Draft Preview: Angels armed and ready
Team has two first-round selections in 2010
ANAHEIM -- As difficult as it was for them to say goodbye to Chone Figgins and John Lackey, the Angels are prepared to reap some benefits in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft for the signings of the Type A free agents by Seattle and Boston, respectively.
Armed with a pair of first-round choices -- No. 18 overall courtesy of the Mariners and No. 29 from the Red Sox -- the Angels also have No. 37, for Lackey, and No. 40, for Figgins, in the supplemental first round. They have their own second-round pick, No. 81 overall, and a third-round choice at No. 111. They also have pick No. 115 in the supplemental third round for not signing 2009 third-round pick Josh Spence.
MLB.com will offer live coverage and analysis of the entire First-Year Player Draft from Monday to Wednesday on MLB.com/Live. The first round and Compensation Round A will be broadcast live on Monday, beginning with the Draft preview show at 3 p.m. PT.
MLB.com Draft expert Jonathan Mayo will join Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, John Hart, Peter Gammons and Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis on Monday's broadcast.
Coverage for rounds 2-50 will shift exclusively to MLB.com/Live. Rounds 2-30 will be streamed on Tuesday, beginning at noon, and Rounds 31-50 will be streamed on Wednesday, starting at noon. Host Pete McCarthy will be joined by Mayo and former general manager Jim Duquette.
In about 50 words
The Angels are in a position to fortify their organization both on the mound and on the field with quality position players. Based on past decisions, they're likely to focus on high school athletes they can shape and mold.
"We're kind of reaping the benefits of some of our guys choosing free agency, if there is any benefit to that. We need to enjoy the time we have with these picks, because it won't happen very often." -- scouting director Eddie Bane
TOP DRAFT PICKS
|2009||Randal Grichuk||Cedar Rapids (A)|
|2009||Michael Trout||Cedar Rapids (A)|
|2009||Tyler Skaggs||Cedar Rapids (A)|
|2009||Garrett Richards||Cedar Rapids (A)|
|2005||Tyler Kehrer||Cedar Rapids (A)|
|2009||Tyler Chatwood||Rancho Cucamonga (A)|
|2005||Jonathan Bachanov||Cedar Rapids (A)|
|2009||Hank Conger||Salt Lake (AAA)|
|2005||Trevor Bell||Angels (MLB)|
With athletes and high-upside pitching available on both the college and high school fronts, the Angels have an opportunity to fortify themselves with power arms and power hitters, both organizational needs.
Having beefed up their outfield while enhancing their pitching in last year's Draft, the Angels figure to go for athletes and arms again. They'd like to add more power.
The Angels have a history of selecting high school players, both position players and pitchers.
Recent Draft History
Southpaw Trevor Reckling, an eighth-round pick in 2007 out of St. Benedict's Prep High School in New Jersey, has advanced to Triple-A Salt Lake in his fourth professional season, emerging as the organization's premier pitching prospect.
Roberto Lopez, taken in the 25th round in 2008 out of the University of Southern California, is tearing up California League pitching for high Class A Rancho Cucamonga. The right-handed hitter hails from Rancho Bernardo High School in the San Diego area.
In the Show
No players from the past three Drafts have reached the big leagues.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.