06/09/10 11:03 PM ET
Familiar names highlight Draft's final day
Angels select sons of former baseball stars in latter rounds
By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com
With their first pick on the final day of proceedings, the Angels tabbed Mike Sodders. An infielder at New Mexico State, he is the son of Mike Sodders, Baseball America's 1981 National Player of the Year after driving Arizona State to its fifth College World Series title.
An infielder who grew up in Moreno Valley, about 60 miles east of Anaheim Stadium, Sodders, like his father, is a hitting machine -- judging by his numbers at New Mexico State. He batted .380 with 15 homers and 46 RBIs in 37 games as a senior, slugging at a .733 clip.
As a junior, Sodders batted .422 and was the first New Mexico State player to win multiple All-America honors.
That was almost identical to the .424 his father batted in '81 with 22 homers and 100 RBIs for the Sun Devils. Drafted in the first round by Minnesota, Sodders blew out a rotator cuff after a big spring in 1984 and never made it to the Major Leagues. He was inducted into the Arizona State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.
Another familiar name arrived in Round 32 in Drew Beuerlein, a catcher at UNLV whose cousin, Steve Beuerlein, was an NFL quarterback for 14 years. Beuerlein, who hit .354 as a junior with 10 homers and 60 RBIs in 57 games, hit .407 in 2009 despite missing half the season with a broken hand.
Beuerlein attended Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., the same school that produced first-round compensation pick Taylor Lindsey.
The Angels selected 55 players -- 33 collegians, five from the junior college ranks and 16 high school athletes.
"We are pleased with this year's Draft, especially with the luxury of having several early picks," said Eddie Bane, who has spent the past seven seasons as the Angels' director of scouting. "It was a tremendous opportunity to select quality players and individuals early in the Draft.
"We feel we added significant depth to our organization over the course of the last three days."
The Angels had five picks among the first 40 in the Draft, led by third baseman Kaleb Cowart of Cook County (Ga.) High School, the 2010 Gatorade National High School Baseball Player of the Year.
Bedrosian, of East Cowata High School in Sparpsburg, Ga., son of 1987 National League Cy Young Award winner Steve Bedrosian, was also one of Los Angeles' early selections.
Center fielders Chevez "Chevy" Clarke of Marietta (Ga.) High School and Ryan Bolden of Madison Central (Miss.) High School also joined Lindsey in the opening round.
In Round 38 on Wednesday, the Angels tabbed third baseman Jace Brinkerhoff of Utah Valley University. He led the nation in batting (.456), hits (118) and runs (88), and ranked fourth with 85 RBIs.
In Round 47, the Angels selected third baseman Kenny Hatcher, the nephew of hitting coach Mickey Hatcher. Another pick with ties to the organization was right-hander Andrew Schugel, the son of Angels' Major League scout Jeff Schugel.
The Angels picked 11 California residents: Sodders, right-handers Jesus Valdez (Oxnard), Brian Diemer (Cal Berkeley), Justin La Tempa (Huntington Beach); Eric Cendejas (Cal State University Stanislaus) and K. "Vinnie" Saint John (Laguna Beach); catchers Jake Rodriguez (Elk Grove), Francis Larson (Dana Point) and Timothy Helton (Upland); shortstop Jesus Campos (Cal State Los Angeles) and second baseman James Allen (Vista).
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.