Angels 2014 Domestic Draft Team

Myworld is taking a look at all the major league teams to see what kind of 25-man roster they could field if they only relied on the players selected from the domestic draft and nothing else to stock their team. Only current major leaguers are considered for the 25 man roster. Realistically, some players would extend their career because without foreign players a job could still be available and others who never were called up could fill the empty positions. The Angels draft picks are hindered by the fact that they have a propensity to sign top level free agents, which has caused them a lack of draft picks. Their top pick of 2012 is contributing to the major league team, but the Angels had to wait until the third round to draft him. The team would be loaded with pitchers, but unfortunately for the current Angels they have traded many of these pitchers for playoff pieces.

Catcher - Hank Conger (2006 - first round) is the offensive catcher while Jeff Mathis (2001 - first round) is more noted for his defense. A third catcher could be Martin Maldanado (2004 - 27th round). Carlos Corporan (2001 - 29th round) has found himself wearing the tools of ignorance. Mike Napoli (2000 - 17th round) is better suited for first base. A real coup would have been if they could have signed Buster Posey (2005 - 50th round).

First Base - Napoli could be the starter but DH is also a possibility to give Mark Trumbo (2004 - 18th round) some time at first when he is not at the DH spot. Chris Davis (2005 - 35th round) is another big bat drafted but not signed. C.J. Cron (2001 - first round) is a power hitter in waiting.

Second base - Howie Kendrick (2002 - 10th round) is their current starter and would play here. Aaron Hill (2000 - 7th round) is another all star player drafted but never signed. Justin Turner (2001 8th round) is the utility player.

Third Base - Sean Rodriguez (2003 - third round) can play a lot of positions but they have no real options at third base. Turner can play here in the pinch.

Shortstop - No one here.

Left Field - Kole Calhoun (2010 - 8th rounder) is the latest position player drafted but having an impact on the team. Randal Grichuck (2009 - first round) was drafted ahead of Mike Trout but could be the rotational fourth outfielder.

Center Field - Mike Trout (2009 - first round) is one of the best players in the game. Peter Bourgos (2005 -10th round) is considered one of the top defensive outfielders in the game.

Right Field - Grichuk and Calhoun (with Trout in left) could play here if Bourjos fits in centerfield.

Starting Pitcher - They would have a semi ace in Jered Weaver (2004 - first round) who doesn’t throw nearly as hard as he did when drafted. John Lackey (1999 - second round) is a veteran presence. Two fireballers would make this an impressive rotation in Garrett Richardson (2009 - first round) and Matt Harvey (2007 - third round) who they drafted but did not sign. Tyler Chatwood (2008 - second round), Tyler Skaggs (2009 - first round) and Pat Corbin (2009 - second round) would compete for the fifth starter spot.

Relief Pitchers - Joe Saunders (2002 - first round) would have to pitch in a long relief role in this talented rotation. The injury prone Brandon Morrow (2003 - 40th round) was never signed but could work as the closer. Two lefty relievers, Jeremy Blevins (1995 - third round) and Brian Matusz (2005 -fourth round) would make this rotation tough against lefties. Matusz never signed with the Angels. Deunte Heath (2005 - 23rd round) is dominating in Japan in their rotation. Nick Maronde (2011 - third round), Michael Roth (2012 - 9th round) and R.J. Alvarez (2012 - third round) round out the bullpen but could fill the rotation.

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