the fifth round in 2009 from the University of Texas.

Joe Panik, 2B:
Drafted by the Giants in the first round in 2011, 29th overall, from St. John's University.

Pablo Sandoval, 3B:
Signed by the Giants in 2003 from Venezuela.

Brandon Crawford, SS:
Drafted by the Giants in the fourth round in 2008, from UCLA.

Gregor Blanco, OF: Signed by the Giants as a major league free agent in December 2011. Blanco was originally signed by the Atlanta Braves out of Venezuela in 2000.

Juan Perez, OF: Drafted by the Giants in 2008, a 13th round pick from Western Oklahoma State College.

Hunter Pence, OF: Acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies in July 2012, for Nate Schierholtz and prospects Tommy Joseph and Seth Rosin, all products of the Giants farm system. Pence was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the second round in 2004, from the University of Texas-Arlington.

Hunter Pence

Hunter Pence, photo by Thearon W. Henderson, Getty Images



BENCH:

Andrew Susac, C:
Drafted by the Giants in the second round in 2011, from Oregon State University.

Travis Ishikawa, 1B:
Signed by the Giants as a major league free agent in April, 2014. Ishikawa played for the Brewers, Orioles, Yankees, and Pirates in recent years, but his career originally began in the Giants system so he was coming home. Originally a 21st round pick in 2002 from high school in Federal Way, Washington.

Joaquin Arias, INF: Signed by the Giants as a major league free agent in December 2011. Originally signed by the New York Yankees from the Dominican Republic in 2001.

Matt Duffy, INF:
Drafted by the Giants in the 18th round in 2012, from Long Beach State University.

Matt Duffy

Matt Duffy, photo by Thearon W. Henderson, Getty Images



Michael Morse, OF
: Signed by the Giants as a major league free agent in December 2013. Morse was originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the third round in 2000, from high school in Davie, Florida.


PITCHERS:

Jeremy Affeldt, LHP: Signed by the Giants as a major league free agent in the fall of 2008. Originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the third round in 1997, from high school in Spokane, Washington.

Madison Bumgarner, LHP:
Drafted by the Giants in the first round in 2007, 10th overall, from high school in Hudson, North Carolina.

Santiago Casilla, RHP
: Signed by the Giants as a major league free agent in January, 2010. Originally signed by the Oakland Athletics out of the Dominican Republic in 2000.

Tim Hudson, RHP:
Signed by the Giants as a major league free agent in December 2013. Hudson was originally drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the sixth round in 1997, from Auburn University.

Tim Lincecum, RHP
: Drafted by the Giants in the first round in 2006, 10th overall, from the University of Washington.

Tim Lincecum

Tim Lincecum, photo by Thearon W. Henderson, Getty Images



Javier Lopez, LHP:
Acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates in July 2010 for farm system products John Bowker and Joe Martinez. Lopez was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth round in 1998, from the University of Virginia.

Jean Machi, RHP:
Signed as a minor league free agent by the Giants in the spring of 2011. Originally signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2000, from Venezuela.

Jake Peavy, RHP:
Acquired in a trade with the Boston Red Sox in July 2014 for farm system products Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree. Originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 15th round in 1999 from high school in Mobile, Alabama.

Yusmeiro Petit, RHP:
Signed by the Giants as a free agent in the fall of 2012. Originally signed by the New York Mets in 2001 from Venezuela.

Sergio Romo, RHP:
Drafted by the Giants in the 28th round in 2005 from Mesa State College in Colorado.

Sergio Romo

Sergio Romo, photo by John Williamson, Getty Images



Hunter Strickland, RHP:
Claimed on waivers by the Giants in April 2013, from the Pirates system. Originally drafted by the Red Sox in the 18th round in 2007 from high school in Zebulon, Georgia.

Ryan Vogelsong, RHP:
Signed by the Giants as a free agent in January 2011. He had struggled for several years with the Pirates until rebuilding his career in Japan with the Hanshin Tigers and Orix Buffaloes. He was originally a Giants product, drafted in the fifth round in 2008 from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

SUMMARY AND OBSERVATIONS:

***Of the 25 players on the Giants World Series roster, 11 were direct products of the farm system via international free agency or the amateur draft. Two others (Travis Ishikawa and Ryan Vogelsong) were originally drafted by the Giants, went to other teams, then were re-acquired. Giving the farm system credit for those two, that makes 13 of the 25 home-grown.


***10 players were acquired via major or minor league free agency. Three were acquired in trades. All three trade acquisitions were involved in trades for Giants prospects. One player was acquired via waivers.

***Two Giants pitchers were first-round picks.

***Note the heavy college bias on this roster, as opposed to the more high school-oriented Royals roster. Major college programs (UCLA, Florida State, etc.) are well-represented here.

***The Giants get a lot of credit for developing good pitching, but they deserve some kudos for the hitters, too. The entire starting infield is home-grown.