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Top prospect Adell to play in Futures Game

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ANAHEIM -- Outfielder Jo Adell, who is ranked the Angels' No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline, has been chosen to participate in the 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15.

The Angels drafted Adell with the 10th overall pick last year out of Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky., and he's lived up to the hype so far.

ANAHEIM -- Outfielder Jo Adell, who is ranked the Angels' No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline, has been chosen to participate in the 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15.

The Angels drafted Adell with the 10th overall pick last year out of Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky., and he's lived up to the hype so far.

Adell, 19, was promoted to Class A Advanced Inland Empire last month and has put up impressive numbers in the California League, batting .315 with .954 OPS, 11 home runs, two triples, 12 doubles and 29 RBIs over 39 games. He will play for the U.S. Team, which holds a 12-7 edge over the World Team in the all-time series.

Former Angel Torii Hunter will manage the U.S. Team, while Triple-A Salt Lake skipper Keith Johnson will serve as the third-base coach. Vladimir Guerrero, who will become the first player to enter the Hall of Fame with an Angels cap later this month, will serve as the World Team's hitting coach.

MLB.com will live stream and MLB Network will exclusively televise the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at 1 p.m. PT on July 15, with Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, Lauren Shehadi and Jim Callis calling the contest live from Nationals Park. The game will also be available to SiriusXM subscribers.

Video: Callis discusses Futures Game roster, fantasy picks

Resurgent Calhoun
The Angels knew it was only a matter of time before Kole Calhoun emerged from his early season slump, and he's finally starting to reward their faith. Since coming off the disabled list on June 18, Calhoun has batted .288 with a .905 OPS, four home runs and nine RBIs. Before the injury, he was hitting .145 with one home run over 50 games.

"It's like Kole Calhoun version 2.0," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He made some serious adjustments in his game, but he's letting his skill set play. He's always had great hands, he's always had great balance and he's getting back into that feel, so there's no doubt that he's more comfortable."

Video: LAA@SEA: Calhoun clobbers a 2-run home run to right

Ohtani vs. Maeda
Shohei Ohtani started at designated hitter and batted sixth against countryman Kenta Maeda on Friday. Ohtani went 2-for-7 with four strikeouts against Maeda in Japan, though they rarely faced each other since they played in the Pacific League and the Central League, respectively.

Roster moves
The Angels recalled Oliver Drake and optioned Miguel Almonte to Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday ahead of their series opener against the Dodgers. To clear a spot for Drake on the 40-man roster, the Angels transferred Jake Jewell (right fibula fracture) to the 60-day disabled list.

Drake, 31, logged a 10.13 ERA over 2 2/3 innings in four appearances for the Angels this season before being designated for assignment last month.

On the mend
Backup catcher Rene Rivera, who underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee in May, has progressed to catching bullpen sessions and is inching closer to beginning a rehab assignment. Rivera said he has resumed most baseball activities, though he has yet to run the bases. Rivera, who is on the 60-day disabled list, isn't eligible to return until after the All-Star break.

High heat
With temperatures projected to reach a high of 113 degrees in Anaheim on Friday, the Angels decided to skip many of their usual pregame activities, including team stretch and batting practice.

"There's no doubt we backed off on some of the things we were going to do outside," Scioscia said. "When it gets to this extreme, I think less is more. We'll be ready to play, but we'll get ready inside in the cages."

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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First-round pick OF Adams signs with Angels

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ANAHEIM -- Jordyn Adams, the Angels' first-round Draft selection this year with the No. 17 pick, signed with the club on Tuesday. Adams will start play in the rookie-level Arizona League beginning Wednesday.

Adams, an outfielder, passed on his commitment to the University of North Carolina to play both football and baseball in order to sign with the Angels. MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis reported that Adams signed for $4.1 million. The slot value of the pick was $3,472,900. Adams went to Green Hope High School in Cary, N.C., and is originally from Blythewood, S.C.

ANAHEIM -- Jordyn Adams, the Angels' first-round Draft selection this year with the No. 17 pick, signed with the club on Tuesday. Adams will start play in the rookie-level Arizona League beginning Wednesday.

Adams, an outfielder, passed on his commitment to the University of North Carolina to play both football and baseball in order to sign with the Angels. MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis reported that Adams signed for $4.1 million. The slot value of the pick was $3,472,900. Adams went to Green Hope High School in Cary, N.C., and is originally from Blythewood, S.C.

His five-day visit to Orange County included an opportunity to go sightseeing in Southern California for the first time.

And, naturally, a visit to In-N-Out Burger was a necessity for a first-time visitor. Adams, however, wasn't all that impressed. "I walked in thinking that it was gonna be a burger I tasted like I've never tasted before," Adams said. "I kinda compared it to all the other burgers I had. It was good, it was just nothing that stuck out like I thought it would be."

Tweet from @jordynadams10: In-N-Out burger: 7 out of 10 😬

His order, the classic No. 1, a double-double, fries and a drink, wasn't enough to overtake his favorite burger spots, Five Guys and Cook Out. Adams does regret, however, not ordering his fries "animal style," something he anticipates rectifying in the future.

"Everyone told me afterward that I got my fries ordered the wrong way -- I should've gotten it 'animal style' instead," Adams said. "It's a learning process. It was my first time there. I'll definitely eat [In-N-Out] more and give a little more of an update."

Video: ARI@LAA: Adams discusses being drafted by the Angels

He can do plenty of that in Arizona, where there are 31 branches of the esteemed burger joint. There, he'll be rooming with the Angels' second-round pick, Jeremiah Jackson, along with two others.

Jackson and Adams have been friendly since they played on the same team in the 2017 Under Armour All-America Game, and that relationship continued when they were teammates in the East Coast Pro showcase the following month. They were, needless to say, excited when they found out they were drafted by the same professional team.

"It was crazy. We hit each other up," Adams said.

Tweet from @Angels: .@jordynadams10: Inked.Welcome to the family and enjoy The Show! pic.twitter.com/bBusCBvbPv

Together, they spoke to reporters at Angel Stadium before Tuesday's game against the D-backs, and they were already finishing each others' sentences.

"Right when it happened," Jackson finished.

"Yeah," Adams continued. "It was like, wow, over the summer we were just talking about ... "

"Rooming together and everything in Arizona," Jackson finished.

Worth noting
The Angels acquired right-hander Deck McGuire from the Rangers in exchange for cash considerations or a player to be named later, the club announced Tuesday. McGuire has been optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake. To make room on the 40-man roster, catcher Juan Graterol was designated for assignment.

Avery Yang is a reporter for MLB.com.

