The team announced on Friday the signing of two of their three first-round picks from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, right-handed pitcher Cameron Bedrosian and switch-hitting center fielder Chevez "Chevy" Clarke, both Georgia natives. The two were taken with back-to-back picks at the end of the first round, at No. 29 and 30, respectively.
Terms of Bedrosian and Clarke's contracts were not disclosed. The Halos have not yet reached a deal with top pick Kaleb Cowart, an 18-year-old right-hander who is also from Georgia and was named the Gatorade High School Player of the Year. He was taken at Nos. 18.
"Today is about Cameron," director of scouting Eddie Bane said. "He's an outstanding young pitcher that reminded me of Phil Hughes a lot. He throws hard, got a good breaking ball and has a lot better command than most high school pitchers would have. We're thrilled we got it done, and we know he is, too."
Bedrosian, the son of 1987 National League Cy Young Award winner Steve Bedrosian, was born just days before the 1991 World Series, which Steve played in for the Twins. Cameron put on an Angels uniform on Friday, toured the clubhouse and threw a bullpen at Angel Stadium before watching the opener of a three-game series with the Royals.
"It was amazing," the younger Bedrosian said. "First of all, getting to sign today was a huge honor. Now I'm a professional player. But man, showing up at the ballpark, putting on the jersey, getting to walk on the field and meet with the players, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Unsurprisingly, Torii Hunter had a little fun with the teenager.
"He told me he wanted me to go get him a Gatorade and some sunflower seeds," Bedrosian said. "I know the drill. As a rookie, [you've] got to do it. So I did it for him. It's not too bad."
Bedrosian heads to Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday to start his pro career in rookie ball. Clarke, who was at Angel Stadium last week, is set to arrive in Tempe on Sunday. Steve Bedrosian played with Tempe's pitching coach, Trevor Wilson, with the Giants during the 1989-90 seasons.
"Total excitement. I'm really proud of him. He's worked real hard for this, and it paid dividends, finally, today," Steve Bedrosian said. "We as parents, and I as his pitching coach, are passing the baton to the Angels. I'm not going to be his pitching coach anymore, I'll still be dad and mom will still be mom, but we're putting him in the Angels' hands now ... I told [pitching coach Mike Butcher] in the bullpen, 'We're passing the baton to you now.'"
Cameron Bedrosian said he has played against both Cowart and Clarke, and considered facing Cowart a friendly rivalry. Both players talked to Bedrosian after the Draft, and he and Clarke are going to be roommates in Arizona.
As for Cowart, who is committed to Florida State, Bane said he talks to him often, but not about money.
"That'll happen when it's supposed to happen," Bane said. "We're going to sign him."