2011 MLB All-Star James Shields of the Tampa Bay Rays, drafted in the 16th round in 2000. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Amateur Origins of the 2011 MLB All Stars: Roster Review: American League Pitchers
Here is a summary of the 2011 American League MLB Roster, looking at where these players came from. We looked at the hitters this morning. Here are the pitchers.
Josh Beckett, Boston Red Sox: Drafted by the Marlins in the 1st round in 1999 from Texas HS.
Aaron Crow, Kansas City Royals: Drafted by the Royals in the 1st round in 2009 from the University of Missouri.
Gio Gonzalez, Oakland Athletics: Drafted by the White Sox in the supplemental 1st round in 2004, from Florida HS.
Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners: Signed by the Mariners from Venezuela in 2002.
Brandon League, Seattle Mariners: Drafted by the Blue Jays in the 2nd round in 2001 from Hawaii HS.
Chris Perez, Cleveland Indians: Drafted by Cardinals in the supplemental 1st round in 2006 from the University of Miami-Florida.
David Price, Tampa Bay Rays: Drafted by the Rays in the 1st round in 2007, from Vanderbilt University.
Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees: Signed by the Yankees in 1990 from Panama.
James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays: Drafted by the Rays in the 16th round in 2000, from California HS.
Jose Valverde, Detroit Tigers: Signed by the Diamondbacks in 2007 from the Dominican Republic.
Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers: Drafted by the Tigers in the 1st round in 2004, from Old Dominion University.
Jordan Walden, Los Angeles Angels: Drafted by the Angels in the 12th round in 2006, from Grayson County CC.
Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels: Drafted by the Angels in the 1st round in 2004, from Long Beach State University.
C.J. Wilson, Texas Rangers: Drafted by the Rangers in the 5th round in 2001, from Loyola Marymount University
ORIGINS: Of the 14 American League All-Star pitchers, there is one each from Venezuela, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. Four were drafted out of North American high schools. One came from a two-year college. This pitcher (Jordan Walden) was a draft-and-follow choice out of high school who didn't sign until the following spring, so we will count that as a community college player since that was his highest level of amateur ball. Six came from four-year colleges.
Five were first round picks and two were supplemental first round picks. The latest drafted player was James Shields in the 16th round.