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Fletcher impresses in Major League debut

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SEATTLE -- It's been quite the week for the Fletcher family.

One day after seeing his younger brother, Dominic, secure a trip to Omaha to play in the College World Series with Arkansas, David Fletcher learned that he'd be heading to Seattle for his first Major League callup with the Angels.

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SEATTLE -- It's been quite the week for the Fletcher family.

One day after seeing his younger brother, Dominic, secure a trip to Omaha to play in the College World Series with Arkansas, David Fletcher learned that he'd be heading to Seattle for his first Major League callup with the Angels.

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"I texted him, 'Congratulations,' and I think he texted me yesterday the same thing," said Fletcher, who started at third base in his MLB debut on Wednesday at Safeco Field vs. the Mariners. "It's an exciting week for both of us."

Fletcher collected his first Major League hit in his second at-bat against Mariners left-hander Marco Gonzales during Wednesday's 8-6 loss to the Mariners, delivering a two-run triple to right-center field to cut Seattle's lead to 4-3 in the fourth.

Video: LAA@SEA: Fletcher rips a 2-run triple for 1st MLB hit

"It was good to get out there and get comfortable," Fletcher said. "They kept the ball for me, which is pretty cool. I think I'm going to go give it to my dad."

Fletcher made his presence felt on defense as well, as he tagged out baserunner Jean Segura at the plate for the final out of the seventh inning.

Video: LAA@SEA: Angels get a key out at home after review

The Mariners challenged the ruling, but the call was upheld following a replay review.

"The throw was a little off-line, and I kind of jumped for it," Fletcher said. "I saw Maldonado leave the plate, and I saw Segura take off, so my instincts took over to go cover the plate." 

The Angels decided to recall Fletcher after Jefry Marte suffered a left wrist sprain on Monday night. Fletcher received the good news on Tuesday afternoon while sitting by the pool with his host family in Salt Lake City. After rushing to the airport, Fletcher landed in Seattle around 6 p.m. PT and headed to Safeco Field.

"Obviously, pretty surprised," Fletcher said. "You can't really predict that."

Fletcher, 24, has been one of the top hitters in the Pacific Coast League this season, batting .350 with a .953 OPS, six home runs, five triples and 35 RBIs over 58 games. Fletcher said he worked with Triple-A Salt Lake hitting coach Donnie Ecker to make some tweaks to his swing and his approach at the plate.

"Just some swing adjustments and a little more intent to drive the baseball," Fletcher said. "That's about it."

A native of Orange, Calif., Fletcher was the Angels' sixth-round Draft pick out of Loyola Marymount in 2015. He is ranked the Angels' No. 21 prospect by MLB Pipeline.

Calhoun to begin rehab assignment
Right fielder Kole Calhoun, who landed on the disabled list on June 2 with a right oblique strain, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Salt Lake on Wednesday night.

"He's feeling much better, and he's ready to go," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Before the injury, Calhoun had endured a rough start to the season, batting just .145 with a .374 OPS and one home run over 50 games. He had 11 walks and 43 strikeouts over that span. Scioscia said the Angels haven't determined how many rehab games Calhoun will need before being activated.

"I think he's been working on adjustments the whole season, trying to get his swing where he wants it, and I think he feels comfortable with that," Scioscia said. "We just want him to go out there and hit and see how he feels and see how it goes."

Chris Young, Michael Hermosillo and Jabari Blash have split time in right field in Calhoun's absence, but the Angels have struggled to get steady production out of the position this year. Angels right fielders have combined to post a .434 OPS in 2018, the lowest mark in the Majors.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Marte (wrist) heads to DL; Fletcher gets callup

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SEATTLE -- The Angels placed infielder Jefry Marte on the 10-day disabled list with a left wrist sprain on Tuesday and called up prospect David Fletcher from Triple-A Salt Lake for his first stint in the Majors. To clear a spot for Fletcher on the 40-man roster, the Angels transferred reliever Blake Wood (Tommy John surgery) to the 60-day disabled list.

Fletcher, a 24-year-old infielder who is ranked the club's No. 21 prospect by MLB Pipeline, has been one of the top hitters in the Pacific Coast League this season, batting .350 with a .953 OPS, six home runs, five triples and 35 RBIs over 58 games. He ranks first in the PCL in hits (89), doubles (25) and runs (55) and third in batting average. A native of Orange, Calif., Fletcher was the Angels' sixth-round Draft pick out of Loyola Marymount in 2015.

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SEATTLE -- The Angels placed infielder Jefry Marte on the 10-day disabled list with a left wrist sprain on Tuesday and called up prospect David Fletcher from Triple-A Salt Lake for his first stint in the Majors. To clear a spot for Fletcher on the 40-man roster, the Angels transferred reliever Blake Wood (Tommy John surgery) to the 60-day disabled list.

Fletcher, a 24-year-old infielder who is ranked the club's No. 21 prospect by MLB Pipeline, has been one of the top hitters in the Pacific Coast League this season, batting .350 with a .953 OPS, six home runs, five triples and 35 RBIs over 58 games. He ranks first in the PCL in hits (89), doubles (25) and runs (55) and third in batting average. A native of Orange, Calif., Fletcher was the Angels' sixth-round Draft pick out of Loyola Marymount in 2015.

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"David's come a long way," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He had a great spring for us for a couple years and really put a lot of things together down in Triple-A. He's doing a lot of things well on the baseball field, and hopefully he'll come up here and contribute."

Video: ARI@LAA: Fletcher ties the game with a two-run triple

Fletcher is a natural second baseman, but he can also play shortstop and third base. A right-handed hitter, Fletcher could platoon with Luis Valbuena at third and draw playing time against left-handed pitchers. He did not start on Tuesday, but he could be in the lineup to face Mariners lefty Marco Gonzales on Wednesday.

"I think he will definitely get some looks, especially against some left-handed pitching," Scioscia said. "He can play a number of positions, so he can fit in. We'll take a look. We'll just take a look at things and see where he can get an opportunity to get some looks."

Marte hurt his wrist after Dee Gordon ran into his glove at first base on Monday night and is currently sporting a splint. The 26-year-old corner infielder was batting .262 with a .752 OPS and three home runs in a reserve role this season. Scioscia said the Angels won't have a sense of how long Marte will be sidelined until he is re-examined by the club's doctors in Southern California.

Marte is the 11th Angel to land on the disabled list this season, joining Shohei Ohtani (right UCL sprain), Kaleb Cowart (left ankle sprain), Andrelton Simmons (right ankle sprain), Kole Calhoun (right oblique strain), Rene Rivera (right knee inflammation), Keynan Middleton (Tommy John surgery), Wood, JC Ramirez (Tommy John surgery), Matt Shoemaker (right forearm strain) and Alex Meyer (right labrum surgery).

