Los Angeles Angels

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 18 Kaleb Cowart 3B/RHP Cook HS, Adel, Ga. Ga. $2,300,000
Cowart was in the running to be the High School Player of the Year as a dominant two-way player, evoking comparisons to past Georgia preps Buster Posey and Ethan Martin. Those two examples set up two different paths for Cowart, who like Posey is a Florida State signee. Posey was more of a third-round talent out of high school and a different type of pitcher than Cowart, who on the mound is all about power. He has arm strength and good sinking life on his plus fastball, which sits in the 91-93 mph range at its best. He also has a hard slider and scouts don't seem to mind his split-finger fastball, either. Scouts prefer Cowart as a pitching prospect with a 6-foot-3, 190-pound pitcher's body. Like Posey, Cowart prefers to hit; he's a switch-hitting third baseman, and while some scouts consider his defense fringy at the hot corner, he has strength in his swing and some raw power. Scouts hope Cowart is more like Martin, a prep third baseman-turned-pitcher who signed with the Dodgers as a first-rounder after realizing he was a better prospect on the bump. But Cowart's signability was in doubt early, as he was asking for close to $3 million in order to spurn Florida State.
1 29 Cam Bedrosian RHP East Coweta HS, Sharpsburg, Ga. Ga. $1,116,000
Georgia has plenty of strong bloodlines this spring, with two sons of big leaguers jostling to go in the first two rounds. Besides Delino DeShields Jr., there's Bedrosian, whose father Steve pitched for the Braves and won the 1987 National League Cy Young Award as the Phillies' closer. Cam Bedrosian, whose middle name is Rock (as his father's nickname was Bedrock), could one day wind up a closer, but he has a chance to be a starter as well, which is why he's a potential first-rounder and a key Louisiana State signee. The only drawbacks with Bedrosian are his size (he's a 6-foot righty but strong at 200 pounds) and the fact he has some effort in his delivery. Scouts have seen his fastball touch 96 mph, and Bedrosian sits in the 92-94 range all day. He repeats his delivery well enough to have fastball command at the amateur level, and with some smoothing out of his delivery he could have average pro command. He also throws a fringe-average curveball and changeup, as well as a power slider. He has the potential to have a plus fastball and three average secondary pitches if it all comes together.
1 30 Chevy Clarke OF Marietta (Ga.) HS Ga. $1,089,000
Clarke was one of the highest-profile high school players entering the season, after playing last summer in both the Aflac and Under Armour all-star games. He has shown outstanding tools, from above-average speed (running the 60 consistently in 6.5 seconds) to hitting ability from both sides of the plate. He started switch-hitting at age 13 and has a smooth stroke as both a righthanded and lefthanded hitter, flashing average raw power. He has present strength and explosiveness, generating good bat speed, and has earned comparisons offensively to Jimmy Rollins. While he has played the infield in the past, the Rollins comparison falls short because Clarke is primarily a center fielder. He has a strong arm, which some scouts grade as plus, and has touched 90 mph off the mound. He even has bloodlines. His father played at Southern and he's related to the Hairston family--great uncle Sam and distant cousins Scott and Jerry all played in the big leagues. So why doesn't Clarke fit into the first round? Despite his tools, he hasn't dominated high school competition, and scouts question his instincts. He lacks pitch recognition skills and swings and misses too much for someone with his swing and ability. Clarke has committed to Georgia Tech and could be a tough sign if he's drafted lower than he was expecting.
1s 37 Taylor Lindsey SS Desert Mountain HS, Scottsdale, Ariz. Ariz. $873,000
Lindsey has been a hot name in Arizona, but the tools and profile haven't matched the hype. He will not be a pro shortstop, as he has a thick lower half and is a below-average runner with a below-average arm. He might be able to move to second base or more likely left field. While he has a nice lefthanded swing, his power is average at best and one scout said it was a metal-bat swing that won't translate to wood. Lindsey is committed to Arizona State. Late rumors said at least one team liked Lindsey enough to take him in the supplemental first round. While that team is an outlier, one team is all it takes.
