During the recent draft, I happened to be on vacation, and even though I love this game and I LOVE prospects, there isn’t much that could take my focus away from my wife, the Atlantic waves and a cocktail. Still, I’d done so...
During the recent draft, I happened to be on vacation, and even though I love this game and I LOVE prospects, there isn’t much that could take my focus away from my wife, the Atlantic waves and a cocktail. Still, I’d done some homework before the draft on some players and did a little more digging following the draft as well. We here at MWAH do our best to talk to the right people when dealing with prospects we haven’t scouted for ourselves. Of the ones I have had the opportunity to watch, it’s been in shorter video clips, so I did the best I could. Obviously, we’ll all get a better read on these guys once the season starts and can start watching them on a regular basis. However, for now, here’s what we have on the newly drafted Angels prospects.
*Note – If you don’t see anything on a particular prospect that was drafted, just know that I couldn’t find anything substantial on them and have heard nothing from anyone within the Angels organization about this player either.
36th round pick Brandon Bayardi – He’s a very well-built corner OF from UNLV. An impressive blend of speed, strength and power. I’m not entirely sure what I’m looking at here, but I am impressed by the numbers Bayardi put up against competition that wasn’t exactly the easiest among the college ranks.
35th round pick Eric Weiss – A third baseman from the University of Texas. He played for the Team USA collegiate team, so obviously he was a decent college player. He doesn’t have a ton of power, but there’s lots of athleticism and projection here. Very similar to a high school player in that he’s raw but has upside. Listed as a catcher on the Angels website, so that’s either a mistake or a move they’re hoping to make.
34th round pick LF Eric Aguilera – Aguilera fits the profile of a big athletic OF whose value is tied into his ability to climb the ladder quickly. Collegiate 34th round picks rarely make any headway in the minors but Aguilera actually has quite a bit going for him. There’s considerable power, and he has a sweet swing from the left-side. His coach even claimed he was one of the best hitters in the Midwest. We’ll have to take a closer look.
28th round pick Miguel Hermosillo – This one I’m actually a bit excited about. Hermosillo was a running back for the University of Illinois and was considered to be one of the better RB in the country, even projected to possibly play in the NFL. He’s reportedly excellent defensively, very explosive and quick. He’s probably the best pure athlete of the draft, and that’s saying something considering who the Angels drafted in the 3rd round.
24th round pick Mark Shannon – Before you do anything else, check out this catch he made:
He has a solid mix of speed and gap power.
23rd round pick Matt Hernandez – 6’2" LHP has been clocked at 92 mph with his fastball and has a soft breaking ball in the upper 60’s/low 70’s.
22nd round pick Trevor Foss – I really like what I’ve heard about him and seen from video on this kid. He’s a big RHP from Texas A & M Corpus Christi. He has a slow but deliberate delivery that can really throw hitters off. Really good arm action for a starter, he hides the ball extraordinarily well. Big, bending slider that lacks drop but cuts well. There isn’t much to speak of as far as stuff, but it looks like he can get hitters out.
20th round pick Brian Loconsole – 6’2" RHP with a low 90’s fastball. He was a closer at a small college back East.
19th round pick Cole Swanson – 6’5" LHP, has a pulse, will likely make the major leagues because of the aforementioned factors. Fastball reportedly has good late movement, his best pitch is a change up. Looks