Los Angeles Angels

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Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 24 Randal Grichuk OF Lamar Consolidated HS, Rosenberg, Texas Texas $1,242,000
Grichuk first made a name for himself as a power hitter at the 2004 Little League World Series, leading the tournament with four homers, and hasn't stopped hitting home runs since. He hit three longballs as the United States won the gold medal at the 2007 World Youth Championship in Venezuela, and he regularly went deep at prestigious events on the showcase circuit last summer. At the International Power Showcase at Tampa's Tropicana Dome in January, he led all comers with 20 total homers, including a 475-foot blast with a metal bat. Grichuk is more than just a masher, however. He doesn't have the prettiest righthanded stroke, but his strong hands and bat speed should allow him to hit for a solid average once he adjusts his pull-oriented approach. A 6-foot, 195-pounder, Grichuk has decent athleticism and fits best defensively as a left fielder. He's a below-average runner with a fringe arm, but his work ethic and passion for the game should make him a solid defender. He has committed to Arizona but is considered signable if he goes in the first three rounds as expected.
1 25 Mike Trout OF Millville (N.J.) HS N.J. $1,215,000
Trout has turned himself into a favorite of scouts in the Northeast, both for his talent and his makeup. An East Carolina commitment, he has rocketed up draft boards as a senior, thanks to an improved offensive approach. Last year, even in the fall, he had a tendency to bail out in the batter's box, particularly against sliders. This spring he has quieted his approach and improved against breaking balls, and he's shown the ability to hit hard line drives to all fields, though his swing still gets loopy and long at times. Halfway through the spring, Trout even began working on hitting lefthanded, and he showed some aptitude for it. Trout's frame and skill set draws comparisons to Aaron Rowand, but he's a faster runner--he runs the 60-yard dash in 6.5 seconds. He has good range and instincts in center field and plenty of arm for the position. Trout's bat is not a sure thing, but he has a chance to be a solid-average hitter with average or better power. Like Rowand, Trout is a grinder who always plays the game hard.
1s 40 Tyler Skaggs LHP Santa Monica (Calif.) HS Calif. $1,000,000
Skaggs has the most projectable frame of any California prospect in this draft class. Thin and lanky at 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, Skaggs has long arms, long legs, big hands and the angular and athletic build that could handle more muscle without becoming bulky. Skaggs' mother Debbie is the girls volleyball coach at Santa Monica High, and Tyler has also played football and basketball, though his emerging baseball talent caused him to drop the other sports. He cemented his reputation nationally with an outstanding performance last October in the World Wood Bat Championship, then pitched well this spring. He struck out 15 in a showdown with Bryan Berglund, and then tossed a 12-strikeout gem at the Anaheim Lions Tournament in front of 60 scouts. Skaggs' fastball sits in the 88-91 mph range, peaking at 92, and his four-seamer is most effective when it darts to his arm side. He adds a classic, over-the-top rainbow curveball, and has experimented with a slider. He will need to develop his changeup, but that pitch also shows promise. Utilizing an old-fashioned windup in which he brings his hands over his head and to the back of neck, Skaggs does a nice job of bending his back leg to drive off the rubber. He can fall into bad habits, such as rushing his delivery and overthrowing, and he'll have to be patient enough to let his velocity rise as his frame fills out. He should eventually pitch in the mid-90s, but that might not be for a few years. With his projectable build, easy arm action and promising stuff, Skaggs is one of the more enticing pitchers recently seen in Southern California. He's committed to Cal State Fullerton but is a likely first-round pick.
1s 42 Garrett Richards RHP Oklahoma Okla. $802,800
The state of Oklahoma is loaded with pitching prospects this year, and no one has stuff as unhittable or a performance as mystifying as Richards. He routinely sits at 93-95 mph with life on his fastball and touched 98 in a relief outing against Wichita State. He has a mid-80s slider with bite that peaked at 89 mph against the Shockers. And if that's not enough, he has a power curveball and flashes an effective changeup. He has a quick arm, a strong 6-foot-2, 217-pound build and throws on a downhill plane with little effort. Yet Richards never has posted an ERA lower than 6.00 in three college seasons, and opponents had batted .268 with 11 homers against him entering NCAA regional play. "It's unbelievable that he gets hit," one scout said. Outside of a stint in the Alaska League last summer, Richards never has harnessed his wicked stuff on anything approaching a consistent basis. He has trouble throwing strikes and flies open in his delivery, allowing hitters a good look at what's coming. He has the raw ingredients to become a frontline starter, and on the rare occasions when he has command, he looks like an easy first-round pick. He looked better than ever down the stretch and in the NCAA playoffs, fueling speculation that a team could gamble on him as high as in the first round.