The Angels also optioned reliever Eduardo Paredes to clear a roster spot for Jaime Barria, who was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake and started against the Mariners on Tuesday.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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1st pick Adams key to dynamic Halos Draft class

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ANAHEIM -- The Angels' guiding principle coming into the 2018 Draft was to pick up as much raw talent, as much raw athleticism, as they possibly could.

Draft Tracker: Every Angels pick

ANAHEIM -- The Angels' guiding principle coming into the 2018 Draft was to pick up as much raw talent, as much raw athleticism, as they possibly could.

Draft Tracker: Every Angels pick

"I think it's a very common thread of what we're looking for. What we're trying to bring in our organization is guys we can get bigger, faster, stronger -- that we can develop internally," director of scouting Matt Swanson said after the event concluded on Wednesday. "Sometimes it looks like a safer pick, sometimes it looks like a riskier pick, but it's the lens that we look at all of our players through."

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That principle was reflected in their first two selections -- Jordyn Adams at 17th overall and Jeremiah Jackson at No. 57 -- following in the footsteps of their Draft plan last year, when they nabbed outfielder Jo Adell -- now the No. 1 prospect in the Angels organization, according to MLB Pipeline -- with the 10th overall pick.

Angels draft two-sport star Jordyn Adams

Adams, who was committed to play both baseball and football at the University of North Carolina, said he has already agreed to terms with the Angels and expects to travel to Anaheim in the near future to officially sign.

"Very blessed to be in this spot," Adams said. "I'm glad to make it official that I'm going to be part of the Angels organization. I'm ready to go to work."

Angels' top Draft pick Adams agrees to deal

Starting with Round 3 on Day 2 of the Draft, the Angels snagged 11 straight pitching prospects, seven from college, four from high school.

"We took some heat for not taking any [pitchers] on Day 1, so just figured we'd take them all from there on out," Swanson joked. "I think we were pretty intentional on all of our picks, and we felt really comfortable with the two position players on Day 1 and the way the board lined it up was to make a run on pitchers coming up."

Adams shows off dunking skills

Video: Draft 2018: No. 17 pick Adams throws down a dunk

Out of those 11 pitchers, 10 were right handed.

"If they were all left-handed, we [still] would've taken them," Swanson said.

Halos' third-round pick a story of perseverance

Video: Draft 2018: Angels draft RHP Aaron Hernandez No. 93

One of those pitchers selected, William English, is a potential two-way talent. As the one organization that has tried that experiment in the big leagues, with Shohei Ohtani, the Angels are a natural fit for English, who profiles better as a pitcher but wants to play both ways as he develops through the ranks. Swanson said the club has already decided to begin his developmental process as a two-way player.

"Our organization can take a player like that and be patient with him, develop him both ways," Swanson said. "When a player like that is so young and so gifted athletically, I'd hate to pigeonhole him from such a young age into doing one or the other. I think the upside in giving him the opportunity to go out there as a position player and at the same time develop as a pitcher is just a bonus to the kid, and to us."

Because of the regiment that they've undergone with Ohtani, general manager Billy Eppler feels comfortable about the infrastructure the Angels have in place.

"Ultimately, we have a little bit better lens into that right now, so we can put [English] on somewhat of a similar workload program," Eppler said. "He's gonna have to move a lot slower. ... But we can begin to start his development process -- kinda gaining strength and getting ready for that workload. It's something that he asked if we'd be open to having him do, and we said yes."

Angels draft Astros Youth Academy star Nelson

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With their 21st round selection, the Angels selected Christian Reyes, whose school is listed as "No School," as he isn't enrolled in one. Swanson said that their area scout in South Florida, Ralph Reyes, found the 23-year-old while he was pitching in a Sunday league.

"We brought him to a workout, he was up to 98 in our workout and we made him our Draft pick," Swanson said. "I think there's a lot of excitement. It's a very old school way of scouting a player, where there's so much information these days, and our scout outworked 29 other teams and signed a player with a really good arm."

Overall, Swanson is excited to bring so many ballplayers from so many backgrounds into the Angels family.

"I'm really excited about all the players that we were able to get," Swanson said. "It's exciting to see the process come together. We got players from all different backgrounds, and they all ended up being Angels Draft picks, so I think we're all excited about it."

Avery Yang is a reporter for MLB.com based in Anaheim.

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Angels draft Astros Youth Academy star Nelson

Center fielder fulfills promise made to mother before her death
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HOUSTON -- Daryl Wade almost missed the call that sent him to his truck so he could cry privately.

Late Tuesday night, after orchestrating summer camps and games at the Astros' Youth Academy, Wade had already showered and fallen asleep on the couch.

HOUSTON -- Daryl Wade almost missed the call that sent him to his truck so he could cry privately.

Late Tuesday night, after orchestrating summer camps and games at the Astros' Youth Academy, Wade had already showered and fallen asleep on the couch.

Then Drevian Nelson called.

"And then my phone rang. It was him," said Wade, the director of the Astros' Youth Academy. "He said, 'Coach, coach, they told me they're going to be calling tomorrow.'"

With their 14th-round selection in the 2018 MLB Draft, the Angels selected Nelson with the 421st overall selection, fulfilling a promise made to his late mother.

Nelson's story -- which he told in a 2017 award-winning essay under the "Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life" program, a baseball-themed education program developed by Major League Baseball and Sharon Robinson, Jackie Robinson's daughter and MLB educational consultant -- was written as a testimony for how baseball can help a fractured life while inspiring others.

"After she passed, it was a struggle," said Nelson, a center fielder from North Shore High School, on Wednesday. "I promised her I would play Major League Baseball someday. Ever since then, I never stopped working."

"I know this is my passion. This is my purpose and this is what I've got to do in order to be able to let her know that I appreciate everything she did while she was here and that it's going to pay off."

As Nelson wrote in the essay, his mother, Donna Yvette Williams, died of cancer when he was 11 years old on June 7, 2011. Nelson, now 18, was selected by the Angels a day before the seventh anniversary of her passing.

"I really got to see what that kid had been through, and it made me even closer to him," Wade said. "You can hear about kids' parents passing away. But when you really go through it step by step with what he went through, it made me closer to him. From then on, it was just like he was my other son."

Shortly after being drafted on Wednesday, Nelson, who will wear pink wristbands and accessories while playing to pay tribute to his late mother, tweeted: "MOMMA I DID IT"

Tweet from @DrevianNelson24: MOMMA I DID IT🙏🙏🙏 https://t.co/UGN7AYmIjE

Earlier this year while funneling through boxes of sneakers given to the Youth Academy, Wade found two sets of pink shoes in Nelson's size.

