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2011 MLB Draft: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Draft Report



This was the Angels 1st draft after firing long time Scouting Director Eddie Bane and the change was evident.

1-CJ Cron-1B-Utah

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.

3-Nick Maronde-LHP-Florida

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.

6-Austin Wood-RHP-USC

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.

8-Logan Odom-RHP-USC

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.

9-Nick Mutz-RHP-[California]

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.

10-Drew Martinez-OF-Memphis

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.

11-Garrett Baker-LHP-Liberty

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.

16-Frazier Hall-1B-Southern

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

21-Shane Riedie-RHP-Tampa

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

25-Josh Alvarado-RHP-Phoenix

26-John Gianis-OF-North Carolina State

27-Brian Hernandez-3B-UC Irvine

28-Daniel Vargas-Vila-RHP-West Florida

29-Greg Larson-RHP-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.

31-Jett Bandy-C-Arizona

32-John Leonard-RHP-Boston College

33-Erik Forgione-SS-HS (Washington)

34-Andy Workman-OF-Arizona State

35-Stephen Tromblee-LHP-Lamar

36-Brandon Brewer-SS-West Florida

37-Brandon Efferson-RHP-Southeastern Louisiana

38-Frank DeJiulio-RHO-Tampa

39-Chris Giovinazzo-OF-UCLA

40-Joe Church-RHP-Marshall

41-Brandon McNelis-RHP-Northeastern

42-Jason Nappi-3B-Harding

43-Kyle Mahoney-C-High Point

44-Landis Ware-2B-Baylor

45-Matt Scioscia-C-Notre Dame

46-Michael Johnson-LHP-Hillsborough CC

47-Brandon Lodge-RHP-UCLA

48-Ricky Pacione-C-Marist

49-Matt Vedo-RHP-UC Santa Barbara

50-Trent Garrison-C-Fresno State