05/31/07 10:00 AM ET
Angels target high school talent in Draft
Team prefers to mold prospects at a young age
By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com
|1. TB||LHP||David Price||Vanderbilt U|
|2. KC||SS||Michael Moustakas||Chatsworth HS (Calif.)|
|3. CHC||3B||Josh Vitters||Cypress HS (Calif.)|
|4. PIT||LHP||Daniel Moskos||Clemson U|
|5. BAL||C||Matthew Wieters||Georgia Tech|
|6. WSH||LHP||Ross Detwiler||Missouri St U|
|7. MIL||LF||Matthew LaPorta||U Florida|
|8. COL||RHP||Casey Weathers||Vanderbilt U|
|9. ARI||RHP||Jarrod Parker||Norwell HS|
|10. SF||LHP||Madison Bumgarner||South Caldwell HS|
Hank Conger, C, 25th overall pick: Named after Hank Aaron by a grandfather from Georgia who couldn't pronounce his given Korean name, Conger, 19, has impressed the organization with his skills and his attitude at Class A Cedar Rapids this year after hitting .313 in 19 games of rookie ball last summer.
Trevor Bell, RHP, 37th overall pick: Still maturing physically and athletically, Bell was highly touted as a prepster, going 8-3 with a 1.13 ERA in his senior year of high school in high-level competition. In his first four starts this season at Cedar Rapids, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound right-hander was 0-2 with a 4.24 ERA, walking three while striking out 12 in 17 innings. At Orem in rookie ball last year, he was 4-2 with a 3.50 ERA. His command was a plus, reflected by only 15 walks to go with 53 strikeouts in 82 1/3 innings. Bell played outfield in high school and hit a school-record 26 home runs from the left side.
Jered Weaver, RHP, 12th overall pick: Weaver, 24, is back on track after a spring setback caused by biceps tendinitis. He was 4-3 with a 3.68 ERA entering his start against the Mariners on Wednesday night, having gone 4-1 with a 2.48 ERA in his previous six outings, covering 36 1/3 innings.
An eighth-round pick from Magruder High School in Rockville, Md., Sweeney has made an impression at Cedar Rapids, hitting .279 with a .408 slugging percentage. Sweeney, who turned 19 on April 4, is a left-handed hitter with developing power, and he's filling out his 6-foot-3, 212-pound frame. He's looking to smooth over some rough edges defensively, having committed 12 errors in 40 games at third. Cinderella story: OF Chris Pettit
Taken in the 19th round from Loyola Marymount University last summer, Pettit has been a standout for Cedar Rapids in every respect. "He's been terrific not only as a player, but as a leader," Bane said. "He's really come on." Right-handed all the way at six-foot and 190 pounds, Pettit's batting .361 (.596 slugging, .427 on-base) with power and speed. He hit .336 in 68 games of rookie ball for Orem after signing last year. In the show: Weaver has become a fixture in the rotation in his second Major League season. No other member of the past three draft classes has reached the big time.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.