All-time draft rosters: AL West

May, 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.

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