Los Angeles Angels 2021 MLB Draft Report Card
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Best Pure Hitter: The Angels drafted pitchers with all 20 of their picks. The best hitter of their nondrafted free agent signings is third baseman Paxton Wallace, who hit .322/.383/.553 for Wichita State in the spring. Wallace is an instinctive hitter who stays within himself and makes a lot of contact with his mature approach and solid hand-eye coordination.
Best Power Hitter: Designated hitter Kenyon Yovan (NDFA) hit 17 home runs for Oregon in the spring and has massive, plus-plus raw power. He hit five home runs in 32 games at High-A Tri-City after being drafted, including some that went halfway up the batter’s eye.
Fastest Runner: Outfielder Bryce Teodosio (NDFA) is an above-average-to-plus runner who uses his speed to cover wide swaths of ground in center field.
Best Defensive Player: Teodosio was one of the top defensive outfielders in the Atlantic Coast Conference at Clemson. He uses his speed and solid-average instincts to run down balls in every direction in center field and has the arm strength to keep runners from taking extra bases.
Best Fastball: Righthander Sam Bachman (1) induces lots of swings and misses and weak ground balls with his fastball. The pitch comes in at 95-97 mph with hard armside run and heavy sink that locks up righthanded batters in particular. He also has flashed the ability to elevate his fastball and get swings and misses up in the zone.
Best Secondary Pitch: Bachman’s upper-80s slider breaks late with hard, diving action and earns plus-plus grades at its best. It gets swings and misses both in and out of the strike zone and plays well off of his fastball.
Best Pro Debut: Righthander Brett Kerry (5) posted a 1.26 ERA in five starts and finished the year at Double-A Rocket City. He pitched five scoreless innings with two hits allowed in his Double-A debut barely three months after his final collegiate outing at South Carolina.
Best Athlete: Righthander Landon Marceaux (3) maintains excellent body control through his clean, polished delivery. He keeps his upper and lower body perfectly in sync and has been labeled a “prototype” for pitcher athleticism by some evaluators.
Most Intriguing Background: Lefthander Mo Hanley (13) was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and moved to Florida when he was 13 for high school. He primarily played the outfield as a prep but became a lefthanded pitcher at Division III Adrian (Mich.) College, where he blossomed into one of the top Div. III prospects in the nation with a 94 mph fastball and swing-and-miss slider.
Closest To The Majors: Bachman’s fastball and slider combination should allow him to rise quickly, especially if he moves to the bullpen as many expect.
Best Late-Round Pick: Righthander Mason Erla (17) touched 98 mph in instructional league and was the talk of Angels camp. The 6-foot-4, 200 pound righthander finished third in Michigan State history with 243 strikeouts and has a chance to rise quickly.
The One Who Got Away: Righthander Marcelo Perez (20) returned to Texas Christian for his redshirt junior season rather than sign. He is a good athlete with a plus delivery and arm action and is a candidate to move from the bullpen to the starting rotation for the Horned Frogs.