Angels Draft Report Card
BEST PURE HITTER:
|The Angels had not had a first-round pick since 2006 (Hank Conger) and had two this year plus three supplemental picks. Trout has the club excited enough on his own, but it would be nice if Kehrer, Richards and Skaggs could make an impact as well.
The Angels considered OF Mike Trout (1) one of the draft's few potential five-tool players and were impressed by his offensive polish. He's not afraid to use the whole field and legs out hits with his speed. >> BEST POWER HITTER:
OF Randal Grichuk (1) has well-above-average raw power, which made him a first-rounder. 1B Jamie Mallard (18) has similar raw power but must trim up his 5-foot-11, 270-pound frame. >> FASTEST RUNNER:
Trout shows top-of-the-scale speed, going home to first in 3.9 seconds from the right side. >> BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
Trout has the tools to be a plus center fielder. C Carlos Ramirez (8) stands out more for his intangibles and receiving skills, but his modest arm strength keeps him from being an elite defender.
RHP Garrett Richards (1s) has touched 97 mph and sits in the 93-95 range. LHP Tyler Kehrer (1s) also has touched 95. >> BEST SECONDARY PITCH:
LHP Tyler Skaggs (1s) has two breaking balls and the Angels prefer his hard slurve to his big, slow curve.
ODDS AND ENDS
BEST PRO DEBUT:
1B Dillon Baird (11) won the Pioneer League batting title at Rookie-level Orem, batting .372/.452/.567. That followed a strong spring in which he won the Pacific-10 Conference's "slash stats" triple crown, leading in average, on -base and slugging percentage. Ramirez fell short of qualifying for the title but was even better, hitting .376/.500/.638. Trout ranked as the Rookie-level Arizona League's top prospect after batting .360/.418/.506 with 13 stolen bases. >> BEST ATHLETE:
Jake Locker (10) will play for the Angels—if he ever plays baseball. He hasn't played at Washington and is playing his way into the first-round NFL draft consideration this fall as the Huskies' quarterback. The Angels considered him the best athlete available in the draft. Trout has premium athleticism and confidence. LHP Pat Corbin (2) is a lithe 6-foot-3, 170-pounder who played one year of basketball at Mohawk Valley (N.Y.) CC prior to a season at Chipola (Fla.) JC. >> MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:
Corbin and Locker. Unsigned LHP Josh Spence (3) is the highest-drafted Australian in history. RHP Taylor Kinzer (24) learned from his high school pitching coach and father Matt, who reached the big leagues in 1989-90. >> CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS:
Richards, especially if he moves to the bullpen, but the Angels expect him to remain a starter. Ramirez also could move quickly at a premium position. >> BEST LATE-ROUND PICK:
Baird's bat should help him move, but he has to add loft to his line-drive swing to profile at first base. >> THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY:
Spence. Also, late-blooming LHP Sam Selman (14) took his his 6-foot-3, 160-pound frame and fastball that has touched 94 mph to Vanderbilt.