ORIGINS OF THE 2015 AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL STAR HITTERS
Here’s a breakdown of the amateur origins of the 2015 American League All-Star hitters. College talent is well-represented on the list this year.
Salvador Perez, C, Royals: Signed by the Royals as a free agent from Venezuela in 2006.
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, Tigers: Signed by the Marlins as a free agent from Venezuela in 1999.
Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros: Signed by the Astros as a free agent from Venezuela in 2007.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, Blue Jays: Drafted by the Cubs in the supplemental first round in 2007 from Auburn University.
Alcides Escobar, SS, Royals: Signed by the Brewers as a free agent from Venezuela in 2003.
Mike Trout, OF, Angels: Drafted by the Angels in the first round in 2009 from high school in New Jersey.
Lorenzo Cain, OF, Royals: Drafted by the Brewers in the 17th round in 2004 from Tallahassee Community College.
Alex Gordon, OF, Royals: Drafted by the Royals in the first round in 2005 from the University of Nebraska.
Nelson Cruz, OF, Mariners: Signed by the Mets as a free agent in 1998 from the Dominican Republic.
Russell Martin, C, Blue Jays: Drafted in the 17th round by the Dodgers in 2002 from Chipola Junior College.
Stephen Vogt, C, Athletics: Drafted in the 12th round in 2007 by the Rays out of Azusa Pacific University.
Albert Pujols, 1B, Angels: Drafted in the 13th round in 1999 by the Cardinals from Maple Woods Community College.
Mark Teixeira, 1B, Yankees: Drafted by the Rangers in the first round in 2001 from Georgia Tech.
Jason Kipnis, 2B, Indians: Drafted by the Indians in the second round in 2009 from Arizona State University.
Manny Machado, 3B, Orioles: Drafted by the Orioles in the first round in 2010 from high school in Florida.
Brock Holt, UT, Red Sox: Drafted by the Pirates in the ninth round in 2009 from Rice University.
Jose Bautista, OF, Blue Jays: Drafted in the 20th round in 2000 by the Pirates from Chipola Junior College.
Adam Jones, OF, Orioles: Drafted in the supplemental first round in 2003 by the Mariners from high school in California.
J.D. Martinez, OF, Tigers: Drafted by the Astros in the 20th round in 2009 from Nova Southeastern University.
Prince Fielder, DH, Rangers: Drafted by the Brewers in the first round in 2002 from high school in Florida.
HIGH SCHOOL DRAFTEES: 4 California (1), Florida (2), New Jersey (1)
TWO-YEAR COLLEGE DRAFTEES: 4
FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE DRAFTEES: 7
FIRST ROUND OR SUPPLEMENTAL FIRST ROUND PICKS: 7
SECOND THROUGH FIFTH ROUND: 1
SIXTH THROUGH 10TH ROUND: 1
11TH ROUND OR LATER: 6
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FREE AGENTS: 1
VENEZUELA FREE AGENTS: 4