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10. Angels — Austin Hendrick, OF, West Allegheny HS, Imperial, Pa.

The last time the Angels picked in the top 10, they took Ballard High product Jo Adell with the No. 10 overall pick in 2017. Despite serious swing-and-miss concerns, that selection has looked pretty good for Los Angeles, as Adell now ranks as the No. 2 prospect in baseball. Hendrick isn’t the athlete that Adell—or 2018 first-round pick Jordyn Adams—is, but he has a high ceiling with some of the loudest raw power in the prep class, elite bat speed and plus arm strength. There are some swing-and-miss concerns here, but grabbing the No. 2 prep player in the class and the top-ranked high school bat could wind up being a steal if he hits.

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/2020-mlb-mock-draft-end-of-the-season-way-too-early-edition/

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By Jim Callis  @JimCallisMLB

Here's my best guess, bearing in mind that it comes eight months in advance of the Draft and much will change between now and June:

1) Tigers: Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Arizona State
2) Orioles: Emerson Hancock, RHP, Georgia
3) Marlins: Austin Martin, 3B, Vanderbilt
4) Royals: Nick Gonzales, 2B, New Mexico State
5) Blue Jays: Asa Lacy, LHP, Texas A&M
6) Mariners: Garrett Mitchell, OF, UCLA
7) Pirates: Mick Abel, RHP, Jesuit HS (Portland, Ore.)
? Padres: Jared Kelley, RHP, Refugio (Texas) HS
9) Rockies: Reid Detmers, LHP, Louisville
10) Angels: Casey Martin, SS, Arkansas

For more on this topic, check out the video at the top of this Inbox. And for some thumbnail scouting reports on the players above, see our top 15 college and high school prospect lists from August.

"Martin has the best power/speed combination in the college ranks, slamming 28 homers in his first two seasons with the Razorbacks while displaying quickness that earns top-of-the-scale grades from some evaluators. His right-handed swing can get too uphill at times when he gets too focused on home runs, and there's a chance he winds up in center field rather than sticking at shortstop."

https://www.mlb.com/news/pipeline-inbox-early-2020-mock-draft

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This started is so starved for pitching, I don't see show they can stick with the best position player available mantra they've held for so long.

Don't get me wrong, Jose Soriano and Chris Rodriguez are good pitching prospects, but it is absolutely LAUGHABLE that they are #1-2 in the Angels minor league system of pitchers. They should be more like #5-6 if you're doing your job right as GM and scouting director.

There's no coincidence that Griffin Canning was drafted in the second round and immediately emerged as the to pitching prospect in the system with the highest upside.

The Angels need to use their first and second picks next year to draft upside college starting pitchers. They should probably do that for the next couple drafts.

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4 minutes ago, Second Base said:

This started is so starved for pitching, I don't see show they can stick with the best position player available mantra they've held for so long.

Don't get me wrong, Jose Soriano and Chris Rodriguez are good pitching prospects, but it is absolutely LAUGHABLE that they are #1-2 in the Angels minor league system of pitchers. They should be more like #5-6 if you're doing your job right as GM and scouting director.

There's no coincidence that Griffin Canning was drafted in the second round and immediately emerged as the to pitching prospect in the system with the highest upside.

The Angels need to use their first and second picks next year to draft upside college starting pitchers. They should probably do that for the next couple drafts.

*Laughs in Eppler*

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1 hour ago, Angel Oracle said:

If they were to take Casey Martin, a sign that Simba won't be re-signed?

You think Martin could go from College to the Angels stating roster with only a 1/2 season in the minors?

I don't.

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6 minutes ago, Blarg said:

You think Martin could go from College to the Angels stating roster with only a 1/2 season in the minors?

I don't.

More a future SS, maybe someone like Fletcher playing SS in 2021, and then Martin in 2022?

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Usually teams will sign the best player available in round one and then sign for need in the following rounds. If the Angels sign a top FA this winter then I wonder if we use our first round pick for need since we possibly won't have a second rounder. 

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If the Angels were to sign Gerrit Cole wouldn’t they have to drop 10 spots in the first round? 
 

The draft is such a crapshoot past the first few picks but I think the Angels need to draft pitching especially some big arms. That said, the Angels need catching and corner infielders too.

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