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OMG: Los Angeles Angels

Go take a gander at the Angels’ Top 10 Prospects. And here’s OMG (One More Guy) from LA’s system:

Randal Grichuk, OF: For now, he may be known as the “other” high school outfielder takengrichuk.jpg in the first round of the 2009 Draft. But that’s not really his fault. The idea was to have Mike Trout and Gruchuk develop together and I don’t think anyone could have foreseen how Trout would take off and earn a promotion like that.

At the same time, Grichuk was slowed by injuries and played in just 64 games total during his first full season. He showed that the raw power the Angels liked when they took him No. 24 overall is legit. He slugged .566 in 251 total at-bats, .530 during his time in the full-season Midwest League. He might be a bit of an all-or-nothing hitter right now and he’ll need to strike out a bit less, walk a bit more, or both, to succeed at higher levels.

If he can do that, he could profile as what you’re looking for in a corner outfielder. His arm is fine and he showed he can play a decent outfield. Add in the power and the run production and you’re all set. It’s just going to take him a bit longer to get there than Trout, who’s now on the fast track. When all is said and done, though, they could be patrolling the same outfield in the big leagues in the future.

Debuts and signings

The Cubs’ first-round pick, Brett Jackson (No. 30 overall), has signed with the club. It looks like Boise is his destination once he passes a physical, though since he hasn’t played in a game since the end of May, don’t be shocked if he goes to Mesa for a few games in the rookie-level Arizona League just to get his timing back a little.

ESPN’s Keith Law said he heard Jiovanni Mier has agreed to terms with the Astros. I’m trying to find out details. If true, perhaps you’ll see the No. 21 overall pick head to the Gulf Coast League or perhaps the Appalachian League.

Angels’ top pick, Randal Grichuk, No. 24 overall, has played in two Arizona League games to date. He’s gone 1-for-8 in the two games.

Marc Krauss, D-Backs’ 2nd-round pick, is in South Bend and has begun his pro career with a five-game hitting streak. He’s 5-for-17 in those five games.

Best debut thus far, though, has to go to Cameron Garfield, the Brewers’ second-round pick. The No. 74 overall pick played in his first game on Tuesday, with Helena in the Pioneer League. All the young catcher did was go 5-for-5 with 3 RBIs.

Other debuts:

Matt Davidson, the HS 3B taken by the Diamondbacks with the No. 35 pick (supplemental first round), has gone 4-for-15 in his first four games with the Yakima Bears in the short-season Northwest League (Interesting that the D-Backs didn’t send him to Missoula in the Pioneer League. I love it when guys get challenged). He hit his first professional homer yesterday.

Reds’ second-rounder Billy Hamilton made his pro debut yesterday in the Gulf Coast League. The athletic shortstop went 2-for-4 against the GCL Orioles hitting in the two-hole.

Cards’ second-rounder Robert Stock, the catcher-RHP out of USC, went 0-for-3 in his first game yesterday, with Johnson City in the Appalachian League. He caught and threw out a would-be basestealer. He’s still just 19 because he finished high school early to get to college early.

The Brewers’ other second-round pick, Max Walla (actually taken one pick before Garfield), is off to a 3-for-8 start in the AZL.

The No. 75 pick, Phillies’ second-rounder Kelly Dugan, went 0-for-3 in his GCL debut yesterday. He did walk and score a run.

3B Wade Gaynor, third-round pick of the Tigers, has started off his pro career 4-for-14 with a double and an RBI in three games with Oneonta in the short-season NY-Penn League.

OF Keon Broxton went in the third round to the D-Backs and he made his debut yesterday for Missoula in the game that saw Garfield go 5-for-5 for Helena. Broxton went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

Astros’ third-round pick Telvin Nash got one AB in the GCL yesterday and struck out.

Josh Prince went in the third round to Milwaukee and the Tulane shortstop is on that Helena club as well. He went 0-for-5 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored.

I think that takes you through the debuts of the top three rounds (not including Drew Storen, who we’ve written about quite a bit). Today, look for Eric Arnett, the No. 26 pick overall, to pitch for Helena. I don’t think he’s starting, however. No. 32 pick Tim Wheeler could be in the lineup for the Rockies’ affiliate in the short-season Northwest League, the Tri-City Dust Devils.

Debuts aplenty

I love the time right after the Draft. Not only do we have the College World Series and the Cape Cod League going on for those wanting to continue to follow amateur ball. And all those draftees start signing and start embarking on professional careers.

We’ve already talked a bunch about No. 10 pick Drew Storen. He’s now pitched twice for the Hagerstown Suns.

Joining him among the first-rounders to play is No. 4 pick Tony Sanchez. He made his debut over the weekend for short-season State College and I got to talk to him this morning about it. I have to say I was very impressed with how he carried himself, at least in our conversation. Here’s the story that came out of that interview: First-round pick Sanchez makes debut.

And there’s more to come:

No. 24 pick Randal Grichuk is slated to be in the lineup for the rookie-level Arizona League Angels tonight.
No. 26 pick Eric Arnett will pitch for Helena, the Brewers’ affiliate in the rookie-level Pioneer League on Wednesday.
No. 32 pick Tim Wheeler is in Tri-City, the Rockies’ club in the short-season Northwest League.

And how about this for fate. No. 17 pick A.J. Pollock has agreed to terms with the Diamondbacks. He’ll have a physical in Arizona tomorrow (Tuesday), sign his contract and then be assigned to… that’s right, South Bend. In case you’ve forgotten, Pollock played his college ball at Notre Dame, which, if you didn’t know, is in South Bend. I wonder if he got to keep his college digs for the rest of the summer.

More tomorrow, including answering an email question about the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner.

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