1s 48 Tyler Kehrer LHP Eastern Illinois Ill. $728,100
Kehrer went just 1-5, 5.02 as a sophomore in 2008, but he hinted at his potential by battling Eastern Kentucky's Christian Friedrich (who became the Rockies' first-round pick) and Jacksonville State's Ben Tootle, the Ohio Valley Conference's two best arms, to draws. While he's still somewhat of a work in progress, Kehrer's fastball has sat at 90-93 mph for most of his starts this spring, and he carries that velocity into the late innings. He has improved his slider to the point where it's an average pitch. He helped his cause by delivering a 14-strikeout one-hitter against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in front of several scouts. How much progress Kehrer can make with the consistency of his changeup and command will determine whether he remains a starter in pro ball. He's a strong 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, and his fastball would play up in shorter relief stints. If Kehrer goes in the third round, he'd be Eastern Illinois' highest draft pick since the Athletics took Stan Royer 16th overall in 1988.
2 80 Patrick Corbin LHP Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla. $450,000
Corbin attracted much less fanfare out of high school and went to Mohawk Valley (N.Y.) CC in 2008 to play baseball and basketball. He transferred to Chipola for 2009 and emerged as the state's top juco pitching prospect. He has a lean 6-foot-3, 170-pound frame with plenty of projection and a solid-average fastball, touching 92 mph and sitting in the upper 80s. His changeup has made real progress, as has his fastball command. He already had a feel for spinning a breaking ball, which is how he struck out 86 in 74 innings.
3 110 Josh Spence LHP Arizona State Ariz.
Arizona State lefthander Josh Spence is hard for hitters--and scouts--to figure out. The Australian won 27 games in two years for Central Arizona JC and was a 25th-round draft pick of the Diamondbacks last year. He came to ASU instead, and few pitchers put up better numbers, as he was 8-1, 2.37, with 99 strikeouts against 24 walks in 80 innings. His fastball peaks at 87 mph, and he uses it well to set up his four offspeed pitches: a changeup, curveball, slider and cutter. He'll throw any of the pitches in any count and any sequence. He throws from a lower three-quarters arm slot and will even throw some of his breaking balls sidearm. Hitters never have comfortable at-bats against him, often walking back to the dugout shaking their heads. But it's not just smoke and mirrors with Spence. His changeup and slider are legitimate plus pitches, and scouts say he shows the hand speed with his slider to indicate that his fastball velocity could improve. Spence pitches with a lot of confidence and never gives in to hitters. Scouts love his makeup; they're just not certain how his repertoire will play in pro ball. He missed a couple of weeks late in the season with a strained ligament in the middle finger of his left hand, but returned by the postseason. He'll likely be drafted by a more statistically inclined team or one with extra picks.
4 141 Wes Hatton 2B Norco (Calif.) HS Calif. $182,700
He can pitch (89-91 mph fastball) and play the infield or outfield. Hatton has above-average speed as well, but his lack of size and absence of one huge tool may keep him out of the top 10 rounds.
5 171 Casey Haerther 1B UCLA Calif. $141,300
Haerther was soft and overweight when drafted by the Padres out of high school and has worked hard to transform his frame at UCLA. His blazing start in 2009 cooled as the season progressed--he finished the season batting .305/.372/.473 with nine home runs--but Haerther has power and is a smart hitter, using the whole field and not trying to do too much with a good pitch. He has dabbled at third but is a better fit as a first baseman, and could still go with a single-digit pick.
