All-time draft rosters: NL West

June, 5, 2012
We finally wrap up our all-time draft rosters with the NL West. Again, these are players drafted and signed by the organization and doesn't include non-drafted players or Latin American amateurs signed as free agents. The draft began in 1965 and as you peruse the rosters it's a reminder of the difficulty in finding a superstar player via the draft.

Other divisions: AL East | AL Central | AL West | NL East | NL Central

Arizona Diamondbacks
C -- Chris Snyder
1B -- Lyle Overbay
2B -- Dan Uggla
3B -- Mark Reynolds
SS -- Stephen Drew
OF -- Justin Upton
OF -- Carlos Quentin
OF -- Scott Hairston
DH -- Paul Goldschmidt
SP -- Brandon Webb
SP -- Brad Penny
SP -- Max Scherzer
SP -- Brett Anderson
SP -- Chris Capuano
RP -- Sergio Santos

The Diamondbacks' 2001 World Series champion team was built entirely via free agent signings (Randy Johnson, Steve Finley, Matt Williams, Reggie Sanders, Mark Grace), trades (Curt Schilling, Luis Gonzalez, Tony Womack) and expansion picks (Damian Miller, Brian Anderson). In recent years, the Diamondbacks have probably done more flipping of young players than any other team -- Carlos Gonzalez and Brett Anderson for Dan Haren, or Scherzer for Ian Kennedy and Edwin Jackson (who was flipped for Daniel Hudson), and this past offseason deal that sent Jarrod Parker to Oakland.

Colorado Rockies
C -- Chris Iannetta
1B -- Todd Helton
2B -- Craig Counsell
3B -- Chone Figgins
SS -- Troy Tulowitzki
OF -- Matt Holliday
OF -- Juan Pierre
OF -- Dexter Fowler
DH -- Brad Hawpe
SP -- Jake Westbrook
SP -- Aaron Cook
SP -- John Thomson
SP -- Jason Jennings
SP -- Jeff Francis
RP -- Jamey Wright

The Rockies hit a few home runs in Helton, Tulo and Holliday, but haven't done much else in the draft.

Los Angeles Dodgers
C -- Mike Piazza
1B -- Steve Garvey
2B -- Davey Lopes
3B -- Ron Cey
SS -- Bill Russell
OF -- Matt Kemp
OF -- Shane Victorino
OF -- Bill Buckner
DH -- Paul Konerko
SP -- Orel Hershiser
SP -- Bob Welch
SP -- Charlie Hough
SP -- Doyle Alexander
SP -- Clayton Kershaw
RP -- John Franco

Some tough calls for the pitching staff. Among those not making our rotation: Rick Sutcliffe, Dave Stewart, Sid Fernandez, Rick Rhoden and Ted Lilly. Kershaw can't match those guys yet in career wins, but we'll take his long-term upside. Franco edges out John Wetteland as our closer. But the position where the Dodgers have most excelled at is catcher. Besides Piazza, you have Mike Scioscia, Russell Martin, Joe Ferguson, Steve Yeager, Paul Lo Duca, Darrin Fletcher, David Ross and A.J. Ellis. I have to think the Dodgers have drafted more catching value than any other team. Three-quarters of the Dodgers' famed 1970s infield came in one draft: Garvey, Lopes and Cey were all selected in 1968. Also picked that year in perhaps the greatest one-year haul any team has ever had: Alexander, Buckner, Ferguson, Geoff Zahn, Bobby Valentine and Tom Paciorek. That's 214 Wins Above Replacement according to

San Diego Padres
C -- Nick Hundley
1B -- Derrek Lee
2B -- Joey Cora
3B -- Dave Hollins
SS -- Ozzie Smith
OF -- Tony Gwynn
OF -- Dave Winfield
OF -- Kevin McReynolds
DH -- John Kruk
SP -- Jake Peavy
SP -- Andy Benes
SP -- Eric Show
SP -- Mike Caldwell
SP -- Randy Jones
RP -- Mitch Williams

Three Hall of Famers and a lot of bad draft picks. Have the Padres blown more high picks than any other team? Working backwards:
  • Donavan Tate, third overall in 2009, is looking like a bust.
  • Matt Bush, first overall in 2004. One of the biggest busts in draft history. Next pick was Justin Verlander.
  • Ben Davis, second overall in 1995, played just 486 major league games.
  • Dustin Hermanson, third overall in 1994. Not a complete bust but won just four games with the Padres.
  • Jimmy Jones, third overall in 1982. Dwight Gooden went two picks later.
  • Jeff Pyburn, fifth overall in 1980, never reached the majors.
  • Mike Lentz, second overall in 1975, never reached the majors.
  • Bill Almon, first overall in 1974. Lasted 15 seasons as a utility infielder, but hit just 36 career home runs.
  • Dave Roberts, first overall in 1972. Played 709 games, but had negative career WAR.
  • Jay Franklin, second overall in 1971. The first 12 picks of this draft were all busts.
  • Mike Ivie, first overall in 1970. Now you know why the Padres were terrible most of the '70s.
San Francisco Giants
C -- Buster Posey
1B -- Will Clark
2B -- Robby Thompson
3B -- Matt Williams
SS -- Chris Speier
OF -- Garry Maddox
OF -- Chili Davis
OF -- Gary Matthews
DH -- Jack Clark
SP -- Tim Lincecum
SP -- Matt Cain
SP -- John Burkett
SP -- Bob Knepper
SP -- Jim Barr
RP -- Joe Nathan

No, we couldn't quite fit Boof Bonser into the rotation. Cain and Lincecum already rank third and fifth in Giants' WAR for pitchers since 1965, behind Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry (Barr is fourth). The Giants originally drafted Barry Bonds in the second round out of high school, but he elected to instead attend Arizona State. The Giants could have drafted him in 1985, but took Will Clark with the second pick; Bonds fell to the Pirates with the sixth pick. Buster Posey will eventually get there, but the last time the Giants drafted a position player with 2000 major league at-bats was 1993, when they drafted Bill Mueller and Chris Singleton.

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