Los Angeles Angels

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 17 C.J. Cron Jr. 1B Utah Utah $1,467,000
Power numbers are way down in college baseball this year because of less-potent bats, but don't tell that to Cron, who hit .444/.522/.829 with 15 home runs in 187 regular-season at-bats for Utah. His father Chris played in the big leagues and has managed in the minor leagues since 1995, so C.J. has grown up around the game. He has come through the amateur ranks as a catcher, but he's just serviceable behind the plate and has not played there this season because of an injury to his throwing shoulder and his days as a catcher may be over. He doesn't move well at first base and is a bottom-of-the-scale runner, but that's all right because he's the best all-around hitter in the country and should have no problem producing the numbers teams expect from a first baseman. Cron has the unique combination of pure hitting ability and power. He projects to be an above-average hitter and has legitimate 80 raw power on the 20-80 scale that translates into at least above-average usable power. He has great hand-eye coordination and the strength in his hands to drive good pitches for singles and doubles. He uses a good approach at the plate and makes adjustments well, so he should move quickly through a team's system.
3 104 Nick Maronde LHP Florida Fla. $309,600
Maronde entered his senior high school season in Kentucky as the No. 19 player on BA's Top 100 high school prospects list. He was a 43rd-round pick by the Athletics in 2008 because of the strength of his commitment to Florida, and he got 11 starts as a freshman, leading the team in strikeouts. He struggled as a sophomore, relegated to a relief role and posting a 6.15 ERA. He found success as a reliever this year, dominating at times with an above-average fastball and aggressive approach. Maronde's fastball has reached 96 and sits 90-94 mph, and he has shown the ability to pitch off it, at times to the exclusion of his other stuff. He had a recent outing with 26 straight fastballs and used no other pitch. His control of his fastball and slider are both better this year, and at times his slider is average. He hasn't used his changeup much, though he threw it as a freshman and in high school. His 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame and potential three-pitch mix make it likely he'll return to a starting role once he's drafted, though he could move quickly as a power-armed lefthanded reliever.
4 135 Mike Clevinger RHP Seminole State (Fla.) JC Fla. $250,000
Clevinger racked up 52 strikeouts in 32 innings primarily using a 93-95 mph fastball and mixing in a slider that has swing-and-miss potential. Clevinger's delivery is far from smooth and requires plenty of effort, and he had trouble repeating his delivery. He is 6-foot-4, 190 pounds and could be a summer follow, as he was expected to play in the Cape Cod League in the summer.
5 165 Andrew Ray OF Northeast Texas JC Texas $80,000
Andrew Ray sticks out mostly for his righthanded bat, as he hits for average with gap power. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has some arm strength but probably will move from third base to the outfield in pro ball. If he doesn't turn pro, he'll play at Louisiana State next year.
6 195 Austin Wood RHP Southern California Calif. $180,000
Wood's track record has never matched his premium arm strength. A 36th-round pick of the Astros in 2008 out of high school in Florida, Wood didn't sign and went to Florida State, where he posted a 6.35 ERA and walked 25 in 23 innings as a freshman. He transferred to St. Petersburg (Fla.) JC and pitched his way out of rotation, though his upside still prompted the Rays to draft him in the fourth round last year. He finally performed in the Cape Cod League last summer, leading the circuit in opponent average (.144), ranking second in ERA (0.74) and touching 99 mph in the all-star game at Fenway Park. He transferred to Southern California and has reverted to his inconsistent ways. Wood looks the part of a big league workhorse, with a 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame. His fastball has ranged from 92-96 mph this spring, yet hitters often square it up. His control has improved, but he still falls behind in counts too often and struggles to spot his fastball, which does have good arm-side run. Scouts see him as a one-pitch reliever because his secondary stuff is below-average at best. He had success with his changeup in the Cape, and he flashed a decent one this spring, but it has regressed as he has focused on developing his curveball. He has a tendency to cast the curve, which lacks late action. Wood's arm strength and body will get him drafted somewhere inside the top five rounds, but he still has a long way to go to become a pitcher who can get outs consistently.