6 201 Danny Reynolds RHP Durango HS, Las Vegas Nev. $125,000
One of the biggest pop-ups in the southwest this year was Danny Reynolds, a righthander at Durango High in Las Vegas. Reynolds has the stigma of being an undersized righty--5-foot-11 and 160 pounds--which will scare some teams away. Durango head coach Sam Knapp has been a Reynolds believer for years, always telling scouts that he had the hand speed to show bigger velocity numbers. This year, Reynolds proved him right. His fastball was 86-88 mph in the fall, but something clicked for him this spring and he was consistently sitting 93-95. He also has a slider that is 77-81 with some late bite and will mix in a slower curveball. There's some effort to his mechanics--he has an extremely fast tempo, turns his back to the hitters and has some spinoff, ala Francisco Rodriguez. Reynolds has also run on his school's cross-country team and has an intense work ethic--even after the lights have been turned off at his stadium after games, Reynolds can still be found on the field, running poles. Committed to Dixie State College, he's considered signable and will likely be selected in the top five rounds.
7 231 Jon Karcich SS Santa Clara Calif. $100,000
Karcich battled a shoulder injury in 2009, which held him to only two homers after he belted 12 in 2008. A shortstop at Santa Clara, he struggled defensively this year, committing 15 errors. At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, he's a fine athlete who may be able to play several different positions and could add to his value if he regains his power stroke of 2008.
8 261 Carlos Ramirez C Arizona State Ariz. $110,000
At 5-foot-11 and 210 pounds, Ramirez turns off scouts with his soft body. But he has hit with authority everywhere he's played, and his defense gets solid reviews. Ramirez was a 34th-round draft pick by the Angels last year after hitting .386/.471/.660 with a wood bat for Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC. He turned them down and spent the summer in the Northwoods League, leading the league with 10 home runs and earning league MVP honors. While coach Pat Murphy used two catchers last season, Ramirez came in and made a seamless transition, quickly learning the new staff and starting every game this season. He calls his own games and worked with two of the best college pitchers in the country this year. While he's a good receiver, his arm is average at best. The wear and tear of catching didn't slow him down at the plate, as Ramirez hit .344/.449/.693 with 17 home runs during the regular season. He also has the swagger and leadership you look for in a catcher, getting respect from opposing coaches who say he's the kind of player you hate on another team but would love to have on your own team.
9 291 David Carpenter RHP Paris (Texas) JC Texas $90,000
Righthander David Carpenter stands out with his 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame and a 90-91 mph fastball that has good sink and touches 94. Scouts don't love his arm action, though, and his slurvy slider and changeup need a lot of refinement. A 47th-round pick of the Mariners in 2007, he'll attend Abilene Christian if he doesn't turn pro.
10 321 Jake Locker OF Washington Wash. $200,000
The story in Washington is that the best player in the state--and one of the most gifted athletes in the draft--isn't even playing baseball. Jake Locker played outfield and pitched in high school, where he was a top-round talent, but fell to the 40th round because of signability. He ended up at Washington, where he stepped in as the Huskies' quarterback. Locker teased scouts by playing in the West Coast Collegiate League last summer, ranking as the league's top talent. Scouts believe that if he concentrated on baseball, he could be like a speedier Matt Holliday. He's not playing mind games with scouts; they know he has his heart set on playing in the NFL.
11 351 Dillon Baird 3B Arizona Ariz.
Playing first base for the Wildcats is 6-foot-2, 215-pound Dillon Baird, a high school shortstop who is nimble around the bag and adept at picking balls out of the dirt. He's a good runner and has one of the strongest arms on the team, but it's his bat that's been the most impressive this season. Baird led the Pac-10 in batting as part of a .433/.504/.716 line, giving him the sixth-best single-season batting average in school history. Scouts aren't sure he'll be able to duplicate those numbers in pro ball, however.
12 381 Travis Witherspoon OF Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) JC S.C. $100,000
13 411 Jeremy Cruz OF Stetson Fla.