Wade texted Nelson a photo of the shoes.

"You want these shoes?" he asked.

Nelson hustled over and picked up the shoes.

"He must've thanked me six times," Wade said. "'Thank you, coach. Thank you, coach.' He's just a great young man.

"I'm happy for him. I'm happy for his mom. I know she's not here. But as a father myself, you want the best for your kids even after you're gone."

Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston.

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Halos' third-round pick a story of perseverance

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ace Hernandez leads Day 2 picks
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ANAHEIM -- After drafting two high-school position players on Day 1 of the Draft, the Angels took seven right-handed college pitchers among their eight selections for Rounds 3-10 on Tuesday.

Draft Tracker: Follow every Angels Draft pick

ANAHEIM -- After drafting two high-school position players on Day 1 of the Draft, the Angels took seven right-handed college pitchers among their eight selections for Rounds 3-10 on Tuesday.

Draft Tracker: Follow every Angels Draft pick

The Draft concludes on Wednesday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 9 a.m. PT.

Round 3: RHP Aaron Hernandez, 21, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Hernandez missed the 2017 season for academic reasons, but bounced back to have a solid 2018, posting 4.45 ERA with a 102/41 strikeout to walk ratio over 14 starts as the ace of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's rotation. His comeback was tough, and coach Scott Malone wasn't sure Hernandez would return.

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"I was down, call it what it was, I was disappointed," Malone said.

Hernandez failed two classes, and Malone was at the point where he did not want Hernandez back. When Corpus Christi's pitching coach suggested Malone allow Hernandez to return, he had a terse response.

"For what? Forget that guy, man," Malone said.

But after sleeping on it, Malone knew he would have to serve as a mentor, a guiding light for a young man with so much talent. In a small town like Corpus Christi, word travels fast.

"You go out to dinner, and the guy serving me dinner tells me, 'Hernandez better be making his grades, or I'll whip his tail,'" Malone said. "He's a borderline celebrity in our town, and to have an entire year off the radar was very humbling for a 20-year-old kid."

Malone said the ordeal ultimately helped Hernandez grow as a person.

"It humbled him, it changed his demeanor," Malone said. "He became more of a leader for us. I think our guys looked up to him a little bit more because of what he had been through."

Angels draft two-sport star Jordyn Adams
Angels' top Draft pick Adams agrees to deal

Through it all, Hernandez persevered, remaining with the school when he could have transferred, and he showcased the stuff that made him the No. 93 overall pick on Tuesday.

And that stuff is electric. Hernandez's repertoire is highlighted by his fastball, which ranges from 92-98 mph with sink. He also has three offspeed pitches that are regarded as above-average.

"That's what's made him, obviously, a third-round pick for the Angels," Malone said. "He's throwing 96, 98, throwing a tight slider for strikes, and he's still got an above-average changeup.

"But I knew that he was gonna have nights when his slider was his best pitch, like he did in a home game against UC Santa Barbara, when he struck out 12 or 13. ... Andrew Checketts [head coach of UC Santa Barbara], who has been to a College World Series, point blank told me, 'Malone, that's hands down the best starter we're going to see all year.' That's a pretty high comment for him to make the second week of the season." 

Round 4: RHP Kyle Bradish, 21, New Mexico State
Bradish is the highest drafted prospect out of New Mexico State in the program's history.

"Another special day in putting the finishing touches on a special season for Aggie baseball," head coach Brian Green said in a statement. "Congrats to Kyle and the Bradish family. Absolutely tremendous people and Kyle has beyond earned this opportunity."

His best pitch is the fastball, which sits at 90-94 mph, and he has a solid curveball and changeup to go with it. In 17 starts this season, Bradish has posted a 2.67 ERA with 140 strikeouts.

Round 5: RHP/OF William English, 17, Western International High School (Detroit)
English is listed as an outfielder and right-handed pitcher, making him a potential two-way player in an organization that already showcases phenom Shohei Ohtani.

"I think if any organization is open to it, it's us," director of scouting Matt Swanson said. "I think you're starting to see an evolution of organizations who are open to drafting a player like that and just saying, 'We'll see. We'll just develop you and see where your path takes you.'"

English is committed to Tennessee and was the 2018 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American (Central - All Region 1st Team).

Round 6: RHR Austin Warren, 22, UNC Wilmington
Warren is 8-0 on the season with a 1.75 ERA and two saves over 51 1/3 innings in 28 appearances in relief.

In his team's CAA Tournament, Warren threw 57 pitches in relief on Friday before going back out to pitch the final three innings of Saturday night's championship, striking out five and allowing no runs to earn his second save of the tournament.

Round 7: RHR Andrew Wantz, 22, UNC Greensboro
Wantz, a right-handed closer from Holly Springs, N.C., had 19 career saves for UNC Greensboro, tying a program record. He struck out 278 batters and had a 3.80 ERA -- with two All-conference honors -- over his three seasons with the Spartans. This season, he went 6-0 with a 2.95 ERA over 26 relief appearances, with 10 saves and an 81/18 strikeout to walk ratio.

Round 8: RHR Tyler Smith, 22, Canisius College
Smith anticipated being drafted in 2017, but he wasn't. So he was especially relieved when he heard his name called in the eighth round on Tuesday.

"It's an absolute honor," Smith told TribLive. "I'm blessed beyond words."

Smith has gone 2-3 with a 0.98 ERA over 25 relief appearances with 10 saves for his junior college this season.

Round 9: RHS Jake Lee, 22, Oakland University
Lee, from Highland, Mich., tossed a one-hit complete game earlier this season, breaking a program record with a career-best 14 strikeouts in Oakland's victory over UIC in March. This season, he has gone 7-4 with a 4.54 over 13 starts and 75 1/3 innings, with a 112/35 strikeout to walk ratio.

Round 10: RHR Ben Morrison, 23, Western Kentucky University
Morrison missed the 2016 season with a torn labrum, something that actually was a bit of a blessing in disguise. Morrison, a biology major and pre-med student, said that the experience helped him intensify his interest in medicine, according to Western Kentucky University. It's something he wants to pursue later in his career -- to help athletes through their injuries.

As the team's closer this season, he went 3-4 for a 2.21 ERA, with seven saves over 36 2/3 innings in 19 relief appearances.

Avery Yang is a reporter for MLB.com based in Anaheim.

