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Angels sign Randal Grichuk

Grichuk, a 17-year-old high school outfielder and the Angels' top pick, will receive a $1.225 million bonus.

June 21, 2009|Mike DiGiovanna

The Angels signed their top pick in the June 9 draft, 17-year-old high school outfielder Randal Grichuk, to a bonus of $1.225 million on Saturday.

Grichuk, a first-round selection who was the 24th overall pick, hit .613 (46 for 75) with 21 home runs and 46 runs batted in, 23 walks and 11 strikeouts in 28 games for Lamar Consolidated High in Texas.

The right-handed hitting and throwing Grichuk, who turned down a scholarship offer from Arizona, is only 6-foot, 190 pounds but generates power to all fields with his quick hands and bat speed.

"There was some confusion -- everyone thought he is a big slug of a power hitter, because we were looking for power in the draft," Angels scouting director Eddie Bane said.

"That's not even close to the truth. He can run, he can throw, and though we project him as a corner outfielder, he can play center field."

Grichuk, who played in the Little League World Series in 2003 and 2004, attended Saturday night's Dodgers-Angels game and met Manager Mike Scioscia and the coaching staff.

He will report to the team's rookie league team in Arizona today, and Bane said if he hits well there, Grichuk will be promoted to Class-A Orem, Utah, where many college picks start their professional careers.

"It was awesome going into the clubhouse and meeting the manager and coaches," said Grichuk. "I expected to sign. I had an agreement to my liking, and I went with it."

The Angels also announced the signing of 20 other picks, including compensation-round pick Tyler Kehrer, a left-hander from Eastern Illinois University who received $700,000, and second-round pick Patrick Corbin, a left-hander from Chipola (Fla.) Community College who received $450,000.

Among the other players to sign were Cal State Northridge outfielder Richard Cates, a 21st-round pick, and UC Santa Barbara infielder Eric Oliver, a 36th-round pick.


Power outage

Vladimir Guerrero appears to have regained his hitting stroke after missing five weeks of April and May because of a torn chest muscle.

The designated hitter batted .353 (24 for 68) in 18 games through Friday, raising his average from .208 to .293, and he singled in his first two at-bats Saturday night.

But Guerrero still hasn't regained his power stroke -- he has no home runs and only five extra-base hits since coming off the disabled list on May 25.

"He's just missing some pitches," Scioscia said. "The power is going to come."


Pedro so-so

Scioscia seemed lukewarm to the idea of signing free-agent right-hander Pedro Martinez, whom the Angels scouted during a workout in the Dominican Republic on Friday.

"We got the reports -- there were some things that were interesting about the way he threw, but maybe the velocity was not quite where we were hoping it would be," Scioscia said. "There were some positives, but there's still some things to look at. Whether we pursue him or not, we'll see where it leads."


Rehab report

Shane Loux, on the disabled list since May 17 because of shoulder inflammation, allowed one hit and walked two in a scoreless inning for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night. He will make another minor league rehabilitation start Wednesday.


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