The Angels selected INF Will Wilson (1st round, 15th overall) from North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) and INF Kyren Paris (2nd round, 55th overall) from Freedom High School (Oakley, CA) on the first day of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft. The announcements were made by Angels' Director of Amateur Scouting Matt Swanson.
Wilson, 20, finished his junior season at NC State batting .335 with 16 home runs, 57 RBI and .661 slugging percentage. He was named First Team All-ACC and tabbed as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year after making just six errors in the regular season. Wilson was also named one of five finalists for the Brooks Wallace Award (given to the nation's top shortstop), the first NC State player to be named a finalist since Trea Turner in 2014. Across three seasons with the Wolfpack, the 6-0 ft., 185 lb. infielder posted a .313 (219/699) average with 39 home runs and 158 RBI.
Paris, 17, who does not turn 18 until November, completed his senior year with a .306 (16/62) batting average with 16 runs scored, three doubles, three triples, six RBI and 11 stolen bases. A four-year varsity letterman for Freedom High, he compiled a career .312 (83/266) average with 34 RBI, 50 stolen bases and 71 runs scored. Ranked as the #50 prospect in the draft according MLB.com, the 6-0 ft., 167 lb. shortstop has committed to play baseball at the University of California, Berkley. Paris is just the third player from Freedom High School to be drafted, joining Chris Bodishbaugh (drafted by the Marlins in the 38th round in 2003 but went on to play collegiate baseball) and Joe Navilhon (drafted by the Tigers in the 21st round in 2016 out of the University of Southern California). Navilhon currently pitches in the Detroit Tigers organization.
The 2019 First Year Player Draft resumes tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. (PDT) with rounds 3-10 and will conclude on Wednesday with rounds 11-40.