Angels Draft Notes and Scouting Reports: Picks 11-24

Miniature Scouting Reports and Draft Notes on Angels draft selections, rounds 11-24.

11th Round. JERRYELL RIVERA, LHP, MARIA TERESA PINEIRO HS (PR)

With potential to be a second day draftee, Rivera will become one of the better new projects in the Angels system once he signs. With an already pro pitcher's frame with broad shoulders and long levers, Rivera has a fastball that creeps into the 90's with run. A low effort arm, Rivera is incredibly loose on the mound, it looks like he's nearly lobbing the ball towards the plate. He needs to improve his off-speed drastically, but the Angels have a lot of time with him as he only turned 18 a month before the draft.

 

12th Round. KEITH ROGALLA, RHP, CREIGHTON

One of the early steals in the draft, Rogalla fell to the Angels in the 12th round after being expected to be a second day pick. A three-year starter at Creighton, Ragalla has a loose and easy arm and the pure stuff to be effectively wild. Wild is a word that will come up with Ragalla as he's not a master of finding the strike zone, but there's been positive signs in his overall command. Ragalla's fastball works in the mid 90's regularly and has crept into the high 90's at time. He shows a good curve and changeup that he uses in two-strike counts, and will be expected to develop further at the pro level, helping him stick as a starter. He has a reliever profile, but the Angels will send him out as a starter to get reps and potentially become one of the top arms in the system.

Twitter: @keith_rogalla 

 

13th Round. KEVIN WILLIAMS Jr., OF, SAMFORD

Oh, how the Angels love their football genetics. The son of Kevin Williams, eight-year NFL veteran as a kick/punt returner, Williams shows good athleticism in the outfield with good closing speed. At the plate, Williams is a power weapon to the gaps with over the fence power as well. Williams hit .256 with 11 home runs at Samford this year.

 

14th Round. SAM FULLER, RHP, WHITEFIELD ACADEMY (GA)

A limited scouting report, Fuller works from a high 3/4 delivery and touches the 90's with his fastball and a curve and slider offering. He is small in stature, but filled out physically but not capped, which should allow room for growth and velocity. Griffin had a 1.81 ERA, striking out 96 and walking 34 in 58 innings during his senior year at Whitefield.

 

15th Round. HUNTER BRITTAIN, C, TR MILLER HS (AL)

With a quick release from behind the plate, Brittain looks to be a raw athletic catcher with good tools and a strong and accurate arm. At the plate, Brittain can get a little long in his swing but shows compact size and strength in his lower half, which should produce good power with his plus bat speed. When Brittain makes contact, it's loud with authority. A project in the works, there's a lot of upside to Brittain. As a senior at TR Miller, Brittain hit .505 with 13 doubles and eight home runs, while catching for Angels fifth-round pick, JoJo Booker.

Twitter: @hunter_brittain

 

16th Round. SPENCER GRIFFIN, OF, WHARTON COUNTY JC (TX)

Who better to explain how a player works than the player himself. Here is Spencer Griffin's report on Spencer Griffin. "I'm a 6.4 runner that uses my speed to chase down balls from centerfield, also stealing lots of bases on the base paths. At the plate I'm a gap-to-gap hitter with occasional long ball power. With more strength it should be more to come. This past season as a sophomore at Wharton County Junior College, I hit .376 with five home runs, 15 stolen bases and 30 RBI as our lead off hitter all season." Perfect Game called Griffin one of the "top defensive center fielders in junior college," and added, "to watch Griffin track balls in the outfield is really quite impressive."

Twitter: @_OfficialSpence

 

17th Round. CALEB SCIRES, OF, NAVARRO COLLEGE (TX)

In a report from Team One Baseball, Scires has a "good mix of strength and quickness, rotational appraoch that generate bat speed, and drives balls to both gaps and can handle quality pitching." There is no extra scouting notes to report. Scires hit .241/.402/.414 with nine doubles and four home runs at Navarro this year.

 

18th Round. TYLER STEVENS, RHP, NEW MEXICO

Stevens struck out a lot of guys in his three years at New Mexico. He ranks fifth all-time in Lobos history in the statistic, while posting a 4.20 career ERA in a hitter friendly conference. Small in stature, but large in mass, Stevens has a quick and loose arm from a 3/4 delivery. The bread and butter of Stevens' report is a 12-to-6 curveball that he commands well, with a tight spin. Stevens also shows promise in his fastball and changeup, both with solid running movement.

Twitter: @tsteves2

 

19th Round. ISAAC MATTSON, RHP, PITTSBURGH

Another strike-thrower, Mattson has a pro body already and works in the 88-92 range with his fastball, flashing an average to above-average curveball. At Pitt, he struck out over 10 per nine and walked less than two per in 96 innings of relief. He posted a 2.87 ERA his junior year, and has already signed a pro contract, beginning his career in Rookie Orem.

Twitter: @Htwn2PittBsebll

 

20th Round. MITCH TRAVER, RHP, TEXAS CHRISTIAN

Once a highly touted prep prospect, Traver dealt with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome - a major injury - that led to Tommy John surgery, which took the early stages of his career at TCU. Once healthy, Traver worked his way back to a starting role with the Horned Frogs where he started 17 games in two years, posting a 5-4 record, 3.55 ERA and struck out 9.6 per nine. Traver works in the low 90's, touching 95, with good life and sink on his fastball, along with a pair of other decent offerings. Traver is expected to be used as a starter at the pro level.

Twitter: @Mitchell_Traver

21st Round. DEVON PEREZ, RHP, OKLAHOMA

Used as a swingman, it sounds like Perez will be used in a relief effort at the pro level. As a starter at Oklahoma, Perez threw a lot of strikes with his fastball that ranged 92-94 MPH. He also holds a pair of fringe but usable off-speed pitches (curve/change) with the curve showing positive signs of development. Perez had a 3.50 ERA, striking out 11.3 per nine and walking just 1.5 per.

 

22nd Round. JAMES ZIEMBA, LHP, DUKE

Tall and funky. Sounds like a fun project already. Standing at six-foot-10, Ziemba delivers the ball from a low 3/4 to near sidearm release. His fastball sits 88-90 with running movement, and he shows an average slider offering that could improve as his delivery is refined.

Twitter: @jameslikesbball

  

23th Round. ZAC RYAN, RHP, GEORGIA TECH

After a four year stay with Georgia Tech, Zac Ryan will be one of the quick moving relief pitchers in the Angels system. He possesses a heavy fastball that sits in the high 80's to low 90's, and shows a good high 70's off-speed pitch with a slurve break. Ryan held a 3.33 ERA with Tech in his senior year at the program.

Twitter: @ZR_GT04

 

24th Round. HARRISON WENSON, C, MICHIGAN

A senior sign out of Michigan, Wenson is recognized for three primary traits - raw right-handed power, strong defense behind the plate, and solidied leadership from a major program. Wenson did struggle to make consistent contact, batting .235 with a 26.6% strikeout rate with the Wolverines, but the trade off was loud power, expressed by 17 home runs in his final two seasons. With the loud tools and leadership ability, Wenson may be a quick mover to full season ball.

Twitter: @harrison_wenson

 

 


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