6/7/2013 9:26 P.M. ET
In ninth round, Angels add backstop depth
By William Boor / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- It took the Angels nine rounds and seven picks to select a position player.
After taking seven pitchers, the Angels selected a catcher, Florida State's Stephen McGee, in the ninth round of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
McGee, currently in his redshirt junior season with the Seminoles has posted career highs in several offensive categories this season.
Heading into this weekend's super regionals, the two-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll is hitting .292 with 51 RBIs.
"He is just a guy that is the backbone of our ballclub," FSU coach Mike Martin recently told the Palm Beach Post.
In addition to the offensive production, McGee, a Johnny Bench Award Watch List member in 2012, has caught 128 of his teams 129 games over the past two years.
Halos stick with early trend, select righty Middleton
ANAHEIM -- Just as they did with their second-round pick, the Angels used their third-round pick to bolster their Minor League pitching depth.
With the 95th overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the Angels selected Keynan Middleton, a right-handed pitcher from Lane Community College in Oregon.
Middleton played both basketball, where he averaged 11 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, and baseball at Lane.
On the diamond, Middleton went 2-3 with a 3.42 ERA in 42 innings. He also had one save and 45 strikeouts.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Middleton throws in the low 90s, however, his fastball has touched 95 mph at times. He also has a slider, curveball and changeup in his arsenal.
In the Pipeline
The Angels' farm system leaves a lot to be desired. The system as a whole is short on pitching depth as seven of the top 10 prospects are position players.
The seven pitchers selected throughout the first two days of the Draft help address that need.
Hunter Green, the team's second-round selection, is a high school prospect, but his ceiling is high and that's exactly what the Angels need.
Angels take right-hander Morris in fourth round
ANAHEIM -- The Angels went with another right-handed pitcher in round four of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, selecting Elliot Morris out of Pierce College in Washington.
Morris, the 127th overall pick, missed his freshman season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2011. He pitched just 24 innings last year and eased back into pitching this season, but he seemed to have regained his best stuff by the end of the spring.
In all, Morris posted a 1.77 ERA in 35 2/3 innings this season while striking out 58, compared to 17 walks.
Morris throws in the low 90s and has touched 96 mph. He also throws a changeup and curveball, though both need more work.
Morris benefited from all the talent in Washington this year and rose to the occasion with the extra scouts in the stands. He is committed to Lewis-Clark State, an NAIA school in Idaho.
No change in Halos' plan with McGowin in round five
ANAHEIM -- In the fifth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the Angels selected Kyle McGowin, a right-handed pitcher from Savannah State University in Georgia.
The Angels not only used their first four picks on pitchers, but on tall pitchers, as every selected pitcher is 6-foot-3 or taller.
McGowin, listed at 6-foot-4, was 12-2 with a 2.02 ERA and four complete games during his junior season at Savannah State.
The 21-year-old is projected as a "fringe No. 5 starter" with a fastball in the upper 80s. His curveball has had some inconsistencies.
McGowin, a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, is the first pitcher drafted from Savannah State and is also the school's highest Draft pick.
Prior to McGowin, Savannah State had never had a player selected prior to the 16th round.
Halos' run on arms continues with Cooney in sixth round
ANAHEIM -- The Angels tabbed right-handed pitcher Harrison Cooney in the sixth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
Cooney began the season as Florida Gulf Coast's closer and excelled in that role before joining the starting rotation in April. He made 21 appearances and five starts before finishing with a 6-6 record and 3.24 ERA. The Vero Beach, Fla., native held opponents to a .229 batting average.
Cooney's fastball sits in the low 90s and occasionally touches 95 mph. He also throws a slider and changeup, both of which are considered Major League offerings when he is at his best.
He was selected by the Pirates in the 40th round of the 2010 Draft.
Cooney is a late bloomer and still is more of a thrower than a pitcher. He needs more experience, but he could remain a starter as a professional if he adds strength to his 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame and continues to develop his feel for pitching.
Seventh-round pick Nuss adds to Angels' stockpile
ANAHEIM -- The Angels stuck with pitching in round seven of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, selecting right-hander Garrett Nuss. The Halos' first six picks in the Draft were pitchers.
Nuss, who turned 20 on April 13, pitched 62 2/3 innings while striking out 60 and posting a 2.59 ERA innings for Seminole State College in Florida this season.
His uncle, Ed Nuss, played in the Boston Red Sox organization in the late 1970s.
In 2011, the Yankees drafted Nuss in the 32nd round.
Smith selection ties Draft record for Halos
ANAHEIM -- When the Angels selected left-handed pitcher Nate Smith in the eighth round of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, they tied a club record set in 1999.
The Angels used their first seven picks on pitchers -- five righties and two lefties.
Smith just finished up his senior season at Furman with a 3.59 ERA in 100 1/3 innings of work.
Smith was named the Southern Conference's Pitcher of the Week on March 12 after he allowed just one run in 7 2/3 innings of work against Appalachian State.
Gordon caps run on pitchers on Day 2 of Draft
ANAHEIM -- After beginning the Draft with a pitcher, the Angels started and end Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft with a pitcher.
Through 10 rounds of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the Angels have selected eight pitchers and one catcher.
The Angels selected Missouri State senior Grant Gordon with their 10th-round selection.
The right-handed reliever appeared in 25 games during his senior season and posted a 3.66 ERA in 39 1/3 innings of work.
Gordon's best pitch is his curveball. He also throws a changeup, a slider and a low 90s fastball.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.