The 2023 MLB Draft is complete and the Angels have 20 new names in the organization, led by first round slugger Nolan Schanuel who is already signed.
Here’s a look at the young man fulfilling his dream. Stick around for a quick interview.
Strike zone discipline was definitely the theme of the Angels draft, particularly early. Lacking a 2nd round pick due to the signing of Tyler Anderson, Perry and his team took another bat first player in Alberto Rio from Stanford in the third.
Rios has a very interesting back story and resident Angels guru Jeff Fletcher also gave some information on the entire Day 2 class.
The Angels were are the forefront of the draft process when they selected Ben Joyce’s twin Zach Joyce in the 14th round, thereby ensuring a supply of ligaments and nerves to repair Ben’s arm when he’s hurt.
Here’s a full list of the 19 young men drafted by the Angels this season.
The Angels primarily pulled from the college ranks again, particularly early in the draft.
Like usual, I agree with Turk’s Teeth’s reading between the lines here. If your organization isn’t very good at developing players, draft players that are already largely developed. Perry’s drafts definitely indicate he realizes this. Yes, you’ll miss out on the projects with big upside, but you also won’t pull an Eppler and draft a college football team that can’t play baseball.
Overall the number of shortstops taken in the first round seems to rise every year. Or is that just what the government tells us? FanGraphs takes a look at the what and why.
One shortstop the Angels drafted a few years ago is finding a groove at AA.
The best All Star game in sports was played in Seattle on Tuesday night. Ohtani walked and Carlos Esteves pitched a shutout inning.
The game set another record low for ratings. It almost like nobody watches as much of anything now that they have endless viewing and watching options. Ratings were much better when we had 3 networks and had to get up to change the channel.
I will say I turned off the game for about 20 minutes with Artificially Big Papi and his cohort Alex Rodriguez were shown ad nauseum. I’d say I would hope for better from Fox, but come on, this is Fox. You don’t pay a billion bucks or so over blatant lies and sexual harassment if you have standards.
Speaking of organizations with no class, the Houston Astros roll into town for a three game set staring today. Yordan Alvarez will still be out but he’s coming back soon.
I still think Houston overtakes Texas and wins the AL West. If somebody who didn’t follow baseball read that sentence I’d get lampooned.
I talked about that and all things Angels on the BaseballPhD podcast last week. Here’s a link. I start about minute 25. Give it a listen and let it count for the longform this week.
Have a great weekend and link what I missed.