06/06/12 1:28 AM ET
Angels take college talent on Draft's Day 2
By Joe McIntyre / MLB.com
While some teams have gone with a majority of high school players in need of a lot of coaching in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, the Angels went mostly with maturity and experience.
And as it had been last season in Wilson's first Draft as scouting director, the theme of 2012 was once again college athletes. Of their 13 picks on Day 2 of the Draft on Tuesday, all but one of the Angels' selections was a college player.
"Our system is not loaded anymore," Wilson said. "So what I wanted to do was kind of jump-start the system a little and get some of these better baseball players that can grind their way through and won't need as much development."
The Angels lost their top two Draft picks after signing free-agents C.J. Wilson and Albert Pujols, so they had to wait until Tuesday's third round to make their first selection.
In his first Draft last year, Wilson didn't call a high schooler's name until the 12th round. And going with a majority of college players wasn't a coincidence this year, either.
Wilson was looking for guys from winning programs that, with the experience they gained in college, would be low-maintenance players.
The Angels' first selection didn't come until pick No. 114, and going according to his plan, Wilson called the name of a right-handed pitcher from Florida Atlantic, R.J. Alvarez.
The lone high school player selected by the Angels on Day 2 was Andrew Patterson, a right-handed catcher from Mary G. Montgomery High School in Alabama, taken with the 237th overall pick.
Still, it wasn't as if the temptation to go for more high school players wasn't there.
"A couple times you wanted to reach over there and grab one of those high school kids," Wilson said. "And you thought, 'Ahh, we'll stick with the plan, and we'll do this and see how this goes.' "
Pick 114: R.J. Alvarez, a right-handed pitcher from Florida Atlantic.
In 2012 with FAU, Alvarez was 5-0 with a 0.72 ERA in 22 appearances as a reliever. He had been a starter before this season, but had eight saves with the Owls in 2012 with 47 strikeouts and 10 walks in 37 2/3 innings.
The 114th pick has a slot value of $416,300.
Pick 147: Alex Yarbrough, a second baseman from the University of Mississippi.
Yarbrough, who throws right-handed, is a switch-hitter from Allen, Texas, and led Ole Miss in batting this season with a .380 average.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound junior played in all 62 of the Rebels' games. He had 17 doubles, three triples and three home runs with 43 RBIs.
The 147th pick has a slot value of $302,800.
Pick No. 177: Mark Sappington, right-handed pitcher from Rockhurst College.
In 2012, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Sappington was 10-3 with a 1.78 ERA in 16 games. He had 101 strikeouts and 30 walks in 96 innings.
The junior from Peculiar, Mo., also tossed five complete games in 2012.
The 177th pick has a slot value of $226,700.
Pick No. 207: Eric Stamets, a right-handed shortstop from the University of Evansville.
Stamets is a 6-foot, 185 pound junior from Dublin, Ohio. In 2012, he had a team-leading .316 batting average with 19 doubles, one home run, 27 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.
The 207th pick has a slot value of $169,900.
Pick No. 237: Andrew Patterson, a right-handed catcher from Mary G. Montgomery High School in Alabama.
The 18-year-old is 5-foot-11, 185-pounds, and was the first high school player the Angels selected in the Draft.
The 237th pick has a slot value of $144,300.
Pick No. 267: Austin Adams, a right-handed pitcher from the University of South Florida.
In 18 relief appearances at USF this season, Adams had a 1-2 record with a 1.95 ERA with 34 strikeouts and 10 walks.
The 267th pick has a slot value of $134,800.
Pick No. 297: Michael Roth, a left-handed starter from South Carolina.
Roth was the ace of the Gamecocks' staff, going 6-1 in 16 starts with a 2.68 ERA.
The 297th pick has a slot value of $125,900.
Pick No. 327: Christopher O'Grady, a left-handed pitcher from George Mason.
In 25 appearances in 2012, O'Grady was 2-0 with 14 saves and a 1.22 ERA. He struck out 51 in 37 innings.
The 327th pick has a slot value of $125,000.
Pick No. 357: Jonathan Walsh, a switch-hitting left fielder from Texas.
In 50 games with the Longhorns in 2012, the junior hit .280 with six home runs and 31 RBIs. He also led the team in steals with 11.
Pick No. 387: Zachary Wright, a right-handed catcher from East Carolina University.
The senior owned a .294 average with five home runs and 39 RBIs with ECU this season.
Pick No. 417: Michael Morin, a right-handed pitcher from North Carolina.
As the closer for the Tar Heels, Morin appeared in 38 games, earning a 6-4 record with 19 saves and a 1.40 ERA.
Pick No. 447: Sherman Johnson, a second baseman from Florida State.
Johnson bats left-handed, throws right-handed and finished his senior season with a .262 average, three home runs and 29 RBIs.
Pick No. 477: Reid Scoggins, a right-handed pitcher from Howard College.
Scoggins is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound redshirt sophomore from Dallas. In 15 games he was 4-0 with a 4.59 ERA.
Joe McIntyre is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.