1s 40 Ryan Bolden OF Madison (Miss.) Central HS Miss. $829,800
Mississippi has produced plenty of raw, toolsy outfielders over the years, with recent examples including Wendell Fairley (Giants, first round, 2007), Justin Reed (Reds, fourth round, 2006) and Bill Hall (Brewers, sixth round, 1998). Hall is the last Mississippi high school signee to reach the major leagues for more than a cup of coffee. Bolden has excellent size at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, and big tools to go with his athletic body. He's a 65 or 70 runner on the 20-80 scale, and his strength gives him above-average raw power. He is raw in all phases of the game. He has bat speed and hitting ability—he's unusual as he bats right but throws left—but hit at the bottom of the order as a junior, when Madison Central won a state title, and still swings and misses a lot as a senior. Scouts question his pitch recognition and ability to hit breaking balls. While he has played center field, Bolden also logged time in right because of his inability to get good reads in center. He profiles better in center field due to his fringe-average arm. While Bolden is an Ole Miss recruit, most clubs considered him signable, and he fits the mold for teams that love pure athletes, such as the Phillies, Rays and Marlins. He also would be a better risk for a club with multiple selections.
2 81 Daniel Tillman RHP Florida Southern Fla. $443,700
Florida Southern has had back-to-back seasons with a high-profile prospect who thrived in the Cape Cod League the previous summer. Robbie Shields didn't live up to billing last season, though the Mets still popped him in the third round. This year, Tillman figures to go in the same range as he has continued to rack up strikeouts in the nation's best Division II conference. He put up 22 scoreless innings on the Cape for Cotuit last summer and has had consistent stuff this spring. Tillman has a quick arm on his 6-foot-1, 200-pound body, and he consistently sits in the 90-94 mph range, touching 96. He complements it with a quick, hard slider, giving him two plus pitches. Tillman's mound presence gives him an extra edge and he has a closer's mentality. He'll have to hone his command to get a chance to close at the big league level but should have the stuff to reach the majors as a set-up man, going out as early as the third round.
3 111 Wendell Soto SS Riverview HS, Sarasota, Fla. Fla. $274,500
Up-the-middle talent is always at a premium, and that pushes players such as Soto up some draft boards. A shortstop who switch-hits, he was Florida International's backup plan after Panthers recruit Manny Machado became a cinch first-round pick. Soto isn't physical at 5-foot-8 but can swing the bat and is an excellent defender at short. His draft profile rose when he showed improved speed, going from an average runner to a plus runner and turning in 4.05-second times to first base from the left side. Soto has soft hands and first-step quickness at short, though his arm is fringe-average for the position. He's a solid athlete but may not be strong enough to go out and hit with wood.
3s 115 Donn Roach RHP JC of Southern Nevada Nev. $261,000
Roach won three state championships at Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas and was a 40th-round pick out of high school by the Angels in 2008, but he didn't sign and headed to Arizona, where he went 1-4, 7.84 with 22 strikeouts and 22 walks over 41 innings as a freshman. He transferred to Southern Nevada this year to play with Bryan and Bryce Harper, whom he's known since he was 10 years old. His fastball regained the giddy-up it had in high school, getting back up to 90-94 mph and touching 95. It's a big leap from the 86-88 mph he showed at Arizona. Roach credits the boost to getting back to a lower arm slot that he had in high school. He also scrapped his splitter for a curveball that shows flashes of being an above-average pitch. Roach doesn't have much projection remaining. Coupled with the uncertainty of what version of Roach teams will be getting, he'll be a bit of a wild card on draft day. If he can maintain his current stuff, he could be a good middle-of-the-rotation starter or a set-up man.
