Los Angeles Angels

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
3 114 R.J. Alvarez RHP Florida Atlantic Fla. $416,300
Sun Belt Conference schools like Florida Atlantic don't get power arms capable of throwing 95-97 mph very often, so when the Owls got R.J. Alvarez to campus, they naturally put him in the rotation. The quick-armed 6-foot-1, 180-pounder made 26 starts and went 9-7, 5.17 in his first two seasons. In two summers pitching for Bourne in the Cape Cod League, however, Alvarez thrived in short relief roles, at times touching 97 mph with his fastball. Florida Atlantic moved him to that role this spring and he had similar success, going 5-0, 0.53 with 45 strikeouts and nine walks in 34 innings. The Owls use him for more than an inning or two, at times bringing him in during the middle innings and extending him, and he has shown consistent fastball velocity in the 92-97 mph range this spring with a hard slider in the 82-84 mph range with late bite. At times Alvarez gets around his slider, and like most high-effort relievers he has more control than command. He has a chance to move quickly as a pro.
4 147 Alex Yarbrough 2B Mississippi Miss. $302,800
Yarbrough hopes to join a parade of Mississippi infielders who have reached the majors in recent years, from Matt Tolbert to Cam Coghlan to Zach Cozart. He's closer to Coghlan as an offense-first infielder with modest athleticism and excellent hands, and he's hit his way into consideration for the first five rounds. His hands play on both sides of the ball; Yarbrough has excellent bat control and manipulates the barrel well. He has natural hand-eye coordination and a patient approach that helped him hit .389 through mid-May in Southeastern Conference play, second-best in the conference. Coaches consider him a calming presence defensively. He doesn't get to a ton of groundballs but makes the plays on balls he gets to, with no errors in league play and just two overall. He also showed solid pop in the Cape Cod League last summer, ranking second on Cotuit behind Victor Roache in home runs and doubles, and figures to hit his share of doubles. Yarbrough's arm strength is sufficient for second base and turning the double play; he's a fringy to below-average runner. He'll have to hit to be a regular, but plenty of scouts think he'll do just that.
5 177 Mark Sappington RHP Rockhurst (Mo.) Mo. $218,000
Sappington threw in the mid-80s as a high school senior in Peculiar, Mo., so he was lightly recruited and wound up at NCAA Division II Rockhurst. In three years with the Hawks, he has developed into a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder whose fastball now operates at 92-93 mph and peaks at 96. He could have even more velocity if he shifts to the bullpen in pro ball, as most scouts believe he will. They love Sappington's body and arm strength but think the rest of his package fits best in a relief role. His delivery will need a lot of work, as it features a lot of twists and turns and effort. Better mechanics would improve the consistency of his slider, which shows the makings of becoming a solid second offering, and his command. He throws strikes but will need to improve the location of his pitches. Sappington earns kudos for his makeup and willingness to learn.
6 207 Eric Stamets SS Evansville Ind. $169,900
Stamets offers two tools that are rare among college prospects: plus-plus speed and legitimate shortstop defense. He can get from the right side of the plate to first base in 4.1 seconds and has stolen 100 bases in three seasons at Evansville. He covers a lot of ground at shortstop, and he also has sure hands to go with a solid arm. A team that values speed and defense could grab Stamets as early as the fourth round, but he could last longer because of questions about his bat. The 6-foot, 185-pounder uses a short stroke and slaps at the ball. He has good hand-eye coordination and makes consistent contact but produces very little power. He had just two extra-base hits (both doubles) in 42 games with wood bats in the Cape Cod League last summer, and some scouts worry that he won't be able to handle good velocity in pro ball.
7 237 Chase Patterson C Montgomery HS, Semmes, Ala. Ala. $144,300
Patterson is the son of Ricky Patterson, a former scout and minor league manager. He's a catcher with modest size at 5-foot-11, 185 pounds who plays the game with energy and instincts. He's committed to Pensacola (Fla.) State JC.
8 267 Austin Adams RHP South Florida Fla. $127,500
South Florida finished its season playing well thanks to a strong pitching staff led by 6-foot-8, 240-pound senior lefty Andrew Barbosa, a 24-year-old with a long medical history. Meanwhile, scouts had little to go on with set-up man Austin Adams, a quick-armed 6-foot-2, 185-pounder who has found the strike zone under the tutelage of Chuck Hernandez, the Bulls' veteran pitching coach. Adams had shown a fastball that has been in the 91-95 mph range to go with a 55 curveball. He'd walked 23 in just 10 innings his first two seasons and wasn't South Florida's closer this year, so he's hard to scout. But his 32-9 strikeout-walk ratio in 26 innings is a significant improvement from his past performance. His lack of track record clouds his draft status.
9 297 Michael Roth LHP South Carolina S.C. $20,000
Roth needs no introduction to baseball fans after he burst onto the scene as a sophomore in South Carolina's run to a national title in 2010. In 2011, he led the Gamecocks back to Omaha and finished at 14-3, 1.06 and logged 145 innings. Roth doesn't own a plus pitch and his fastball sits in the mid-80s, but he changes arm slots, locates well and is extremely savvy. Heading into the Southeastern Conference tournament, he was 5-1, 2.66 with 70 strikeouts and 31 walks in 95 innings.