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Angels' top Draft pick Adams agrees to deal

'I'm glad to make it official that I'm going to be part of the Angels organization'
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ANAHEIM -- Jordyn Adams won't graduate from Green Hope High School in Cary, N.C., until next Wednesday, but he's already ready to begin the next chapter of his life with the Angels.

Adams, an 18-year-old outfielder who was drafted by the Angels with the 17th overall pick on Monday night, said he has already agreed to terms with the club and expects to travel to Los Angeles in the coming days to officially sign. The slot value for his pick is $3,472,900.

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ANAHEIM -- Jordyn Adams won't graduate from Green Hope High School in Cary, N.C., until next Wednesday, but he's already ready to begin the next chapter of his life with the Angels.

Adams, an 18-year-old outfielder who was drafted by the Angels with the 17th overall pick on Monday night, said he has already agreed to terms with the club and expects to travel to Los Angeles in the coming days to officially sign. The slot value for his pick is $3,472,900.

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"I feel really good," Adams said Tuesday during a conference call with reporters. "Very blessed to be in this spot. I'm glad to make it official that I'm going to be part of the Angels organization. I'm ready to go to work."

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A two-sport star, Adams has a scholarship to play football and baseball at North Carolina, but he plans to forgo that commitment to begin his professional career with the Angels. Though his father, Deke, is the defensive line coach for the Tar Heels, Adams said his family fully supports his decision to stick with baseball.

"He was behind me every step of the way," Adams said. "He was proud of me. He made it clear since all this started that what's best for me is what's best for him. He's always been that kind of parent, been behind me, to find the best position for me."

Watch Adams show off his dunking skills

Adams was a four-star wide receiver recruit, but he said he has a longer history playing baseball. A right-handed hitter, Adams batted .453 with five doubles, three triples, a home run and 15 RBIs during his senior season at Green Hope.

"I played baseball my whole life," Adams said. "The opportunity to get better overall as a baseball player was very big for me, stuck out. I felt I couldn't pass up the opportunity presented to me right now."

Video: Draft 2018: Angels draft OF Jordyn Adams No. 17

Worth noting

Albert Pujols, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs on Monday, received a "recharge" day and was not in the lineup against the Royals on Tuesday. Mike Trout also received a partial day off, starting at designated hitter in Pujols' place.

"There's a lot of different things we're looking at," manager Mike Scioscia said. "You need to catch your breath a little bit, and that's what we're doing."

With Pujols out of the lineup, the Angels moved Andrelton Simmons up to the No. 2 spot, ahead of Trout and Justin Upton, but Scioscia seemed to indicate that the change was temporary.

"That's just a function of what the lineup is today," Scioscia said.

Simmons entered Tuesday batting .330 with an .857 OPS, but the Angels have preferred to keep his bat in the middle of the order to give him more opportunities to hit with runners on base.

• The Angels optioned infielder Kaleb Cowart to Triple-A Salt Lake and recalled right-hander Eduardo Paredes on Tuesday to amplify their bullpen depth. The club is currently carrying eight relievers on its roster.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Angels draft two-sport star Jordyn Adams

UNC football commit taken 17th overall; Halos add prep SS at No. 37
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ANAHEIM -- For the second straight year, the Angels used their first-round Draft pick on a high school outfielder, taking Jordyn Adams with the 17th overall selection on Monday night.

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ANAHEIM -- For the second straight year, the Angels used their first-round Draft pick on a high school outfielder, taking Jordyn Adams with the 17th overall selection on Monday night.

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Adams, 18, is a two-sport standout from Green Hope High School in Cary, N.C., and he's committed to play football and baseball at North Carolina, where his father, Deke, is the defensive line coach. Scouting director Matt Swanson said the Angels don't expect to have any issues signing Adams, who is a four-star wide receiver recruit but has a longer history playing baseball. The slot value for the 17th overall pick is $3,472,900.

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Listed at 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, Adams hit .453 with five doubles, three triples, a home run and 15 RBIs during his senior season at Green Hope.

"The first thing that jumps out is his athleticism," Swanson said. "If you've looked at our last couple Drafts, that's kind of the common thread in what we're trying to do. Jordyn is somebody who is big and fast and strong. Somebody we can just continue to mold."

The Angels have developed an affinity for using their early-round picks on players with high athletic upside, as they also drafted outfielder Jo Adell with the 10th overall pick in 2017. Adell, 19, has already climbed to Class A Advanced Inland Empire and is ranked the club's No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline.

Florida right-hander Brady Singer, a polished college arm who was ranked No. 2 among MLB Pipeline's Top 200 Draft prospects, was still on the board when the Angels made their first-round selection, but Swanson said Adams had been their target for months.

"When we feel like we can grab somebody like Jordyn and infuse our organization with talent such as his, that's tremendous upside and tremendous athleticism, you take that," Swanson said. "You take it, and you bring that in. I think it's just another very exciting pick for us."

Video: KC@LAA: Angels broadcast on drafting Adams at No. 17

A right-handed bat, Adams was ranked No. 37 on MLB Pipeline's Top 200 Draft prospects, and he's projected to develop into a solid hitter with the potential to hit 15-20 home runs per year. He also possesses top-of-the-scale speed, which could allow him to become a premier basestealer and defender in center field.

Adams' athletic talents seem to extend beyond football and baseball, as a video of him throwing down an incredible dunk quickly made the rounds on social media after he was drafted.

Watch Angels Draft pick's posterizing dunk

"We stumbled upon that video in about March or April," Swanson said. "I can't even begin to imagine how many times that video has been played by Angels employees, but it's a lot."

Video: Draft 2018: Angels draft SS Jeremiah Jackson No. 57

The Angels stayed within the high schools ranks for their second-round pick, drafting shortstop Jeremiah Jackson out of St. Luke's Episcopal High School in Mobile, Ala., with the 57th overall selection. Jackson, 18, is the first high school middle infielder from Alabama to be selected within the first three rounds of the Draft since Bo Jackson was taken in the second round by the Yankees in 1982.

The Angels hadn't used their first two picks on high school players since 2010, when they took infielder Kaleb Cowart (18th overall) and right-hander Cam Bedrosian (29th overall).

"Jeremiah was another player that we scouted really heavily," Swanson said. "We were thrilled that he was there when we wrapped around into the second round. J.T. Zink, our area scout, did a phenomenal job staying on him and knowing the family and knowing the kid. Very comfortable with him as a person, but also as a baseball player. I don't think he should get lost in the shuffle of being our second pick, because we felt very passionately about him and what he's going to bring into our organization as well."

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Jackson batted .644 with nine doubles, four triples, 15 home runs and 49 RBIs during his senior season at St. Luke's. He also made 12 appearances as a pitcher this year, going 3-1 with a 2.55 ERA and 42 strikeouts.

