Over the next six weeks, MLB-DI will take a look at each teams draft class, breaking down the best — and most questionable — over the past week.
Next up: The Angels. The Angels were the only club without a pick in the top 100, thanks to the signings of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. Did the Angels make up for lack of picks with some steals in the first ten rounds?
To the jump!
The Decision Makers
General Manager: Jerry Dipoto
Director, Scouting: Ric Wilson
Position Players: 21
Corner infielders: 03
Middle infielders: 06
The First Ten Rounds
Steal: Player was selected several rounds — or in the case of the first-round, several picks — earlier than his value indicated.
Solid: Player was taken later than his value indicated.
Average: Player was selected where his value indicated.
Slight-reach: Player was taken slightly earlier than his value indicated.
Reach: Player was drafted several rounds or picks earlier than his value indicated.
|03.114||R.J. Alvarez||RHP||Florida Atlantic||Average|
|04.147||Alex Yarbrough||2B||Ole Miss||Solid|
|05.177||Mark Sappington||RHP||Rockhurst (MO)||Average|
|07.237||Andrew Patterson||C||Mary Montgomery HS (AL)||Reach|
|08.267||Austin Adams||RHP||South Florida||Average|
|09.297||Michael Roth||LHP||South Carolina||Average|
|10.327||Chris O’Grady||LHP||George Mason||Average|
Alvarez is an interesting arm, with a fastball that’s been clocked in the high 90′s and decent off-speed offerings, but his delivery is extremely high-effort, and is strictly a reliever at the professional level.
Yarbrough was one of my favorite “sleepers” in the class, and if he can stay at second-base, he’s a steal. Even if they need to move the switch-hitter to the outfield though, I think the bat plays. This was solid value in the fourth round.
There wasn’t a lot of quality pitching in the division II ranks, but Sappington was the best of a weak crop. He’s got good size — 6-4, 220 pounds — and his fastball sits in the 91-93 range with good movement. More than likely a back-end starter, but again, decent value in the middle ten rounds.
Stamets can absolutely fly — he’s been clocked at 4.1 to first-base from the right-side — and he should be able to play shortstop. The swing needs a ton of work, though, and I don’t think he’ll ever provide enough pop to be average with the bat.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Angels draft doesn’t have a lot of upside in it, thanks to the new (stupid) rules. Los Angeles had less than $1.7 million to spend, which pretty much eliminated any of the high-reward high-school players they could have selected. Could they have done better with some of these picks? Probably, but at least they have as good an excuse as any club as to why they went college heavy.