14 441 Sam Selman LHP St. Andrew's Episcopal HS, Austin Texas
No player in Texas has shot up draft boards as much as lefthander Sam Selman, who wasn't known to most scouts or recruiters last summer. Despite being extremely skinny at 6-foot-3 and 160 pounds, he drew attention by reaching 94 mph this spring. He's raw, and his fastball would drop to as low as 84 and sat at 86-91 mph by the end of the season. He has a loose arm and projectable frame, but the rest of his game is a work in progress. He has inconsistent feel for a slow curveball and little command. He's also a private-school kid from a wealthy family who has committed to Vanderbilt, so Selman is going to be difficult to sign. If the Commodores can refine him, he could be an early pick in the 2012 draft.
15 471 Mike Nesseth RHP Nebraska Neb.
Nesseth and Nebraska both suffered through a disappointing spring, as he failed to make the transition from the bullpen to the rotation and the Cornhuskers had their first losing season since 1997. As a redshirt freshman reliever in 2008, Nesseth worked at 92-95 mph and touched 97 with his fastball. He also had a hard slider that overpowered hitters, and he showed both of those power pitches as a starter in the Northwoods League last summer. But he struggled in that role at Nebraska, moved back to the bullpen in mid-March and produced mixed results when he returned to the rotation five weeks later. Nesseth's fastball has varied from 88-90 mph to the low 90s, peaking at 95 when he worked in relief. His slider and control also have regressed and lacked consistency. His changeup is still a work in progress and it remains to be seen whether he can put everything together to serve as a starter20in pro ball. Nesseth uses his 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame to work downhill from a low three-quarters angle. The Cornhuskers had him watch tapes of Kevin Brown and A.J. Burnett, but to no avail. With a good spring, Nesseth might have pitched his way into the back of the first round. As a draft-eligible sophomore who hasn't per formed well, he won't go as high as his raw talent might dictate. The team that drafts him probably will monitor him during the summer in the Cape Cod League, waiting for his stuff to bounce back before making a significant investment in him.
16 501 Andrew Del Colle RHP Newark Academy, Livingston, N.J. N.J.
After the clear top four prospects in the state, most of New Jersey's intriguing long-term talents come from the prep ranks. Other than Trout, only righthander Andrew Del Colle has a strong chance to be drafted in the top 10 rounds. Del Colle has a strong, durable build (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) and an easy delivery, but his velocity has vacillated this spring between the 81-85 mph range and the 87-91 range, reaching as high as 93. That inconsistency and questions about the health of his arm lead some scouts content to let Del Colle honor his scholarship to Boston College. Other clubs seem eager to sign him now based on his upside. When he's on, Del Colle complements his average fastball with a 77-79 mph downer curveball with good depth. He can command both offerings but has yet to develop a third pitch. If he gets a clean bill of health, Del Colle could be drafted anywhere from the fifth to the 10th round.
17 531 Jeremy Gillan C Jacksonville Fla.
18 561 Jamie Mallard 1B Hillsborough (Fla.) JC Fla. $100,000
19 591 Adam Hornung OF Baylor Texas
20 621 Dan Eichelberger OF East Central (Miss.) JC Miss.
Eichelberger hit 10 homers this spring and has good speed. He's also a third-year sophomore who takes an enormous, unrestrained hack more often than not, and hit just .329 this spring against modest competition.
21 651 Rich Cates OF Cal State Northridge Calif.
22 681 Stephen Locke LHP Florida Fla.
23 711 Jordan Drake OF Elsinore HS, Wildomar, Calif. Calif.
24 741 Taylor Kinzer RHP Taylor (Ind.) Ind.
25 771 Michael Demperio 2B Georgia Ga.
26 801 Garrett Cannizaro 2B Mandeville (La.) HS La.
Shortstop Garrett Cannizaro's older brother Andy has gotten nine at-bats in the big leagues. Garrett likely will follow in his footsteps by attending Tulane before entering pro ball. The 6-foot, 185-pounder has an advanced righthanded bat with good pop for a middle infielder. Though he has soft hands and a strong arm, he doesn't have the speed or range to project as a shortstop in pro ball. He could wind up as an offensive-minded second baseman in the mold of Mark Loretta.
27 831 Devon Zenn OF Benicia (Calif.) HS Calif.
28 861 Carson Andrew RHP Jacksonville Fla.
