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Sorry if this has been discussed already, but haven't the Angels given their first round pick to Texas in exchange for signing Hamilton?

we're talking the 2014 draft (next year). The point is that if the Angels finish with one of the 10 worst records in MLB, Angels will get a protected draft pick regardless of whether Moreno or Dipoto sign another washed up free agent veteran.

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Here is who the Rangers got with their Hamilton pick:


(#30). Travis Demeritte, HS, present SS, projected 3B, 6.1/185
Travis Demeritte / 3B/RHP | Winder Barrow HS (Winder, GA)
6-foot-1/185 pounds | right/right profile | draft day age 18y 8mo | Univ. of South Carolina commit
(Source BP) Wow player; very high baseball IQ; very easy to see on-the-field leadership skills and work ethic; plays the game with purpose and passion; athletic, with fluid movements; played a very good third base; clean actions; good reactions and feel; covered a lot of ground; arm is a 7; makes every play he can get to; remarkable field awareness; if he played shortstop I’d call him a no doubt first round talent; bat flashed some potential; bat speed was present; likes to pull the ball; shows power potential; love the hands; love the approach; doesn’t get cheated; speed is only average, with home-to-first times in the 4.3 range; good second-gear and base running ability; total gamer; bat is probably only average, but has legit pop, good defensive profile at 3B, and well above-average feel for the game; he’s a likely candidate to over-perform projection; future major leaguer; will be around game forever.–Jason Parks

(Source BA) PICK VALUE: $1,731,200 Area Scout: Derrick Tucker
PICK ANALYSIS: The Rangers have gone to the Georgia well early and often. They love athletes and Demeritte gives them a profile third baseman with a quick bat. While he ranked No. 56 on the BA 500, this isn’t an overdraft.
SCOUTING REPORT: Scouts voted Demeritte a preseason first-team All-American at third base, a position he played last year for East Cobb as it won the World Wood Bat Championship in Jupiter, Fla. Demeritte struggled throughout that event until going 3-for-3 with a double in the championship game. While he’s a shortstop, pitcher and leadoff hitter in high school, scouts see Demeritte as a profile third baseman. He hit 19 home runs in his first two seasons and committed to South Carolina last summer, so scouts were a bit put off by Demeritte’s slow start to the season. He’d heated up as the season progressed as his natural athleticism came into play. He has whip in his bat and some quick-twitch in his 6-foot-1, 195-pound frame. He generates excellent bat speed and has a chance to hit for above-average power if he better develops his approach and feel for hitting. He’s quick enough for shortstop now but fits better defensively at third base, and some scouts think he could handle second. His overall speed is just average, and scouts consider his arm above-average. He’s his team’s No. 1 starter and has posted gaudy numbers this spring, but teams that like Demeritte are buying an infielder with offensive upside.
WHERE HE FITS: Demeritte likely won’t crack the Rangers’ top 10, but that is because their system is loaded with high-upside talent.


Keep in mind that they changed the rules so the Hamilton pick became a sandwich pick. The actual pick the Angels got would have been higher.  You lose your first round pick, but instead of the Rangers getting that pick, they get put in line for the sandwich picks.  No one can be  sure who the Angels would have got if they had not signed Hamilton, but I think Marco Gonzales was picked close to the spot they would have had:




Last year the Rangers got Joey Gallo for the CJ pick:



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we're talking the 2014 draft (next year). The point is that if the Angels finish with one of the 10 worst records in MLB, Angels will get a protected draft pick regardless of whether Moreno or Dipoto sign another washed up free agent veteran.

Great. We've got finish in the bottom 10 in order to protect ourselves from our owner and general manager.

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