Angels reach deals with 35 of 40 Draft picks

Club inks 20th-round pick Kruger at signing deadline

Angels reach deals with 35 of 40 Draft picks

ANAHEIM -- It took until the very last minute for the Angels to wrap up their MLB Draft signings.

The Angels signed a deal with 20th-round pick Jack Kruger shortly before Friday's 2 p.m. PT deadline, giving the club 35 successful signings out of their 40 total selections.

The club was allotted $6,120,500 for their top 10 selections, and had to spend less than $6,426,525 in order to keep their first-round pick for next year. They came in just under that, spending $6.425 million, as general manager Billy Eppler looks to boost the organization's farm system. They will pay a $228,000 tax for going over their Draft slot allotment.

Of the five players left unsigned, the most notable is 13th-round selection and right-handed pitcher Anthony Molina out of West Broward High School in Florida. Molina gained attention for his power arm and was featured in Jeff Passan's book "The Arm," but has dealt with legal issues that negatively impacted his MLB Draft stock. Others unsigned players include USC outfielder David Oppenheim, Washington reliever Troy Rallings, California high school shortstop David Hamilton and future North Carolina right-handed pitcher Robbie Peto.

Worth noting

• Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson underwent season-ending surgery Friday to remove fraying from the labrum on his left shoulder. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the club will be debriefed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who performed the surgery. Wilson is a free agent after this season.

• Scioscia said Carlos Perez, who caught Tyler Skaggs' stellar outing in Triple-A on Thursday, needs to work on his approach at the plate before he can eye a big league return. Perez, who was optioned on July 9, has hit .204 with four homers and 23 RBIs in 186 at-bats in the Majors this season.

"Carlos, from a defensive aspect, was playing at a high level [in the Majors]," Scioscia said. "What he really needs is to get some at-bats to develop a real consistent approach in the batter's box. We need him to contribute offensively, and hopefully he'll find it."

Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for based in Anaheim. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.