7 225 Abel Baker C Grayson County (Texas) JC Texas $110,000
The state's other Juco World Series participant is Grayson County, whose top prospect is catcher Abel Baker. His bases-loaded triple broke open the regional championship game against Howard. Baker, who spent 2010 at Baylor, offers lefthanded power and decent catch-and-throw skills. His brother Aaron is a first baseman in the Pirates system, and their grandfather Jerry Mays played in two Super Bowls and was an all-American Football League performer as an offensive and defensive lineman.
8 255 Logan Odom RHP Southern California Calif. $60,000
As USC's Sunday starter, Logan Odom recorded wins this spring against Pac-10 powers Oregon State, Arizona State, Stanford and UCLA. A durable 6-foot-6, 240-pound strike-thrower, Odom attacks hitters with an 87-89 mph fastball and below-average but serviceable secondary stuff.
9 285 Nick Mutz RHP Cotati, Calif. (no school) Calif. $100,000
Mutz has one of the most interesting back stories of any player in the top 10 rounds. He left NAIA Dakota State last season and did not pitch for anyone this spring. The Angels received a tip on him, however, and brought him into a predraft workout. Mutz threw a 20-25 pitch bullpen session and that's all the Halos needed to see to pop the 6-foot-1, 190-pound righthander in the ninth round. Mutz showed an easy 94-95 mph fastball with life down in the zone and good angle for his size. Mutz also showed flashes of an above-average cutter. Mutz has a short arm stroke, almost like a catcher, but exceptional hand speed and deception. The Angels will follow Mutz's progress this summer in the Cape Cod League and, if he signs, will start him out as a reliever to ease him back into pitching, but he could start later on in his career.
10 315 Drew Martinez OF Memphis Tenn. $100,000
Martinez was an unsigned 23rd-round pick of the Mets last year. Martinez, whose father Chito played parts of three seasons in the major leagues, was a Cape Cod League all-star last summer after hitting .359, second in the league, and leading the league with 22 stolen bases. He's not physical at 5-foot-11, 172 pounds and isn't a burner either, though he's an above-average runner, steals bases and plays a solid center field. While his dad hit 13 homers as a major league rookie, Martinez's biggest problem is his lack of home run power. He didn't homer in 2011, and his lack of impact makes him profile more as a fourth outfielder.
11 345 Garrett Baker LHP Liberty Va.
12 375 Joe Krehbiel 3B Seminole (Fla.) HS Fla. $125,000
13 405 Jackson Whitley 1B North Augusta (S.C.) HS S.C. $125,000
14 435 Wayne Taylor C Memorial HS, Houston Texas
15 465 Domonic Jose OF Boca Raton (Fla.) HS Fla.
Several potential premium picks are thought to be tough signs, such as Stanford recruits Austin Slater and Domonic Jose, the son of former big leaguer Felix Jose. Jose flashed five-tool ability over the last two seasons without putting them all together at the same time. He has bloodlines, runs well for his size at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, and has oustanding makeup. He's a switch-hitter with a natural swing from the left side. But he has battled draftitis this spring in addition to his Stanford commitment. He's signable in the first three rounds but may not have shown enough to go that high.
16 495 Frazier Hall 1B Southern La.
17 525 Hunter Lockwood C Bell HS, Hurst, Texas Texas
An Oklahoma recruit, Lockwood led all Dallas-area players (including projected first-rounder Josh Bell) with 16 homers through late May. The 5-foot-11, 189-pounder has a lot of strength and bat speed from the right side of the plate. He has average arm strength but a slow release, and he'll have to improve significantly as a receiver to remain behind the plate.
18 555 Trevor Hairgrove SS UC Riverside Calif.
Hairgrove lacks a plus or even solid-average tool, but he's a decent defensive shortstop with a future as an organizational player
19 585 Ryan Crowley LHP Northwest Florida State JC Fla.
20 615 Junior Carlin LHP South Florida Fla.
21 645 Shane Riedie RHP Tampa Fla.
22 675 Brennan Gowens OF Fresno State Calif.
23 705 Zach Borenstein OF Eastern Illinois Ill.
Built like a wrestler at 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, Zach Borenstein offers impressive bat speed from the left side of the plate. He has good straight-line speed for his size, but he's stiff and scouts aren't sure where he'll play in pro ball after seeing time at second base, third base, center field and right field in three years at Eastern Illinois. His best spot is probably an outfield corner; he probably doesn't have enough arm to try catcher.
