By the numbers: Comparing Bair's first season to other MLS Homegrown attackers

Whitecaps FC Homegrown attacker Theo Bair had a solid debut MLS season for the 'Caps, playing 824 minutes in the league while registering two goals and two assists.

The young Canadian will be looking to progress and improve those numbers in his second season. But how did his first-year production compare to other Homegrown contributors of past MLS years?

Below is a list of Homegrown attacking players in their first seasons playing extended minutes (min. 600), sorted by goals and assists per 90 minutes.

Year Name Age Team GP GS Mins G A G+A/90 SH SOG
2017 Anthony Jackson-Hamel 23/24 MTL 21 11 1,137 9 4 1.03 32 14
2018 Sebastian Saucedo 21 RSL 28 10 1,031 3 5 0.70 46 23
2018 Corey Baird 22 RSL 31 21 1,903 8 5 0.61 39 20
2011 Juan Agudelo 18 NYRB 27 12 1,364 6 2 0.53 44 17
2014 Harry Shipp 22 CHI 33 26 2,346 7 6 0.50 40 16
2016 Jordan Morris 21/22 SEA 34 32 2,856 12 4 0.50 71 36
2012 Diego Fagundez 17 NE 20 8 770 2 2 0.47 18 9
2016 Alex Muyl 20/21 NYRB 27 18 1,599 2 6 0.45 30 12
2019 Theo Bair 19/20 VAN 17 10 824 2 2 0.44 12 7
2016 Jordan Hamilton 19/20 TOR 14 11 911 3 1 0.40 20 12
2014 Dillon Serna 19/20 COL 27 18 1,623 3 4 0.39 39 14
2017 Jack McBean 22 LAG 18 8 715 2 1 0.38 9 4
2017 Daniel Salloi 20/21 SKC 22 12 1,172 3 2 0.38 42 19
2017 Djordje Mihailovic 18 CHI 17 7 732 1 2 0.37 8 1
2017 Bradford Jamieson IV 20/21 LAG 24 11 984 3 1 0.37 8 3
2013 Gyasi Zardes 21/22 LAG 27 23 2,170 4 4 0.33 78 23
2013 Jonathan Osorio 20/21 TOR 28 18 1,697 5 1 0.32 28 8
2010 Andy Najar 16/17 DC 26 22 1,983 5 1 0.27 36 13
2017 Derrick Etienne 20 NYRB 18 8 702 0 2 0.26 13 6
2015 Jordan Allen 19/20 RSL 23 11 1,083 1 2 0.25 13 7
2013 Jose Villareal 19/20 LAG 22 12 1,109 2 1 0.24 37 12
2016 Jay Chapman 22 TOR 18 9 780 0 2 0.23 12 5
2018 Memo Rodriguez 22 HOU 19 6 645 1 0 0.14 12 2
2017 Alphonso Davies 16 VAN 26 9 1,053 0 1 0.09 15 2
2016 Tommy Thompson 20/21 SJ 17 9 825 0 0 0.00 12 5

How did they fare the following season?

The results have varied greatly. Some players, like former ‘Caps winger Alphonso Davies, took a big step forward in their offensive production. Others remained steady, and some battled adversity as they moved through the early phase of their career. A number of factors obviously come into play, including age and maturity, personal development, competition for places, role, injuries, team performance, and the amount of rotation within that team's schedule.

Below is each player's follow-up season, sorted by minutes.

Year Name Age Team GP GS Mins G A G+A/90 SH SOG
2015 Harry Shipp 23 CHI 33 29 2,571 3 8 0.39 53 19
2011 Andy Najar 17/18 DC 31 28 2,522 5 6 0.39 57 20
2013 Diego Fagundez 18 NE 31 28 2,427 13 7 0.74 55 29
2018 Alphonso Davies 17 VAN 31 27 2,420 8 11 0.71 37 15
2014 Gyasi Zardes 22/23 LAG 32 26 2,392 16 2 0.68 74 30
2018 Daniel Salloi 21/22 SKC 29 26 2,291 11 7 0.71 78 31
2018 Corey Baird 23 RSL 31 23 2,104 5 4 0.38 31 14
2014 Jonathan Osorio 21/22 TOR 27 24 2,039 3 4 0.31 17 6
2017 Alex Muyl 21/22 NYRB 30 21 1,938 3 4 0.33 36 14
2017 Jordan Morris 22/23 SEA 23 22 1,801 3 1 0.20 34 14
2012 Juan Agudelo 19

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24 17 1,570 3 3 0.34 44 16
2017 Tommy Thompson 21/22 SJ 32 16 1,534 1 4 0.29 42 12
2019 Memo Rodriguez 23 HOU 26 16 1,392 7 5 0.78 47 20
2019 Sebastina Saucedo 22 RSL 26 13 1,189 2 4 0.45 41 15
2016 Jordan Allen 20/21 RSL 23 11 1,099 3 2 0.41 15 8
2018 Jack McBean 23 COL 22 13 1,060 2 1 0.25 20 9
2018 Derrick Etienne 21 NYRB 30 9 961 5 1 0.56 35 17
2015 Dillon Serna 20/21 COL 15 8 680 3 1 0.53 13 7
2018 Djordje Mihailovic 19 CHI 9 8 582 1 4 0.77 9 2
2018 Anthony Jackson-Hamel 24/25 MTL 16 6 580 2 0 0.31 14 8
2017 Jay Chapman 23 TOR 12 3 385 1 0 0.23 6 1
2018 Bradford Jamieson IV 21/22 LA 6 3 271 0 0 0.00 1 0
2017 Jordan Hamilton 20/21 TOR 8 0 142 2 1 1.90 5 3
2014 Jose Villareal 20/21 LAG 5 0 19 0 0 0.00 0 0

Bair certainly wasn't the only Homegrown to feature in 2019. Below are several of his attack-minded peers who jumped into the fray this year.

Name Age Team GP GS Mins G A G+A/90 SH SOG
Omir Fernandez 20 NYRB 18 3 568 2 2 0.63 12 6
Benji Michel 21/22 ORL 17 9 943 5 1 0.57 11 9
Efrain Alvarez 16/17 LAG 14 4 518 0 3 0.52 12 5
Jesus Ferreira 18 DAL 33 29 2,453 8 6 0.51 59 22
Theo Bair 19/20 VAN 17 10 824 2 2 0.44 12 7
Gianluca Busio 16/17 SKC 22 10 923 3 1 0.39 27 11
Cole Bassett 17/18 COL 20 14 1,063 2 2 0.34 13 7
Paxton Pomykal 19 DAL 25 20 1,876 2 5 0.34 28 10
Brendan Aaronson 18/19 PHI 28 25 1,722 3 2 0.26 34 9
Jacob Shaffelburg 19 TOR 10 8 672 0 1 0.13 11 4

How will this next wave of MLS Homegrowns progress in their follow-up seasons? Stay tuned to find out.