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Friday, June 13, 2008

Kevin Goldstein On The Angels' Draft

Something I missed yesterday: Kevin Goldstein reviews the Angels 2008 draft, lightly:
Draft Philosophy: Do the best one can without a first-round pick, and when it comes to position players, focus on athletes and ceiling.

First Pick: Tyler Chatwood, RHP, Redlands HS (CA) (74th overall)
How High He Could Have Gone: On pure talent, this is about right. There are some signability concerns due to a strong college commitment (UCLA), but the Angels would not have taken him here without every intention to sign him.
Path To The Big Leagues: There’s really no such thing as a blocked pitcher, but as a high school arm, he’s going to require time. He’s on the small side, but his fastball and curve are both above average.

Rest of the First Day:
3. Ryan Chaffee, RHP, Chipola JC (FL): The bulky right-hander misses a lot of bats, but also misses the strike zone at times.
3. Zach Cone, OF, Parkview HS (GA): A monster athlete with plus-plus speed and power potential; needs to become a better hitter.
4. Buddy Boshiers, LHP, Calhoun CC (AL): He's a solid lefty with a big frame and an excellent breaking ball.
5. Khiry Cooper, OF, Calvary Baptist HS (LA): Another high-ceiling athlete who is a major project.
6. Josh Blanco, LHP, Franklin HS (TX): A short lefty with velocity.

Best Second-Day Selections:
10. Gabriel Jacobo, 3B, Sacramento State: A big third baseman with power and contact skills, but he might not stay at the hot corner.
13. Mike Kohn, RHP, College of Charleston: Inexperienced and raw, but outstanding arm strength.
16. John Hellweg, RHP, Florida CC: A six-foot-seven power arm who can’t throw strikes.

So, once again, no "signability" plucks, and in all, a pretty lackluster draft for the Angels, who haven't really had a very good draft in several years. I'm expecting they'll end up with mediocre overall ratings for their farm system in next year's BA ranking.

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Here's an interview w/ Eddie Bane concerning the 08 draft . . .


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