24 735 Jarrod Parks 3B Mississippi State Miss.
25 765 Josh Alvarado RHP Phoenix (No school) Ariz.
26 795 John Gianis OF North Carolina State N.C.
27 825 Brian Hernandez 3B UC Irvine Calif.
Scouts heap praise on the UC Irvine coaching staff to get the most out of its players, and the Anteaters are loaded with quality college players who project as organizational players in pro ball: third baseman/righthander Brian Hernandez, outfielders Drew Hillman and Sean Madigan and catcher Ronnie Shaeffer.
28 855 Daniel Vargas-Vila RHP West Florida Fla.
29 885 Greg Larson RHP Florida Fla.
30 915 Mike Papi OF Tunkhannock (Pa.) Area HS Pa.
Mike Papi plays shortstop for his high school team but profiles as an outfielder in pro ball. He is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound grinder who bats left and throws right. He has a strong arm that some call above-average and can touch 90 off the mound. He is solid at the plate, an average hitter with average power. A strong spring performance had scouts going back to see more of Papi late in the season, as they try to assess whether he's worth buying out of Virginia.
31 945 Jett Bandy C Arizona Ariz.
Catcher Jett Bandy is a good receiver but has fringy arm strength and a questionable bat.
32 975 John Leonard RHP Boston College Mass.
With Mike Dennhardt sidelined, John Leonard has been Boston College's most reliable starter, going 4-7, 5.38 with 38 strikeouts in 75 innings through 13 starts. A pitchability righthander, Leonard works at 86-90 mph and moves his fastball around the zone. He has a slurvy curveball, a fringy slider and a show-me changeup. Leonard had weakness in his shoulder at the start of his junior season, but an MRI showed no structural damage and he hasn't had any problems since. Leonard was drafted by the Giants in the 36th round last year, and he figures to be a solid senior sign.
33 1005 Erik Forgione SS West HS, Chehalis, Wash. Wash.
West High has two more UW commits--it's a banner class for the Huskies--in third baseman Robert Pehl and shortstop Erik Forgione. Forgione has a lean, 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame. He's a below-average runner but moves well at shortstop and has a chance to start there for the Huskies next year. He is learning to switch-hit but is light with the bat and needs to add strength.
34 1035 Andy Workman OF Arizona State Ariz.
35 1065 Stephen Tromblee LHP Lamar Texas
36 1095 Brandon Brewer SS West Florida Fla.
37 1125 Brandon Efferson RHP Southeastern Louisiana La.
Southeastern Louisiana's Brandon Efferson, a 6-foot, 180-pound righthander, is one of the state's several solid senior signs. The Mets picked Efferson in the 17th round out of high school, and he resembles North Carolina's Patrick Johnson as a stock righty in terms of size whose stuff never got much better in college. His velocity had backed up previously, but bounced back this year to the 88-89 mph range, at times peaking at 90-92. He has added a cutter to mix things up and throws a true curveball with good shape and a short, sharp break.
38 1155 Frank DeJiulio RHP Tampa Fla.
39 1185 Chris Giovinazzo OF UCLA Calif.
40 1215 Joe Church RHP Marshall W.Va.
41 1245 Brandon McNelis RHP Northeastern Mass.
42 1275 Jason Nappi 3B Harding (Ark.) Ark.
43 1305 Kyle Mahoney C High Point N.C.
44 1335 Landis Ware 2B Baylor Texas
45 1365 Matt Scioscia C Notre Dame Ind.
46 1395 Michael Johnson LHP Hillsborough (Fla.) CC Fla. $140,000
47 1425 Brandon Lodge RHP UCLA Calif.
48 1455 Ricky Pacione C Marist N.Y.
49 1485 Matt Vedo RHP UC Santa Barbara Calif.
50 1515 Trent Garrison C Fresno State Calif.
Fresno State's biggest wild card is catcher Trent Garrison, who was one of the better catch-and-throw guys on the West Coast coming into the season, with a 70 arm on the 20-80 scouting scale. Garrison has also hit well from the left side of the plate, but tore his left ACL and MCL during the first game of the season. If healthy, Garrison could have been a first-five-rounds pick this year, and a team still may take a flyer on him later in the draft.