Los Angeles Angels
Draft History
2018
Parker Bridwell - protection
16 - Josh Hader
28 - Brett Phillips
46 - J.D. Davis
73 - Christian Villanueva
76 - Kenyan Middleton
106 - Allen Corboba
136 - Kirby Yates

2017
Deolis Guerra - protection
5 - Jameson Taillon
35 - Alex Dickerson
65 - Erik Johnson
83 - Ben Gamel
125 - Ariel Miranda
   
2016
Carlos Perez - protection
19 - Eddie Rosario
45 - Frankie Montas
49 - Logan Verrett
57 - Alex Wilson
79 - Jeff Manship
139 - Jerry Sands

2015
Matt Shoemaker - protection
13 - C.J. Cron
43 - Nick Tropeano
51 - Odrisamer Despaigne
65 - Christian Colon
103 - Lisalverto Bonilla
133 - John Holdzkom

2014
J.B. Shuck - protection
42 - Jose Ramirez
56 - Grant Green
72 - Dane De La Rosa
88 - J.R. Murphy

99 - Russ Ohlendorf
132 - Chen-Chang Lee

2013
Nick Maronde - protection
6 - Wei-Yin Chen
30 - Junichi Tazawa
66 - Kyle McPherson
96 - Luis Avilan
148 - Wilmer Font

2012

Mike Trout - protection
11 - Jerry Sands
74 - Josh Harrison
75 - Scott Elbert
113 - Bryan Shaw
139 - Brayan Villarreal

2011
Peter Bourjos - protection
40 - Chris Capuano
71 - Drew Butera

95 - John Ely
100 - Hisanori Takahashi
110 - Josh Donaldson

2010
Matt Palmer - protection
23 - Sean West
34 - Andres Torres
47 - Francisco Cervelli
53 - Sammy Gervacio
77 - J.D. Martin
143 - Waldis Joaquin

2009
Jose Arredondo - protection
16 - Jody Gerut
39 - Seth McClung
67 - Henry Blanco
84 - Sergio Romo
112 - Clete Thomas
148 - Masa Kobayashi

2008
Brandon Wood - protection
44 - Tim Redding
57 - Felipe Paulino

73 - Javier Lopez
102 - Tike Redman
108 - Chris Bootcheck
131 - Micah Bowie

2007
Jered Weaver - protection

68 - Alex Escobar
95 - Darren Oliver
98 - Ramon Martinez
114 - Jeff Karstens
128 - Scott Feldman
133 - Kurt Birkins

2006
Ervin Santana - protection
16 - Jeff Mathis
24 - Yuniesky Betancourt
31 - J.P. Howell
49 - Brad Eldred
138 - Ken Huckaby
152 - Carlos Baerga

2005
Dallas McPherson - protection
12 - Bobby Madritsch
46 - Ross Gload
132 - Travis Buckley

2004
Jeff DeVanon - protection
8 - Jeremi Gonzalez
38 - Jolbert Cabrera
86 - Fernando Rodney
98 - Todd Wellemeyer
117 - Robb Quinlan
128 - Shane Nance

2003
Dave Roberts - protection
17 - Mark Bellhorn
24 - Jayson Werth
100 - Ben Howard
114 - Mike Smith
133 - Willie Banks

2002
Giovanni Carrara - protection
3 - Marcus Giles
54 - Juan Moreno
55 - Mike Rivera
59 - Dan Wright
103 - Corey Bailey

2001
40 - Jason Marquis
57 - Cory Lidle
60 - Mike Fetters
111 - Willie Blair
112 - Chris Clapinski
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2002 - Barry Bonds
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2015 - J.B. Shuck

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2012 - Andrew McCutchen - CF
2011 - A.J. Pierzynski - C
2009 - Jody Gerut - CF
2008 - Alfonzo Soriano - OF
2007 - Lance Berkman - OF
2006 - Rod Barajas - C
2006 - Lance Berkman - OF
2002 - Barry Bonds - OF
2001 - Barry Bonds - OF
Los Angeles Angels

2017: 82-80 3rd in AL West, Draft Position 16

Overview: The danger for this team is drifting into .500 level obscurity where they cannot get the really high-level talent necessary to succeed. Yet, this should not cloud the very positive fact that this team has a solid and broad foundation which does not have many developing cracks. This team does not need many pieces to be a serious playoff contender.

