ANAHEIM – The Angels selected SS Zach Neto from Campbell University (Buies Creek, NC) as their first pick (1st round, 13th overall) in the 2022 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The announcement was made by Angels Director, Amateur Scouting Tim McIlvaine.
Neto, 21, finished his third year at Campbell University where he hit .407 (81/199) with 23 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs and 50 RBI. The shortstop paced the Big South Conference in average, hits, doubles, runs scored (65) and OPS (1.283). Neto also went 19-for-20 in stolen base attempts and struck out just 19 times in 199 at-bats for the Fighting Camels. A two-time Big South Player of the Year (2021 and 2022), Neto amassed a .403 (152/377) career average in three years with Campbell along with 40 doubles, five triples, 27 home runs and 108 RBI.
The Miami, FL native prepped at Miami Coral Park Senior High School where he was a three-time all-district team honoree after posting a career. 407 average with 19 doubles, six triples, two home runs and 37 RBI. The Angels held the 13th overall pick in the Draft for the third time in franchise history. Neto joins threetime All-Star Frank Tanana (1971) and 10-year MLB veteran Casey Kotchman (2001) as Angels selections with the #13 pick. After selecting RHP Sam Bachman (9th overall) last year and LHP Reid Detmers (10th overall) in 2020, the Angels have drafted a position player with their initial first round pick for the first time since 2019 (SS Will Wilson – 15th overall).
The Halos 40-man roster currently features nine players who were first round selections, including five who were first round picks by the Angels: Jo Adell (10th overall by Angels – 2017), Archie Bradley (7th overall by D-backs – 2011), Reid Detmers (10th overall by Angels – 2020), Michael Lorenzen (38th overall by Reds – 2013), Anthony Rendon (6th overall by Nationals – 2011), Matt Thaiss (16th overall by Angels – 2016), Touki Toussaint (16th overall by D-backs – 2014), Mike Trout (25th overall by Angels – 2009) and Taylor Ward (26th overall by Angels – 2015).
The Angels will make eight selections tomorrow in rounds 3-10 and will have 10 selections on Tuesday to conclude the Draft.