This is the final day of the MLB Draft. Rounds 11-20, with selection #11 often being the most interesting, as it’s where you might direct bonus pool savings toward a guy with a higher bonus ask, if a team has been saving up based on earlier discount deals.
Selections begin starting a touch after 9am Pacific.
This thread might be for the hardcore farm enthusiasts among us, but it’ll be interesting to see if the Angels continue their raid on pitching, or take some fliers on under-the-radar prep kids and college position players. Some of the more intriguing depth starter options in the torso of the Angels system at present (Kyle Tyler, Ryan Smith, Brent Killam, Cooper Criswell) were 11-20 round selections from recent drafts.
We’ll update the results as they come.
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Meanwhile, five of the Angels Day 3 selections were highlighted as among the most interesting of the day by MLB Pipeline, including each of their #11-13 picks, Silseth, Albright and Hanley. They were also keen on Albanese, who was a fast riser before elbow troubles and a positive Covid test slowed his roll a bit.
|12||Mason Albright||LHSP||IMG Academy (HS)|
|13||Mo Hanley||LHSP||Adrian College|
|14||Eric Torres||LHRP||Kansas State|
|16||Brandon Dufault||RHRP||Northeastern (Mass)|
|17||Mason Erla||RHSP||Michigan State|
|18||Nick Mondak||LHSP||St John’s College (NY)|
|19||Nathan Burns||RHRP||Oregon State|
Great round 4-6 value here Chase Silseth, with the #11 pick:
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Another round 4-6 talent with the #12 pick. First prep pitcher for the team., it’s pitchability lefty Mason Albright with a Virginia Tech commitment.
Signable? The Angels had all last night to negotiate, and probably have pool savings for him. Going to IMG suggests a desire to go pro. We’ll see.
#13 pick Mo Hanley had top-three rounds chatter until undergoing Tommy John surgery this spring. Originally from the Virgin Islands, he’s a very interesting selection in the mid-teens. Inspiring MLB profile about him here.
#14: Eric Torres is an unranked lefty reliever from Kansas State. Draft-eligible sophomore took a big step forward in 2021 with a big boost in K-rate. 58 strikeouts over 39.1 IP, only 9 BBs. He was a strong performer in the Big 12 Championship.
The Angels have had good luck with undersized lefties of late.
#15: Glenn Albanese follows Reid Detmers out of Louisville. Big righty with a big four-seamer, he was used often out of the bullpen as he was rehabbing much of his college career from Tommy John. He transitioned to a starter role this season for three starts, and saw promising results.
ProspectsLive director Joe Doyle really likes what the Angels are doing here on Day Three:
(I do too, fwiw.)
#16 Brandon Dufault is a right-handed relief pitcher from Northeastern. He and his school are well off my radar. Big fastball, another recent closer, past interest from the Red Sox.
#17: MSU fireballer Mason Erla was a huge helium name in 2020, and hit 200+ strikeouts in his college career this spring. His fastball is still massive, but a failure to develop his secondaries and frequent hittability had him taking a few steps back in evaluators eyes this season.
Still, Baseball America called him out as one of 11 “sleepers to watch” in this draft, and he fits the profile of short-stint powerballer that the Angels are harvesting in this draft class:
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#18: Nick Mondak is a small school lefty starting pitcher, big at 6’4″, a name that’s been around for a long time – he was a prep riser in 2016. He’s older now at 23, but had a great 2021 as fifth-year at St John’s, and was working out at Fenway for the Red Sox earlier this month.
#19: Nathan Burns, another righty college reliever with a big fastball. By one estimate, one of the best in the draft:
Slick fielder to boot:
And finally, the Angels draft room does not disappoint: 20 picks, 20 pitchers. 19 of them college.
#20: Marcelo Perez, right-handed reliever out of TCU. But another guy with starter upside:
20 P in 20 picks: Cue up the hot takes, Twitter!