In 1995, the California Angels made the number one pick Darin Erstad, a former Golden Spikes Finalist from Nebraska. Erstad debuted for the Angels the following season, and he was arguably the first building block that would see the team win it all in 2002.
Erstad would twice to go the All-Star Game (1998 & 2000), and in his latter All-Star year, the Outfielder had career highs in Batting Average (.355), Home Runs (25), RBIs (100), and led the American League in Hits (240). Erstad was a crucial part of Anaheim's 2002 World Series Championship, a three-time Gold Glove winner, collecting 25 Hits in that post-season.
Erstad remained with the Angels until 2007, and he had 1,505 Hits for the team with 114 Home Runs and 170 Stolen Bases.