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Angels give it old college try as Draft ends

Angels give it old college try as Draft ends

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Angels give it old college try as Draft ends
ANAHEIM -- The Angels showed a preference for college talent with their very first pick of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft on Monday, and that preference turned into a trend on Tuesday.

Not much was different on Wednesday.

Los Angeles wrapped up the third and final day of the Draft with 20 picks across Rounds 31-50, 19 of which were college players. Shortstop Erik Forgione of W.F. West High School (Wash.) -- the Angels' 33rd-round pick (1,005th overall) -- was the only prep player the team selected Wednesday.

Draft Central

On Tuesday, the Angels tabbed 21 collegiate players and six high-schoolers. That came a day after the Halos chose Utah's power-slugging first baseman, C.J. Cron, 17th overall in Monday's first round.

"We weren't looking for a guy we needed, but the guy we wanted," Angels scouting director Rik Wilson said of the Cron selection. "It just so happened to be a power bat."

The club selected a total of 49 players over the last three days, including 41 college players.

The Angels did not shy away from high-schoolers last year. They took 55 players in the 2010 Draft, including 16 preps. All three first-round picks -- pitchers Kaleb Cowart and Cameron Bedrosian, and outfielder Chevy Clarke and -- were high-school players.

Some expected the Angels to go with a left-handed pitcher in Round 1. Turns out they just waited another day, taking Florida left-hander Nick Maronde with 104th overall pick, their first selection on Tuesday. Twenty-one of the team's 49 picks were pitchers, including six left-handers.

In terms of hitters, the Angels picked nine outfielders compared to 19 infielders. No particular position outside of catcher -- the club drafted eight -- appeared to be an area of focus.

"We wanted to get balance into our system right away," Wilson said in a release. He is in his first year as the team's director of scouting after previously working as the Angels' national cross-checker since 2003. "That was our basic premise behind doing what we did. The scouts worked very hard and we really like the players we got. It's been a good draft."

Los Angeles also showed a tendency to select California-grown players Wednesday. Nine of the team's 20 selections hail from the Golden State. Two -- right-handed pitcher Brandon Lodge (47th round), and left fielder Christopher Giovinazzo (39th round) -- are products of UCLA.

Other notable picks included Notre Dame catcher Matt Scioscia -- the son of current manager Mike Scioscia -- who was taken in the 45th round (1,365th overall).

Lodge is the son of Roger Lodge, the former host of reality TV show "Blind Date" and the current host of "The SportsLODGE," a sports radio show in the Los Angeles area. Brandon Lodge's stepfather is Bobby Grich, who played 17 big league seasons as an infielder, including 10 years for the then-California Angels (1977-86).

Jordan Garretson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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