4 144 Max Russell LHP Florida Southern Fla. $177,300
Florida Southern lefthander Max Russell will challenge Kahnle to be the second Sunshine State Conference player picked, after Mocs teammate Daniel Tillman goes first. Russell won 21 games the last two seasons with 223 strikeouts in 200 innings as the Mocs' Friday starter. He has good mound presence and two solid-average pitches in an 88-91 mph fastball and a slider that lacks depth but has cutter action. His best pitch is a curveball that could use more power but that he throws for strikes. He's able to pitch inside effectively, which should play well against wood bats. When he misses, Russell misses over the plate and is susceptible to hard contact. With good size (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) and the lack of lefthanders nationally, he should go out in the first eight rounds.
5 174 Jesus Valdez RHP Hueneme HS, Oxnard, Calif. Calif.
Righthander Jesus Valdez gained traction as an elite prospect last June, when he impressed at a showcase at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton. At 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, Valdez works quickly, is aggressive and loves challenging hitters while being the center of attention on the mound. His heavy fastball ranges from 91-93 mph with late life. He adds an excellent curveball, but he'll need to improve his changeup. Lanky and projectable, Valdez has a buggy-whip arm action, with some funkiness and an awkward restriction in the back of his arm stroke that raises injury concerns among scouts. Valdez will begin his pro career as a starter, but he may profile best as a high-energy reliever.
6 204 Brian Diemer RHP California Calif. $100,000
If he had been more signable and more consistent, California reliever Diemer likely would have been drafted in the top 10 rounds after his redshirt sophomore year in 2009. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Diemer has all the attributes of a pitching prospect and on his best days compares with some of the top pitching prospects in the nation. His arm is loose, strong and works easily from a high three-quarters slot. He can touch 94 mph and work in the 89-92 range deep into games, at times showing average life. Diemer started 10 games during his sophomore year but moved to the bullpen this spring due to the inconsistency of his secondary pitches. He will flash some average sliders, splits and changeups, so he keeps scouts interested, particularly with his body, arm action and good fastball. Diemer tends to give up too many hits and walks without missing as many bats as his stuff suggests he could. Focusing on pitching off his fastball in pro ball will be a good thing for him, and he will be a good pick as the draft moves past the third round.
7 234 Josh Osich LHP Oregon State Ore.
When lefthander Osich had Tommy John surgery in January, though, it served as a bad omen for the season. Osich doesn't have a long track record of success, though he has shown flashes of brilliance. He was up to 97 mph last summer and could have been a first-rounder this year if healthy. Oregon State is expecting him back next year, but a team may take a gamble on his powerful lefthanded arm and try to buy him away from that idea.
8 264 Kole Calhoun OF Arizona State Ariz. $36,000
Outfielder Kole Calhoun is a 5-foot-10 overachiever who should get a job somewhere. He's hit well at Arizona State, but is maxed-out physically and won't hit for enough power to play a corner outfield spot in the big leagues, which is where he projects defensively.
9 294 Drew Heid OF Gonzaga Wash. $20,000
Gonzaga outfielder Drew Heid wasn't drafted as a junior, but not because scouts don't like him. His family puts a big emphasis on education, so he wanted more money than teams were willing to offer to buy him out of his final season. At 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, Heid isn't big, but he's an absolute hitting machine from the left side of the plate. He hit .386/.475/.523 as a sophomore, .355/.408/.479 as a junior and .395/.467/.614 this year, breaking Larry Patterson's 1977 school record for most hits in a season with 92. He's not just another metal-bat wonder, either, as he batted .403/.484/.566 in the West Coast Collegiate League in 2008 and .427 in the Alaska League last summer, more than 100 points higher than his closest rival. Heid has little to offer beyond his bat, however. He's an average runner with good instincts in the outfield, but if he can't stay in center field he could just be a fourth outfielder because doesn't have much power.
10 324 Aaron Meade LHP Missouri State Mo. $100,000
Meade performed well in the Cape Cod League last summer, but the Yankees decided not to sign him as a 28th-round sophomore. Mike Kickham passed him as Missouri State's top prospect for 2010, though Meade recorded a lower ERA (4.18) and opponent average (.260) with lesser stuff. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder relies on deception and his ability to locate a fastball that can range from 83-87 or 87-91 mph. His changeup is much more effective than his slurvy breaking ball.
