Halos go after high schoolers, hurlers

Halos stock up on high schoolers

ANAHEIM -- The Angels didn't shy away from their usual Draft tendencies as they continued their trend of drafting plenty of pitchers and high schoolers in Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft.

The Angels drafted a total of 19 high school players and 28 pitchers, while drafting just 12 college position players.

"We don't make a definite effort toward drafting high schoolers but we prefer to take high school players," scouting director Eddie Bane said. "We don't want our players to do well in Salt Lake, we want them to do well in Anaheim. We have had success with it and we see teams going back to the old ways of drafting high school players."

The Angels have had success in recent years drafting high school pitchers on Day 2 of the Draft. Top prospects Nick Adenhart (14th round pick in 2004) and Jordan Walden (12th round pick in 2006) are recent examples.

The Angels drafted eight high school pitchers on the second day alone, including left-hander Josh Blanco from Franklin High School in El Paso, Texas, with their first pick of the day in the sixth round.

"We've got a good reputation for picking great players on the second day," Bane said. "I don't know what guy is gonna be that guy from this Draft, but we know there are a lot of big leaguers there on the board the second day."

Even though the Angels prefer to draft high school players, they still picked 22 collegiate players and nine community college players.

One of the collegiate players that Bane was especially high on was right-hander Michael Kohn from College of Charleston. The 6-foot-2, 210 pounder hit .310 with 10 homers and 51 RBIs as a first baseman/designated hitter as a senior, but it is his fastball that the Angels are excited about.

"We think we got some big arms this Draft and Michael Kohn has got one of those arms," Bane said. "He's gonna be 22 years old, which is a little different than we're used to, but he throws 97 mph."

To give an example of the Angels' preference for youth, Kohn who turns 22 on June 26, was the 13th oldest player of the 50 players that the Angels drafted. But Bane said the Angels don't shy away from college pitchers, as they have had success drafting pitchers such as Jered Weaver and Joe Saunders.

Angels' top five selections
74.RHPTyler ChatwoodRedlands E. Valley HS (Calif.)
105.RHPRyan ChaffeeChipola JC
112.CFZachary ConeParkview HS (Ga.)
139.LHPJeffrey BoshersCalhoun CC
169.CFKhiry CooperCavalry HS (La.)
Complete Angels Draft results >

"We're not afraid to draft college guys," Bane said. "If a player like Jered Weaver is there we'll take him. But we definitively believe in an Angels' way starting at the top with [manager Mike] Scioscia and [general manager Tony] Reagins, right on down to the players."

The Angels also kept their trend of drafting local players as they took right-hander Tyler Chatwood from East Valley High School in Redlands, Calif., as their first pick of the Draft and the selection of area players didn't end there.

The list of local players included right-handed pitcher Reyes Dorado (14th round), who pitched at A.B. Miller in Fontana, Calif., before playing collegiately at Arizona State, outfielder Roberto Lopez (25th round) from USC, right-hander Mike Kenny (28th round) from Loyola Marymount, right-hander Kyle Hendricks (39th round) of Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo, Calif., and first baseman Jared Clark (45th round) from Cal State Fullerton.

"If players are close to equal we will always take the players from Southern California," Bane said. "It's because most of the Major Leaguers come from right here in this area. We lean on Southern California."

Another notable pick by the Angels was 6-foot-4 right-hander Kyle Hurst from South Mountain Community College in Gilbert, Ariz. The 36th-round pick is the son of former Major Leaguer Bruce Hurst, who won 145 games in his 15-year Major League career and was an All-Star in 1987 with the Red Sox.

"I believe in bloodlines and genetics and I think the rest of baseball does too," Bane said. "Bruce was a great lefty and you have to hope he put some of that in his son."

All in all, Bane said he was pleased with the way the Draft went for the Angels.

"I don't think any team has ever walked out of here and thought they didn't do a great job," Bane said. "We're no exception. We'll see how the players develop, but I thought we did great."

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