According to Baseball America, the Halos have signed three of their top six picks from the amateur draft earlier this month. They are...
Texas high school power hitter Randall Grichuk (1st round) - $1.2 million
Illinois college lefthander Tyler Kehrer (supp. 1st round) - $728K
Florida juco lefty Pat Corbin (2nd round) - $450K
Combined with three later-round signings (including Tyler Chatwood clone Danny Reynolds in the sixth), this brings the Halos' total 2009 draft outlay to about $2.5 million... which is about what they spent all of last year, and they aren't even close to being done yet. Still out-of-pocket are first-rounder high school OF Mike Trout (considered very signable, probably take slot money like Grichuk), OC schoolboy lefty Tyler Skaggs (more problematic, because he slipped out of the first round and has a full-ride to CSFullerton... and we all know how hard it is to pry those CSF kids away from their studies) and flame-throwing Oklahoma right hander Garret Richards, who evidently was one of the top five or so college pitching prospects in terms of velocity and overall filthiness but never quite put it together. Of all the Angel draftees, he has the most intriguing future. Could be John Lackey. Or he could be Billy Bene, that hopelessly erratic Dodgers prospect from the late 80s who threw 100 MPH but only had a general sense of where the ball was headed.
Of course, nothing is ever certain with the baseball draft... all these guys could conceivably tank... but it's comforting somewhat to see the Angels re-invest in their farm system after the criminal neglect of the last three or four years. I mean, what was the team's last major international signing? That teenage Korean pitcher from 2006? Pffft. Hasn't done shit.