The Angels skipped round 2 (pick #47) thanks to their signing of Anthony Rendon this past off season.
David Calabrese hails from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School in Ontario Canada and was ranked the 67th best prospect by Baseball America and the 97th best prospect according to MLB.com. Calabrese, who doesn’t turn 18 until September is a speedy undersized outfielder with a left handed bat.
Keith Law particularly favored Calabrese, and ranked him as a first round talent at #19 in his talent rankings:
Calabrese gets a lot of comparisons to a young Jacoby Ellsbury as a plus-plus runner who rivals Crow-Armstrong for the best defensive center fielder in the draft. He’s short to the ball with a good approach, staying back to make more contact at the cost of power, although his body points to double-digit homers down the road. Scouts did get to see him briefly against young pro pitchers this March before his team’s tour of Florida ended abruptly, so they have a sense of how he might handle velocity or better spin. He’s also one of the youngest players in the class, turning 18 in late September, which will appeal to teams like Cleveland, the Dodgers, or the Giants who all value player age very highly in the draft.
Pete Crow-Armstrong is a speed/defense-oriented hitter from Harvard-Westlake HS that the Angels were rumored to be targeting in the first-round, so Calabrese in some ways is an alternative within that profile. Eppler has not been shy about collecting athletic prep outfielders in previous drafts, so this pick continues that trend. Calabrese has plus-plus speed (80 grade by some estimates) and is an excellent fielder. For the seasoned fan, this may still be a bit of a curious add though, given these guys are a dime a dozen in an Angels farm system that has so many other notable holes (cough! cough! pitching and catching cough!).
Still, Calabrese, by all accounts, is a solid addition to the Angels farm, though currently an Arkansas commit. Given the lack of a second rounder though, one assumes the Angels exchanged numbers with the player family before pulling the trigger on this selection.