Jackson, a Mississippi State recruit, is an advanced hitter with solid arm strength, but his lack of a quick first step has led some scouts to believe that he'll end up shifting to second base. Swanson, for his part, said the Angels envision him sticking at shortstop.

"Our scouts have valued him there, and we made the pick with the intention of developing him as a shortstop," Swanson said. "He's given us no indication that he shouldn't stay there long term."

The Draft continues on Tuesday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com preview show begins at 9:30 a.m. PT, with exclusive coverage beginning at 10 a.m.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Angels look to bolster farm with 17th overall pick

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The Angels received a significant boost in young talent last year after acquiring Shohei Ohtani, Kevin Maitan and Jo Adell, replenishing a farm system that had previously been considered among the worst in the Majors. Ohtani has already shed his prospect status, but his graduation has not diminished the excitement about the next wave of impact players who are rising quickly through the Angels' improving Minor League system.

They'll look to add more promising young players this week during the 2018 MLB Draft.

The Angels received a significant boost in young talent last year after acquiring Shohei Ohtani, Kevin Maitan and Jo Adell, replenishing a farm system that had previously been considered among the worst in the Majors. Ohtani has already shed his prospect status, but his graduation has not diminished the excitement about the next wave of impact players who are rising quickly through the Angels' improving Minor League system.

They'll look to add more promising young players this week during the 2018 MLB Draft.

The 2018 Draft will take place today through Wednesday, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com today at 3 p.m. PT. MLB Network will broadcast the first 43 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 78 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, with a preview show beginning at 9:30 a.m. PT. Then on Day 3, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com beginning at 9 a.m. PT.

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Go to mlb.com/draft to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from MLB Pipeline analysts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, the complete order of selection and more. And follow @MLBDraft on Twitter to see what Draft hopefuls, clubs and experts are saying.

Here's how the Draft is shaping up for the Angels, whose first selection is the 17th overall pick.

In about 50 words
After years of decline, the Angels' farm system is on the rise again and brimming with high-end athletes who are rising quickly through the lower levels.

"I feel good about the growth in that system," general manager Billy Eppler said recently.

The scoop
Amateur scouting director Matt Swanson will oversee his second Draft with the Angels after joining the organization in August 2016. Last year, the Angels selected Adell, a prep outfielder, with the 10th overall pick. Adell, 19, is considered the Angels' No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline.

Video: Top Prospects: Jo Adell, OF, Angels

First-round buzz
Callis has the Angels taking Loretto High School (Tenn.) left-hander Ryan Weathers with their first-round pick in his most recent mock draft. The Angels have also shown interest in Green Hope High School (N.C.) outfielder Jordyn Adams, who has committed to play wide receiver at the University of North Carolina, and Georgia prep right-hander Ethan Hankins, per Callis.

Video: Draft Report: Ryan Weathers, High School pitcher

Money matters
Each pick in the first 10 rounds has an assigned value, and the total for each of a club's selections equals what it can spend in those rounds without incurring a penalty. Any bonus money above $125,000 given to an individual player picked in rounds 11-40 also counts against a team's allotment. If a player selected in the first 10 rounds doesn't sign, his pick's value is subtracted from his club's pool. If a team exceeds its allotment, it faces a penalty.

A team that outspends its pool by 0-5 percent pays a 75 percent tax on the overage. At higher thresholds, clubs lose future picks: a first-rounder and a 75 percent tax for surpassing the pool by 5-10 percent; a first- and a second-rounder and a 100 percent tax for 10-15 percent; and two first-rounders and a 100 percent tax for more than 15 percent.

This year, the Angels will have a bonus pool of $6,984,400 for the first 10 rounds. Their 17th overall pick has an assigned value of $3,472,900.

Shopping list
Though the farm system has improved considerably in recent years, the Angels are still short on high-ceiling infield prospects. They took a step toward filling that void by nabbing former Braves prospects Maitan and Livan Soto over the offseason and converting Jahmai Jones into a second baseman, but they could look to replenish their ranks even further during the Draft.

Video: Top Prospects: Kevin Maitan, SS, Angels

Trend watch
The Angels have gravitated more toward taking toolsy prep players with high upside in the earlier rounds in recent years. In addition to Adell last year, they selected outfielder Brandon Marsh with their second-round pick in 2016. Adell and Marsh are considered top 100 prospects and have progressed to Class A Advanced Inland Empire this season.

Rising fast
Right-hander Griffin Canning was the Angels' second-round pick out of UCLA in 2017 and has quickly emerged as one of the organization's brightest pitching prospects. Canning didn't pitch last summer due to concerns about his workload in college, but he's looked very impressive this season, starting two combined no-hitters and logging a 1.49 ERA over 36 1/3 innings in eight starts between Inland Empire and Double-A Mobile. The 22-year-old is rated the Angels' No. 7 prospect by MLB Pipeline.

Video: Top Prospects: Griffin Canning, RHP, Angels

Cinderella story
Matt Shoemaker went undrafted in 2008 before the Angels signed him as a free agent for $10,000. Defying the odds, Shoemaker rose through the Minor League system and broke into the Majors in 2013. He's become a key contributor to the Angels' rotation since, though he's been limited to only one start this season because of a right forearm issue.

In The Show
Eleven members of the current 40-man roster were originally Angels Draft selections: Mike Trout (2009, 1st round), Kole Calhoun ('10, 8th round), Tyler Skaggs ('09, 1st round), Garrett Richards ('09, 1st round), Cam Bedrosian ('10, 1st round), Martin Maldonado ('04, 27th round), Justin Anderson ('14, 14th round), Keynan Middleton ('13, 3rd round), Kaleb Cowart ('10, 1st round), Jake Jewell ('14, 5th round) and Michael Hermosillo ('13, 28th round).

The Angels' recent top picks
2017: Jo Adell, OF (Class A Advanced)
2016: Matt Thaiss, 1B (Triple-A)
2015: Taylor Ward, 3B (injured, Double-A)
2014: Sean Newcomb, LHP (Braves)
2013: Hunter Green, RHP (retired)

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Wood to seek second opinion on injured UCL

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TORONTO -- Less than a week after learning that they would lose right-hander Keynan Middleton to season-ending Tommy John surgery, the Angels received more bad news about another key reliever. Right-hander Blake Wood underwent an MRI exam on Monday that revealed damage to his ulnar collateral ligament and will seek a second option before deciding on a course of treatment.

