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All-time draft rosters: AL West

5/31/2012

A look at the AL West as we reveal the all-time draft rosters.

Other divisions: AL East | AL Central

Los Angeles Angels

C -- Mike Napoli

1B -- Wally Joyner

2B -- Damion Easley

3B -- Troy Glaus

SS -- Dick Schofield

OF -- Jim Edmonds

OF -- Devon White

OF -- Garret Anderson

DH -- Tim Salmon

SP -- Frank Tanana

SP -- Chuck Finley

SP -- Andy Messersmith

SP -- Jered Weaver

SP -- John Lackey

RP -- Troy Percival

No, I'm not quite ready to put Mike Trout on here just yet. One thing the Angels have done well: Draft center fielders. Edmonds, White, Trout, Darin Erstad, Gary Pettis, Chad Curtis, Peter Bourjos. Throw in Salmon and Anderson and Tom Brunansky and Dante Bichette, who drove in more than 2,000 runs combined in their careers, couldn't even make the starting outfield. So Mr. Trout will have a pretty special career to make this starting group. The Angels are also deep in pitchers: other 100-game winners include Mike Witt, Jarrod Washburn, Clyde Wright, Marty Pattin, Richard Dotson and Kirk McCaskill. From 1976-78, the Angels' three first-round picks were Ken Landreaux, Dotson and Brunansky. All three had solid major league careers, but all three were traded before getting a chance with the Angels: Landreaux in the Rod Carew trade, Dotson for Brian Downing, and Brunansky for Doug Corbett and Rob Wilfong. The first two trades worked out, the third one didn't.

Oakland A's

C -- Gene Tenace

1B -- Mark McGwire

2B -- Phil Garner

3B -- Sal Bando

SS -- Walt Weiss

OF -- Rickey Henderson

OF -- Reggie Jackson

OF -- Jose Canseco

DH -- Jason Giambi

SP -- Tim Hudson

SP -- Vida Blue

SP -- Barry Zito

SP -- Kevin Tapani

SP -- Mark Mulder

RP -- Rod Beck

The A's had the first pick in the inaugural draft in 1965 and selected Arizona State outfielder Rick Monday. You can argue he had a better career than Canseco. But that first draft also yielded the A's Bando and Tenace. (Monday was later traded to the Cubs for Ken Holtzman, one of the rotation mainstays of the 1972-74 dynasty.) In the early '70s, the A's also drafted outfielders George Hendrick and Chet Lemon and signed Claudell Washington as an undrafted free agent. The A's had so much talent they didn't know what to do with them and ended up trading all three away in lousy deals. If Charlie Finley hadn't been such a knucklebrained idiot, the A's could have remained successful even after all that first crop of stars (Reggie, Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers, Joe Rudi, etc.) left via free agency. I have to think this roster would be on the short list for the best of any of the 30 teams, no?

Seattle Mariners

C -- Jason Varitek

1B -- Tino Martinez

2B -- Bret Boone

3B -- Jim Presley

SS -- Alex Rodriguez

OF -- Ken Griffey Jr.

OF -- Adam Jones

OF -- Raul Ibanez

DH -- Alvin Davis

SP -- Mark Langston

SP -- Derek Lowe

SP -- Mike Moore

SP -- Mike Hampton

SP -- Bud Black

RP -- J.J. Putz

Or slide Dave Henderson into the outfield and Spike Owen at shortstop with A-Rod moving to third base. In 1983, the Mariners had two first-round picks. They didn't take Roger Clemens with either one. The two players were Darrel Akerfelds and Terry Bell. Of course, you could do a "What if" draft history for every team. Such is the way the draft goes; it's half blind luck.

Texas Rangers

C -- Jim Sundberg

1B -- Mark Teixeira

2B -- Ian Kinsler

3B -- Bill Madlock

SS -- Rich Aurilia

OF -- Jeff Burroughs

OF -- Rusty Greer

OF -- Oddibe McDowell

DH -- Travis Hafner

SP -- Kevin Brown

SP -- Kenny Rogers

SP -- Joe Coleman

SP -- Ron Darling

SP -- Jim Clancy

RP -- Robb Nen

It was difficult filling an outfield for the Rangers. Burroughs did win an MVP Award while with the Rangers, but he was really just a big plodding slugger who had a few decent years at the plate. Ruben Sierra and Juan Gonzalez came from the Rangers' Puerto Rican pipeline, in the days before Puerto Ricans were included in the draft. The Rangers' best position has been third base: Madlock, Dean Palmer, Steve Buechele, Hank Blalock. Even Teixeira was originally drafted as a third baseman.