AL projected starters for 2006

Originally Published: February 16, 2006
ESPN.com

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Based on current rosters, ESPN.com has projected the starting players at each position in the American League for 2006. The projections will be updated if a trade or a free-agent signing necessitates a change.

Note: Players listed in bold and italics are newcomers to that team. Players with an "(r)" next to them will be rookies.

AL EAST
  BALTIMORE BOSTON NY YANKEES TAMPA BAY TORONTO
C Ramon Hernandez Jason Varitek Jorge Posada Toby Hall Bengie Molina
1B Kevin Millar J.T. Snow/
Kevin Youkilis
Jason Giambi Travis Lee Lyle Overbay
2B Brian Roberts Mark Loretta Robinson Cano Jorge Cantu Aaron Hill
SS Miguel Tejada Alex Gonzalez Derek Jeter Julio Lugo Russ Adams
3B Melvin Mora Mike Lowell Alex Rodriguez Sean Burroughs Troy Glaus
LF Jeff Conine Manny Ramirez Hideki Matsui Carl Crawford Reed Johnson
CF Corey Patterson Coco Crisp Johnny Damon Rocco Baldelli Vernon Wells
RF Jay Gibbons Trot Nixon Gary Sheffield Jonny Gomes Alex Rios
DH Javy Lopez David Ortiz Bernie Williams Aubrey Huff Shea Hillenbrand
 
SP1 Erik Bedard Josh Beckett Randy Johnson Scott Kazmir Roy Halladay
SP2 Daniel Cabrera Curt Schilling Mike Mussina Casey Fossum A.J. Burnett
SP3 Rodrigo Lopez David Wells Shawn Chacon Mark Hendrickson Gustavo Chacin
SP4 Kris Benson Tim Wakefield Chien-Ming Wang Doug Waechter Ted Lilly
SP5 Bruce Chen Bronson Arroyo/
Matt Clement
Carl Pavano/
Jaret Wright
Seth McClung Josh Towers
CL Chris Ray Mike Timlin Mariano Rivera Shinji Mori (r) B.J. Ryan

AL CENTRAL
  CHICAGO CLEVELAND DETROIT KANSAS CITY MINNESOTA
C A.J. Pierzynski Victor Martinez Ivan Rodriguez John Buck Joe Mauer
1B Paul Konerko Ben Broussard Carlos Pena Doug Mientkiewicz Justin Morneau
2B Tadahito Iguchi Ronnie Belliard Placido Polanco Mark Grudzielanek Luis Castillo
SS Juan Uribe Jhonny Peralta Carlos Guillen Angel Berroa Jason Bartlett
3B Joe Crede Aaron Boone Brandon Inge Mark Teahen Tony Batista
LF Scott Podsednik Jason Michaels Craig Monroe Reggie Sanders Shannon Stewart
CF Brian Anderson (r) Grady Sizemore Nook Logan David DeJesus Torii Hunter
RF Jermaine Dye Casey Blake Magglio Ordonez Emil Brown Lew Ford
DH Jim Thome Travis Hafner Chris Shelton Mike Sweeney Rondell White
 
SP1 Jon Garland Cliff Lee Jeremy Bonderman Zack Greinke Johan Santana
SP2 Mark Buehrle C.C. Sabathia Kenny Rogers Scott Elarton Brad Radke
SP3 Jose Contreras Paul Byrd Mike Maroth Mark Redman Carlos Silva
SP4 Javier Vazquez Jake Westbrook Nate Robertson Runelvys Hernandez Kyle Lohse
SP5 Freddy Garcia Jason Johnson Justin Verlander (r)/
Wilfredo Ledezma
Joe Mays/
Elmer Dessens
Francisco Liriano (r)/
Scott Baker
CL Bobby Jenks Bob Wickman Todd Jones Mike MacDougal Joe Nathan

AL WEST
  LOS ANGELES OAKLAND SEATTLE TEXAS
C Jose Molina Jason Kendall Kenji Johjima (r) Rod Barajas
1B Casey Kotchman Dan Johnson Richie Sexson Mark Teixeira
2B Adam Kennedy Mark Ellis Jose Lopez Ian Kinsler (r)
SS Orlando Cabrera Bobby Crosby Yuniesky Betancourt Michael Young
3B Chone Figgins Eric Chavez Adrian Beltre Hank Blalock
LF Garret Anderson Nick Swisher Raul Ibanez Kevin Mench
CF Darin Erstad Mark Kotsay Jeremy Reed Gary Matthews Jr.
RF Vladimir Guerrero Milton Bradley Ichiro Suzuki Brad Wilkerson
DH Dallas McPherson/
Juan Rivera
Frank Thomas Carl Everett David Dellucci/
Phil Nevin
 
SP1 Bartolo Colon Barry Zito Jamie Moyer Kevin Millwood
SP2 John Lackey Rich Harden Joel Pineiro Adam Eaton
SP3 Jeff Weaver Esteban Loaiza Jarrod Washburn Vicente Padilla
SP4 Ervin Santana Danny Haren Gil Meche Kameron Loe
SP5 Kelvim Escobar Joe Blanton Felix Hernandez Juan Dominguez
CL Francisco Rodriguez Huston Street Eddie Guardado Francisco Cordero