Wood, 32, was originally placed on the disabled list with a right elbow posterior impingement on April 23, but he appeared to be on the verge of rejoining the Angels after making three rehab appearances with Class A Advanced Inland Empire last week. Still, the Angels were concerned about how Wood was recovering between outings, which prompted them to order the MRI that showed the damaged UCL. Wood previously underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012.

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TORONTO -- Less than a week after learning that they would lose right-hander Keynan Middleton to season-ending Tommy John surgery, the Angels received more bad news about another key reliever. Right-hander Blake Wood underwent an MRI exam on Monday that revealed damage to his ulnar collateral ligament and will seek a second option before deciding on a course of treatment.

Wood, 32, was originally placed on the disabled list with a right elbow posterior impingement on April 23, but he appeared to be on the verge of rejoining the Angels after making three rehab appearances with Class A Advanced Inland Empire last week. Still, the Angels were concerned about how Wood was recovering between outings, which prompted them to order the MRI that showed the damaged UCL. Wood previously underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012.

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"It's a tough situation, obviously," general manager Billy Eppler said Tuesday. "He comes back and he's throwing hard in his rehab assignment, but he just wasn't getting the recovery, so it kind of made us scratch our heads a little bit. Got him imaged, and that image showed a tear on the graft from his previous Tommy John surgery. We'll see. He's going to go and have a follow-up appointment and see what the options for plan of care are."

Wood had been one of the Angels' steadiest back-end relievers prior to the injury, logging a 2.31 ERA over 11 2/3 innings in 13 appearances this season. He is the third Angels pitcher to suffer a UCL injury this season, joining right-hander JC Ramirez and Middleton, who was scheduled to have his Tommy John surgery performed Tuesday by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

"It's a shame," manager Mike Scioscia said of Wood. "We'll get an indication of exactly what's happening here as he continues to get more tests. But he's worked very hard and was throwing the ball very well. We'll just keep our fingers crossed."

The loss of Wood and Middleton has created a bit of a void at the back end of the Angels' bullpen, which has posted a 5.37 ERA in May, the third-highest mark in the Majors. Will those injuries motivate Eppler to seek out relief help?

"I'm always open-minded to help, whether it's run scoring, run prevention," Eppler said. "I don't carry any bias on whatever can help."

Cozart still against 'bullpenning'

Zack Cozart sparked some debate Sunday after coming out strongly against the Rays' decision to start right-handed reliever Sergio Romo in back-to-back games in their series against the Angels over the weekend. Cozart expanded his argument against the practice on Tuesday, expressing concern that the strategy could ultimately depress salaries for starting pitchers.

"The biggest thing that I was trying to get across is I feel like teams have an ulterior motive when they're doing this," Cozart said. "Less starting pitching means you don't have to pay guys as much. I don't want baseball to go in that direction because of the money.

"I'm not saying I don't see their side of it," he continued. "I get it. We have a lot of righties in the lineup. They didn't want to start the lefty and Romo is usually pretty good versus righties. It's not like I don't get it. I just don't want to get where guys aren't getting paid as much because there's a ton of bullpen guys coming in one after another, and then all of the sudden there's one or two guys on the staff who start."

Ohtani vs. Tanaka

Scioscia said that the Angels are expecting Shohei Ohtani to make his next pitching appearance Sunday against the Yankees in New York. That would likely set up a matchup between Ohtani and fellow Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka.

"I'm sure there will be a lot of interest, obviously, because of the uniqueness of it," Scioscia said. "But we're going to focus on our team, our pitching."

Moving on up

Several notable Angels prospects have received promotions: Outfielder Jo Adell, the Angels' first-round Draft pick in 2017 and No. 1 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, is moving to Class A Advanced Inland Empire; infielder Luis Rengifo and outfielder Brandon Sandoval are moving to Double-A Mobile; and left-hander Jose Suarez (No. 11) and first baseman Matt Thaiss (No. 8) are moving to Triple-A Salt Lake. Third baseman Taylor Ward (No. 13) is also slated to be promoted to Salt Lake, but he suffered a finger injury while packing and was placed on the Double-A disabled list.

Worth noting

Matt Shoemaker (right forearm strain) visited nerve specialist Dr. Susan Mackinnon in St. Louis for a follow-up appointment on Monday and is scheduled to see her again on Wednesday, according to Eppler.

• The Angels have requested unconditional-release waivers on infielder Ryan Schimpf, who is currently on the Salt Lake roster.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Halos walk off Twins after Ohtani's 11-K start

Phenom sets Angels record with 43 strikeouts through 6 outings
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ANAHEIM -- Shohei Ohtani didn't come away with the win, but his brilliant effort didn't go for naught, as Zack Cozart delivered a walk-off single to lift the Angels to a 2-1 win over the Twins in Sunday afternoon's series finale at Angel Stadium.

With the game tied, 1-1, in the bottom of the ninth, Chris Young reached on a hit-by-pitch, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Martin Maldonado and scored the winning run on Cozart's single to left field off Twins reliever Zach Duke. The Angels (24-16) secured a split of the four-game series and improved to 8-4 in May with the win.

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ANAHEIM -- Shohei Ohtani didn't come away with the win, but his brilliant effort didn't go for naught, as Zack Cozart delivered a walk-off single to lift the Angels to a 2-1 win over the Twins in Sunday afternoon's series finale at Angel Stadium.

With the game tied, 1-1, in the bottom of the ninth, Chris Young reached on a hit-by-pitch, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Martin Maldonado and scored the winning run on Cozart's single to left field off Twins reliever Zach Duke. The Angels (24-16) secured a split of the four-game series and improved to 8-4 in May with the win.

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"We had two tough games, but the group of guys in there know to turn the page," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We saw two really good arms out there, but fortunately for us, we got through that. It was a good game. Our guys grinded it out."

The Angels' rally ensured that they didn't waste a gem from Ohtani, who struck out 11 over 6 1/3 innings. Ohtani carried a shutout into the seventh inning, but he departed after issuing a one-out walk to Logan Morrison. Cam Bedrosian was summoned to relieve Ohtani with the Angels clinging to a 1-0 lead, but he gave up a single to Robbie Grossman to put runners on the corners for the Twins. Joe Mauer then tied the game with a pinch-hit RBI single, leaving Ohtani with a no-decision.

He was charged with one run on three singles and two walks while throwing 103 pitches in his first start at home since April 17. He induced 20 swinging strikes -- eight with his slider -- while also locating his upper-90s fastball and nasty splitter, skillfully overpowering the Twins' lineup for much of the afternoon.

Video: MIN@LAA: Ohtani K's 11 over 6 1/3 terrific innings

Ohtani was so impressive that Scioscia felt the need to correct a reporter who described the start as "solid" during his postgame news conference.

