Open Thread: Day Two, MLB Draft

Hope you enjoyed the adrenaline and drama of Round One of the 2021 MLB Draft. Mock drafts were obliterated across the nation as teams went rogue, took discounts, caught falling stars, and generally did the unpredictable.

Today, starting at 10AM Pacific time, Day Two commences with pick #37 and rolls along an a quick pace from Round Two through Round Ten, so there will be nine Angels selections to contemplate, beginning with their first at #45.

There are still six of my seven Round Two dream dates on the board. Take a look at this article (I know, I know, it’s long and full of sidetalk) if you want to consider a few names for Rds 2-10 that might pique your interest. My six surviving 2nd Round targets include, in rough order of preference:

Jaden Hill, Ky Bush, Andrew Abbott, Braden Montgomery, Dylan Smith, Robert Gasser

There are also 3 names that Baseball America and/or MLB Pipeline still consider first round talents who have not been called yet:

Will Taylor, Bubba Chandler, Anthony Solomento, Jaden Hill, Jud Fabian, Joshua Baez, Peyton Stovall, Ethan Wilson, Izaac Pacheco, Adrian del Castillo, Wes Kath, Lonnie White Jr, James Wood

That’s a lot of prep talent still undrafted, and it’s hard not to imagine the Angels scooping up Taylor or Chandler if they’re available at #45, as they’ve been connected to them both for months. I’d still love to see Jaden Hill make it to them, or one of the other names I highlight above, but we’ll see soon enough. Names come off the board at 10AM.


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Jeff Joiner
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Super Member
3 months ago

I know I sound like a broken record at times but with Minasian brought in KC’s college pitching draft guru guy I was stoked and hoped for a college pitching heavy draft.

Not pretending to know all about these 10 guys but I do know who was involved in the picks and that they fit obvious needs. To my semi-informed mind that makes a good draft.

eyespy
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Turk's Teeth

With the new three batter rule, you need pitchers to be effective for six outs at least every outing.

Pitching is more of a premium now.

It is easier to trade pitching for position players.

There will be many many position player not drafted available to pick up as FAs.

As free agents you will have a better idea of how the position players are possibly going to develop.

Limited slots in the new and WORSYIER minor leagues. With the free agents you can pick up a little extra and have them play for the limited openings.

I like the all pitching draft. Way more flexible this way.

Arte is always going have the need for big name bats, we can let him sign whomever he pleases.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  eyespy

If this plan works (we’ll see) Arte can sign his bi-yearly splash hitter and it’ll be OK. The real hope is that this will solve the fact that, even if Arte wants to spend on them, there just aren’t that many good pitchers on the market each year, much less ones who want to come here specifically. We just plain NEED a pitching pipeline. Places like Cleveland, Atlanta, Tampa, Minnesota, Milwaukee, KC, Detroit, St Louis all figured this out already. Here’s hoping we are doing it too.

Cowboy26
Super Member
3 months ago

But can we avoid those free agents with the forged birth certificates, crack addictions, steriod enhancements, scotch taped bodies or acquired loss of willingness to play anymore, please?

Thx.

MarineLayer
Trusted Member
3 months ago

I’m really okay to stop spending $240 million on aging vets whose best days were with other teams. This might be a good way to go.

eyespy
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Turk's Teeth

And with pitching always in demand, we may be able to get some parts that we need with this draft.

Pineapple12
Member
3 months ago

Great start to the draft. Perry is obviously not an idiot
That gives me solace. I’m also irrationally high on Bauchman and Bush. If they can both stick as SPs we really got something

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
3 months ago

Andrew Peters, South Carolina. So Rounds 1 through 10 – all pitchers

Fleckstein
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3 months ago

Doyers all pitchers through 10 as well

Jeff Joiner
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Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Fleckstein

Interesting. Giants first 9 were pitchers.

Going to be interesting to see not just if we improve our pitching but how much our pitching improves relative to the rest of MLB.

eyespy
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Everyone needs pitchers that can get you at least six outs.

eyespy
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Turk's Teeth

and now, ANA

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
3 months ago

can Jonathan Cannon be next? A college pitcher with a name like Cannon.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member

I actually wanted him…. but alas.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member

Has there ever been a more USC name than Chandler Champlain?

Rahul Setty
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3 months ago
Reply to  Turk's Teeth

Should we be concerned of potential pine tar usage lol
https://twitter.com/bmags94/status/1414694474064666624?s=19

PedroCerrano
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3 months ago
Reply to  Rahul Setty

Great video. No idea if was using something but he definitely got in their heads.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member

Another Southern College pitcher….. I’m so happy it’s like I ate a bowl of sunshine.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member
Reply to  Turk's Teeth

high swag name

PedroCerrano
Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Turk's Teeth

poor kid, named after some bohemian breakfast cereal.

PedroCerrano
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3 months ago
Reply to  PedroCerrano

or some Lebanese beef dish as it turns out

FungoAle
Super Member
3 months ago

Due to the pandemic, maybe some of theses pitchers we drafted would have been ranked higher had they played a normal season last year? So could be a decent strategy.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member

Holy Crap! A Southern College Pitcher!

Jeff Joiner
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Super Member
3 months ago

If nothing else this draft indicates a serious shift in direction for the Angels as a franchise. Perhaps it won’t last forever, but the dearth of arms situation needed to be addressed.

BoyWithApple
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3 months ago

I am loving this draft. All college pitchers all draft long. Finally! Keep ‘em coming.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member

Cleveland, Detroit, Angels…. who will draft moar pidchars!?!?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
3 months ago

Off the subject of the draft, but did anyone else catch Stephen A. Smith’s rant about it “not being a good look” that Ohtani uses an interpreter?

Jeff Joiner
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Super Member
3 months ago

What an idiot.

Let’s send Stephen A. to a network in Japan so he can see what it is like. He learns, we get rid of Screamin’ A. Win win.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Steven A Smith, and the kissing up to him that goes on there, was the thing that finished MSM for me.

JackFrost
Super Member
3 months ago

Stephen A. Smith ?

I try very hard to avoid everything that guy says. He’s a pompous blowhard. On top of that he is an idiot and a corporate shill.

Does that answer your question?

Cowboy26
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Sometimes Steven A Smith needs an interpreter.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member

COLLEGE PITCHER!

Cowboy26
Super Member
3 months ago

From the SEC

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

gave up a lot of homeruns, 8 in 30 innings

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member

But does he have swag?

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
3 months ago

what’s his comp in swag? we need to know

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
3 months ago

That’s a hard skill to teach. He’s ready.

Jeff Joiner
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Super Member
3 months ago

He’s perfect for our bullpen, then.

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
3 months ago

another pitcher

Cowboy26
Super Member
3 months ago

Hey Turk’s (still with some) Teeth. Do you think there is a run on pitchers this year because on the pandemic impacted draft and collegiate system?

Cowboy26
Super Member
3 months ago

Cheap ass Arte only hiring collegiate baseball scouts from the South. He probably made Perry personally scout the rest of the country

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member
Reply to  Cowboy26

I’m 100% sure that’s what happened.

DowningDude
Super Member
3 months ago

😂