ANAHEIM -- The Angels selected eight pitchers (seven right-handed and one left-handed), one of which is a two-way prospect, during day two of the MLB First Year Player Draft. Among today’s picks were two pitchers from the University of Tennessee. The announcements were made by Angels’ Director of Amateur Scouting Matt Swanson.
With their third round pick (92nd overall), the Angels selected RHS Jack Kochanowicz from Harriton HS in Bala Cynwyd, PA, a community in Lower Merion Township (home Township to Kobe Bryant). The 6-foot-6, 220 pound starter posted a 6-0 record with a 0.31 ERA with 79 strikeouts. Kochanowicz was ranked as the No. 75 prospect by MLB.com and was committed to play for the University of Virginia.
The Halos fourth round pick (121st overall), was two-way prospect Erik Rivera from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. Rivera was committed to Florida International.
RHS Garrett Stallings was selected fifth (151st overall) by the Angels. He owns an 8-5 record, with a 3.33 ERA and 106 strikeouts while only walking 16 batters on the season at University of Tennessee. He was named SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year, while also being selected to the All-Defensive Team. Stallings was a collegiate teammate with the Club’s ninth round selection, RHS Zach Linginfelter.
With their sixth round pick (181st overall), Halos select RHS Zachary Peek a 6-foot-3, 185 pound starter from Winthrop University. The junior was named to the All-Big South Second Team this season, and holds a 7-3 record on the year, with a 4.02 ERA and 91 strikeouts.
RHS Davis Daniel was selected seventh (211th overall) by the Angels out of Auburn University. Daniel only appeared in one game for the Tigers this season back in April before being shut down for the season. His 2018 stats include a 4-3 record, 4.86 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 10 games started. Over the course of his three-year career with the Tigers, Davis fashioned a 7-7 record with a 5.37 ERA (138.1 IP – 83 ER) and 135 strikeouts. This is Daniel’s third time being drafted after deferring a 34th round selection by the Cubs in 2016 and an 11th round selection by the Brewers in 2018.
The Halos eighth round pick (241st overall) was RHP Kyle Brnovich. Brnovich attended Elon University and posted a 7-3 record with a 3.66 ERA (86 IP – 35 ER) and 110 strikeouts in his 2019 season. He was named to Third Team All-CAA and was a Baseball America Third Team Preseason All-American. Brnovich is second all-time (first; Justin Verlander) in career strikeouts in CAA history with 360. The last Elon player to be drafted by the Angels was Brad Pinkerton in 2001.
With their ninth round pick (271st overall) the Angels selected RHS Zach Linginfelter from the University of Tennessee. The 6-foot-5, 225 pound starter and teammate of fifth round selection RHS Garrett Stallings, went 6-6 with a 5.64 ERA his junior season with the Volunteers. He was previously selected in the 19th round of the 2018 Draft by the Washington Nationals.
To round out the day the Angels tenth round pick (301st overall) was RHR Chad Sykes. Sykes played for UNC Greensboro where he had 11 saves a 0.96 ERA and a .181 BAA in 2019. He ranked number one in NCAA Division I standings for ERA and BAA. He was also named SoCon Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-SoCon and Third Team All-American.
The 2019 First Year Player Draft concludes tomorrow at 9 a.m. PT with rounds 11-40.