This was the Angels 1st draft after firing long time Scouting Director Eddie Bane and the change was evident.
The Angels used their first round pick on a college player for the first time since taking Jered Weaver out of Long Beach State in 2004* signaling a new regime as Bane had been known for targeting high ceiling high school talent. Cron though had a huge year, hitting .434/.517/.803 for Utah. He shifted from catcher to 1B this year and he didn't look great though-he is totally a bat only prospect but he has a very good bat.
*The Angels took Garrett Richards and Tyler Kehrer out College in the Supplemental 1st round in 2009.
Maronde came into Florida as a starter but found more success in the bullpen. His strength is a Fastball that can hit the high 90's and overpowered college hitters. He also has a slider and a change up using the former more often. Maronde has started 11 games with Rookie level Orem since signing, so the Angels may be looking him as a starter versus fasttracking him as a flame throwing reliever.
4-Mike Clevinger-RHP-Seminole State JC
Clevinger looks like a decent relief prospect as he has a nice fastball-slider combination and a herky-jerky delivery that requires a lot of effort.
5-Andrew Ray-OF-Northeast Texas CC
The Angels bought Ray out of a LSU commitment for $80K. He has a solid bat and arm but there are questions about his ultimate power.
Wood was a 4th round pick of the Rays last year but they couldn't buy him out of his USC commitment and he wound up in LA and dropped to the 6th round this year. Wood has a big fastball but inconsistent secondary pitches. He'll likely wind up in the bullpen but he has a lot of arm strength so if he can harness his control and secondaries he could become a solid reliver.
7-Abel Baker-C-Grayson County CC
Baker is the brother of Aaron Baker who was traded for Derrek Lee at the trade deadline. Abel is a solid catcher and he does have some pop-two things that organizations do like to target.
Odom is a big guy, listed at 6'6 240 lbs but he doesn't have overpowering stuff as his fastball just touches the low 90's. His secondaries aren't anything special. His ceiling is that of an innings eater.
Mutz transferred out of Dakota State last year and didn't enroll anywhere this year. The Angels brought him in for a workout though and he hit the mid 90's and a solid cutter with good deception. He was a surprising pick to be sure but he could be a good sleeper.
Martinez had a big Cape Cod league last year, but he struggled this year especially in terms of power as he had a lower slugging percentage than on base percentage. Martinez is a solid CF and can run a little bit though so he could be a nice reserve.
12-Joe Krehbiel-3B-HS (Florida)
13-Jackson Whitley-1B-HS (South Carolina)
14-Wayne Taylor-C-HS (Texas)
15-Domonic Jose-OF-HS (Florida)
Jose is the son of former Major leaguer Felix Jose, who went unsigned and will attend Stanford. He flashed 5 tool potential but inconsistency and his strong commitment caused him to drop to the 15th round.
17-Hunter Lockwood-C-HS (Texas)
Lockwood showed very good power but he is raw behind the plate. He will attend Oklahoma.
18-Trevor Hairgrove-SS-UC Riverside
19-Ryan Crowley-LHP-Northwest Florida State JC
20-Junior Carlin-LHP-South Florida
22-Brennan Gowens-OF-Fresno State
23-Zach Borenstein-OF-Eastern Illinois
Borenstein has a solid bat, but played all around the diamond and never really settled into a natural position.
24-Jarrod Parks-3B-Mississippi State
26-John Gianis-OF-North Carolina State
27-Brian Hernandez-3B-UC Irvine
28-Daniel Vargas-Vila-RHP-West Florida
30-Mike Papi-OF-HS (Pennsylvania)
Papi has a strong arm and had a very good spring. He'll end up on campus at Virginia.
32-John Leonard-RHP-Boston College
33-Erik Forgione-SS-HS (Washington)
34-Andy Workman-OF-Arizona State
36-Brandon Brewer-SS-West Florida
37-Brandon Efferson-RHP-Southeastern Louisiana
43-Kyle Mahoney-C-High Point
45-Matt Scioscia-C-Notre Dame
46-Michael Johnson-LHP-Hillsborough CC
49-Matt Vedo-RHP-UC Santa Barbara
50-Trent Garrison-C-Fresno State