The Angels' minor league system is stocked with pitching prospects, thin in hitting prospects and almost devoid of power-hitting prospects. However, of the six players the Angels have identified as targets for their first-round selection in Tuesday's draft, scouting director Donny Rowland said four are pitchers.
"To me, any club that drafts for need in the first round runs the risk of not taking a quality player. That can be dangerous," Rowland said. "While we would love to have a position player there ready for us, we're still going to approach it in the first round as taking the best available player. Need is something we can address after the first round."
The Angels have the 13th pick, so any or all of their targets could be taken before they make their selection. Rowland confirmed that Cypress High infielder Scott Moore is one of the players under consideration but declined to identify the others.
The Angels are believed to have worked out University of British Columbia left-hander Jeff Francis. They might also consider Rancho Bernardo High left-hander Cole Hamels, right-hander Chris Gruler of Liberty High in the San Francisco Bay Area, University of North Carolina infielder Russ Adams and two Florida high school players, right-hander Zack Greinke and third baseman-outfielder Matt Whitney.