One of the few consolation prizes of the Angels' disappointing finish last season was that they netted a Top 10 pick in the MLB Draft for the first time since 2000, setting up a crucial class for an organization seeking to replenish a farm system that ranks among the worst
One of the few consolation prizes of the Angels' disappointing finish last season was that they netted a Top 10 pick in the MLB Draft for the first time since 2000, setting up a crucial class for an organization seeking to replenish a farm system that ranks among the worst in baseball.
The 2017 Draft will take place from Monday, June 12, through Wednesday, June 14, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m on the 12th. MLB Network will broadcast the first 36 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 75 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, starting at 10 a.m. PT. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on June 14, beginning at 9 a.m. PT.
Go to MLB.com/draft to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from MLBPipeline.com 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.
:: 2017 MLB Draft coverage ::
Here's how the Draft is shaping up for the Angels, whose first selection is the 10th overall pick.
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Several factors have contributed to the decline of the Angels' farm system in recent years, namely forfeiting Draft picks to sign high-profile free agents, trading away top prospects and struggling to develop the remaining talent. New amateur scouting director Matt Swanson will be charged with restocking the system, and laying the groundwork for a major turnaround.
Last August, the Halos relieved Ric Wilson of his duties as scouting director, and replaced him with Swanson, a former Minor League pitcher who previously served as the Cardinals' scouting crosschecker. During his time with St. Louis, Swanson signed seven players who reached the Majors, including second baseman Kolten Wong, outfielder Stephen Piscotty and right-handers Sam Tuivailala and Kyle Barraclough.
In his most recent mock Draft, MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo wrote that high school outfielder Jo Adell's name "has come up consistently with the Angels." Adell, an 18-year-old slugger out of Ballard High School (Louisville, Ky.), has attracted attention due to his bat speed and raw power from the right side.
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team has an allotted bonus pool equal to the sum of the values of that club's selections in the first 10 rounds of the Draft. The more picks a team has, and the earlier it picks, the larger the pool. The signing bonuses for a team's selections in the first 10 rounds, plus any bonus greater than $125,000 for a player taken after the 10th round, will apply toward the bonus-pool total. If a team exceeds its allotment, it will be penalized through the incursion of a tax.
This year, the Angels have a bonus pool of $8,212,800 for the first 10 rounds, including $4,376,800 for their first-round pick.
The Angels could bolster their depth at many positions, but starting pitching has been their greatest need for the last two seasons. The Halos dealt two of their best pitching prospects, Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis, to the Braves in exchange for shortstop Andrelton Simmons, which depleted their upper Minors of any high-impact arms.
The Angels have used their first-round picks on college catchers in each of the last two years, selecting Fresno State's Taylor Ward in 2015 and Virginia's Matt Thaiss in 2016. (Thaiss, the Halo's first pick under general manager Billy Eppler, switched to first base shortly after being drafted.) It remains to be seen if the Angels will continue to go with a more polished college product in the first round, or make a riskier bet on a high school prospect with greater upside.
Recent Draft history
Jaime Barria, a 20-year-old right-hander, opened the season with Class A Advanced Inland Empire, and logged a 2.48 ERA with a 0.93 WHIP in 65 1/3 innings in the California League. He recently earned a promotion to Double-A Mobile, where he allowed one earned run in 5 2/3 innings in his first start. Barria, signed as an international free agent out of Panama in 2012, is ranked the Angels' No. 9 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.
Right-hander Matthew Shoemaker went undrafted in 2008, before the Angels signed him as a free agent for $10,000. Against all odds, Shoemaker rose through the Angels' Minor League system, and broke into the Majors in 2013. He's since become a key cog in the Halos' rotation, going 5-3 with a 4.12 ERA in 67 2/3 innings this season.
In the show
Arguably the Angels' most successful draft pick ever, Michael Trout was selected by the Halos in the first round of the 2009 Draft. Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs, C.J. Cron, Kole Calhoun, Cam Bedrosian and Keynan Middleton are also former Draft picks of the Angels.
The Angels' recent top picks
2016: Matt Thaiss, 1B, Class A Advanced Inland Empire
2015: Taylor Ward, C, Class A Advanced Inland Empire
2014: Sean Newcomb, LHP, Braves
2013: Hunter Green, LHP, Retired
2012: R.J. Alvarez, RHP, Triple-A Round Rock (Rangers)
Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.