Jacksonville righthander Carson Andrew tops out at 92 mph and missed time this spring with a muscle strain in his right shoulder. He threw well against Kyle Heckathorn and Kennesaw State in front of a slew of scouts to boost his draft stock and was expected to ride his pitchability to being picked in the first 10 rounds.
29 891 Heath Nichols RHP JC of Southern Idaho Idaho
30 921 Matt Long OF Santa Clara Calif.
31 951 Jordan Whatcott RHP Utah Utah
The Cinderella story of the conference tournaments this year was sixth-seeded Utah defeating San Diego State twice to earn its first regional berth since 1960. Leading the Utes was senior righthander Jordan Whatcott. He has a hard, thick body and repeats his delivery well. As a pitcher and second baseman at South Mountain (Ariz.) CC last year, he was 88-90 mph off the mound, and his stuff took a step forward this spring as he focused on pitching. His fastball sat between 90-92 mph, and touched 95, and he mixed in a firm, 83-84 mph slider that is an out pitch, as well as a work-in-progress changeup. His command needs work, but the biggest knocks on Whatcott are his size (6 feet and 200 pounds) and age. After serving a two-year Mormon mission in Brazil, he's older than most draft-eligible players. The team that drafts him will be giving him a nice present, as June 10 is his 24th birthday. So he'll need to be on a fast track, but he has a great work ethic.
32 981 Raoul Torrez 2B Arizona State Ariz.
33 1011 Owen Dew RHP Seminole (Fla.) JC Fla.
34 1041 Ryan Cisterna RHP Arkansas Ark.
35 1071 Robbie Harris SS Cardinal Gibbons HS, Baltimore Md.
36 1101 Eric Oliver 1B UC Santa Barbara Calif.
37 1131 Erik Gregersen RHP Stephen F. Austin State Texas
38 1161 Justin Bellez RHP Mira Mesa (Calif.) HS Calif.
39 1191 Ryan Hege C Cowley County (Kan.) JC Kan.
40 1221 Asaad Ali C Niles (Mich.) HS Mich.
41 1251 Joey Rapp OF Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
42 1281 Sam Wolff RHP Stevens HS, Rapid City, S.D. S.D.
Righthander Sam Wolff is the best of the three South Dakota high school pitchers who have scholarships from major college programs. He's not big at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, but he's athletic and has a quick arm that generates a lively fastball that sits in the high 80s and tops out at 92. Like most pitching stars in the Dakotas, he works mainly with his fastball and will have to develop his secondary pitches. Wolff played shortstop in high school and showed average speed, some pop in his righthanded bat and never-ending hustle. He's also a track and basketball standout. It's unlikely Wolff can be signed away from a commitment to San Diego.
43 1311 Seth Harvey RHP Washington State Wash.
Junior righthander Seth Harvey looked good in Alaska last summer, touching 93 mph with his fastball, but has been inconsistent this year and doesn't have much in the way of offspeed stuff.
44 1341 R.J. Santigate 3B Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas Nev.
Shortstop R.J. Santigate has always tantalized scouts with his frame. At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, the lefthanded hitter has always been more projection than production, but this year he turned it on and hit like scouts always believed he could. He has grown up around the game, and his father coached Rockies pitcher Jason Marquis and Tottenville High to two consecutive New York City Public Schools Athletic League titles in 1995 and 1996. Santigate is expected to end up at Long Beach State.
45 1371 Phil Bando 2B JC of the Canyons (Calif.) Calif.
46 1401 Jonathan Paquet RHP Cardinal Roy SS, Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec Quebec
Righthander Jonathan Paquet stands 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds. He has an effortless delivery and pitches at 87-88 mph presently, but should add velocity as he fills out.
47 1431 Jose Jimenez 1B Tampa Fla.
48 1461 Jake Rife OF Washington Wash.
With his signature purple do-rag and eye black, senior outfielder Jake Rife is a bulldog. A 5-foot-11, 200-pound lefthanded hitter, Rife led the Huskies in batting this year.
49 1491 Chunner Nyberg RHP Dixie HS, St. George, Utah Utah
50 1521 Alibay Barkley 1B Washington HS, New York N.Y.