Angels 2007 Draft in Review
Baseball America has posted its American League Draft Report Cards, including the Angels. You need to have a BA account to read it, so I’ll give you the highlights.
Best Pro Debut: Mike Anton, with mention of Mason Tobin and Jay Brossman.
Best Athlete: The unsigned Pat White, also mention the signed Jon Plefka.
Best Pure Hitter: Jay Brossman, with mention of Justin Bass.
Best Power Hitter: Trevor Pippen.
Fastest Runner: Andrew Romine, DeAndre Miller and Terrell Alliman.
Best Defensive Player: Andrew Romine.
Best Fastball: Jordan Walden, although he was a 2006 draft-and-follow. Among the 2007 class, Jon Bachanov although he hasn’t pitched due to a sore elbow.
Best Secondary Pitch: Cites Mike Anton’s changeup and Trevor Reckling’s curve ball.
Most Intriguing Background: Mike Anton, and the unsigned Matt Scioscia.
Closest to the Majors: Mason Tobin.
The One Who Got Away: Matt Harvey, with mention of Tanner Robles and Martin Viramontes.
Assessment: “The Angels were disappointed by the players they failed to sign, and Bachanov’s injury add to the disappointing early returns. However, Walden has a first-round arm, and second-day selections such as Anton, Reckling and Tobin have promise.”
You can find in the FutureAngels.com Audio Gallery interviews I recorded this year with Anton, Bachanov, Reckling and Walden.