"That was a pretty phenomenal start, not a solid start," Scioscia said. "That was phenomenal. His stuff is electric. I think just his presence in a tight ballgame was what Shohei is about. He's going to go out there and make pitches. He used all his pitches and probably had another handful in his back pocket, but that was a stretch for him to go out there for any more this afternoon."

Ohtani now has 43 strikeouts, setting an Angels record through a pitcher's first six games. The previous mark had been 38, set by Bo Belinsky in 1962. The 23-year-old two-way phenom has a 3.58 ERA over 32 2/3 innings as a pitcher and has batted .348 with a 1.044 OPS with five home runs and 16 RBIs this season.

Video: MIN@LAA: Cozart, Scioscia on Angels' walk-off win

"He was really good," said Morrison, who reached base three times against Ohtani. "He's only 23 years old and is going to get better. I think he's doing something that nobody has probably ever done, and it might be a long time before you see it again. There's another guy in that clubhouse who is a really good player, but to me, with what [Ohtani] does on the mound and with the bat, he's probably the best player in the world."

Brian Dozier led off the game by bouncing a grounder down the third-base line that got past Cozart, though Andrelton Simmons alertly corralled the ball and fired to Ian Kinsler to hold Dozier to a single. Ohtani then induced a potential double-play ball from Max Kepler, but Kinsler bobbled the grounder and managed to only get the out at first base. Still, Ohtani subsequently struck out Eduardo Escobar swinging and coaxed a groundout from Eddie Rosario to leave Dozier stranded.

Ohtani faced little trouble the rest of the way. He retired 12 of the next 14 batters he faced -- allowing only a pair of singles to Morrison -- and struck out the side twice. In the third, Ohtani spotted a 98.5 mph fastball on the outside corner for a called third strike against Bobby Wilson. He then whiffed Dozier on a splitter before getting Kepler to flail at a curveball, completing an efficient 12-pitch inning.

"I think that's one of my biggest strengths, being able to mix in my four pitches and try to keep the hitters off balance," Ohtani said through interpreter Ippei Mizuhara. "Of course, it depends on which team and which batter I'm facing. I study the reports pregame, and try to mix in pitches and try to keep them off balance."

Video: MIN@LAA: Ohtani K's Kepler for 6th straight strikeout

Ohtani took the mound in the sixth with a 1-0 lead after Maldonado doubled and scored on a forceout by Justin Upton, but the command wasn't as crisp. Ohtani issued a leadoff walk to Dozier, who advanced to second on a wild pitch to give the Twins their first runner in scoring position since the first inning.

Kepler followed by flying out to right field, and Kole Calhoun made a strong throw back into the infield to hold Dozier at second. After a groundout by Escobar, Ohtani struck out Rosario swinging on a diving splitter to emerge unscathed, pumping his chest in an outward show of emotion as he walked off the field.

Despite Ohtani's tremendous success, the Angels have been conservative with his workload and have kept him on a once-a-week pitching schedule. The Angels hope that he'll eventually be able to pitch every sixth day instead of every seventh day, but they don't see that schedule change as imminent.

"In the big picture of where I think we will need to be with our rotation, it's going to be very helpful if he can come back and pitch on that sixth day," Scioscia said before the game. "He feels good, but it's something we certainly don't want to do prematurely. We'll look at some things and see when it's a possibility."

Video: MIN@LAA: Cozart talks walk-off single, gets showered

Ohtani said he's been bouncing back well and is open to pitching on shorter rest at some point this season.

"My body feels great physically," Ohtani said. "Everything's going great. The six days' rest I'm getting right now, I'm getting used to the rhythm and flow of that, but if there's a time that comes where I need to go on five days' rest, then I'll have to make some adjustments. Once again, that's not up to me. It's going to be up to the team. I just have to wait for them to make that decision."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Angels snap Romero's scoreless streak: The Angels were blanked through the first four innings by Twins rookie Fernando Romero before scratching a run across in the fifth. Maldonado, who entered Sunday batting .545 (12-for-22) in May, led off the inning with a double, advanced to third on Cozart's single and scored after Upton beat out a potential double-play grounder to give the Angels a 1-0 lead. The run snapped Romero's streak of 15 2/3 scoreless innings to start his career.

Video: MIN@LAA: Upton plates Maldonado on RBI forceout

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Ehire Adrianza tried to score from first on Grossman's double into the right-center field gap in the top of the ninth, but he was thrown out at the plate on a great relay throw by the Angels. Mike Trout fielded the ball and threw in to Kinsler, who fired to Maldonado in time to nab Adrianza and keep the score tied, 1-1. The Twins challenged the ruling, but the call was confirmed following a replay review.

"You just try to put the best throw on the bag you can and hope for the best," Kinsler said.

Video: MIN@LAA: Trout, Kinsler nab Adrianza at the plate

Added Scioscia: "That's a huge play, Adrianza could really run and just a clean relay. 'Kins' got rid of it quickly -- a little bit to the first-base side of the plate -- but Martin did a textbook of how to get the ball back to the other side of the plate and made a great tag."

MIDDLETON DEPARTS
Keynan Middleton came in to pitch the eighth and retired the first two batters, but Scioscia and trainer Adam Nevala then came out to the mound to check on him after he threw a 93 mph fastball high to Rosario. Middleton, who returned from the disabled list on Thursday after dealing with right elbow inflammation, exited the game with discomfort in the elbow and was replaced by Jim Johnson. Middleton will undergo an MRI on Monday, according to Scioscia. More >>

SOUND SMART
Ohtani, who racked up a career-high 12 strikeouts in his second start of the season against the A's on April 8, is the fourth Angels rookie to record at least 10 strikeouts as a pitcher in multiple outings, joining Frank Tanana (1974), Belinsky (1962) and Ken McBride (1961).

HE SAID IT
"When he's on the mound, you forget that he's a hitter. You forget that he's our five-hole guy that can smash homers. And when he's jogging around the bases after a home run, you kind of forget that he's one of our best pitchers. It's a unique situation, and he's obviously been extremely successful. It's fun to watch." -- Kinsler, on Ohtani

Video: MIN@LAA: Scioscia on Ohtani's solid start in victory

UP NEXT
The Angels will continue their 11-game homestand by opening a three-game set against the Astros on Monday at 7:07 p.m. PT at Angel Stadium. Left-hander Andrew Heaney (1-2, 4.78 ERA) will square off with Houston right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. (5-1, 3.72) in the series opener. After allowing 11 runs over 9 1/3 innings in his first two starts of the season, Heaney has a 2.12 ERA over his past three outings. He is set to face the Astros for the first time since Sept. 13, 2015.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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