June 7, 2011 |
New scouting director Ric Wilson said Monday's selection of Utah slugger C.J. Cron in the first round didn't necessarily signal a shift in the team's draft strategy away from high school players and toward more advanced college players. But Wilson's actions seem to be speaking much louder than those words. USC pitchers Austin Wood and Logan Odom were among the 23 college or community college players the Angels selected with their first 29 picks of the draft, which ran through the 30th round Tuesday.
June 6, 2011 |
The Angels did not let a little shoulder tear deter them from their top target in the first round of Monday's draft, using the 17th overall pick to select college slugger C.J. Cron . The 6-foot-4, 230-pound first baseman hit .434 with 15 home runs, 26 doubles and 59 runs batted in as a junior at Utah despite playing the entire season with a tear in his right (throwing) labrum. Cron, 21, said the injury "didn't affect my swing much," but when asked on a conference call if it would require surgery, Cron said, "Yeah, something will have to be done eventually.
October 21, 2010 |
The Angels on Thursday promoted national cross-checker Ric Wilson to scouting director, a position that opened when the team fired Eddie Bane in September. Wilson, 51, who will oversee the scouting and signing of amateur players, served as the team's national cross-checker since 2003, the same year Bane started with the Angels. Bane reportedly has been hired as a Detroit Tigers scout. Prior to joining the Angels, Wilson spent 11 years in the Milwaukee Brewers' organization as an area scout, area supervisor and West Coast supervisor.
August 12, 2010 |
Scouting director Eddie Bane said the Angels are "fairly close" to an agreement with their top pick from the June 7 draft, but he expects negotiations with Georgia high school third baseman Kaleb Cowart to go right up to Monday's 9 p.m. PDT signing deadline. "It's going to come down to the last day — we knew on June 7 that it would probably be a last-minute deal, like it is with most of the top guys," Bane said Wednesday. "He's a great kid. We know he has options, but we think we're the best option.
July 3, 2010 |
As Bud Selig bestowed the All-Star game upon Anaheim two years ago, he tipped his cap to Arte Moreno. The Angels had been so wonderfully invigorated by their new owner that Selig called the club "a model for all our other franchises." Yet, when the All-Stars take the field at Angel Stadium next week, the host team almost certainly will not be represented in the starting lineup. That would be a rarity. In 2005, the Detroit Tigers had no starters, but they had not had a winning season in 12 years.
September 27, 2009 |
The Angels plan to take a look at Aroldis Chapman , the Cuban defector with the 100-mph fastball . . . if he is willing to face a hitter. Chapman was granted free agency Friday. The Angels will join the stampede to scout the 22-year-old left-hander, with the New York Yankees, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox among the clubs expected to rush in as well. "I'm sure we'll be interested," Angels scouting director Eddie Bane said. "I think everybody will be interested." Bane said he has heard that Chapman might throw for scouts in a bullpen session or two, then invite offers.