11 354 Jake Rodriguez SS Elk Grove (Calif.) HS Calif.
Jake Rodriguez made the most of his opportunities with wood bats. Stoutly built at 5-foot-8, 190 pounds, Rodriguez has played up the middle and at third base and has even pitched, but has now settled in at catcher. He has an above-average arm, a strong baseball IQ and he can hit. His strong, compact swing drives the ball with power to all fields. He is not the prettiest guy in a uniform and physical projection is not on his side, but he can hit and as a high school catcher, his bat matters even more. Rodriguez has signed with Oregon State.
12 384 Justin LaTempa RHP Oregon Ore.
Oregon's best draft-eligible pitcher is redshirt senior Justin LaTempa. LaTempa is a 6-foot-5, 210-pounder who will often pitch around 90-92 mph at the beginning of a game, getting to 92-94 mph in the second inning and 95-96 by the third. Scouts in California, where he went to high school and junior college, have even seen him up to 98 mph in the past. He typically sits at 91-93 mph with sink, and his cutter has turned into an 87 mph slider. His changeup shows promise in the bullpen, but he rarely uses it in games. Scouts aren't in love with his stiff arm action, but pitching coach Andrew Checketts has done a good job at smoothing his mechanics out. The biggest issues with LaTempa are his age (23) and his history of shoulder problems. Scouts see him as a reliever in pro ball.
13 414 Bryant George RHP Southern Illinois Ill.
14 444 James Sneed OF St. Croix Educational Complex, Christiansted, V.I. V.I.
15 474 Carmine Giardina LHP Tampa Fla.
Fellow lefty Carmine Giardina finally should go out to pro ball as a senior, ending a college career that began with him committing to Texas, then going to Central Florida and finally Tampa. As a senior, Giardina showed a better feel for pitching than he had in the past while also retaining his arm strength, reaching 92 mph.
16 504 Thomas Nichols 3B Georgia Tech Ga.
Nichols has moved around defensively (and even tried catching) without finding a home and probably will wind up in the outfield, though he could also become a utility player. He has plus arm strength and good bat speed. His best tool is his bat, as he's patient, has a feel for the barrel and surprising power. He led the Yellow Jackets in batting at .375/.509/.637. Burnette is more athletic, with average tools across the board and an arm that could grade as above-average. He was batting .350/.398/.664 but is viewed as too aggressive for his own good offensively and profiles as a fourth outfielder, complete with the lefthanded bat.
17 534 Kevin Moesquit SS Highlands Christian HS, Pompano Beach, Fla. Fla. $100,000
18 564 Ryan Broussard SS Louisiana State-Eunice JC La.
19 594 Jonathan Bobea RHP Lewis HS, Flushing, N.Y. N.Y.
20 624 Kevin Johnson RHP West Florida Fla.
Johnson didn't wait to get drafted to become a pro. He signed with his hometown Pensacola Pelicans (of the independent American Association) and pitched a pair of games before the draft. Although he was hit around to the tune of a 22.50 ERA in Pensacola, Johnson has had a long stretch of success in his amateur career. He holds the Florida state records for single-season (0.34) and career (0.77) ERA at Pensacola's West Florida HS. He then went on to succeed at Division II West Florida College, where he set a conference record for most pitcher of the week awards, a record he shares with Cubs' 2010 first-round pick Hayden Simpson. Johnson's bread-and-butter pitch is an 88-89 mph fastball that touches 91 mph with good sink. His slider also shows some potential. But Johnson will have to repeat his delivery more consistently as a pro--he varies his arm angles between pitches and struggles to maintain a consistent stride in his delivery.
21 654 Gary Mitchell OF Neumann (Pa.) Pa.
22 684 Francis Larson C UC Irvine Calif.
23 714 Michael Bolaski 3B Hanks HS, El Paso Texas
24 744 Jesus Campos SS Cal State Los Angeles Calif.
25 774 A.J. Schugel 3B Central Arizona JC Ariz.