If the team had a weakness, it was the starting pitching. But the team made two important moves to address that. First, with the #5 pick last year they drafted Jameson Taillon. While he is not an ace yet, he certainly could be. Some want to avoid taking starting pitchers very early in the draft because they are risky. But Taillon has a good chance to work out. More importantly, they made the key move of trading away the aging but highly effective Erwin Santana for Trevor Bauer and AJ Cole. These guys have every chance to hold down high-level spots in the rotation.

Other teams, should look at the Erwin Santana deal and take note. The Angels, I think, looked realistically at when their window was opening. They could have earned a wild card spot this year (and still may), but probably were not going to get far in the playoffs. Further, their window will fully open as the White Sox and/or Mariners age (which is not a given but seems to be moving closer) and when Shohei Otani shows up. The Angels looked at Erwin Santana and saw that this was the time to cash that asset in. With Bauer, they have a much better chance for the next three years than Santana. I think more developing teams should be honest with some of their aging talent and see if they can cash in.

Starting Rotation: The guy in the ace’s seat right now is probably rookie Parker Bridwell even if he is not quite full time. He is not outstanding in the #1 spot but should support the offense at times. Taillon, Bauer, Ariel Miranda and Matt Shoemaker should round out the rotation with Anibal Sanchez contributing. One problem with this group is the bottom starters give up a bunch of home runs. Taillon and Bauer should be competitive but are below the elite 2-3. I think the rotation will help this team beat up on lower division teams, but they will struggle against some of the big offenses in the AL.

Bullpen: The team does not have a true closer. Bryan Shaw could hold down the 9th more or less ok but there is not much there after that. Alex Wilson and Deolis Guerra should help but they could use more arms in the pen. It will just depend on how much this team wants to spend on relievers in the draft.

Starting Line-Up: The starting line-up is very solid. It does not seem elite because it lacks a truly scary bat, and its hitters seem just a step below the elite offenses in the AL. But it is going to beat up on many weaker pitching staffs in the AL. 1-8 is very solid with power all through the line-up. Jose Ramirez at 3rd could lead off because of his steals but he could also bat 3rd. Tyler Flowers as good production at catcher. Justin Smoak (I assume the Angels saw his break out coming) is a solid #4 or #5 hitter. The outfield of Ben Gamel, Adam Jones and Eddie Rosario is solid. The 9 hitter is shortstop Jordy Mercer who is not a huge weakness. I should emphasize, though, that the team has a good deal of power.

Defense and Speed: This could be a bit of a weakness. The only steal threat is really Jose Ramirez although Eddie Rosario should steal a few. However, the team does not seem particularly slow. Adam Jones is a liability in the outfield especially if he has to play center. Logan Forsythe should help at 2nd.

Surplus/Deficiencies: As I mentioned, they need a bullpen. They have some extra starts but they probably will want to hold on to their depth. The team’s current dh combo – as far as I can tell – is CJ Cron and Michael Saunders. That could be improved a bit but are adequate given what the team’s goals are. They could cash in on Justin Smoak if they wanted to sell high there but Smoak could stick around.

Outlook: It seems like they are poised to finish second in the AL West given the competition and another .500 finish would not be surprising. They lost out on the 2nd wild card spot to division rivals San Diego but the Padres have abdicated. Whether they make the playoffs will probably depend on what crawls out of the AL Least and when it crawls out.

But the real question is who will step up to dethrone the Mariners. The Angels are poised to do this. I should underline that they have key young players: Jose Ramirez, Ben Gamel, Eddie Rosario, Parker Bridwell are 25-26. Shohei Ohtani is only 23. The only really old asset they had (Santana) they moved. Even guys who might seem old like Adam Jones and Justin Smoak are only 32 and 31 respectively. So this team is in a really good position to take the throne.
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