Angels hope Draft class revitalizes system

Club selected 24 pitchers among 40 selections

June 15th, 2017

ANAHEIM -- As he prepared to oversee his first MLB Draft with the Angels, new amateur scouting director Matt Swanson decided to establish a mold for the type of players he wanted his scouts to target, one that focused on two key attributes: athleticism and upside.

Those qualities connect all 40 of the Angels' selections in the 2017 Draft, which concluded Wednesday. "We want to bring athletes into the organization," Swanson said. "Guys we can mold and sit on and be patient with and look up three to five years from now and be really, really excited."

Operating under that vision, the Angels primarily stockpiled pitchers over the three days of the Draft, landing a total of 24 hurlers from both the college and high school ranks. Rounding out their haul were nine outfielders, including first-round pick Jordon Adell, four infielders and two catchers.

"Obviously at times we went really pitcher-heavy," Swanson said. "To the point where we had to take a step back and make sure we were bringing position players and especially middle infielders into the organization as well. But I think about what we did, and the directive that we had hoped to kind of set out, and I feel like we really accomplished it."

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The Angels are in dire need of an injection of talent into their farm system, and they hope that this year's Draft class will mark the beginning of a revitalization. Most of that optimism centers around Adell, who starred for Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky., before being taken by the Angels with the 10th overall pick.

The 18-year-old offers one of the best power-speed combinations in this Draft and has the potential to be a "perennial All-Star," according to Swanson. Adell tweeted Wednesday that he had landed in Los Angeles, though Swanson said the Angels have not yet agreed to terms with him.

"I think it's part of the get him out here and just finalize some terms," Swanson said.

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The Angels are also high on second-round pick Griffin Canning, the right-handed ace out of UCLA. Of all the Halos' Draft picks, Canning is likely the closest to the big leagues, though Swanson said the Halos would monitor his workload this summer given his heavy usage at UCLA.

"I think he's somebody that when the time is right, we can push and get him going," Swanson said.

One of the Angels' most notable Day 3 selections was left-hander Peyton Glavine (37th round), the son of Hall of Famer Tom Glavine. The younger Glavine attended Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell, Ga., and has a commitment to Auburn. One day after selecting high school right-hander Joseph Booker in the fifth round, the Halos also landed his batterymate, catcher Hunter Brittain, with their 15th-round pick. Booker and Brittain are products of T.R. Miller High School in Brewton, Ala., and have commitments to the University of South Alabama.

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Swanson said he was particularly excited about snagging Creighton right-hander Keith Rogalla (12th round) and Samford University left fielder Kevin Williams (13th round) on Wednesday. Rogalla, listed at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, logged a 4.54 ERA with 70 strikeouts and 35 walks over 71 1/3 innings in 12 starts this season. The 5-foot-11, 191-pound Williams batted .256 with 11 home runs, 13 doubles and 34 RBIs over 58 games with Samford this year.

"Two different guys, but also a little bit undervalued," Swanson said. "Slid a little bit, and we're just really, really excited to snatch them up and hopefully make them Angels."