Schugel is an interesting case. He's an infielder, but profiles better as a pro as a pitcher. He doesn't pitch in college because he just doesn't have the feel for it. He'll throw a good bullpen session, sitting 92-93 mph, but is more of a thrower than a pitcher. His father Jeff is a scout for the Angels, so many scouts believe that's where he'll wind up. If he doesn't sign, he'll transfer to New Mexico.
26 804 Dakota Robinson LHP Centenary La.
27 834 Brandon Decker OF Valdosta State (Ga.) Ga.
28 864 Tim Helton C Upland (Calif.) HS Calif.
29 894 Taylor Smith-Brennan 2B Meadowdale HS, Lynnwood, Wash. Wash.
Scouts like to say that if you can play for coach Ed Cheff at Lewis-Clark State, you can play anywhere. That's where shortstop Taylor Brennan is committed, and he fits the mold as a hard-nosed grinder. Scouts liked him as a shortstop last summer, but he bulked up in the fall, adding 20 pounds of muscle to his 6-foot-1 frame. He showed improved bat speed and strength as a result, but raised questions about his future position. He's probably no longer a shortstop but still may not have the power for the third base profile. He's an average runner.
30 924 Steven Irvine 2B McNeese State La.
31 954 Mike Sodders 2B New Mexico State N.M.
32 984 Drew Beuerlein C Nevada-Las Vegas Nev.
33 1014 Eric Cendejas RHP Cal State Stanislaus Calif.
34 1044 Jerod Yakubik 1B Ohio Ohio
35 1074 Ryan Rivers OF Charlotte N.C.
Charlotte has turned into a consistent NCAA tournament team since joining the Atlantic-10 Conference. The 49ers' top prospect is Rivers, a corner infielder whose lack of agility may limit him to first base. He has plenty of arm strength and has touched the low 90s as a pitcher, though he didn't pitch this year. He has solid-average power potential thanks to decent bat speed and strength and leverage in his swing.
36 1104 Hampton Tignor C Florida Fla.
37 1134 Tagen Struhs OF Snohomish, Wash. (No school) Wash.
38 1164 Jace Brinkerhoff 3B Utah Valley Utah
Third baseman Brinkerhoff is a switch-hitter with defensive ability, a strong arm and a good feel for hitting. He's 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds and has been consistently productive with the bat. Some of his doubles turned into home runs this year and he won Great West Conference player of the year honors after hitting .456/.518/.710.
39 1194 Jimmy Allen 2B Rancho Buena Vista HS, Vista, Calif. Calif.
40 1224 Drew Oldfield C Dixie State (Utah) Utah
41 1254 Justin Poovey RHP Florida Fla.
Eligible sophomore Poovey has more athletic ability and a better arm but gets his straight 94 mph fastball turned around with regularity. He's adjusted by dropping his arm slot to get some life and sill sits in the 90-92 mph range.
42 1284 Chance Mistric RHP Louisiana State-Eunice JC La.
Chance Mistric won the championship game of the Division II Junior College World Series, giving Louisiana State-Eunice its third national title. Mistric, who spent four years in the military and attended McNeese State and Louisiana-Lafayette without pitching in a game, won't be on some teams' boards because he's already 25. However, he's worth a small investment as a 6-foot-4, 254-pound righthander who can touch 93 mph with his heavy sinker.
43 1314 George Barber OF Broward (Fla.) CC Fla.
44 1344 Mike Turner OF Chesapeake (Md.) JC Md.
45 1374 Vinnie St. John RHP Southern California Calif.
46 1404 Darren Fischer LHP Cumberland Regional HS, Bridgeton, N.J. N.J.
47 1434 Kenny Hatcher 3B Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
48 1464 Chad Yinger RHP Southern Arkansas Ark.
49 1494 Alex Burkard LHP Georgia College & State Ga.
50 1524 John Wiedenbauer LHP Tampa Fla.
Wiedenbauer is a lefthander who pitches in the upper 80s but lacks command.