10 327 Chris O'Grady LHP George Mason Va. $50,000
O'Grady is a big-bodied lefthander that sits in the mid to high 80s. He had a good season in the bullpen, striking out 51 in 37 innings, but needs to throw more strikes as he walked 20 batters in his 25 appearances.
11 357 Jonathan Walsh C Texas Texas
12 387 Zach Wright C East Carolina N.C.
13 417 Mike Morin RHP North Carolina N.C.
A 40th-round pitch out of a Kansas high school in 2009, Morin was the top prospect in the MINK League the summer before he started college. He since has turned into a dominant college closer for the Tar Heels, and with one more save this season he would tie the North Carolina single-season record of 18, held by big leaguer Andrew Carignan. After allowing four home runs as a freshman, he has allowed just one in the last two seasons. As a pro, however, his potential could be limited if he doesn't develop a usable breaking ball. Morin has a good frame at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds and pitches with an average fastball, and he can reach back for more when the game is on the line. His changeup is an equalizer that sits in the mid-70s.
14 447 Sherman Johnson 3B Florida State Fla.
15 477 Reid Scoggins RHP Howard (Texas) JC Texas $100,000
Area scouts had to flock to Howard JC in mid-April amid reports that Scoggs was hitting 101 mph. The Major League Scouting Bureau graded his Overall Future Potential as 62 on the 20-80 scale, which would put him in the top half of the first round. When scouts got to Big Spring, they didn't see triple digits but did see a 91-96 mph fastball that could land him in the first five rounds. Scoggins is somewhat of a mystery because he missed 2011 recovering from Tommy John surgery and pitched only 20 innings in relief this spring. He has a strong 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame and a slurvy mid-80s slider with some depth that gives him the makings of an average second pitch. There's a lot of effort in his delivery, which features a pronounced head whack, and his mechanics lead to below-average command. Scouts wonder whether he'll throw enough quality strikes if his pro team leaves his delivery alone, or whether he'll lose velocity if a club tries to clean him up. Though he's committed to Florida International, Scoggins already is 21 and is believed to be signable.
16 507 Kody Eaves 2B Pasadena (Texas) Memorial HS Texas $100,000
17 537 Yency Almonte RHP Columbus HS, Miami Fla. $250,000
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Almonte is the younger brother of Mariners farmhand Denny Almonte and generated heat early in the year before missing several weeks with a dead-arm period. He returned late in the year and hit 92 mph with his fastball as a reliever late in the spring as Columbus finished as the state's 8-A runner-up. He has a good, loose, projectable frame and has flashed potential with his slider and changeup when he was right physically. He's a Florida International signee.
18 567 Ryan Dalton 3B Texas-San Antonio Texas
19 597 Aaron Newcomb RHP Delta State (Miss.) Miss.
Newcomb was Delta State's leading winner in 2012, helping the team reach the Division II College World Series by going 11-4, 3.07. He throws strikes with a four-pitch mix that includes a fastball, cutter, changeup and curve. He's reached the 889-92 mph range with his heater, but most of the year the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder's velocity was down in the mid-to-upper 80s.
20 627 Quinten Davis OF McLennan (Texas) CC Texas
21 657 Pat Lowery RHP Columbia N.Y.
22 687 Anthony Bemboom C Creighton Neb.
23 717 Mike Snyder 3B Florida Southern Fla.
Florida Southern's Mike Snyder impresses for his plus-plus power, but the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder lacks agility and is a tough defensive fit.
24 747 Garrett Bush RHP Flagler (Fla.) Fla.
25 777 Kyle Johnson OF Washington State Wash.
26 807 Tyler DeLoach LHP UNC Wilmington N.C.
27 837 Wade Hinkle 1B Kansas State Kan.
28 867 Joel Capote OF St. Thomas (Fla.) Fla.
29 897 Caleb Bushyhead SS Oklahoma Okla.
30 927 Nic Dellatorre LHP St. John's River (Fla.) JC Fla.
31 957 Jeff Kemp SS Radford Va.
32 987 Robbie Powell RHP Stetson Fla.
33 1017 Sam Mulroy C Princeton N.J.
34 1047 Zac Livingston C Arizona Christian Ariz.
35 1077 Pedro Pizarro C Byrd HS, Shreveport, La. La.
36 1107 Kenny Hatcher RHP Dallas Baptist Texas
37 1137 Matt Collins RHP Central Florida Fla.
38 1167 Jake Boyd RHP Stetson Fla.
39 1197 Justin Morhardt C Gilbert School, Winsted, Conn. Conn.
The son of Angels crosschecker Greg Morhardt, Justin is committed to Oral Roberts and has good raw power. He'll likely have to move to first base in pro ball.
40 1227 Blake Amaral OF Hawaii Pacific Hawaii