2011 Draft Report Card: Los Angeles Angels
BEST PURE HITTER:
|Cron's health (and bat) obviously will help determine how this class pans out. The lack of athletes is the only negative in a class with plenty of intriguing, low-mileage power arms.
Bonus Spending: $3.3 million
1B C.J. Cron (1) is the rare hitter who improved his batting average from 2010 (.431) even after the introduction of less-lively bats in college baseball in 2011 (.434). He has a knack for hitting that may be ahead of his power at this stage. BEST POWER HITTER:
Of course Cron also led the nation in slugging (.803), then tied for sixth in the Rookie-level Pioneer League in homers (13) despite playing just 34 games due to a dislocated kneecap. FASTEST RUNNER:
OF Drew Martinez (10) isn't a burner but is an above-average runner whose speed plays on the bases and in center field. BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
SS Trevor Hairgrove (18) has modest range, but the rest of his tools and actions play well at short, making routine plays automatic.
The Angels don't shy away from big arms with modest track records and drafted several this year, led by RHP Austin Wood (6), who has touched 99 mph and sat in the 92-96 mph range this spring for Southern California. RHPs Mike Clevinger (4) and Nick Mutz (9) sit 93-95 mph and can touch higher in short bursts, while LHP Nick Maronde (3) sits 90-95 mph. BEST SECONDARY PITCH:
Clevinger and Mutz have swing-and-miss sliders, though both lack consistency. Mutz has made real progress since he signed.
ODDS AND ENDSBEST PRO DEBUT:
Cron batted .308/.371/.629 in his short stint at Rookie-level Orem, while 1B Frazier Hall (16) batted .355/.391/.575 with nine homers, ranking third in the Pioneer League in batting. Maronde went 5-0, 2.14 in 46 innings, striking out 50. BEST ATHLETE:
There's no true standout athlete in the class, but OF Zach Borenstein (23) moves well for his strong 5-foot-11, 205-pound frame. MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND:
Cron's father Chris reached the majors with the Angels in 1991 and is a minor league manager in the Tigers system, while brother Kevin was a third-round pick of the Mariners in June but didn't sign. Mutz didn't play college ball this spring, but his agent got him a workout with the Angels, and he performed so well the Angels drafted him and signed him for $100,000 after he pitched in the Cape Cod League. C Matt Scioscia (45) is the son of big league manager Mike. CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS:
Maronde gets the nod over Cron, who had surgery on his knee and a torn labrum in his shoulder after the season. The Angels intend to give Maronde every chance to start, which could slow his progress. BEST LATE-ROUND PICK:
RHP Daniel Vargas-Vila (28) led Division II in victories at 16-1, 1.86, and he touched 94 mph after signing. He struck out 56 in 56 innings at Orem using a three-pitch mix. THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY:
C Wayne Taylor (14) and OF Domonic Jose (15)—the son of ex-big leaguer Felix Jose—both went on to Stanford. The Angels made a stronger run at Taylor.