Angels focus on collegiate ranks on Day 2
Lefty reliever Maronde leads Tuesday's group of 27 selections
ANAHEIM -- All three of the Angels' 2010 first-round picks were high schoolers.
This year, the club is drafting a little older.
After taking Utah first baseman C.J. Cron in the first round Monday, the Angels primarily stuck with collegiate players in Day 2. The Halos selected 21 collegians, compared to just six preps, in Rounds 3-30 of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.
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Highlighting the Angels' crop is Florida left-handed reliever Nick Maronde, a former selection of the A's out of high school in 2008. Maronde has recorded a Gators-best 1.66 ERA while helping his squad reach the NCAA Super Regionals against Mississippi State, which begins Friday. The 6-3, 210-pounder has fanned 50 batters in 38 innings.
Including Maronde, five of the team's first seven picks were pitchers.
While Cron is the son of former Angels player Chris Cron, some of the Halos' selections on Tuesday have big league ties, too.
Tenth-round pick Drew Martinez, a center fielder from Memphis, is the son of Chito Martinez, who played for the Orioles from 1991-93. Additionally, 15th-round center fielder Dominic Jose's father is Felix Jose, who played for five different teams across 11 Major League seasons.
Angels' Draft summary: Day 2
Third round, No. 104 overall: LHP Nick Maronde, Florida
A late-round pick by the A's coming out of high school, the junior has a 1.66 ERA in 38 innings for the Gators this season.
Fourth round, No. 135: RHP Michael Clevinger, Seminole State (Junior College)
The sophomore recorded his team's third-most strikeouts (52) despite only throwing the sixth-most innings (30 2/3) this year.
Fifth round, No. 165: LF Andrew Ray, NE Texas Community College
Ray was hitting .375 and had an on-base percentage of .449 through 28 games this season.
Sixth round, No. 195: RHP Austin Wood, Southern California
The former 2008 Astros selection was 5-7 with 50 strikeouts in 16 appearances this season.
Seventh round, No. 225 overall: C Abel Baker, Grayson County College
Current Angels closer Jordan Walden and former Angels starter John Lackey also played at Grayson.
Eighth round, No. 255 overall: RHP Logan Odom, Southern California
The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder is the second Trojans pitcher taken by the Angels within three picks.
Ninth round, No. 285 overall: RHP Nick Mutz, no school
Mutz's 65 strikeouts in 2010 were the fourth-most in a single season in Dakota State history.
10th round, No. 315 overall: CF Drew Martinez, Memphis
Martinez hit .331 and led his team in runs (56) and stolen bases (20) while playing all 57 of the Tigers' games in 2011. His father, Chito Martinez, played outfield for the Orioles from 1991-93.
11th round, No. 345 overall: LHP Garrett Baker, Liberty
Baker is one of six siblings to play college baseball. His brothers Steve and Jason also played for the Flames, while Todd, Matthew, and Josh Baker played at Division III Wheaton.
12th round, No. 375 overall: 3B Joseph Krehbiel, Seminole H.S. (Fla.)
Krehbiel played at the same high school as the Angels' 2001 first-round pick, and current Rays first baseman, Casey Kotchman.
13th round, No. 405 overall: 1B Jackson Whitley, North Augusta H.S. (S.C.)
Whitley, who has committed to play for Clemson, is a powerful left-hander at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds.
14th round, No. 435 overall: C Wayne Taylor, Memorial H.S. (Texas)
In addition to receiving a baseball scholarship from Stanford, Taylor was an all-district selection as a quarterback last fall.
15th round, No. 465 overall: CF Dominic Jose, Boca Raton Community H.S. (Fla.)
Jose's father, Felix Jose, played for five different teams -- including the A's and Yankees -- over 11 big league seasons.
16th round, No. 495 overall: 1B Frazier Hall, Southern
Hall hit .423 with nine home runs and 58 RBIs during the 2001 season.
17th round, No. 525 overall: C Hunter Lockwood, L.D. Bell H.S. (Texas)
Lockwood, who was a Texas All-Region first-team selection by Perfect Game, is committed to play for the Oklahoma Sooners.
18th round, No. 555 overall: SS Trevor Hairgrove, Cal-Riverside
Hairgrove is a high school teammate of Angels starter Tyler Chatwood.
19th round, No. 585 overall: LHP Ryan Crowley, Northwest Florida State (Junior College)
Crowley was 9-0 with a 2.67 ERA in 94 1/3 innings pitched for the Raiders this season.
20th round, No. 615 overall: LHP Juan Carlin, South Florida
A 29th-round selection by the Red Sox in 2007, Carlin recorded as many strikeouts as he allowed hits (28) in 30 2/3 innings of work for the Bulls this year.
21st round, No. 645 overall: RHP Shane Riedie, Tampa
Riedie, a transfer from Louisiana State, recorded a 4.15 ERA in 39 innings for the Spartans in 2011.
22nd round, No. 675 overall: CF Brennan Gowens, Fresno State
Gowens walked 27 times and had three outfield assists this season for the Bulldogs.
23rd round, No. 705 overall: RF Zachary Borenstein, Eastern Illinois
Borenstein had an OPS of .973 and hit .349 in 51 games for the Panthers in 2011.
24th round, No. 735 overall: 3B Jarrod Parks, Mississippi State
Parks sat out the 2010 season after undergoing back surgery but returned with a vengeance in 2011, hitting .365 in addition to boasting a .513 on-base percentage.
25th round, No. 765 overall: RHP Joshua Alvarado, Gateway Community College
The 6-0, 180-pounder was the sixth right-handed hurler taken by the Angels.
26th round, No. 795 overall: CF John Gianis, North Carolina State
Gianis hit just .289 this season, but his patience at the plate was enough to earn him a .386 on-base percentage.
27th round, No. 825 overall: 3B Brian Hernandez, California-Irvine
The Angels' fifth and final in-state collegian pick of the day, Hernandez was named to the watch list for the 2011 Stopper of the Year Award, given annually to the top reliever in Division I.
28th round, No. 855 overall: RHP Daniel Vargas-Villa, West Florida
Vargas-Villa was 16-1 with a 1.86 ERA while helping the Argonauts to an NCAA Division II championship.
29th round, No. 885 overall: RHP Gregory Larson, Florida
Larson's 2.25 ERA was second-best for the Gators, trailing only Angels third-round pick Nick Maronde.
30th round, No. 915 overall: LF Michael Papi, Tunkhannock Area H.S. (Pa.)
Papi was the first Wyoming Valley Conference player to be selected in the Draft in six years.
Jordan Garretson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.